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Sunshine Week 2017, another resounding success!

This year's celebration of open government and freedom of information, under the administration of ASNE and with support from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, came to a successful closure Saturday, March 18. Hundreds of individuals and organizations participated and created a buzz on social media that shared the sunshine everywhere in the nation. Thanks for all your time and efforts!

Sunshine Week shines through Saturday, March 18

Even the snowstorm couldn't stop Sunshine Week from shining. Despite the inclement weather resulting in cancellations of some events in the Northeast, hundreds of participants are shining a light on open government and the public's right to know.

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!

Get ready to celebrate Sunshine Week starting Sunday

Sunshine Week 2017 kicks off Sunday, March 12, to fight for open government and access to information. We invite every group and individual to join forces in this important initiative. 

New resource available for Sunshine Week celebration

FOIA and public records tool MuckRock is a new addition to the Sunshine Week Toolkit, a free resource available for use during March 12-18. To help raise the national awareness of open government, MuckRock has compiled public records metrics and guides for every state, including average response times, success rates, average fees and more. Check out data on your state and what documents people have requested. Anyone can use this data for free with proper attribution to MuckRock.
 

ASNE releases budget for Sunshine Week 2017

Federal data is disappearing from websites. Concerns are growing about whistleblower protections. The public is faced with inconsistent access to information like police dashcam video. Attacks on the First Amendment continue.

Help us build public awareness about open government

Thanks to many organizations and individuals who have shared their plans to participate in Sunshine Week 2017, March 12-18. The list of participants, as well as the events calendar on the Sunshine Week website, is growing quickly. Continue to let us know how you and your organization are planning to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. 

Let's promote open government through Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week kicks off in about a month, and we hope you and your organization will contribute to promoting a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. 
 
If you're an editorial cartoonist or writer, please send a cartoon or column to sunshineweek@asne.org so we can feature your special content at sunshineweek.org and encourage others to publish during Sunshine Week. We also ask that you continue to send your celebration plans and links to be added to the participants list and events page.
 

Let's promote open government through Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week is set for March 12-18, and we hope you and your organization will contribute to promoting a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. 

Plan ahead: Use Sunshine Week to champion fact-based journalism

By Pam Fine
 
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