FOI Resources

Need help with access to public records and meetings? SPJ Rio Grande can lend a hand.

SPJ Rio Grande’s IPRA Request Sample Letter
This template for requesting public records in New Mexico includes some of the strategies that our members have found successful.
Look at the PDF
Download it as a Word Document

Open Meetings Act Compliance Guide 2015
New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Compliance Guide
These guides are produced by the Attorney General’s office as resources for public officials and members of the public. Each includes the full text of the law and answers to common questions about it.

Tips and Tools for New Mexico Journalists
Members of our chapter created this hyperlinked tip sheet with information on covering government, politics, business, crime—plus a  list of interactive tools.
This fantastic tool from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press helps you write and track your FOIA requests.

SPJ’s Journalist’s Toolbox: Public Records
SPJ has compiled an outstanding collection of links to national FOI groups and tools.

SPJ’s FOI for Pro’s
This is a step-by-step guide to FOIA requests.

SPJ’s FOI Toolkit
Want to monitor FOI compliance among agencies or in your state? Here’s how to do it.

Bench Bar Media Committee Reference Guide
Updated in April 2013, this guide will help journalists looking for information on access to court proceedings and documents, information about the New Mexico shield law and rules about cameras and recording.

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government
NMFOG operates a hotline for the public and journalists, can assist journalists with letters to recalcitrant records custodians and offer statements on specific issues. Its website includes an archive of New Mexico case law.
(505) 764-3750 / (888) 843-9121

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
RCFP is a deep source of information on press freedom including a New Mexico Open Government Guide and a Federal Open Government Guide. Also provides a letter generator and a legal defense hotline open to journalists and media lawyers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
(800) 336-4243

Student Press Law Center
SPLC is the best source of information for high school and college journalists, includinga letter generator and hotline.
(703) 807-1904

The Federal Government’s FOIA portal