The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

This two-part practical course will guide you through the basics of freedom of information legislation and equip you with the skills necessary to make successful information requests and appeals.

“I’ve never submitted an FOI request so I liked how the course showed me from start to finish how it works. It was also incredibly useful to hear about the potential pitfalls and what to do to appeal.”

Feedback 2020

“Jenna is very knowledgeable about FOI requests and I really appreciated her sharing her expertise.”

Feedback 2020


Please note that this course has a specific focus on UK FOI law and is unable to address the legislation in other national contexts in any great detail.

30 June 2022 – Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)


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.
  • 30 June 2022 14.40–17.00
Location: Room 326 - PSH Building - Goldsmiths, University of London
All levels
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EIRs without the Lawyer

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Human beings depend on the environment for their survival. Industrialisation and development, for all their benefits, have led to the neglect, damage and destruction of the environment all over the world.

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