Sunshine Week 2017 will take place March 12th to 18th, throughout Washington, DC, and across the country. On Wednesday, March 15th, OTG is co-sponsoring an event at the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, featuring a panel discussion hosted by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and the Newseum Institute, Accessing Information in the Trump Administration. The panel will offer practical advice for journalists, advocates, and others who rely on access to government data for informing the public and holding the government accountable. RSVP for the event HERE.
The event will begin with the presentation of the James Madison Award ceremony -- an annual honor given by the American Library Association to individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. Sari Feldman, CEO of Cuyahoga County Public Library and former president of the ALA, will present the James Madison Award to Sen. Jon Tester for his work promoting open access to government information and transparency.
View a list of previous recipients here.
Register for the event Here.
The 2017 Sunshine Week events include:
- Sunshine Week at the National Archives, featuring a conversation between David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, and Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress (March 13)
- Sunshine Week Kickoff at the Department of Commerce (March 14)
- 2017 D.C. Open Government Summit and Reception at the National Press Club (March 14)
- Sunlight Foundation event: The past, present and future of open government in the United States (March 16)
- OpenGovHub event: Preserving Open Government Under the New Administration (March 16)
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.