Sunshine Week

March 10-16, 2024

Sunshine Week is set for March 10-16, 2024.  Sunshine Week is a nonpartisan collaboration among groups in the journalism, civic, education, government and private sectors that shines a light on the importance of public records and open government.

We encourage you to write and share editorials, stories and columns about the importance of openness to your community. Please share your Sunshine Week articles, projects and events so we can help promote them.

Additionally the national Sunshine Week project will have several resources, including logos, quizzes and more. Sunshine Week is now coordinated by the Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, Muckrock, Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and a growing list of partners, including SCPA.

Make plans now to join the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. It’s your right to know.

2024 S.C. Sunshine Week Toolkit

Print Ad

Download this Sunshine Week house ad as a quarter page ad (5.25×10.5). Resize as you see fit. Download in color or black-and-white. If you’d like the InDesign package to localize or resize, just let Jen know.

Digital Ads

Please link all to the Citizen’s Guide to FOIA.

Column (please share columns you’re willing to run statewide)
Social media posts
Logos and Graphics
New materials will be added as they are shared with SCPA. 

2024 S.C. Sunshine Week Event

Counselors Off the Cuff
Friday, March 15, 2024
2:45-3:45 p.m.
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

You don’t want to miss SCPA’s annual legal update, which will focus on the importance of public records and open government as March 10-16 is Sunshine Week! Join our panel of media law experts who will offer a a no-holds-barred discussion on the open government, open courts, First Amendment and legal issues you’re facing. Panelists include SCPA Attorneys Taylor Smith and Jay Bender, and Carl Muller

At the SCPA Awards Banquet earlier in the day, SCPA will present the Montgomery/Shurr Freedom of Information Award. This award is named in memory of Reid Montgomery, the late secretary-manager of SCPA, and the late John Shurr, who spent more than two decades as FOI Chair of SCPA and as S.C. Bureau Chief for The Associated Press. Both led the fight for open government in South Carolina.

Questions?

If you need help with the Sunshine Week resources, contact Jen Madden via email or by calling (803) 750-9561.