- Date Awarded
- Grant Period
- 11/01/07 to 11/01/08
- Focus Areas
- Journalism, Media Innovation
- Columbia, MO
To create a new First Amendment awareness campaign and strengthen national Sunshine Week in 2008
This grant will increase the number of participants in Sunshine Week 2008. Public officials will be asked for their positions on open government and the First Amendment, their views posted on the popular web site, SunshineWeek.org. Partnerships will include radio, television and the web.
A prominent personality who will be national spokesperson. Sunshine Week began in 2005 as an annual event to celebrate the importance of open government and free expression during the week of the March 16 birthday of James Madison, fourth president of the United States and author of the Bill of Rights.
The American Society of Newspaper Editors is raising an endowment that will make the week a permanent part of the journalism landscape. In addition to strengthening Sunshine Week, this grant will help ASNE’s First Amendment Committee research and develop a campaign to spread First Amendment awareness more generally. These projects came about after a steep drop in public support for the First Amendment and a rollback of Freedom of Information laws nationally in the wake of the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.