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.

Entries sought for Brechner Center’s annual FOI reporting award

January 21, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Employee Free Speech Rights and Student Journalist Protection

January 16, 2019

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New Brechner Center issue brief spotlights employees’ legally protected right to discuss workplace issues with journalists

January 14, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Mismanagement and Secrecy in Higher Education Presidential Searches

January 10, 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

Editorial: "citizens will get better, more accurate information from the workers actually doing the job than from someone who is hired to massage and sanitize information for the press."

GAO's five commonsense practices for making government open data websites more useful: Engage with your target audience, make your data easily discoverable in a usable format, and more.

MFIA student Sasha Dudding ('20) writes in the @hartfordcourant about the need for meaningful public access to police videos and records in order to promote transparency and accountability for law enforcement in Connecticut.

Private employers: You can’t forbid your workers from talking to journalists

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