National Press Club

NPC workshop: Making the Freedom of Information Act work for you

October 28, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club will offer workshops this fall to help reporters learn how to submit effective government Freedom of Information Act requests that quickly get results.

The two-part class will be held Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Club's Zenger Room. The instruction is cosponsored by the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Club’s Press Freedom Committee. The instructor is veteran journalist and attorney Lisette Garcia.

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Session I
Session II

Participants will review case studies and learn how to overcome standard objections raised by U.S. records custodians at local, state, and federal levels. The first session will deal with initial requests, while the follow-up session will focus on appeals.

Registration fee for National Press Club members is $25 for both classes or $15 for one. The fee for non-members is $55 for both classes or $30 for one.

Garcia founded the FOIA Resource Center to help lawmakers, journalists and nonprofit organizations quickly and cost-effectively obtain executive agency records. She worked previously as a reporter or editor at The Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star and The Associated Press.

For more information, contact Lisette Garcia at 202-413-5243 or via Twitter @foiafactor