Archive February 2015

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Sunshine Week: Exciting coverage package coming soon

The Associated Press, The McClatchy Company, USA TODAY and Gannett Co., Inc. will mark 10 years of Sunshine Week with an unprecedented package of high-impact stories, a commentary piece, informational graphics and editorial cartoons. Package coming the week of March 9.

ASNE joins effort to overturn orders issued in mine explosion case

The case involves the 2010 explosion of the Upper Big Branch Mine in Sago, W.Va., which resulted in several casualties. The district judge issued a gag order, which prevents just about any party to the case from publicly speaking about the case, and a sealing order, which applies to almost all documents filed in the case.

Bring news literacy to your community

The National Community and News Literacy Roundtables Project is a two-year project ASNE has launched to help local communities use the tools of news literacy to spark constructive dialogue on important issues facing communities and help build a better informed citizenry. 

Those who are interested in bringing a roundtable to their community should contact Clair Lorell, director of the project, at or 571-366-1152.  

ASNE board member Dori Maynard died Tuesday, Feb. 24

"Dori was a passionate voice for journalism that truly reflected the richness and diversity of civic life," said ASNE President Chris Peck. "She fearlessly challenged the media to explore the deeper issues of American society. Her courageous voice will be missed."

Sunshine Week efforts keep growing!

Thanks for sharing your Sunshine Week plans and efforts. Continue to let us know by sending emails to so that we can update the list of participants and events calendar at

Send us your past Sunshine Week success stories


Sunshine Week is set for March 15-21. Help us create a meaningful look back on the 10 years of Sunshine Week. Send us PDFs or links of your success stories from the past that had an impact on open government to


You can also send links and other information to to have your organization or event listed at the Sunshine Week website, Check out the growing list of events

Celebrate 10 years of Sunshine Week for open government

Sunshine Week is set for March 15-21. Visit for myriad resources, including ope-eds, editorial cartoons, Sunshine Week logos and more. 

Send links and other information to if your organization would like to be listed as a participant. 

We need you to help promote Picture Freedom

Picture Freedom is a nationwide contest for students 13 and older to create and share photos and artwork that illustrate free speech in America on their social media. It begins Feb. 22 and ends Feb. 28.

We ask editors to help promote this First Amendment awareness contest by writing about it, publishing a guest 
column or placing the contest's media ads in print and/or online. More information is available at

ASNE names Teri Hayt new executive director

Teri Hayt will be the first female executive director of ASNE in its 93-year history. She succeeds Arnie Robbins who announced in September his desire to step down but will stay on through October to help with the transition.

Hayt will start March 1. 

2015 ASNE Awards deadline extended to Thursday night

The deadline for the 2015 ASNE Awards has been extended to 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 12, because of extreme weather conditions in some parts of the country. 

here to submit your entries. 
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