Projects and events are planned around the nation in honor of the 10th annual Sunshine Week initiative.
This year’s week to mark open-government awareness takes place March 15-21.
The American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press are working with four major news organizations – The Associated Press, The McClatchy Company, USA TODAY and Gannett Co. Inc. – on coverage to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sunshine Week.
A package of 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 Reporters Committee and the Sunshine Week website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This focus on how vital government transparency is to our nation has an impact that goes beyond Sunshine Week itself,” said Reporters Committee Executive Director Bruce D. Brown. “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.”
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.
Sunshine Week 2015 is made possible by an endowment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and by generous donations from the Gridiron Club and Foundation.
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.
For more information about Sunshine Week, visit sunshineweek.org. Follow Sunshine Week on Facebook and Twitter, and use the #SunshineWeek hashtag.