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Openness to records is the chosen policy for Missouri

In these days of “fake news” and Russian hacking of social media, finding “truth” often seems a daunting task, but that’s what journalists aspire to do. The importance to our democratic society of seeking and publishing truth could not be

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The Freedom of Information Act is the speedometer on your car; not the cop writing tickets

Embargoed until 3:01 a.m. EDT Sunday, March 11 By the Utah Headliners Sunshine Week is here, and we who value government transparency are again celebrating the laws that allow us to know what our local, state and federal governments are

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Wanted: Civic Courage

By Edwin Bender Executive Director National Institute on Money in State Politics Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stood alone in his 2010 dissent in the Doe v Reed challenge to Washington state’s law covering disclosure of signatures on ballot petitions.

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Access to information sheds needed light on government secrets

By Sandy Davidson Professor School of Journalism University of Missouri Sunshine Week this year is March 11-17. The “sunshine” refers to access to government information. Journalists value access, but it’s a right that belongs to everyone — the right to

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SW18: Reporting package

This year, ASNE, The Associated Press and the Associated Press Media Editors are, once again, marking Sunshine Week with a package that examines some of the new challenges confronting traditional journalism. Contents are available below as links. All of the materials

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Are truth and freedom getting flushed away?

By Brian J. Hunhoff Contributing editor Yankton County (South Dakota) Observer “Captain Jack” Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He survived many Old West adventures and was called “The Poet Scout.” This is the final stanza of

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Sunshine always right

By Jim Zachary CNHI Deputy National Editor Editor, The Valdosta Daily Times Open government is not a political platform. It is a basic American right. The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common

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ASNE Sunshine Week 2018: A good time to report on everyday people fighting government secrecy

By Pam Fine Knight Chair for News, Leadership and Community The University of Kansas If you’re an editor who believes “success breeds success,” then Sunshine Week, March 11-17, is a perfect time to highlight efforts by private citizens to keep state and

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SW Cartoons 2018

Every year, editorial cartoonists donate work to be used openly during Sunshine Week. Below are this year’s submissions, available for free republication during Sunshine Week 2018 (March 11-17). If you have any artwork of your own to share, email us

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SW Opinion 2018

Please note that the columns below represent the viewpoints of the authors and not necessarily Sunshine Week organizers. “ASNE Sunshine Week 2018: A good time to report on everyday people fighting government secrecy” by Pam Fine, Knight Chair for News,

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