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Sunshine Week: transparency call began with journalism coalition win

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Sunshine Week is both an event and a group who support and explain transparency (for the public, but often focused on journalism efforts) in the Freedom of Information Act. "To enlighten and empower participation in all levels of government," http://www.knightdigitalmediacenter.org/blogs/agahran/2014/02/3-ways-get...

Sunshine Week as many sites: @SunshineWeek, sunshineweek.org, LinkedIn among some visible media option to follow along with their progress, foibles and failures. It's recent history has been recapped here, with some noted projected interests. <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/60209174" width="500" height="367" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>

In honor of President James Madison, who was all about First Amendment Rights and journalistic efforts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Madison Sunshine Week is always scheduled to include his birth date, March 16th.

The original event called Sunshine Week included a 3 week stretch of journalists in Florida organizing http://fsne.org/news/ a response to the Florida legislature attempting to generate actions that would limit or block FOIA type requests. FOIA began in 1966, but request increased with later adjustments second to increased freedoms granted to request http://www.foia.gov/ Sunshine Sundays http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Week were transformed from 2002 into Sunshine Week, the event subscribed to by so many. The Sunshine Week slogan is "Your Right to Know".

Sunshine Week and related groups focus on this option and right and invite others to share their successes and failures in trying to get information, which one person deemed paid for work product from government staff, and it is our government.

The Knight Foundation is a supporter of the event and of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_S._and_James_L._Knight_Foundation

The Reporters Committee http://www.rcfp.org/ and American Society of News Editors http://sunshineweek.rcfp.org/asne/ and http://asne.org/ are core leaders, supporters of Sunshine Week.

Here is a supported video dispensed by Sunshine Week about getting records and <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IenY8msy3t4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> which has some absolutely fascinating aspects. Including things like addressing obstructionism in systems, how to convert records which have not been delivered in useable form, conflicts regarding the mixing of controlled and uncontrolled records ( and how this delays getting data), due process of request laws for responding to FOIA ( most states have no required turn around policy from the point of request to delivery or direct refusal of materials).

The people who track Sunshine Weekly note problems and invite maintenance of gains, advancement and useability in community rights.

Links for Oklahoma FOIA are : http://www.nfoic.org/oklahoma-foia-laws and this forms page. http://www.nfoic.org/oklahoma-sample-foia-request. are the State of Oklahoma listing for records requests.

FOIA Oklahoma, (note the inversion) is the Oklahoma Watchdog group linking to the Sunshine Week group http://foioklahoma.org/ Here is the link for the governing body FOIA Oklahoma http://foioklahoma.org/about-us/board-of-directors/

Here are some links on how to get your community involved in the immediate community with SunshineWeek activities http://www.sunshineweek.org/, http://sunshineweek.rcfp.org/how-to-get-involved, http://sunshineweek.rcfp.org/sw13-idea-bank/

Calls for transparency from both sides of the OKC Mayoral Election 2014 were definitely seeds planted for further growth such as this. Which candidate process appears to follow the Sunshine Week philosophy? Sound off below.

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