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Requesting information from government isn't easy

By Doug Oplinger Published: July 26, 2013

Freedom of Information Requests can be cumbersome and time-consuming. For those of us in the media, accustomed to this kind of work, it can slow us down and sometimes cause us to give up.

For citizens, it can be even more daunting.

A number of journalism organizations are creating a system that helps everyone -- journalists and citizens -- prepare information requests that have a higher chance of success and help us better understand our government.

To read more about the projects underway, check out the Organization of Investigative Reporters & Editors.

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