UPDATE: Here is a link to the AUDIO RECORDING of the interview and highlights of the discussion!
(This is an free FOIA event sponsored by ProPublica.)
Monday, December 7, 2015 (PAST)
Reception: 6:00 PM | Conversation: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Alexander Library, Lecture Hall (4th Floor)
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
ProPublica and Rutgers University’s NJ Spark journalism lab present “ProPublica Live: In Conversation with Jason Leopold,” a discussion with the VICE News reporter on his groundbreaking use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Leopold is surprisingly effective at getting the government to spill its secrets. His aggressive use of FOIA, demanding documents from every imaginable government agency, has pried loose Department of Defense records detailing abuses at Guantanamo Bay, files from BP to the Environmental Protection Agency that lobby for contracts after the 2010 oil spill, and the Department of Justice white paper authorizing the CIA to kill a U.S. citizen abroad.
The free event will be moderated by ProPublica assistant managing editor Eric Umansky and cover tips for how others – journalists, researchers and anyone in search of information – can creatively use FOIA for maximum results. “ProPublica Live” will also cover Leopold’s personal story of learning from past mistakes (including erroneously reporting in 2006 that Karl Rove had been indicted in the investigation of the Valerie Plame leak), how journalists can bounce back after controversy, and his most surprising FOIA finds.