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Request Initiative’s FOI workshop today

Request Initiative is hosting our second talk on Freedom of Information at 6pm  tonight, this time hosted by Kat Lay and with a focus on the use of FoIA in tabloid press.

Kat Lay is a tabloid journalist experienced in using the Freedom of Information Act to generate stories. She currently works for The People, and used to work at News of the World, where she was shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year at the national Press Awards. She has also worked as a media law lecturer, and led freelance projects for the National Union of Journalists.

In this workshop she will be talking about using the Freedom of Information Act to generate stories for tabloid newspapers. She will look at stories that have appeared in the popular press over the past few years that have used FoI as their starting point, or an integral part of the investigation.

We will also consider whether journalists in tabloid newsrooms have been slower to realise the potential of using FoI to generate stories than their broadsheet counterparts – and consider the reasons for this.

Is the information available under FoIA just not of interest to the tabloid agenda? And does it make a difference if you’re talking about Sunday or Daily tabloids? The workshop will also touch briefly on the detail of making an FoI request with a view to a tabloid story.

There will then be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

We hope the event will also allow researchers and journalists to network with others using Freedom of Information as an investigation tool.

Entrance is free but to reserve a place please email us at sophia@requestinitiative.org or use our eventbrite page here.

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Light refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Date: February 13, from 6pm to 7:30pm

Location: 27-29 Cursitor St, Holborn, London, EC4A 1LT

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