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 School Backpack Safety and Privacy

April 4, 2018

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Bethany Barnes

Brechner Center Announces 2018 Freedom of Information Award Winner

April 3, 2018

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A call for reforming student privacy laws that impede the public’s access to essential safety information

March 21, 2018

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National Freedom of Information Coalition to Relocate to the University of Florida

March 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

"We need to have a conversation about the role these platforms play and how they control access to our audiences." @TMPowell addressing the perils of news media relying on delivery systems like Facebook, which can deactivate content at will.

"I think that journalism remains fundamentally changed today by the change in technology. What has changed is the way journalism is distributed. The gatekeeping function of legacy media is essentially gone." @thomasefiedler

Panel of leading journalism experts, including @TMPowell and @thomasefiedler, is live now, addressing how social media and deepfakes affect trust in media and how journalists interact with audiences.

@BrechnerCenter's @FrankLoMonte moderating a live discussion from @UFLaw about protecting news sources, journalistic privilege, and more. Watch:

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