Participate in Sunshine Week 2018

March 14, 2018

Sunshine Week 2018 is coming up, and journalists around the nation will participate the week of March 11 through March 17. An annual event, Sunshine Week calls on journalists to shed light on issues of open government and have conversations with their readers about the importance of open and transparent government, whether that government body is a municipality or a large federal agency.
Sunshine Week lasts seven days, but it’s up to all of us to keep the sun shining on government all year. Share your great FOIA stories, new laws and other efforts on behalf of open government on Twitter using #SunshineWeek or on the Sunshine Week Facebook page.
The Sunshine Week toolkit is a free resource available to any participant including, but not limited to, professional and student journalists working in any medium, bloggers, civic and non-profit organizations, schools and government officials (for activities related to open government only, please do not use them for inferred political endorsements). You can access the toolkit at www.sunshineweek.org/toolkit.
Please note that permission to use these materials freely covers only the seven days of Sunshine Week 2018 (March 11-17). However, authors and artists may grant special use permission in cases of student newspapers, weeklies and others who may not be able to publish that week. Please contact us at sunshineweek@asne.org with individual requests.
As Sunshine Week nears, and sometimes during the week, more material will be added, so be sure to check the site often.
For inspiration on the kind of work that can be done utilizing public information, you can review the FOI in Action page, and peruse the Bright Ideas collections from past Sunshine Weeks. To see what was offered in earlier Toolkits, visit The Vault.
Information for the website is curated by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, with With generous support from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Gridiron Club and Foundation

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