The American Society of News Editors launched Sunshine Week in 2005 as a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. The weeklong celebration is held every March 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. 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 its co-sponsor, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and has renewed the partnership to oversee the national coordination of resources and provide support for participants.
For more information, visit sunshineweek.org. Follow Sunshine Week on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #SunshineWeek.