Sunshine Week 2011

Sunshine Week — from March 13-19 — 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.

Sunshine Week as a national effort is spearheaded by the American Society of News Editors. The key funder has been the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with significant support from ASNE Foundation. In 2011, The Gridiron Club and Foundation contributed $10,000.

Though created by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its government is doing, and why.

Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.

Here are a number of stories recently in the news about journalistic transparency:

PROMISES, PROMISES: Little transparency progress

Witnesses: Open records law still difficult to use

SPJ ‘honoring’ Utah governor for closing records

Learn all about Sunshine Week at http://sunshineweek.org


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