On March 11th, OpenTheGovernment.org joined the Newseum Institute, the American Society of News Editors, Sunshine Week, and the American Library Association in hosting National Freedom of Information Day at the Newseum. Among the day’s full schedule of events, OTG organized a mock caucus allowing attendees to weigh in on which of four issues presented they viewed as the top policy priorities for strengthening accountability and open government in 2017.
Sunshine Week Program
Sunshine Week 2016 will take place March 13th to 19th, throughout Washington, DC, and across the country.
On March 13th, OpenTheGovernment.org presented two panels in partnership with the Newseum Institute, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Sunshine in Government Initiative, and the American Library Association.
The conference will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end after a midday program. It will be held at the Knight Studio at the Newseum. Attendees should use the “C Street” (Group) entrance to the Newseum, which will open at 7:45 a.m. for this program only. Admission to the FOI Day program is not paid admission to the Newseum, which opens at 9 a.m.
The 16th annual FOI Day program will feature a discussion of “Open Government: Successes, Challenges, Prospects,” presented by OpenTheGovernment.org, a discussion of the first ten years of the “Sunshine Week” national open records initiative, presented by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the American Society of News Editors, and much more. Learn about the complete program here.
In conjunction with our friends at the Newseum Institute, we are pleased to invite you to help us kick-off Sunshine Week 2014 at the National Freedom of Information Day Celebration on Friday, March 14. You can join live at the Newseum --reserve your seat now by registering online -- or via webcast.
Friday, March 14:
National Freedom of Information Day Event, 8:30am-afternoon
Sponsors: OpenTheGovernment.org, the Newseum Institute, American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Effective Government, Project On Government Oversight, Special Libraries Association, Sunlight Foundation, Sunshine in Government Initiative
In mid-January OpenTheGovernment.org will be hosting a community "town hall" to help groups share their early plans for Sunshine Week 2014 (March 16 - 22). As you likely know, Sunshine Week, which is centered around James Madison's birthday, is a national initiative to promote public understanding of open government issues.
Sunshine Week 2013 will take place March 10th to 16th, throughout Washington, DC, and across the United States. On Friday, March 15th, OpenTheGovernment.org and the First Amendment Center will host a Sunshine Week celebration of National Freedom of Information Day at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Download the agenda HERE.