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A look back at FOIA Fest 2017

August 20, 2017 Mike Ewing 0

FOIA Fest 2017 brought journalists together to share tips and tools on how to dig for the truth using the Freedom of Information Act, including panels and training sessions on everything from finding records hidden in plain sight to analyzing data for hard-hitting investigations.

FOIA Fest 2017 — Feb. 25

February 3, 2017 Ben Meyerson 0

Tickets for the fifth-annual FOIA Fest 2017 are now live! Get yours before they sell out. The fifth-annual FOIA Fest will be Feb. 25 at Loyola University Chicago. The daylong conference features panels and training sessions on everything from finding records hidden in plain sight to analyzing data for hard-hitting […]

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McCormick Foundation awards FOIAFest grant

January 14, 2016 admin 0

The Chicago Headline Club has received a two-year, $25,000 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to support FOIAFest. The Headline Club’s annual daylong conference leads up to Sunshine Week and aims to celebrate the importance of access to public information. “This grant will allow the Headline Club to broaden […]

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Headline Club gift to you

December 22, 2015 Susan Stevens 0

Give yourself the gift of knowledge this holiday season: Become a member of the Chicago Headline Club now through Jan. 15 and get a free ticket to our fourth annual FOIA Fest, a daylong conference dedicated to access to public information. Come hear from Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the watchdog group […]

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March 18, 2014 0

More than 120 journalists attended a day-long observance of Sunshine Week that provided training in 12 sessions that ranged from the pros and cons of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act to how to find data and manipulate it with Excel spreadsheets. The Chicago Headline Club and Loyola University Chicago student…

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More than 120 people attended FOIA Fest

March 17, 2014 0

More than 120 journalists, freelancers, activists, writers and media professionals gathered on March 14 for the second annual FOIA Fest: a daylong conference that recognized Sunshine Week.
At the conference, SouthtownStar columnist Phil Kadner discussed the state law and how it has evolved in recent years. College lecturer and scholar Jeff…

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Andy Shaw kicks off FOIA Fest

March 13, 2013 0

The Better Government Association’s (BGA) Andy Shaw helped the Chicago Headline Club kick off their first annual FOIA FEST.
Learn more about the power of FOIA by visiting the BGA online at
Learn more about FOIA FEST here.
Also: How to file a FOIA in Illinois 
And: FOIA Clinics

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FOIA Fest!

March 5, 2013 0

In light of Sunshine Week, the Chicago Headline Club is rolling out its first annual FOIA FEST. The Better Government Association’s Andy Shaw will help us kick off the week with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 11 at the auditorium of Columbia College Chicago’s journalism…