A Journalist’s Guide to Freedom of Information
As anyone working in journalism will know, access to information can be a useful way to unearth stories, get data and statistics or support wider research tasks. From how local councils deal with bin collections right through to the MPs' expenses case or babies' organs scandal, it is a potent way to unlock information.
This live broadcast session is designed to give you an overview of freedom of information from a tactical perspective. The course is led by a specialist media lawyer who has extensive experience of working directly with journalists, Indies and production teams so that you can benefit from practical up to date teaching that is specific to your sector.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to work in teams to think about the key issues and tackle case studies of real requests with their fellow classmates.
What You Will Learn
This live broadcast session will cover the following:
- What is covered by Freedom of Information laws?
- What can you ask for?
- What is exempt?
- Drafting effective requests
- How to manage your request workload
- Pushing back on negative responses
- Pushing back on rejections based on costs grounds
- Other ways to gather data when a request falls short
- Subject Access
- Environmental Information laws
- Access to datasets
- How to complain to the regulator
Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.