Freedom of Information - Making FOI Requests.

Course Brief

This course will be delivered by Ken Foxe who is a writer, researcher, trainer and co-director of the transparency organisation Right to Know.  Ken has more than 20 years experience in journalism and he now specialises in information access, using Freedom of Information, Access to Information on the Environment(AIE), and other ways to access public records.  In this role, Ken delivers training in techniques for information access to national newspapers, regional media, NGO's and others.  The course will cover all aspects of the Freedom of Information Act and how journalists can make requests, appeal requests and useful links that will help journalists in their role.

Course Content

This course will cover the following :

  • History of the Freedom of Information Act
  • How to send a request
  • Wording your requests
  • Asking for 'parallel' records
  • What Bodies are included in your requests
  • The Right of Appeal
  • Pros and Cons of Appeal
  • The Right of Exemption
  • The Act - Section by Section
  • Useful links
  • Alternatives to FOI


Course Format

The course is delivered online and is 2.5 hours in duration.