During Sunshine Week, March 10-16, 2024, we are encouraging your participation in this national initiative celebrating open government and the public’s right to know.

Sunshine Week is a crucial time to remind our communities about the importance of transparency and access to public records. It’s a week where journalists, civic organizations, and the public can come together to advocate for a more informed citizenry.

NENPA is once again working with the New England First Amendment Coalition (NEFAC) to support this initiative in New England. NEFAC Executive Director Justin Silverman has written an editorial in support of Sunshine Week that you may publish in your publication in print or online during Sunshine Week.

There are many ways your newspaper can get involved in Sunshine Week:

  • Publish news articles and editorials highlighting the importance of open government and the challenges journalists face in accessing information.
  • Feature stories on individuals or organizations using public records to hold government accountable.
  • Host a public forum or panel discussion on open government issues.
  • Launch a social media campaign using the hashtag #SunshineWeek to raise awareness and encourage public participation.
  • Run an editorial cartoon or infographic that captures the essence of Sunshine Week.

For additional resources and ideas, please visit the Sunshine Week website, sunshineweek.org.

Together, we can highlight the importance of open government and ensure a more informed and engaged citizenry.

Sunshine Week is a nonpartisan collaboration among groups in the journalism, civic, education, government, and private sectors that shines a light on the importance of public records and open government.

This year’s efforts are coordinated by Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information ProjectMuckrock, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a growing list of partners.

Thank you for your time and consideration.