Join OpenTheGovernment.org on March 11 to Celebrate Sunshine Week at the Newseum

Sunshine Week 2016 will take place March 13th to 19th, throughout Washington, DC, and across the country. On Friday, March 11th, OpenTheGovernment.org, the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, the American Society of News Editors, Sunshine Week, and the American Library Association, will host a Sunshine Week celebration of National Freedom of Information (FOI) Day at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Download the full agenda, and RSVP for the event HERE.

The second panel, organized by OTG, will feature experts on a range of openness and accountability issues and, in a departure from the traditional panel format, will give event participants the opportunity to weigh-in on and “caucus” for their top policy priorities for strengthening accountability and open government in 2017.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the FOIA, the event will include a live comedy performance by “FOIA Love.”

The week’s sponsors, the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, have an up-to-date calendar of events on the Sunshine Week website (www.sunshineweek.org), which also features a “Sunshine Week Toolkit” that will include op-eds, cartoons, public-service ads, and logos to help participants and planners get ready for the event.

Don't forget to check out the work of our co-sponsors for the FOI Day March 11th event: the American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, National Freedom of Information Coalition, the Project on Government Oversight, and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.    

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Attendees should use the Sixth Street entrance to the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, which will open at 7:00 a.m. for this program only. Admission to the FOI Day conference does not include admission to the Newseum.

You can watch the live streamed here, and tweet us your comments and questions during the event: @OpenTheGov 

 

Submitted by jfranzblau on 03/01/2016