Sunshine Week 2015:
Special Report

The Associated Press, American Society of News Editors, McClatchy and Gannett have produced a series of articles, commentary and infographics to mark the 10th anniversary of Sunshine Week. Content is available here on the Sunshine Week website, on the ASNE website and via the AP and Tribune Content Agency.

PLEASE NOTE: The content is embargoed for use in print and online starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 13 through the end of Sunshine Week on March 21.

The package — which joins the editorial cartoons, opinion columns and other resources available in the main Sunshine Week Toolkit — includes:

RICHMOND, Va. — The public’s right to see government records is coming at an ever-increasing price, and in many cases the fees and hourly charges are acting as barriers to transparency. Some states have taken steps to limit the fees, but those efforts stand out as exceptions amid a broader landscape of challenges to public access to information. By Michael Felberbaum of The Associated Press. With photos.
BC-US–Sunshine Week-Access at a Price-Glance, a rundown of cost-related issues and legislation in 18 states.
BC-US–Sunshine Week-State by State, summaries of the AP’s Sunshine Week stories in all 50 states.

WASHINGTON — Newspapers were once the dominant force in dislodging documents and other records from reluctant federal government agencies, but a new crop of media players, advocacy groups and corporate interests now drive the release of information and changes the way this info is made public. By Kevin Hall of McClatchy Newspapers and Kevin Johnson of USA Today.

NEW YORK — Opinion piece on access issues from Gary Pruitt, president of AP.

A three-minute video tour of stories from FOIA archives, ranging from a request that’s been on the docket for 17 years to one federal agencies’ refusal to release a 30-year document because it’s still “incomplete.” From McClatchy’s DC video staff.

Available for both online and print publication, a graphic/timeline, traces events over the past 10 years that show the country’s ambivalence over the free flow of information. The print version is available in both a quarter-page size with illustrations and a smaller text-only version. From McClatchy’s Shared News Services staff and Tribune Content Agency.

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