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Grand Valley State University

This university in Grand Rapids, Mich., received a $5,000 1 for All grant to support FOIAFest on Election Day, Nov. 5, 2019. The multi-faceted event celebrated the Freedom of Information Act, which enables journalists and the public to gain access to vital government information. The campus held the event in partnership with the annual Big Data Ignite conference.

“We had a terrific set of presentations and activities that reached people across campus as well as in the Grand Rapids community, and the students in GrandPR did excellent work promoting the activities,” said Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, assistant professor of journalism. “1 for All's support was critical in making it happen.”

Highlights of FOIAFest:

Commenting on the FOIAFest events, student Brittany Preston said meeting some of the speaker participants taught her more about filing FOIA requests and how to approach a news story she was working on.

News coverage

Muckrock: In the Grand Rapids area? Join us for the FOIAFest water data hackathon Nov. 5 

Grand Valley Lanthorn: GV partners with Big Data Ignite to educate with “FOIAFest”

Grand Valley Lanthorn: GV alumna, journalists return for FOIA Fest

WKTV Journal: GVSU event to focus on understanding the FOIA process

Data Science & Analytics West Michigan

Muckrock: What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Jeff Kelly Lowenstein 

FOIAFest Facebook page

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