‘Sunshine Week’ Site Live With FOI Info

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Sunshine Week — the national media campaign to focus public attention on open-government issues from March 13-19 — now has its own Web site that will serve as a clearinghouse for participants, and will feature many of the editorials, article, cartoons and other features developed for the week.

The site, http://www.sunshineweek.org, is now live.

Included on the Sunshine Week site are links to background reports, resources and open-government organizations; testimonials from Florida editors about the impact of the original Sunshine Sunday; contact information on regional and state coordinators; and materials available for publication, including op-ed columns. Also included are story ideas and a listing of stories involving open records that have appeared around the country.

“We’ve had great response on Sunshine Week from colleagues around the country. The enthusiasm and excitement for the project is really encouraging,? said Andy Alexander, chairman of the freedom of information committee for the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), and chief of Cox Newspapers’ Washington bureau. “The Web site will serve as a distribution hub for news and information and idea sharing.”

ASNE is leading National Sunshine Week, funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami. The Radio-Television News Directors Association also has received a Knight grant to help broadcasters to participate. The more than 50-member Steering Committee includes leaders from newspapers, magazines, academia and major journalism organizations.

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