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 Authors Article on Civic Engagement to Protect Student Journalists’ Rights

September 11, 2018

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A conversation with Bethany Barnes, investigative reporter, The Oregonian

August 27, 2018

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Frank LoMonte Pens Article on the Effect of Freedom of Information Laws and Transparency

August 16, 2018

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Public Records Access Priorities

August 9, 2018

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Frank D. LoMonte


University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
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.@fineout is joined on this incredibly esteemed #FBRW2018 panel by Pat Gleason of @AGPamBondi's office; Dara Kam, a reporter with the News Service of Florida; Frank D. LoMonte, professor at @BrechnerCenter; and @mikevasilinda, President of Capitol News Service. 🌟 🌟 🌟


Frank D. LoMonte, a @BrechnerCenter prof., advises #FBRW2018 attendees to KNOW what an agency's records retention schedule is.

And if you don't know ... ask!

@fineout added: If an agency you work w/ is about to face turnover, dont be shocked if those records are moved or 👋👋.


At @NFOIC today, Arizona's @DavidCuillier referenced this Duke L.J. article by Denver's Prof. Kwoka about the "distortion" of #FOIA laws by commercial requesters, which proposed that agencies voluntarily disclose high-value datasets.

Media lawyer Greiner: Reporters should get the records retention protocols for every agency they cover. Text messages and chat posts are “falling through the cracks” because public employees don’t save them routinely.

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