online class on Freedom of Information

News University is offering a class on Freedom of Information. It’s free for registered users of the site:

What will I learn? Freedom of information is instrumental to journalism and essential for democracy. This course teaches you how to use the Freedom of Information Act, Public Records Laws and Open Meetings Laws to uphold your right to know the government’s actions. Learn not only the details of FOI laws in your state, but how to use FOI to write better stories today.

News University offers training for Journalists and is part of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

Are you ready to start your own business?

SitePoint has a list of questions, a self-assessment to help you determine if you’re ready to be an entrepreneur. Listed below are just a few.

Not everyone is suited to it. If you can answer “yes” to the majority of these questions, then working from home may be for you:

  • Are you well-organised?
  • Are you easily self-motivated?
  • Can you set your own work timetables?
  • Can you work with occasional distractions?
  • Are you sufficiently self-disciplined to keep your nose to the grindstone?
  • Do you have good time-management skills?
  • Can you work alone, or is your personality better suited to a team setting?
  • Can you set goals for yourself, and stick to them?
  • Is there a space in your home for you to set up exclusively as your office?
  • Do you have all the equipment necessary to operate an efficient, professional office?
  • Can you manage without traditional office support, and resources?
  • Will you be able to cope in relative isolation, without the social interaction which a corporate office provides?

Found via LifeHacker.

are you boycotting on Monday?

I haven’t decided yet. But it looks like the boycott is reaching even consumers of American goods in Mexico.

A Day Without Americans: Mexicans May Boycott
Move Meant To Pressure U.S. Congress

— reported by

MEXICO CITY — The call is moving quickly through Mexican cyberspace: Boycott the endless array of U.S. companies and restaurant chains in Mexico to pressure the U.S. Congress to legalize undocumented migrants in El Norte.

But American executives say the attack is misguided: As the largest private-sector employer in Mexico, the U.S. business community is doing more than anyone to provide much-needed jobs – and is also among the strongest supporters of immigration reform.