Content of Sunshine Week package is available for you to publish!

The content of the unprecedented package that The Associated Press; The McClatchy Company; 
USA TODAY; and Gannett Co., Inc., have produced to mark 10 years of Sunshine Week is available at the ASNE and Sunshine Week websites. 

Important note: The content, 
available free of charge for everyone and anyone, is embargoed for use online and in print beginning at 12:01 a.m EDT Friday, March 13. 
We have two exciting announcements! First, Sunshine Week 2015 kicks off Sunday, March 15, and will continue to shine until Saturday, March 21. You can still send us your Sunshine Week plans, and we'll list you to the participants/events lists. 

Second, and more importantly, the content of the unprecedented Sunshine Week package produced by The Associated Press; The McClatchy Company; USA TODAY; and Gannett Co., Inc., is now available at the ASNE and Sunshine Week websites, as well as on the Associated Press and Tribune Content Agency wires. For your convenience, we've also linked directly to each content in the budget. See below!

The content, available free of charge for everyone and anyone, is embargoed for use online and in print beginning at 12:01 a.m EDT Friday, March 13, through the end of this year's Sunshine Week, Saturday, March 21

Also available for your use is the op-ed "A media conspiracy that's good for you" by Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. You're welcome to publish this online and in print starting today (Thursday, March 12).  

We strongly encourage you to join us celebrate the 10 years of Sunshine Week by publishing some or all of the content, including Newton's op-ed. Please pass along the content to your colleagues as necessary. 

Sunshine Week 2015 is made possible thanks to an endowment from the Knight Foundation and generous donations from Bloomberg and the Gridiron Club and Foundation. 

Sunshine Week is a national celebration of access to public information that ASNE launched in 2005 to coincide with the March 16 birthday of James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution and a key advocate of the Bill of Rights. For more information about Sunshine Week, visit Follow Sunshine Week on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #SunshineWeek.

Budget for the Sunshine Week package


RICHMOND, Va. -- The public's right to see government records is coming at an ever-increasing price, and in many cases the fees and hourly charges are acting as barriers to transparency. Some states have taken steps to limit the fees, but those efforts stand out as exceptions amid a broader landscape of challenges to public access to information. By Michael Felberbaum of The Associated Press. With photos.



- BC-US--Sunshine Week-Access at a Price-Glance, a rundown of cost-related issues and legislation in 18 states

- BC-US--Sunshine Week-State by State, summaries of the AP's Sunshine Week stories in all 50 states. This story is not available, yet. It will be posted here

as soon as possible.



WASHINGTON -- Newspapers were once the dominant force in dislodging documents and other records from reluctant federal government agencies, but a new crop of media players, advocacy groups and corporate interests now drive the release of information and changes the way this information is made public. By Kevin Hall of McClatchy Newspapers and Kevin Johnson of USA Today


NEW YORK -- Opinion piece on access issues from Gary Pruitt, president of AP. 


A three-minute video tour of stories from FOIA archives that ranges from a request that's been on the docket for 17 years to one federal agency's  refusal to release a 30-year document because it's still "incomplete." From McClatchy's DC video staff


Available for both online and print publication, a graphic/timeline traces events over the past 10 years that show the country's ambivalence over the free flow of information. The print version is available in both a quarter-page size with illustrations and a smaller text-only version. From McClatchy's Shared News Services staff and Tribune Content Agency.


Editorial cartoonists from across the country are contributing their takes on these topics. These will be available via the Sunshine Week website for publication in print and online during Sunshine Week.