Poynter has a new article regarding the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) and how journalists, or anyone else, can get better and more streamlined access to public information.
For activists who want to drill beneath the headlines and main stream media stories, this will be invaluable resource.
It’s called the FOIA Mapper. Here’s a clip from the story on Poynter which contains a link to the Mapper.
FOIA Mapper works by offering a way for people to see what information exists, which agencies have it, what format they have it in and how to request it in a way that makes that request the most likely to be filled. You can also search the FOIA log to see what other people and news organizations are requesting.