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Flushing truth and freedom down an Oval hole

By Brian J. Hunhoff Community journalist Yankton, South Dakota “Captain Jack” Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He survived many Old West adventures and was called “The Poet Scout.” Following is the fifth and 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

2018 Cartoons coming soon. Click here to see cartoons from 2017.

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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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Sunshine Week participants 2017

Below are some of the Sunshine Week 2017 participants. Let us know if you should be listed here by sending links or PDFs to sunshineweek@asne.org. A Abeline (Texas) Porter-News Access Humboldt ACLU ACLU of Nevada ACLU of Ohio Albert Lea

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Shadows of secrecy begin to spread across federal government

Doc URL: http://elvisb.ap.org/News/Stories/CTCB-2017-Aug-24-001154/CTCB-2017-Aug-24-001154.docx Slug: AP-US–Sunshine Year-Washington,ADV17 Headline: Shadows of secrecy begin to spread across federal government Summary: The Trump administration is keeping White House visitor logs private, has threatened to ignore requests for information from Congress and has attempted to draw

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New secrecy tactic: suing people who seek public records

Doc URL: http://elvisb.ap.org/News/Stories/CTCB-2017-Jun-19-000595/CTCB-2017-Jun-19-000595.docx Slug: BC-US–Sunshine Year-Turning the Tables,ADV17 Headline: New secrecy tactic: suing people who seek public records Summary: Government agencies are increasingly turning the tables on people who request public records with an aggressive new tactic: filing lawsuits against them

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Across US, lawmakers chip away at public’s access to records

Doc URL: http://elvisb.ap.org/News/Stories/CTCB-2017-Jun-28-000392/CTCB-2017-Jun-28-000392.docx Slug: BC-US–Sunshine Year-States of Denial, ADV17 Headline: Across US, lawmakers chip away at public’s access to records Summary: State lawmakers across the country introduced dozens of bills this year that would close or limit public access to a

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New Reporting Package (Sunshine Week 2017 extension)

As part of continuing examination of threats to First Amendment freedoms and an extension of Sunshine Week 2017, The Associated Press, the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors have produced a package of stories focused

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