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Next Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, reporters Betsy Ladyzhets and Dillon Bergin will share how MuckRock's editorial team uses collaboration to pursue large data projects — including collaborations with academic experts and across different newsrooms.

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The update 

▶ MuckRock is hiring a front-end developer: We're seeking a developer who will own the Svelte front end for DocumentCloud, helping to expand the utility of this platform. The position is remote and has a starting salary of $85,000. Learn more and apply here!

▶ Upcoming FOIA advisory committee meeting: The National Archives and Records Association's FOIA advisory committee is a group that facilitates conversations between the agency and records requesters nationwide. This committee's next meeting will take place on December 1, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET, with an agenda including a panel on complex FOIA requests and updates from subcommittees. Register by November 29 to attend.

Flatwater Free Press sues Nebraska state agency: The Flatwater Free Press, a nonprofit newsroom in Nebraska focused on investigations, is suing the state's Department of Environment and Energy over a public records request. After reporter Yanqi Xu requested emails about nitrates in groundwater, the department said this request would cost more than $44,000. The newsroom has filed a lawsuit in response to this "outrageous fee," Matt Wynn writes in an article explaining why the outlet made this decision.

FOIA finds  & top docs 

For The Record was written by Betsy Ladyzhets and edited by Michael Morisy.

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