The Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information is an incubator for ideas and initiatives that give the public timely and affordable access to the information necessary for informed, participatory citizenship. The Brechner Center works to educate journalists, policymakers and the general public about the law of access today and how it should work tomorrow. The Center is a source of research, expertise and advocacy about the law of gathering and disseminating news across all platforms and technologies.


To mark 40 years of service to the cause of open and accountable government, we asked thought leaders from media law and journalism education to reflect on the Brechner Center’s role, accomplishments, and future challenges. Read More.

Frank LoMonte Comments on Open Records Laws and Victim Safety

November 8, 2018

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#SaveStudentNewsrooms Recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2018 National Conference

October 12, 2018

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Frank LoMonte Shares His Perspective on the First Amendment and Conspiracy Theories

October 12, 2018

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Brechner research finds “no-interviewing” policies at private colleges commonplace but doubtfully legal

October 4, 2018

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Frank D. LoMonte


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Don't take it personally when you get a request for your agency's records, open-government lawyer Terry Mutchler advises, and post as much as you can online to cut down on processing repetitive FOI requests.

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Less local news = increased partisan polarization. "Researchers attribute increasing political polarization not to the loss of information resulting from local newspaper closures but rather to the substitution of national news in its stead."

Tennessee is winning recognition for making information about sexual misconduct by educators more accessible, so wrongdoers can't easily move from job to job undetected.

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