Want to Learn More About Public Record Laws? Start With NEFAC’s New Multimedia FOI Guide

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org

The New England First Amendment Coalition recently launched a new multimedia guide to freedom of information laws in the region.

The FOI Guide features answers to commonly asked questions about public records, cites notable case law and links to additional resources, including recent legislation for all New England states.

It also features video tutorials on public records and discussions with journalists, attorneys and other open government experts on how records can be obtained.

“Our FOI Guide is the perfect starting point for your research,” said Justin Silverman, NEFAC’s executive director. “It’s geared for both the novice public records requester and the seasoned reporter looking for ideas on how to expand his or her reporting.”

The guide includes the following for each New England state:

• Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
• Links to Relevant Caselaw and Statutes
• State-By-State FOI Legislation Tracker
• Links to Additional Resources and Authorities
• Video Tutorials on Public Records Law
• Interviews with Journalists, Attorneys and Other Open Government Experts

“We will be frequently updating the guide with additional material and information,” Silverman said. “If you want to learn about public records in the New England states, this guide is where you should start.”

The FOI Guide is just one of the many programs and services NEFAC provides to journalists and other citizens throughout the region. Learn more about our coalition and how we can help you.

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

Major Supporters of NEFAC include Hearst Connecticut Media Group, Paul and Ann Sagan, The Boston Globe, WBUR, Boston University and the Robertson Foundation.