The Chicago Headline Club’s first annual FOIA FEST min conjunction with The Better Government Association’s Andy Shaw, begins on Monday March 11 with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the auditorium of Columbia College Chicago’s journalism school, 33 E. Congress Pkwy., 2nd floor. Food and refreshments will be served.
On Tuesday, March 12, Citizen Advocacy Center’s Terry Pastika, the Northwestern University Knight Lab’s Joe Germuska and Smart Chicago Collaborative’s Dan O’Neil will discuss efforts to influence policy and legislation and how technology can improve access to public records. If you or your organizations have been struggling to get information from public officials, here’s a session where you want to share your experiences and learn from others.
Food and refreshments will be served at the event, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. at the auditorium of Columbia College Chicago’s journalism school, 33 E. Congress Pkwy., 2nd floor.
Learn from our journalist colleagues about how they get information on Wednesday, March 13. It’s an all-star cast of Chicago journalists — NBC5 investigative producer Katy Smyser, Gary Marx and David Jackson of the Chicago Tribune and WBEZ’s Rob Wildeboer. Along with Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, they will offer tips and strategies for prying government records loose. Light snacks and refreshments will be served at the event from 6 to 8 p.m. in WBEZ’ community room at Navy Pier.