Celebrate 10 years of Sunshine Week for open government
Join ASNE and Reporters Committee celebrate 10 years of Sunshine Week from March 15-21. There will be an unprecedented package of stories, a commentary piece, informational graphics and editorial cartoons available in early March.
Check out the Sunshine Week website, sunshineweek.org, for various resources, story ideas, a list of participants and a calendar of events. Email us your Sunshine Week 2015 plans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press are pleased to announce the 10th annual Sunshine Week initiative, March 15-21. Special projects and events are already planned around the nation to mark a decade of open-government awareness.
"Social media has allowed vastly more information to be exchanged than 10 years ago, but unfortunately, much less progress has been made in government transparency," said ASNE Terrorist, Secrecy and the Media Committee Co-chairs Lucy Dalglish, Anders Gyllenhaal and Mike Oreskes. "We are thrilled by how much Sunshine Week has grown and how it has been appreciated by the public. We think this year's celebration will be better and stronger than ever."
"What makes Sunshine Week work is the across-the-board participation from news media, lawmakers at all levels of government, civic groups, nonprofits, universities, libraries and so many more," said Reporters Committee Executive Director Bruce D. Brown. "This focus on how vital government transparency is to our nation has an impact that goes beyond Sunshine Week itself. The Reporters Committee is proud to work with ASNE on the national coordination."
ASNE and Reporters Committee are working with four major news organizations -- The Associated Press, The McClatchy Company, USA TODAY and Gannett Co. Inc. -- on a significant plan and coverage to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sunshine Week. An unprecedented package of high-impact stories, a commentary piece, informational graphics and editorial cartoons will be available for free in early March. Content will be distributed by ASNE, AP, the Sunshine Week website and Reporters Committee.
Several open-government events are being planned before and during Sunshine Week 2015. The National FOI Day (#FOIDay15) on March 13 will include a look at 10 years of Sunshine Week and what lies ahead, as well as discussions about the importance of transparency in government and other speakers. The event will be at the Newseum and webcast live. More details will be available soon on the Sunshine Week website, sunshineweek.org.
Hosted by ASNE and Reporters Committee, sunshineweek.org provides participants with myriad resources in the Toolkit section, which showcases op-eds, editorial cartoons and Sunshine Week logos. There are also several sources for inspiration in FOI story ideas and Sunshine Week past work.
The website also provides a list of participants and a calendar of events. To have your organization or event listed, please send links and other information to email@example.com.
ASNE launched Sunshine Week in 2005 as a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants have included print, broadcast and digital media outlets; government officials at all levels; schools and universities; nonprofit and civic organizations; libraries and archivists; and individuals interested in the public's right to know. In 2012, ASNE partnered with Reporters Committee and has renewed the partnership to oversee the national coordination of resources and provide support for participants.
Sunshine Week 2015 is made possible by an endowment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and by generous donations from Bloomberg and the Gridiron Club and Foundation.