MuckRock has created a Slack channel just for reporters to trade tips and tricks on submitting Freedom of Information Act requests and covering the presidency of Donald Trump.
According to Poynter, which has been demonstrating a no-holds-barred strategy of pushing back against fake news and lies in general, over 250 journalists have already joined the Slack. Around half are national reporters and the other have is made up of local ones.
Poynter describes the chat channel, which launched in the week after Trump’s win, one that “works to help build requests, workshop ideas, ask questions and share results.” MuckRock’s own co-founder, Michael Morisy, said this:
Anytime we have a new administration, there’s turnover and there are changes. I always think it’s important for reporters to get an understating of what that new administration’s priorities are. I think that’s true no matter who’s taking office.
The question of how the news should be covering Trump has plagued both the media and the public for months. This Slack channel probably won’t answer every question, but it’s a good place to start collaborating.
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