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The FOIA Fellows program provides intensive hands-on training and mentoring for early-career journalists in the Chicagoland area and surrounding states who work at small news organizations, with a special focus on journalists from underrepresented backgrounds.
The fellows come to Chicago for two days to hear from leading Freedom of Information and investigative reporting voices. They’re also paired with mentors to receive personalized feedback on their current projects and FOIA records requests.
February 28 — March 1, 2019
The 2019 FOIA Fellows program was sponsored by a generous grant from the Gannett Foundation, which supports the cost of stipends, travel and lodging for the fellows.
The inaugural CJIE FOIA Fellows program hosted eight young professional journalists on March 1, 2018. Guests of the inaugural CJIE FOIA Fellows program included: