Iowa Freedom of Information Council

The Iowa Freedom of Information Council is a non-profit coalition of journalists, educators, attorneys, librarians and others that promotes open government. It was founded in 1976 and has been housed since its creation in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Drake University.

The Council produces educational materials on the Iowa open meetings and public records laws (Chapters 21 and 22 of the Iowa Code); conducts workshops and training sessions for journalists, government officials and citizens; and its executive secretary answers questions via phone and e-mail.

The Council is also the state coordinator of the Expanded Media Coverage (camera-in-the-courtroom) program.

More information, including contact information and texts of the Council's "Open Meetings, Open Records Handbook" and "Iowa Expanded Media Coverage Handbook," can be found at

Iowa Open Records and Open Meetings Handbook, Published by the Iowa Freedom of Information Council