The Student Press Law Center will celebrate Sunshine Week, a weeklong program that highlights freedom of information issues and emphasizes the importance of open government, March 12-16 by releasing daily stories aimed at helping high school and college journalists use open records to their journalistic benefit.
Now in its third year, Sunshine Week, organized by the American Society for Newspaper Editors and funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight foundation, will be March 11-17 and looks to encourage citizens to fight for an open government and “give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger,” according to the organization’s Web site, www.sunshineweek.org.
The SPLC today released an updated guide for high school journalists, titled Access to High School Records, to encourage young journalists to pursue their own stories highlighting open government.
From using open records such as faculty salary charts and restaurant health inspection ratings to defending access to student government and faculty committee meetings, the Student Press Law Center’s 2007 coverage hopes to part the clouds and let the light shine through. So join us March 12 as we begin our weeklong celebration. Until then, brush up on Sunshine Week coverage from previous years by clicking on the links to the right.
By Scott L. Sternberg, SPLC staff writer