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 Public Records Access Priorities

August 9, 2018

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Frank LoMonte Talks About Campus Newsrooms and Racial Awareness

August 2, 2018

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CJC Brechner Center Noted for Report on Transparent Law Enforcement Communication

July 2, 2018

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June 14, 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

Access law: More on issue of apps that could allow ducking open records and meetings laws: From @onthemedia 8/11: RT: "A Private App for Public Officials" via @onthemedia

Should govt focus on #opendata or put resources into selective #data sets for internal use? This and other questions addressed in new report from #publicCIO and @govtechnews #OpenGov #openrecords #StateFOI

It's unclear whether journalists have a First Amendment claim if they're denied access to government officials in retaliation for unflattering coverage. That needs clarifying, @BrechnerCenter's @FrankLoMonte writes.

Currently geeking out over this civic data "heat map" from the City of Pittsburgh, which originated with listening sessions asking citizens which sets of data they'd most like to see.

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