Federal Freedom of Information Act

The following lesson was provided to Connecticut Public, WSHU and New England News Collaborative partners on August 18, 2022.

About Your Instructor

Michael Morisy is MuckRock’s chief executive. He was previously an editor at the Boston Globe, where he launched the paper’s technology vertical BetaBoston. He is currently a 2018-19 nonresidential fellow at Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. He was a 2014-15 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and a 2012-13 Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Network Fellow at Harvard University. He graduated in 2007 from Cornell University with a degree in English.

Prerequisite Viewing

Introduction to Federal FOIA
Federal FOIA Appeals

Additional Federal FOIA Lessons

3 Requests 3 Stories
How Newsrooms Fight FOIA Denials

Additional Resources

U.S. Dept. of Education Civil Rights Investigations
MuckRock: List of FOI Requests

Please contact Michael Morisy at michael@muckrock.com with questions about the content of this lesson. If you’re experiencing any technical issues, please email Justin Silverman at justin@nefac.org.