Sunshine Week set for March 16-22

Sunshine Week, the annual national initiative focusing on open government, is scheduled for March 16-22. 

The American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press are national co-sponsors of Sunshine Week. The organizations are hosting the main website for information about freedom of information, free materials for participants to use, a calendar of events and a list of participants.

"Anyone -- not just media organizations -- can utilize the resources, have their events listed or be included as participants," ASNE's First Amendment Programs and Partnerships Committee Co-Chairs Lucy Dalglish and Steve Engelberg said in a statement. "We're always pleased to see the broad reach of this initiative. It shows us in a real way that government transparency isn't just the concern of journalists; it's for everyone."

Sunshine Week was launched by ASNE in 2005 and grew to a nationwide event celebrated by national and local news media on all publishing platforms; federal, state and local governments; grade schools and universities; libraries; archivists; scientists; nonprofit and civic organizations; and individual citizens. 

Reporters Committee, which has been a participant since the launch, officially joined ASNE as a leading partner in 2012.
 
"We are excited to continue our work with ASNE as co-sponsors of the Sunshine Week initiative," Reporters Committee Executive Director Bruce D. Brown said in a statement. "Together, we can ensure that Sunshine Week brings the best materials to the widest audience and that its legacy as one of the most effective annual open-government awareness projects endures." 

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