Grab your shades and let in some light


This year’s Sunshine Week initiative to mark open-government awareness takes place March 13-19.

Newspapers and communities will join ASNE and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information.

Newspapers and others can access editorial materials, infor­mation on events and more details at

The site provides resources in the Toolkit section, which includes op-eds, editorial cartoons and Sunshine Week logos.

Also offered are sources for inspiration for freedom of information story ideas and past work from Sunshine Weeks, now in its 11th year.

The website provides a list of 2016 participants and a calendar of events. To have your organization or event listed, send links and other information to

In the coming weeks newspapers can access materials for Sunshine Week 2016 at

• Opinion columns

• Editorial cartoons

• Sunshine Week logos and icons

• A sample proclamation for state and local governments

• The Schools and Colleges page for students and educators

• Open government questions for federal candidates.

New material will be added to the website as it becomes available.

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.