Ideas for covering the week devoted to freedom of information, including two GH papers' ideas touted on SunshineWeek.org.
March 13-19 is Sunshine Week, a time for journalists and all citizens to bask in the glow of open government and freedom of information.
GateHouse News Service and Sunshine Week's online home have lots of resources to help you cover and celebrate this event:
-- Use this open government proclamation to try to open up governmental access in your area. Write about officials' reaction to this request.
-- Grade your local governments and officials on their openness. Use this example from the Ashland (Mass.) TAB, linked to from SunshineWeek.org. Or, ask readers what they think of their government's responsiveness, as the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star did here -- again, linked to from SunshineWeek.org.
-- Consider now what projects your staff could do this year that require FOIAs, and start the paperwork now, before other things come up. Ask readers what they want investigated or uncovered, or simply followed in the coming year.
-- Be sure your readers know about the Freedom of Information Act and that they, too, can use it.
-- Find editorial cartoons, infographics and op-eds here, plus print ads and logos here.
-- Learn about transparancy in national government at this webcast March 18.
Get more "bright ideas" and information here.
What are your Sunshine Week plans? Let me know, and I will post them on my blog.