March may come in like a lion but it will be a celebratory one with NIE Week, Sunshine Week and ‘Public Access’ discussion

Newspaper in Education Week is March 4-8

Arlington, Va. – The American Press Institute, the Newseum and the Kentucky Press Association are partnering to celebrate Newspaper In Education Week March 4-8. Held annually during the first full week in March, NIE Week emphasizes the use of newspapers as educational resources in classrooms across a range of subjects.

For NIE Week, the American Press Institute is providing curriculum guides for teachers of all grade levels that cover topics such as media literacy, ethics, fairness and newsgathering. Each lesson is designed to meet Common Core State Standards and includes instructional objectives as well as a list of materials and resources. The guides are available for free download on the API website.

The Newseum provides teacher resources in its Digital Classroom, a multimedia, interactive, cross-disciplinary toolkit for teachers and students that offers high-quality digital media content in a curriculum-based structure for middle, high school and college classes. The flexible and interactive material – offered in conjunction with the Newseum’s Education Department – meet national standards of learning and give students a deeper understanding of the five freedoms of the First Amendment.

“With so many sources of news and information at their disposal, young people more than ever need to be educated media consumers,” said Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute. “This curriculum is designed to help educators accomplish that. It makes use of original, professional journalism produced by local newspapers and combines it with the Newseum’s educational resources for something that is timely, real and proven in schools.”

Sunshine Week is March 10-16

As told in last week’s On Second Thought, 2019 Sunshine Week is March 10-16.

Join ASNE and the Reporters Committee in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Find all the free resources you need to get started right here.

Calendar of Events

Across the country, Sunshine Week is marked by panel discussions, workshops and other events about using and understanding the latest developments in freedom of information resources. Take a look at our 2019 calendar and email us your events!

Reporting Package

Major news organizations work together on a special reporting package free for anyone to publish in print or online during Sunshine Week, made available at the start of the week’s events. Stay tuned for a 2019 budget and package of materials.

More Sunshine

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 our Facebook page.

SPJ/IRJCI/KPA Discussion of Public Access with Jon Fleischaker, Michael Abate on March 7

A story is elsewhere in this week’s On Second Thought but mark your calendar for this session at the Lexington Herald-Leader. This price of admission is free. It’ll be worth your time to attend with these two top media attorneys talking about the status of open government today.

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