It’s Sunshine Week in St. Louis

Even if it rains, it will shine this week across St. Louis.

The annual Sunshine Week, going on now through Saturday, promotes freedom of information to journalists and open, responsible government to all citizens by bringing to light the need for transparency in the activities of our local, state and federal authorities.

First promoted in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors, Sunshine Week also recognizes the hard work by print, broadcast and online media; civic and nonprofit groups; schools; and libraries to raise awareness about people’s right to government information about themselves and their communities.

Toward that end, the Society of Professional Journalists is making a special effort by supporting Sunshine Week projects around the country and making available a new report that brings to light the growing problem of public information officers limiting reporter access to government agencies and their employees.

Other organizations participating include the First Amendment Center, the Student Press Law Center and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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