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Cool Stuff for Sunshine Week 2009

The Sunshine Week 2009 Toolkit is being updated just about every day. Everything in there is free to any participant to use during Sunshine Week 2009, March 15-21.

Offerings include:

Opinion columns: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) discusses recent Freedom of Information victories โ€” and what still needs to be done; Jerry Stephens, whose son is heading to Afghanistan, explaining why he believes the media should have access to the homecoming of soldiers killed in action overseas; Arkansas state Sen. Dan Greenberg (R) makes the case for why the criminal histories of officials should be public; along with others already posted and still coming in.

Editorial cartoons: Nick Anderson, Richard Bartholomew, Ed Colley, Ed Hall, Barry Hunau, Tim Jackson, Don Landgren and Rob Smith Jr. are among the editorial cartoonists contributing their work for Sunshine Week.

Informational graphics: McClatchy-Tribune Direct has created a package of info graphics available in a variety of formats for use by clients and non-clients during Sunshine Week.

Public service ads: Print, Web and broadcast public service ads are available in English and Spanish. Developed for a young adults, the ads emphasize the theme of using public information to become a local hero.

Still to come: Friday, March 13, the results of a Scripps Howard News Service-Ohio University public opinion poll on government transparency will be released, along with a related McClatchy-Tribune Direct info graphic. Sunday, March 15, Sunshine Week kicks off with the release of a nationwide survey of state government information online.

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