Let Sunshine Week shine through Saturday
Thanks, everyone, for making this year's Sunshine Week, the 10th anniversary, more valuable and impactful than ever before. The number of participants grow daily (visit sunshineweek.org), and there are tons of great stories written about Sunshine Week.
Let's continue to fight for open government and freedom of information this week! Sunshine Week will shine until Saturday, March 21.
Sunshine Week 2015, the 10th anniversary, keeps shining and shining with hundreds of participants fighting for open government and freedom of information. Thanks for producing, publishing and promoting magnificent work and organizing and hosting various events to raise awareness of this important nationwide initiative.
"White House formally exempts office from FOIA regs" (The Hill)
"Opening Up to Celebrate Sunshine Week" (Jefferson Public Radio's interview with ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg)
"Sunshine Week is about you" (The Courier-Journal)
"Sunshine week shines light on lack of freedom: Column" (USA TODAY)
(Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
(The Bakersfield Californian)
"Sunshine Week: What can the government do to be more transparent for you?" (The Washington Post)
"Open government is good government" (Houston Chronicle)
"From local cops to NSA secrets, let sunshine in" (Sacramento Bee)
"Sunshine Week: A time for celebration and trepidation" (Sun-Sentinel)
Sunshine Week Happy Hour and FOILIES Awards (Washington, D.C.)
Open House (Des Moines, Iowa)
Window, Wall and Sunshine Awards (San Diego, Calif.)
In case you missed it, the Sunshine Week Toolkit features free resources that you can use to create strong packages for your print or online publications this week. The column "An Inconvenient Truth: Open Government Requires Transparency" by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) just came in Wednesday. All of the content, including stories, op-eds, cartoons and more, is available to everyone and anyone free of charge, thanks to Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation; The Associated Press; The McClatchy Company; USA TODAY; Gannett Co., Inc; and many more participating organizations and individuals.
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.
Launched in 2005 and partnered with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in 2012, Sunshine Week is 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.