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Contract: Video Production

March 26, 2022 Matt Kiefer 0

The Chicago Headline Club is seeking a producer to help process videos from FOIA Fest 2022. The work requires producing ~30 session videos, which involves: making one cut adding pre-written metadata, including title and description uploading video to YouTube or similar service Work is estimated to take no more than […]

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FOIA Fest Code of Conduct

February 24, 2022 Matt Kiefer 0

FOIA FEST EVENT SAFETY CONTACT: If you would like to make any reports, please call or text 312-380-5163 or email foiafestchicago@gmail.com. The Chicago Headline Club is committed to providing a welcoming and harassment-free environment for participants of all races, gender and trans statuses, sexual orientations, physical abilities, physical appearances, and […]

Apply here: 2022 FOIAFest Boot Camp

December 20, 2021 Administrator 0

The Chicago Headline Club is now accepting applications for its 2022 FOIAFest Boot Camp, the two-week training program launched last year and integrated into the annual FOIAFest conference. The Boot Camp is intended to support the work of early career journalists of color in Chicago and will partner reporters who […]

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Investigative Stories and FOIA: How To Pitch and Keep Organized

February 24, 2021 admin 0

By Lu Calzada Working to uncover important stories can be overwhelming for any reporter, to say nothing of having to organize documents and work with editors who may not see the story’s vision.  One of the best ways to overcome this obstacle, according to journalists on a panel at FOIAFest […]

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Case Study: CBS2 Investigates Wrongful Chicago Police Raids

February 23, 2021 admin 0

By Deanna Trejo Years of investigations by CBS2 Chicago into botched police raids, such as the ones that propelled Anjanette Young and Peter Mendez into the national spotlight and led to sweeping changes in procedures, all began with a single press release. That release was about a settlement between the […]

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Panelists Offer Tips and Tricks for Navigating Federal FOIAs

February 23, 2021 admin 0

By Rylee Tan Knowing how to file a state FOIA is one thing but seeking public records on the federal level presents an entire new set of challenges, according to a panel at FOIAFest 2021. Speaking Saturday morning, two attorneys and an Associated Press editor walked listeners through some of […]

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FOIA 101

February 23, 2021 admin 0

By Deanna Trejo Even though there is no magic formula for writing a successful FOIA request, there is an art to getting a “yes” instead of a “no.” Four news pros from the Better Government Association delivered that message and much more Friday evening during the opening session of the […]

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FOIA Fest: Finding Housing Data During a Crisis

February 23, 2021 admin 0

By Deanna Trejo Imagine that you want to tell the stories of housing insecurity brought on by the COVID pandemic and you’re trying to track down sketchy landlords who don’t want to be found. Not only is there no app for that, until recently there wasn’t any hard data to […]

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FOIA in Broadcast

February 23, 2021 admin 0

By Deanna Trejo Piles of papers and megabytes of data may not make for an interesting visual, but FOIAs and the information they deliver can make for valuable broadcast news. Four Chicago journalists from radio and TV answered questions Saturday afternoon during a panel discussion at FOIAFest 2021. Brandis Friedman, […]