Putting FOIA to Work

paul mihailidis
Jun 7 · 2 min read

Project page for Make FOIA work.

Project Mission — To build a design process for using FOIA to engage communities in participatory journalism

Project Site https://makefoia.work

Funder — Online News Association

Description: Make FOIA Work is about re-imaging journalism through design, participation and collaboration. Faculty, staff and students at Emerson College worked alongside the Boston Institute of Nonprofit Journalism (BINJ) and MuckRock, two independent and alternative news and information platforms and publishers, to produce a data-driven and engagement-based investigative reporting series that exposes corruption around the sales of guns in Massachusetts. Through design studios in participatory methods and data visualization, project participants created a participatory guide book for journalists, practitioners and community members on how to undertake participatory design projects with a focus on FOIA requests, community participation, and collaboration. The project also highlights the course syllabi in participatory design methods and data visualization.

Support for this project was made possible by the Online News Association’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. This project is administered by the Online News Association with support from Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, Rita Allen Foundation and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

paul mihailidis

My name is Paul Mihailidis. I’m a professor of civic media and journalism at Emerson College in Boston, MA. I founded and direct the MA in Media Design, and run a global media academy in Salzburg, Austria. This site is where I share my research, projects, and writing. Enjoy!

paul mihailidis

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professor, researcher, teacher, activist. Engagement Lab @ Emerson College & Salzburg Global Seminar. @pmihailidis www.paulmihailidis.com

paul mihailidis

My name is Paul Mihailidis. I’m a professor of civic media and journalism at Emerson College in Boston, MA. I founded and direct the MA in Media Design, and run a global media academy in Salzburg, Austria. This site is where I share my research, projects, and writing. Enjoy!