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Sunshine Week's Free Toolkit

As we near Sunshine Week 2009, March 15-21, I just wanted to reach out to make sure everyone knows about the free materials available to participants -- and where to find them.

We have some Sunshine Week toolkit materials available now on the Web site (www.sunshineweek.org). They can be found under the "Toolkit" tab. I would emphasize that this is just the beginning of what's expected. More comes in almost every day now, and the pace will increase as we get closer, so please be sure to check back as March 15 nears.

Newly added are three online ads -- a banner, a button and a skyscraper in IAB standard sizes. They join the previously released print and broadcast ads (which also can be used online). Spanish language versions of the print and online ads are coming soon. A couple of opinion columns are now posted, and several more are expected on a variety of FOI and government transparency issues.

In addition to the opinion columns, other materials to look for coming up include: a calendar of Sunshine Week events (and please send in anything you've got for that); informational graphics contributed by McClatchy-Tribune Graphics in Washington; editorial cartoons from members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists; new items in the Sunshine Week online store; a national public opinion survey on secrecy and FOI issues by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University; and the results of the Sunshine Week/ASNE-NFOIC-SPJ nationwide survey of state government information online.

All materials in the toolkit are available for ANY participant to use during Sunshine Week at no cost. We only ask that you indicate somewhere that its use is in conjunction with or celebration of (or some such of) Sunshine Week. Please be advised as well that we ask you please not to use any of the work before March 15, and when Sunshine Week ends on March 21, you will need permission of the creators to use their work. (Student newspapers on spring break during Sunshine Week can contact me directly about special permissions.)

We'll once again be assembling an online gallery of the great work produced, so please be sure to send links and/or PDF or JPG files to me when they're available.

Thanks to everyone for the support in the past and all that we're sure is coming.

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