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
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
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
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 www.sunshineweek.org.
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