‘Sunshine Week’ Group Will Target Latinos

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By: E&P Staff

Eight journalists including Gilbert Bailon, editor and publisher of The Dallas Times Herald’s Spanish-language daily Al D?a and David Sede?o, publisher of the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram’s Diario La Estrella have formed the Sunshine Week 2007 Spanish Language Working Group to promote the importance of open government in the Hispanic community.

The group will promote Sunshine Week by working with the national, regional and state coordinators to develop Spanish-language materials for participating newspapers and news organization, through media interviews and public forums, and by leading their own organizations’ Sunshine Week activities.

Coordinated by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Sunshine Week 2007 will be the third annual national initiative for open government. During the week of March 11-17 newspapers nationwide are being asked to publish articles, editorials, cartoons and other material about open government issues and protecting public access to public information. This year’s initiative will again include participation non-profit organizations, schools, civic groups and libraries, ASNE said.

“As Sunshine Week continues to expand its connections, it’s vital that we ensure the message of access to government information and meetings be communicated to everyone. Working closely with Spanish language media will enable us to reach this essential audience, not only for awareness but also for empowerment,” said Patrick A. Yack, editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.

Yack co-chairs ASNE Freedom of Information Committee with David Westphal, Washington editor of McClatchy Newspapers.

In addition to Bailon, who is vice president of ASNE, and Sede?o, the following have joined the working group:

Dino Chiecchi, editor of Hispanic publications for the San Antonio Express-News, and a former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ);

Sallie Hughes, assistant professor of the School of Communications at the University of Miami;

Sergio Mu?oz, a syndicated columnist and contributing editor of the Los Angeles Times;

Mirta Ojito, an author, journalist and visiting professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism;

Rafael Palacio, the editor of El Sentinel, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel’s Spanish-language paper;

Cindy Rodriguez, a columnist for The Denver Post, and NAHJ’s vice president of print.

Information about Sunshine Week is available on the Web site www.sunshineweek.org.

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