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Your right to know   •   March 10-16, 2024

Let the Sunshine In!

FOI Activities for Chapters, Classrooms and Newsrooms


Fostering FOI

It’s our duty as journalists, and a key mission for SPJ, to shine light into the dark recesses of government secrecy. To that end, this SPJ Web site provides ideas for chapters, newsrooms and instructors to promote and further freedom of information in their communities. We’ve gleaned the best of chapter FOI programs from recent years as well as great Sunshine Week projects. We’ve gathered tips, facts and quotable expert sources for writing stories or editorials about FOI. We’ve provided classroom activities for instructors and ideas for newsroom brown-bags. These ideas can be applied during National Sunshine Week or any time of the year. Let the sunshine in!

About Sunshine Week

Sunshine Sunday began in Florida in 2002, led by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. National Sunshine Week was launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors (which merged with the Associated Press Media Editors in 2019 to become News Leaders Association), with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. As of December 2023, Sunshine Week is coordinated by the Joseph L. Brechner FOI Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.

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