The News Leaders Association is partnering with The Society of Professional Journalists to host Sunshine Week, March 12-18.

NENPA is once again working with the New England First Amendment Coalition (NEFAC) to support this initiative in New England. On March 7 we will distribute an editorial in support of Sunshine Week that you may publish in your newspaper, written by NEFAC Executive Director Justin Silverman.

Launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors (now NLA), Sunshine Week aims to promote open government and shine light into the dark recesses of government secrecy.

Please join us in raising our collective voice for transparency and access to public information, and what it means for your readers and community, by either publishing the editorial during Sunshine Week, March 12-18, or by writing your own editorial.

Let us know that you’ll be participating, and we’ll collect all editorials submitted and feature them in our eBulletin at the end of the month.

Yes We Will Participate

There are several other ways to participate in Sunshine Week. If your news organization would like to submit stories, editorials, columns, cartoons, or graphics for public use, email your content links to

You can also participate on social media by tweeting @SunshineWeek or using #SunshineWeek. If your organization is holding an event to highlight this year’s Sunshine Week, you can fill out an event form, which will be on the Sunshine Week website.

“An open government, FOIA, and press freedom are the pillars of our democracy. SPJ is committed to shining a light where the flow of information is impeded,” said SPJ National President Claire Regan.

Join NLA, SPJ, NENPA, NEFAC, and other journalism associations in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. It’s your right to know.

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