Other State and National Organizations and Tools

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.
Since 1975, Investigative Reporters and Editors has been dedicated to supporting high-quality investigative reporting. Its website functions as a clearinghouse for story ideas and resources on journalistic methods, and provides a critical access point for thousands of reporting tip sheets, on-the-road training, and watchdog workshops.

National Freedom of Information Coalition
A forum for the conversation about open government, the National Freedom of Information Coalition is housed at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, where a team of open-government experts provides support to state organizations, hosts conferences to encourage the debate, and circulates both news items and educational materials revolving around questions of open government.

Openthegovernment.org is a coalition of more than 80 organizations that promotes government accountability and access on the federal level. Its website catalogs activities toward that end, in addition to coalescing media coverage of FOIA activities across the nation.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press endeavors to protect the privileges of free speech and access that have historically fostered a rich journalistic heritage in the U.S. To that end, RCFP provides support to journalists through a legal hotline, database of amicus briefs and other statements of support, and other publications and resources.

Texas Legislature Online
Texas Legislature Online is an all-access pass to the goings on of the Texas Legislature. House and Senate calendars; audio of hearings; information about members of both houses and current bills and passed legislation; how-to’s for accessing significant information about the inner workings of Texas state government; and much more can be located on or through TLO.