Open government is good government!
Celebrate Sunshine Week March 15-21

Make plans now to join SCPA and news organizations across the country in the discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.

Sunshine Week will be celebrated March 15-21.

In early March, SCPA will release a toolkit for S.C. newspapers including columns and cartoons.

In addition to running SCPA and nationally created materials, we encourage you to craft your own Sunshine Week editorials, stories, columns, cartoons and graphics. Tell readers about the role you've played in fighting for their right to know.

“Newspapers large and small do an outstanding job fighting for open government in South Carolina,” said SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers. “It’s an important battle that we need to keep fighting.”

Sunshine Week Resources

Sunshine Week Logos

Download Sunshine Week logos.

Local Sunshine Week Op-Ed

SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers has written a column spotlighting the role S.C. journalists play when it comes to pushing for open government. Download Bill's column as a PDF. Download Bill's mugshot in color or black-and-white.

Chair of SCPA's FOI Committee and Journalist/Media Executive in Residence at Coastal Carolina University, Trisha O'Connor, has also written a column for Sunshine Week. Download Trisha's column as a PDF. Download Trisha's mugshot in color or black-and-white.

Sunshine Week Cartoons


Citizen's Guide to the FOIA
Demystify public records.  Share SCPA's easy to understand Citizen's Guide to the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. This two-page document breaks down the Palmetto State's FOIA and will help readers understand why the law is important and how to use the FOIA to gain access to public meetings and documents. You are welcome to link to our site or download the PDF and put it on your own site.

Below are Web ads that you can use on your website to promote the Citizen's Guide to the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. Ads are available in the following sizes: 300x250, 728x90 and 160x600.

More Sunshine Week Resources

The national Sunshine Week website also has many free resources to use during Sunshine Week, including Op-eds, cartoons and more. The national kit will have a package of high-impact stories, a commentary piece, informational graphics and editorial cartoons that The Associated Press, The McClatchy Company, USA TODAY and Gannett Co., Inc., are spearheading.

Contact us

Jen Madden • jmadden@scpress.org • 803.750.9561 • toll-free 1-888-727-7377
Bill Rogers • brogers@scpress.org • 803.750.9561 • toll-free 1-888-727-7377

Your Sunshine Week promotions:

Now is the time to craft your own Sunshine Week editorials, stories, columns, cartoons and graphics:

  • Tell readers about the role you've played in fighting for their right to know.
  • Write a feature on your community's local heroes who have battled for access to information or to open meetings.
  • Explain how access to public information helped develop news stories and was used by your paper's journalists over the past year. 

After you've published your Sunshine Week promotions, please share them with us!