Six months in, the Freedom of Information Act is still a novelty for UK journalists - and for those who teach journalism. Open government campaigner Heather Brooke (left) was the keynote speaker at the Association for Journalism Education meeting at the University of Sunderland on Friday, giving a thought-provoking account of her various campaigns and techniques for squirreling out information she believe the public has a right to know. Her book, Your Right to Know, complemented by a blog - promises to be a useful tool for investigative journalists. To illustrate her themes, she used Steve Wood's UK Freedom of Information Act Blog; fascinating stuff, but it highlighted that some writers are so caught up by the process of investigation that they can forget the real trick lies in turning the information they unearth into stories people want to read. That it is still early days is illustrated by Wood's regular Media Roundup postings which routinely include phrases along the lines of 'revealed by the Daily Beast under the Freedom of Information Act' - the method of inquiry is still seen as adding to the news value of the story.