Sunshine Week, which each year promotes the ideals of open government, will take place next week from March 16-22.  Sunshine Week is sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

The ONA has compiled the following list of resources for use by our member papers. Please consider promoting open government during the week by publishing articles and editorials around open government issues.

Take the ONA’s Ohio Sunshine Laws quiz

  • Attorney Jack Greiner, one of Ohio’s leading experts on access laws, created a quiz on Ohio Sunshine Laws that every journalist in Ohio should take.  Newsroom groups can take the quiz together and discuss the answers, too. Go here for more information and to download the quiz.

Official Sunshine Week resources

  • Sunshine Week website: The main website for Sunshine Week has everything your paper needs to raise awareness around open government issues.
  • Sunshine Week toolkit: Features editorial cartoons and opinion columns for use at no cost during the week of March 16-22.
  • Schools & Colleges page: Features resources for student journalists, including links to lesson plans, activities and events that ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative has prepared on SchoolJournalism.org to help high school students and teachers bring Sunshine Week 2014 into their journalism classrooms.
  • Social Media: Follow and promote Sunshine Week on Twitter at @SunshineWeek and on their Facebook page.

Citizen Watchdog

Citizen Watchdog, a project of The Franklin Center, is offering the following initiatives:

  • Sunshine Week Website Audit: They are asking citizens from across the US to join them in their nation-wide audit of local government websites.  They’ve put together a rubric and web-form to help guide participants through the process.
  • Tweet-up with Open Secrets:  Citizen Watchdog will also host a twitter town-hall with OpenSecrets.org (@OpenSecretsDC) on Wednesday, March 19th from 12-1pm ET.  They’ll be talking about the “the revolving door” between Congress & the lobbying industry, government transparency, and special interests. Follow the conversation and tweet your questions to @WatchdogWire using #WDWTU. You can find more information here.
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