Reporters Committee to present free webinar, "Navigating Federal FOIA"

Press Release | October 16, 2012
Reporters Committee to present free webinar, "Navigating Federal FOIA"

Navigating the often intimidating process of filing and appealing a federal Freedom of Information Act request is the focus of the next free webinar hosted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

The webinar will be held Thursday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. (Eastern), hosted by Reporters Committee FOI Director Mark Caramanica and Jack Nelson FOI Fellow Aaron Mackey.

Caramanica and Mackey will take participants through the FOIA process, explaining how to file a request and why it may be denied. The webinar will continue with a look at the Reporters Committee’s new Federal FOIA Appeals Guide, an online resource that guides journalists through the administrative appeals process. The appeals guide was funded by a grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

“This session will help FOIA novices get started on their first requests, but experienced filers will also benefit from learning how to use the appeals guide, which is completely new,” Caramanica explained. “The guide is a fantastic resource to aid journalists in writing effective appeal letters.”

To register for the free webinar, go to

Previous Reporters Committee webinars on “Police, Protesters and the Press” and “Secret Courts” are archived online at

About the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Founded in 1970, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers free legal support to thousands of working journalists and media lawyers each year. It is a leader in the fight against persistent efforts by government officials to impede the release of public information, whether by withholding documents or threatening reporters with jail. In addition to its 24/7 Legal Defense Hotline, the Reporters Committee conducts cutting-edge legal research, publishes handbooks and guides on media law issues, files frequent friend-of-the-court legal briefs and offers challenging fellowships and internships for young lawyers and journalists. For more information, go to, or follow us on Twitter @rcfp.

Related Reporters Committee resources:

· Reporters Committee Webinars

· Federal FOIA Appeals Guide