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Sunshine Week '06 at a glance

Sunshine Week (March 12-18) is an industrywide effort by the news media to alert the public to the importance of open government and the right of access to public information.

Through news coverage, editorials and other offerings, newspapers and broadcasters are shining the light on the public's right to gain access to government information. The week draws attention to the Freedom of Information Act, increasing awareness of the dangers of official secrecy.

The week also includes National FOI Day, March 16, marked each year by the First Amendment Center with a major conference on access issues.

The official Sunshine Week Web site offers a wealth of information and other resources — from public-service ads and announcements to cartoons to links to polls and other data.

Other highlights:

  • RTNDA, the Radio-Television News Directors Association, has produced informative spots for TV and radio.

  • Broadcast-news veteran Judy Woodruff anchors a 10-minute video on the history of the Freedom of Information Act, available at

  • "Bright Ideas for Sunshine Week 2006."

  • RTNDA and RTNDF offer material specifically designed for journalism educators and students. See RTNDA's site.

  • Spanish-language print and broadcast PSAs also have been produced. See the Spanish print ads, and translated versions of the Sunshine Week logo.

    See this page for the Spanish radio ad.

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  • Sunshine Week '06 at a glance
  • 03.13.06

    AP CEO discusses Sunshine Week 2006
    Tom Curley in Q&A about press efforts to make government more open, accountable to public. 03.14.06

    Bradley, Brokaw, Woodruff to chair Sunshine Week
    By Melanie Bengtson Chief aim of various programs March 11-17 is to engage public in quest for open government. 01.29.07

    Challenge to government: Stop shutting off info
    By Eugenia Harris Former State Department spokesman Hodding Carter charges journalists to work harder against official secrecy. 03.16.06

    FOI Day 2007
    News release Ninth annual conference will bring together more than a dozen nationally known speakers to discuss latest issues in access to government information. 02.19.07

    National FOI Day conference 2006
    'Past's lessons for future' is this year's theme; we'll provide coverage during conference, audio excerpts later. 03.15.06

    Polls find concern about official secrecy
    But Americans somewhat conflicted over when information should be kept from public. 03.15.06

    States clamp down on public access to info
    AP analysis: Since 2001 attacks, states have passed more than twice as many laws that restrict data as measures that loosen access. 03.12.06

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