Navigating FOI and open records laws

  • Event: 2019 Tampa/St. Petersburg Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Emily Le Coz of GateHouse Media; Rachael Jones of Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10:30am
  • Location: Lowell E. Davis Memorial Hall, Room 130
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Learn how to use federal and state open records laws to draft records requests the right way. We'll discuss ways to challenge denials and keep a steady flow of information coming into the newsroom with FOI.

Speaker Bios

  • Rachael L. Jones is a Legal Fellow at the UF Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. Before joining the Brechner Center, Jones served as Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Scott Makar of the First District Court of Appeal of Florida. Jones also served as a Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the UNC Center for Media Law & Policy. Jones graduated from the UF Levin College of Law in 2016. @rachaeljones_

  • Emily Le Coz is the managing editor of GateHouse Media's National Data and Investigations Team, based in Sarasota, Florida. Previously, she served as deputy investigations editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where she collaborated on the nationally award winning "Bias on the Bench" investigation. Before that, she was an investigative reporter at the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, where she also helped cover the legislature and was a stringer for Reuters.

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