FOI resources

In March 2002, the Society of Environmental Journalists' board of directors formed a First Amendment Task Force "to address freedom-of-information, right-to-know, and other news gathering issues of concern to the pursuit of environmental journalism." These pages are one result of that task force work.

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WatchDog TipSheet
Searchable archives of this free, award-winning, biweekly publication's story ideas, articles, updates, events and other information with a focus on freedom-of-information issues of concern to environmental journalists in both the U.S. and Canada. Includes a database of State FOI Resources and Actions.

Sunshine Week Special Features
In recognition of and to participate in this annual national campaign by newspapers, radio and TV stations and networks, online media, and journalism groups, SEJ's First Amendment Task Force and WatchDog Project created this website to help environmental journalists find and write their own Sunshine stories — not just this one week in March but every week of the year. You'll find inspiring examples of some of the best environmental watchdog journalism in recent years, and some new tips and tools for doing more of it.

Key FOIA Resources on the Internet
Including automated, fill-in-the-blank forms for FOIA requests and state-by-state records requests; Watchdog TipSheet's state-by-state FOI resources, actions and stories; and categorized resource links.

Access News
An archive of past developments of special interest to environmental journalists. (For the latest developments, biweekly WatchDog TipSheet is available via email and archived online.)

FOIA Fundamentals
A primer on how, when and why to use the federal Freedom of Information Act, with lots of tips from a veteran FOIA user.

FOIA War Stories
What worked. What didn't work. An interactive site for environmental journalists.

SEJ speaks on FOI issues
A log of SEJ efforts around the changing rules on public access since Sept. 11.

SEJ First Amendment Task Force
Contact task force members for help on your FOIA issues.

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