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SPJ calls on Congress to pass strong Federal Shield Law that protects journalists and whistleblowers

By Danielle McLean Freedom of Information Committee Chair Society of Professional Journalists Each day, journalists throughout the country are working tirelessly to inform their readers what the government is up to. The free press is one of the most important

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Secretary of State Jim Condos on Sunshine Week 2019: Public Officials Must be Transparent at all Times

By Jim Condos Secretary of State State of Vermont On Tuesday, March 5th, Vermonters elected their local government officials on Town Meeting Day. In November 2018, Vermonters chose their statewide officers and legislative representatives. In November 2016, Vermonters voted for

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It’s time for government transparency laws to pass in Michigan

By Jane Briggs-Bunting Cautious optimism is circulating among legislators, government transparency advocates and journalists this month as the Michigan House, for the third time in the past three sessions, votes on a series of bills called the Legislative Open Records

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SW Cartoons 2019

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 2019 (March 10-16). If you have any artwork of your own to share, email us

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Don’t forget to celebrate during Sunshine Week

By Christian Trejbal Founder, Opinion in a Pinch Amid all the doom and gloom about government secrecy that we hear during Sunshine Week, let’s take a moment to appreciate that Americans have unprecedented of access to their government. A couple

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Success Stories

We love to see Sunshine Week and FOI in action! Below are some success stories we’ve received that we’d love to share with you. Ken Perkins filed a successful lawsuit against the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority (TCEDA) using the California

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‘Here comes the sun’ moments in government

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo) Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right By Brian Hunhoff

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MuckRock Sunshine Week Editorial Package

MuckRock has released their own Sunshine Week Editorial Package for this year’s Sunshine Week, and we are happy to provide this information for anyone interested! Below is a Google Drive link to their editorial package, which includes: Feature on examples

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SW19: Reporting package

In the aftermath of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and similar deaths of unarmed black men, police departments around the country faced public pressure to begin using body cameras. They have been touted as a way

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Sunshine your fundamental right

By Jim Zachary CNHI Deputy National Editor Editor, The Valdosta Daily Times For government to be of, by and for the people it must be out in front of the people. The theme for Sunshine Week 2019 is simply, “It’s

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