▶ Utah lawyers and journalists team up on records requests: Reporters at the Salt Lake Tribune have increasingly received denials in response to FOIA requests, investigative reporter Jessica Miller writes. As a result, lawyers from five firms in the state are donating their time to the Tribune, a nonprofit news site, in order to help journalists fight those denials. Records from state agencies can uncover important stories, such as MuckRock's collaboration with the Tribune on Utah's failed school COVID-19 testing program. (Read the documents and data behind that story here.)
▶ Hacks/Hackers is hiring a Director of Operations: Hacks/Hackers, a grassroots journalism organization that shares knowledge and information among its thousands of members, seeks a Director of Operations who will "oversee HR, finance, and administrative responsibilities." The organization seeks candidates who can manage a $5 million contract it recently received from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about the role and apply here.
▶ Open court records will save money, CBO finds: Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released its cost estimates for S. 2614, also called the "Free PACER" bill, which would cancel fees for online court records. Overall, between 2022 and 2032, the bill would lead to $343 million in savings for the federal government, CBO found. However, the office "overestimates" costs of moving to a new records system, according to Fix the Court.