Access To Records, Meetings & Places

One of the greatest reporting tools available to student journalists is public records. Whether you’re looking for help filing your first ever records request or you’ve been doing this for years, the Student Press Law Center is here to help!

SPLC has created tools to help you file a request or appeal a denial, guides to understanding FOIA and other access laws, and more. We also have guides about public meetings, FERPA and other top access issues for student journalists.

Need more personalized help? Contact SPLC’s legal hotline for one-on-one assistance.

File a Request

Public Records Letter Generator

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File a Complaint

FOI Complaint Template

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More Guides:

  • FERPA - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is often misused to block student journalists' access to information. Learn more about the law.
  • FERPA Request Letter Generator - If you want to get a copy of the records your high school has on you, this form will help you generate a request for those documents.