Poynter is offering training for first-time journalists to help them navigate open records requests:
Open Records Success: Strategies for Writing Requests and Overcoming Denials
Self-directed course, start anytime
This course, designed for first-time and student journalists, will make the process of requesting public documents easier. Participants will learn precisely how to word requests and how to overcome objections and denials from public agencies.
Cost: Free. Suggested donation: $20. Enroll now.