Past Event

Using FOIA, A Talk and Demo led by Derek Kravitz, MuckRock

September 29, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 Brown Institute

A Talk and demo of MuckRock, a website empowering citizens and journalists to write, file and track public records requests online, and its new FOIA Logs tool

Led by Derek Kravitz, MuckRock


This talk and demonstration is an invitation to play, experiment with, and learn about MuckRock, an open-source web transparency platform that assists citizens in preparing, filing, and tracking public record requests to government agencies. The site enables users to access government documents and data covered by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state open-records laws, ensuring that citizens can acquire information vital to the functioning of their government. As part of the training, participants will be given a tour of a new service launching from MuckRock called FOIA Logs, which allows users to lookup, review, and download previous FOIA requests placed to various departments and agencies across the government. Learn about the interface, discover how the site integrates NLP and Machine Learning principles, and understand how the tools might impact your workflow as a journalist and storyteller. Leading the session is Derek Kravitz, MuckRock’s investigations and data editor.

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Brown Institute