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Join on March 14 to Celebrate Sunshine Week at the Newseum

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

Save the Date for Coalition Partner Sunshine Week Events!

Friday, March 14:
National Freedom of Information Day Event, 8:30am-afternoon
Location: Newseum
Sponsors:, 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

January Town Hall Planned for Early Sunshine Week Talks

In mid-January 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.’s Sunshine Week Event on March 15

Sunshine Week 2013 will take place March 10th to 16th, throughout Washington, DC, and across the United States. On Friday, March 15th, 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.

Sunshine Week in the Government

The sun will shine a little brighter in the halls of two branches of government this Sunshine Week. Below are events the government has scheduled thus far. Be on the lookout for notices of hearings from other committees and agencies, including the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, and visit for a full line-up of events.

Partners and Friends Celebrating Sunshine

We’re happy to join with 11 of our partners as co-sponsors of a March 15th Sunshine Week event. An agenda and registration information are available here. But Sunshine Week is a nationwide celebration.

Sunshine Week 2012 Discussion - Secrecy, Disclosure and the Risks for Security and Accountability

All too often government openness and national security are thought of as opposing national interests and values. In reality, though, openness and security are not always in contention. On Friday, March 16 we hosted two panels of experts to dicuss the practice and policy keeping and telling secrets in America. 

Sunshine Week 2012- DC Area Events

Sunshine Week is an initiative of the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to promote a dialogue about the importance of the public's right to know what its government is doing, and why. The celebration coincides with National Freedom of Information (FOI) Day and James Madison's birthday on March 16. Read More for a listing of DC-Area 2012 Sunshine Week Events.

Important Information for Registered Sites

Registered Sites: Contact us for the webcast URL and password

Essential Contact Information

Before the Webcast:

Chris Green
Program Associate
1742 Connecticut Ave NW
3rd Floor
Washington DC 20009
cgreen at
Phone: (202) 332-OPEN (6736)
Fax: (202) 234-8584

Day of the Webcast:


Thinking about hosting a program?

  • A list of Sunshine Week Regional and State Coordinators working with the organizers of Sunshine Week.
  • The Classified Section

    Check out our new blog, The Classified Section, for analysis of national security secrecy.

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