Topic: “FOIA”

Posted in Behind the News

When news breaks, ‘everyone is a reporter’ at AP

, by Erin Madigan White

In a memo to AP staff, Managing Editor for U.S. News Brian Carovillano explains how quick-thinking and collaboration across states and formats led to definitive coverage of a tragic story that captured national attention:

Posted in Industry Insights

AP top editor urges journalists to renew fight for access

, by Erin Madigan White

Kathleen Carroll, senior vice president and executive editor of The Associated Press, called on fellow journalists to remain vigilant in pressing government and institutions for access to public information during an address to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on Monday in New York.

Posted in Announcements

AP statement on CPJ report

, by Erin Madigan White

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a report today on the Obama administration and the press that references the secret seizure of AP phone records by the U.S. Department of Justice earlier this year.

Posted in Behind the News

How a reporter discovered lobbyists get state pensions

, by Erin Madigan White

A tip received in the New York Statehouse, shared with other AP statehouse reporters across the country, leads to the news that public pensions are available to hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states. A staff memo from Managing Editor Kristin Gazlay gives the backstory:

Posted in Behind the News

AP’s everyday work of seeking access to government information, with names attached

, by Michael Oreskes

The rules by which journalists engage with government officials can sound arcane. “Background briefing.” “Off the record.” “Not for direct attribution.” But arguments over applying these rules are part of a struggle that really matters. Most democratic countries explicitly promise the right to speak and publish freely. But often only implied is the right to gather the information you want to speak about or publish, or to have someone gather it on the public’s behalf.