Sunshine Week en Holding Accountable All Levels of Government <p>A couple of weeks ago a couple of harbingers of Spring came and went, and each acknowledges how we depend on sunshine.</p><p>One was Daylight Savings Time, letting us think about spring and more sunlight, and the other was “Sunshine Week,” a time to promote and praise transparency in government: open government.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Effective representative government depends on transparency through open meetings, open records and public notices. If any of those three is absent, government collapses into secrecy and darkness.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:39:35 +0000 Bill Knight 31091 at Holding Accountable All Levels of Government Bill Knight - March 15 <p>Most journalists occasionally are confronted by angry newsmakers (usually powerful ones). Some journalists get threatening calls or emails, rude posted comments or letters to the editor, and that&rsquo;s about it. But this week, as the seventh annual Sunshine Week is underway, it&rsquo;s appropriate to also note that some journalists are killed for being part of the handful of human beings whose job &ndash; whose calling &ndash; is to run toward danger.<br /> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:50:43 +0000 Rich Egger 11814 at Bill Knight - March 15 Shop Talk - March 13 <p>The panelists talk about <a href="" target="_blank">Sunshine Week</a>, which is being observed this week.<br /><br />Sunshine Week is described as a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. It&#39;s held to coincide with the March 16 anniversary of the birth of James Madison. Sunshine Week was launched by the <a href="" target="_blank">American Society of News Editors</a> in 2005.<br /> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:00:07 +0000 Rich Egger 11746 at Shop Talk - March 13