Success Stories

It's Sunshine Week's 10th anniversary, and we've made a lot of gains in open government thanks to your work.

Share your experiences and success stories with sunshineweek@asne.org and we'll post some of them on the website.

Who’s Doing What

See events celebrating Sunshine Week around the country on the Events page.

March 3-27: Redacted: Transparency, Democracy and Nuclear Power; Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility

March 5: The Role of the Press in Transparent Governing; League of Women Voters Pasadena Area

March 11: Sunshine Week Proclamation; Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad

March 12: James Madison Freedom of Information Awards; Northern California Society of Professional Journalists Freedom of Information Committee

March 13: FOI Day; The Newseum Institute, OpentheGovernment.org, American Library Association

March 14: 2015 Sunshine Conference; FOI Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

March 14: FOIAFest 2015; Chicago Headline Club

March 14: Let the Sunshine In: Statewide Open Government Conference; Washington Coalition for Open Government

March 15-21: #SunshineMN; Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Minnesota Newspaper Association

March 15-21: Sunshine Week Series; The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.

March 15-21: #ShareYourSunshine Photo Contest; New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, Albuquerque Journal

March 15: Sunshine Week Story Package; Florida Society of News Editors

March 15: Sunshine Week Rally; The Tennessean, Nashville

March 16-20: Radio Days; League of Women Voters of the Midland Area, Mich.

March 16-17: HHS Open DataFest II; Stewards for Change Institute and the California Health and Human Services Agency

March 16: Department of Justice Sunshine Week 2015 Celebration; U.S. Department of Justice

March 16: Sunshine Wheat for Sunshine Week; Madison Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, and Next Door Brewing

March 16: FOIA Faster; National Press Club

March 16: Delving into the FOIA; Association for Women in Communications, D.C. Chapter

March 16: Open House; Town of Carolina Shores, N.C.

March 16: Sunshine Day 2015; North Carolina Coalition for Open Government

March 16: Crafting your FOIA request: How to get the most useful information in the shortest time; Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

March 17: 2015 Sunshine Luncheon; First Amendment Foundation, Tallahasse, Fla.

March 17: D.C. Open Government Summit; D.C. Open Government Coalition, D.C. Pro Chapter of SPJ, National Press Club Freedom of the Press Committee

March 17: Webinar: Subsidy Tracker 3.0 Launch; Good Jobs First, Washington

March 17: The Best and Worst of WNC's Open Government; Carolina Public Press

March 17: Why do we need sun? What happens when it doesn’t shine?; New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County

March 18: Era of Transparency: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act, and Open Government; The Bureau of the Census (U.S. Census Bureau)

March 18: 2015 Summit on Data; CA Fwd, Sacramento

March 18: Public Records Day; Tracy K. Thom, Grotton Township, Ohio

March 18: Following the Money Report; U.S. Public Interest Research Group

March 18: Defenseless kids, powerless pets, dreadful demons: Investigative reporting that gets noticed; Ball State University Departments of Journalism and Telecommunications

March 18: Celebrating Sunshine Week 2015: Shining Light on U.S. Extractive Industries & U.S. Foreign Assistance; U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of the Interior, General Services Administration 18F, and General Assembly

March 18: Sunshine Week Panel Discussion; Georgetown University Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

March 18: Boston Sunshine Week Open Gov Meetup; MuckRock

March 19: Sunshine Week Happy Hour and FOILIES Awards; Sunlight Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation, MuckRock

March 19: Let the Sun Shine: FOIA requests for journalists and researchers; National Security Archive and the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University

March 19: Open House; Iowa Public Information Board

March 19: Window, Wall and Sunshine Awards; San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

March 19: Open government workshop; Richmond County Daily Journal and N.C. Open Government Coalition

March 20: Full Disclosure: Essential Tools in the Pursuit of Public Information; Carolina Public Press

March 20: ACF grant applications: How to ask, what is disclosed; Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

March 24: Digital Transparency in Government: What We Have and What We Need; Indiana Coalition for Open Government and the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

March 31: Searching Public Records Using CollierClerk.com; Collier County, Fla., Clerk’s Office

Participant Resources

Find free resources for Sunshine Week participants in the online Toolkit.

Now available: AP, ASNE, McClatchy and Gannett have produced a series of articles, commentary and infographics to mark the 10th anniversary of Sunshine Week. Content is available here, embargoed for March 13.