The Sunshine Week toolkit is a free resource available to any participant including, but not limited to, professional and student journalists working in any medium; bloggers; civic and non-profit organizations; schools; and government officials (for activities related to open government only, please do not use them for inferred political endorsements).
Please note that permission to use these materials covers only the seven days of Sunshine Week (March 13-19, 2016). However, authors and artists may grant special use permission in cases of student newspapers, weeklies and others who may not be able to publish that week. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with individual requests.
As Sunshine Week nears, and sometimes during the week, more material will be added, so be sure to check back often.
For inspiration on the kind of work that can be done utilizing public information, please review our FOI in Action page, and peruse the Bright Ideas collections from past Sunshine Weeks. To see what was offered in earlier Toolkits, visit The Vault.
Available to participants for Sunshine Week 2016:
- Opinion Columns
- Editorial Cartoons
- Sunshine Week Logos and Icons
- A Sample Proclamation for State and Local Governments
- The Schools and Colleges Page for Students and Educators
Special for 2016:
- NEW: “US gov’t sets record for failures to find files when asked” AP analysis of FOIA responses in the Obama administration. With sidebar, photo.
- Sunshine Week Reporting Package: The Associated Press, The McClatchy Company, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Sacramento Bee and Tribune News Service have produced a comprehensive series of news stories, photos and graphics that will be available free to all participants. The complete story budget and links are posted here.
- Candidate Questions: ASNE and OpenTheGovernment.org have developed a series of open government questions for federal candidates.