Perfect timing: It’s almost Sunshine Week in Kentucky, the U.S.

 

Sunshine Week was launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors — now News Leaders Association — and has grown into an enduring initiative to promote open government.

Join News Leaders Association in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. It’s your right to know.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

  • Publish Sunshine Week content toolkit: 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. Find this year’s offerings under Content Toolkit.

  • Share your stories: Sunshine Week celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2020, and we’ve made a lot of gains in open government thanks to your work. Please share your experiences, success stories, FOIA battles, new laws and other efforts on behalf of open government. Tweet to us @SunshineWeek or use #SunshineWeek to share.

  • Join us March 18: In partnership with First Amendment Coalition, we are hosting a discussion on navigating barriers to public records and fighting for open government. Make sure to register here.

  • If you are in the world of journalism, you can highlight the importance of openness through stories, editorials, columns, cartoons or graphics.

  • If you are part of a civic group, you can organize local forums, sponsor essay contests or press elected officials to pass proclamations on the importance of open access.

  • If you are an educator, you can use Sunshine Week to teach your students about how government transparency improves our lives and makes our communities stronger.

  • If you are an elected official, you can pass a resolution supporting openness, introduce legislation improving public access or encourage training of government employees to ensure compliance with existing laws mandating open records and meetings.

  • If you are a private citizen, you can write a letter to the editor or spread the word to friends through social media.

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