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The Art of Access: Strategies for getting public records

  • Jun 26, 2012 · 6:00 PM

The Art of Access: Strategies for getting public records to improve your reporting and life

Stretched thin with daily stories, Web postings and extra responsibilities? Feel like you can’t do the kind of depth reporting you want? Or maybe you just want to improve your reporting skills and bolster your already stellar stories? Then make sure to attend this special session on strategies for acquiring public records by Society of Professional Journalists Freedom of Information Trainer David Cuillier. Here is what he’ll cover:

  • Great ideas for document-based stories you can do in your community
  • Strategies for effective records requests and overcoming denials
  • Psychological skills for getting officials to give you what you need
  • Tips for making records part of your daily routine while stretched thin
  • Rousing inspiration for doing great journalism in tough times

Cost: FREE for SPJ members, KQED staffers; $10 for others

David Cuillier is a newsroom trainer for SPJ, Freedom of Information Committee chairman[masked], and co-author with Charles Davis of “The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Records.” He is a former reporter and editor and now is director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, where he teaches courses on access, and conducts research on access strategies.

Sponsors: Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California, KQED

This Tour Brought to You by the Letters SDX…

This tour is funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, a non-profit organization that aids the Society of Professional Journalists and journalism initiatives. See information about the first Access Across America tour in 2010 at

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  • A former member
    A former member

    David Cuillier was excellent -- very knowledgeable, personable and approachable. I got a lot out of his presentation. The information was presented in an organized, easy-to-follow way. Really appreciate the handbook that was emailed out!

    June 29, 2012

  • lisa v.

    Very thorough, especially that very last piece of advice...File a FOIA
    every week.

    June 27, 2012

  • Jessica K.

    I found it to be very inspiring and interesting. Thanks for putting this on, and I'm looking forward to more meetings like this!

    June 27, 2012

  • William

    Very informative and inspirational.

    June 27, 2012

  • Barry T.

    It was a great and informative program. I gained some inspiration from it. The presenter could have used the microphone, though.

    June 26, 2012

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