FOIA Fest is back on March 11! Join us in person or online

February 24, 2023 Mike Ewing 0

Our annual public records conference, FOIA Fest, is returning as a hybrid one-day event on Saturday, March 11! For the last three years, the Chicago Headline Club has provided virtual conferences due to the pandemic, and after hearing your feedback, we’re doing things a little differently. Join us online or […]

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FOIA Fest 2022 session videos

April 17, 2022 Tiyen Simmons 0

Couldn’t make it to FOIA Fest 2022 or looking for a refresher? These recorded sessions will take you from the very beginning of the process to exploring specific issues faced by journalists and others using FOIA in their work. FOIA Fest Keynote: Marina Walker Guevara In this FOIA Fest keynote […]

Covering Inequality with FOIA | FOIA Fest 2022

April 17, 2022 Tiyen Simmons 0

February 26, 2022 | Learn how to root out and report on inequality in its many forms using FOIA, documents and data from some of Chicago’s best investigative reporters. Panelists: Adam Rhodes (moderator), Sidnee King, Melissa Sanchez, Grace Asiegbu

Let’s Learn Python | FOIA Fest 2022

April 17, 2022 Tiyen Simmons 0

February 26, 2022 | Your first Python notebook – Data demos walk you through the technical steps of working with data. We’ll use browser-based tools and provide sample data so you can follow along at home, at your own pace. Grab a warm beverage and get ready to hack. Panelists: […]

FOIA in a Pandemic | FOIA Fest 2022

April 17, 2022 Tiyen Simmons 0

February 26, 2022 | Let’s dive into how we are doing our work during a momentous and challenging time in our history: the pandemic. What have been the challenges? Hear from newsroom leaders and legal consultants on their experiences in handling the challenges that have surfaced from filing FOIAs on […]

Case Studies: Session 2 | FOIA Fest 2022

April 17, 2022 Tiyen Simmons 0

February 26, 2022 | These sessions will go over investigative stories from start to finish. Learn how investigative journalists work through their stories — how to get started, where to find sources, how to file and follow up on public records requests, and what happens after the byline. Panelists: Odette […]

How Student Journalists are using FOIA | FOIA Fest 2022

April 17, 2022 Tiyen Simmons 0

February 26, 2022 | Student-run publications are using FOIA to advance their reporting on corruption on campuses and to hold school leaders accountable. Hear from student news leaders on their experiences while applying the Freedom of Information Act, the stories they’ve used it for and tips they’ve learned along the […]

FOIA for Organizers | FOIA Fest 2022

April 17, 2022 Tiyen Simmons 0

February 26, 2022 | De-mystifying the basics of FOIA and showing how the general public and organizers can use the law to acquire information to improve their everyday lives and fight for justice. Panelists: Taylor Moore (moderator), Ramsin Canon, Debbie Southorn, Xanat Sobrevilla