Sunshine Week through Sunday…

Holding those in power to account is at the heart of the free press in America. It also has become more challenging amid the explosion of social media, attacks on journalism and shifting social norms. This is the topic explored in this year’s reporting project for Sunshine Week, March 11-17. Please publish an observance.

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CNPA Executive Director Tom Newton penned this column for members’ use during Sunshine Week.

The American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2005 launched the first national Sunshine Week, a celebration of access to public information that has been held every year since to coincide with the March 16 birthday of James Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution and a key advocate of the Bill of Rights.

This year, ASNE (now the American Society of News Editors), The Associated Press and the Associated Press Media Editors are, once again, marking the occasion with a package that examines some of the new
challenges confronting traditional journalism.

Sunshine Week 2018 is made possible by continuous support from ASNE’s longtime partner Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and generous contributions from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Gridiron Club and Foundation.