The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Accessing Information under FOIA

Session 1:

This session will outline the basics of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and how you can apply it to your research, campaigns and investigations. We’ll go through the type of information that can be accessed from government bodies and how you can draft effective requests to get the most out of the Act. We will also look at how to make requests for information under the lesser-known Environmental Information Regulations. Towards the end of the session, we will demonstrate WhatDoTheyKnowPro, a new FOIA toolkit for journalists developed by MySociety.

Session 2:

This session will go through the FOIA appeals process, and teach you how to argue your case when government bodies are doing whatever they can to prevent a disclosure. At the end of the session, we will look at how to send freedom of information requests around the world. To finish, we’ll discuss and work through some of the FOIA challenges that you have encountered.


5 July 2019 – #CIJSummer 2019/DAY 2

FOI: Session 1
FOI: Session 2

Jenna Corderoy

Jenna Corderoy is a reporter for openDemocracy’s investigations team. She specialises in obtaining documents under the Freedom of Information Act, and has brought several successful FOIA challenges at tribunal.
  • 5 July 2019 09.00–11.15
Location: Room 314 - PSH Building - Goldsmiths, University of London
Freedom of Information