2021 Sunshine Week

March 14th-March 20th, 2021


The American Society of News Editors launched Sunshine Week in 2005 as a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. The weeklong celebration is held every March to coincide with the March 16 birthday of James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution and a key advocate of the Bill of Rights. Participants have included print, broadcast and digital media outlets; government officials at all levels; schools and universities; nonprofit and civic organizations; libraries and archivists; and individuals interested in the public’s right to know.

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Freedom of Information Act (1967)

What is FOIA? The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency.

The United States Department of Justice The mission of the Office of Information Policy (OIP) is to encourage and oversee agency compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Organizations That Support Transparency in Government

The National Freedom of Information Coalition is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of state and regional affiliates that promote press freedom, legislative and administrative reforms and litigation to ensure open, transparent and accessible state and local governments and public institutions. 

The National Freedom of Information Coalition Research Archives archival resources that are still relevant to today’s work in FOI and helpful to those pursuing help and education at the state, federal and local levels.

National Security Archive: Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines investigative journalism, a research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents.

News Leaders Association aims to foster and develop the highest standards of trustworthy, truth-seeking journalism; to advocate for open, honest and transparent government; to fight for free speech and an independent press; to nurture the next generation of news leaders committed to spreading knowledge that informs democracy.

Open The Government an inclusive, nonpartisan coalition that works to strengthen our democracy and empower the public by advancing policies that create a more open, accountable, and responsive government. 

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