Sunshine Week 2017 off to a sunny start!
Happy Sunshine Week, everyone! It's off to a great start as numerous organizations created a robust coverage in their Sunday and Monday
editions by publishing their local stories, as well as the content from our special reporting package. Stories, columns and editorial cartoons from the package appeared on at least 54 front pages and more than 150 places online. Let's keep up the good work in celebrating the positive impact of open government and access to public information!
If you haven't, please take advantage of the multiple stories, photos, columns, an op-ed and cartoons in the package by publishing them throughout the week. A video for the "Sunshine Week-First Amendment" story will be posted soon. Also, the Sunshine Week Toolkit features more opinion pieces and cartoons you can use to show your support for open government.
All of the materials are provided free to everyone and anyone free of charge, thanks to The Associated Press, Associated Press Media Editors, Gannett, McClatchy, The Dallas Morning News and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, as well as many participating organizations and individuals.
Sunshine Week 2016 will continue to shine through Saturday, March 18. You can still send us your plans to be listed on the participants/events pages. Events planned around the nation for Wednesday and Thursday:
- Accessing Information in the Age of Trump: Advice for Journalists and Watchdog (Washington, D.C.)
- ALA 2017 James Madison Award Ceremony (Washington, D.C.)
- Getting to the Truth in an Age of Alternative Facts (Denver)
- Newsmaker Luncheon and The Open Government Traveling Show (Milwaukee)
- The Pennsylvania Sunshine Act: Don't Get Caught In The Dark (Philadelphia)
- Cops & Cameras: privacy, transparency and limitations (Washington, D.C)
- Finnegan FOI Award (Minneapolis)
- JFK at 100: State of the Records (Washington, D.C.)
- Let The Sun Shine In On Public Records in NH (Nashua, New Hampshire)
- The Past, Present, and Future of Open Government in the USA (Washington, D.C.)
- Pop-Up Sunshine Day (Richmond, Virginia)
- Sunshine Week FOIA Event (Colorado)
- "We're Living in the Matrix" Sunshine Law Webinar (Columbus, Ohio)
Sunshine Week 2017 is made possible by an endowment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and by a donation from The Gridiron Club and Foundation.
ASNE launched Sunshine Week in 2005 as a national initiative. Since 2012, ASNE has partnered with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to provide support for news organizations, libraries, universities, civic groups, nonprofits and others who want to promote open government and access to information.