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Sunshine Sunday, March 15
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Florida’s public records law. We hope you will join other Florida newspapers in recognizing this milestone as part of the eighth annual Sunshine Sunday, March 15.
Nationally, Sunshine Sunday has grown into Sunshine Week. The American Society of Newspaper Editors heard from Florida editors about the success of the event and is asking newspapers nationwide to raise awareness about open government and records access.
The Florida Society of News Editors asks newspapers to produce and publish editorials, columns, news stories, editorial cartoons and online elements, such as videos and blogs, on March 15 to help raise public awareness of the importance of open government in our state.
If you would like content for Sunshine Sunday, we can provide up to six profiles of the faces behind the 100th anniversary of Florida’s public records law. Also, we will have a look at President Obama’s move to make the federal government more transparent, based, in part, on the example set by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
Guest columns by Gov. Crist and Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Open Government Commission, will be available to all participating newspapers.
If you intend to participate in Sunshine Sunday, please contact Cory Lancaster at firstname.lastname@example.org (or 386-681-2440) with a brief description of your plans by Friday, Feb. 20. Be sure to include your newspaper’s contact on this effort, including his/her e-mail address and phone number. This will ensure your content is properly posted on the FSNE Web site, www.fsne.org, and shared nationally during Sunshine Week with the American Society of Newspaper Editors at www.sunshineweek.org.
Cory Lancaster, FSNE board member and managing editor of The Daytona Beach News-Journal
Mike Connelly, FSNE board member and executive editor of The Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Did You Know?
A representative from Gadsden County, J. W. Mahaffey, introduced a bill in the Legislature in 1909 requiring that “all state, county and municipal records shall at all times be open for a personal inspection of any citizen of Florida and those in charge of such records shall not refuse this privilege to any citizen.” Violators were subject to removal from office or impeachment. The bill became law without opposition on June 1.
Source: The First Amendment Foundation
- Breeze Newspapers
- Daytona Beach News-Journal
- Florida Today
- Lakeland Ledger
- Naples Daily News
- Ocala Star-Banner
- Palm Beach Post
- Sarasota Herald-Tribune
- Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
- St. Augustine Record
- St. Petersburg Times
- The Villages Daily Sun
- Daytona Beach News-Journal by Bruce Beattie
- The Florida Times-Union by Ed Gamble
- Florida Today by Jeff Parker
- The Baker County Press by Ed Hall
- The Ponte Vedra Recorder by Ed Hall
- Sunshine Week by Rob Smith, Jr.
- The Villages Daily Sun by Bill Landis
- Florida’s Sunshine Laws: A Tradition of Open Government by Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida
- Sunshine Week: Public gains from more access, information by David Plazas, Fort Myers News-Press
- We need more openness, especially at federal level by Phil Lewis, Naples Daily News
- 100 years of fighting for the public's right to know by Pat Rice, Northwest Florida Daily News
- What NOT to keep secret by Jane Healy, Orlando Sentinel
- Sunshine Sunday Op-Ed by Barbara Petersen, First Amendment Foundation
- Sunshine Sunday bills by Brendan Farrington, Associated Press
- Online records: Survey finds many states lagging by By David Crary, AP National Writer
- What NOT to keep secret by Amy L. Edwards, the Orlando Sentinel
- Foster children want access to their own records by Dara Kam, The Palm Beach Post
- So far, Obama is an advocate of open government by Wes Allison, St. Petersburg Times
- Clouds on the horizon for Florida's Sunshine Law by Bill Cotterell, Florida Capital Bureau Political Editor, Tallahassee Democrat
Faces behind the 100th anniversary of Florida's public records law
- Ex-Gov. Askew: Early champion of open government by Gerald Ensley, Tallahassee Democrat
- Longtime Fla. press counsel pushed Sunshine Law by Bill Cotterell, Tallahassee Democrat
- For Butterworth, openness is a way of life by Carol Marbin Miller, The Miami Herald
- Nothing’s secret about open government advocate by Jessica Gresko, Associated Press Writer
- Crist’s counsel is an advocate for open government by Jim Saunders, The Daytona Beach News-Journal
- Ex-Herald editor: Government in Sunshine took time by Evan S. Benn, The Miami Herald
- Did you know?
- Sunshine Sunday Online
New Material for ASNE Sunshine Toolkit
You’ll find editorial cartoons, op-eds, calendar, logos and info graphics there. Just click on the tab for “Toolkits.”
New material will be posted daily. Later this week, we will post a nationwide poll on the public’s attitudes about FOIA.