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.

#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 LoMonte Authors Article on Civic Engagement to Protect Student Journalists’ Rights

September 11, 2018

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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

Buggy technology? Staffing turnover? School discipline stats in the Department of Education's database are incomplete and at times hugely inaccurate, and it's not clear why. #datadeserts

To great applause, @PresidentFuchs welcomes 200 journalism graduates across 50 years’ @UFJSchool history as “friends of the truth and friends of the people.”

A special carve-out from Connecticut's open-records law allows universities to withhold access to faculty personnel files. That makes it harder to investigate, document and police harassment.

Creating a dispute-resolution office in the Illinois AG's office was supposed to help expedite FOI responses. Critics say the office has been so slow and so politicized that it may be time to fold it.

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