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Call for entries: Apply by Feb. 28 for $3,000 reporting prize from UF’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information

January 17, 2020

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Brechner Center Paper Cited in Worker’s Gag Clauses Story; Frank LoMonte Quoted in Fair Report Privilege Piece

January 8, 2020

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Sara Ganim Investigates Data Deserts in Education

December 19, 2019

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In the New Journal of Civic Information: Defending Against “Reverse FOIA” Lawsuits, and Obtaining State Legislators’ Records

December 18, 2019

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Frank D. LoMonte


University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
2096 Weimer Hall
P.O. Box 118400
Gainesville, Fla. 32611

Open data is helping equalize the odds between tenants and abusive landlords. But there's one problem: Landlords who intentionally spell their names wrong in municipal records to avoid leaving a trail.

The @BrechnerCenter is now calling for entries for the Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award, presented annually to recognize outstanding news coverage that promotes transparent, accountable government.

1/ 🚨🚨Big Database Doc Dump!!🚨🚨 I am So Excited to publish this w/ @teamtrace @MuckRock: Data dictionaries, user guides, record layouts + more for some of the most widely used police databases in the country.

This would revolutionize the public's right-to-know if it caught on: Jacksonville says media should get its FOI fees refunded because its utility coverage alerted the city to essential, previously unknown information.

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