Topic: “Freedom of Information”

Posted in Behind the News

AP investigative reporter offers tips for seeking public records

, by Erin Madigan White

The Associated Press is committed to fighting for access to information the public has a right to know. AP journalists across the country routinely file Freedom of Information Act requests to uncover critical information that the government would have preferred to keep secret. Washington investigative reporter Jack Gillum recently broke the story that Hillary Clinton used a private email server at her home, and he mined information on Instagram to track Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock’s spending. Gillum frequently draws from records requests to report exclusives. Here, he explains why they should be part of every journalist’s toolkit:

Posted in Behind the News

A search of records reveals questionable ties of police chiefs

, by Erin Madigan White

In this memo to staff, Managing Editor for U.S. News Brian Carovillano explains how a statehouse reporter’s aggressive pursuit of public documents uncovered a story that had immediate impact in cities across the country:

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 Behind the News

Editorials criticize FBI’s impersonation

, by Paul Colford

The FBI’s recent admission that it fabricated an Associated Press story and impersonated an AP reporter during an investigation of bomb threats in the Seattle area continues to generate criticism of the agency’s actions.

Posted in Announcements

AP CEO demands answers from DOJ and FBI

, by Erin Madigan White

Protesting the FBI’s impersonation of an Associated Press reporter, AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt today demanded answers from Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey.

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