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CNPA Members invited to Sunshine Week events March 18

CNPA Members invited to Sunshine Week events March 18

Sonoma County Local News Initiative and Sonoma West Publishers 
5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 18
In honor of this year’s 16th annual Sunshine Week, the Sonoma County Local News Initiative and Sonoma West Publishers is hosting a free, pre-registered virtual event on March 18 to hold a community conversation on the importance of an open and transparent government with responsible journalism.

UnnamedCNPA Members are invited to join the discussion with panelists Thomas Peele, Seth Rosenfeld, Lowell Bergman and Neil Chase. Sonoma West Publisher Rollie Atkinson will be the host and moderator. Topics will include state sunshine laws like California’s Brown Act to National Freedom of Information Day and FOIA requests.

This free event, presented by SCLNI & SWP Sonoma County Local News Initiative and Sonoma West Publishers, and sponsored by Northern California Public Media, will be held over Zoom and live-streamed on the Healdsburg Tribune YouTube channel from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 18. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact:

NLA-FAC panel at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 18
The coronavirus pandemic has made accessing public information more challenging than ever, with some governments refusing to even respond to requests for public records. Yet news organizations across the country continue to publish essential accountability journalism, breaking through barriers to open government to keep their communities informed.

Unnamed (1)Hear from journalists and open-government advocates about how they combatted government secrecy to tell important stories, and hear one reporter’s story of being sued by an elected official over a public records request.

Nancy Ancrum (the Miami Herald) will lead a discussion with journalists Andrea Gallo (The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.) and Derek Kravitz (Brown Institute), and First Amendment Coalition Executive Director David Snyder. The event is Thursday, March 18 at 10 am. PST via Zoom. The event is free but registration is required.

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