DURHAM, NC (February 14, 2013) – The National Press Photographer’s Association will be participating in "Sunshine Week" from March 10-16, 2013, along with a number of other media organizations.
Led by the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), Sunshine Week is a national initiative that was launched by the Florida Society of Newspaper in 2002 and "Sunshine Sunday" (as it was named) was a response to attempts by the Florida legislature to limit the state’s public records law.
NPPA members are encouraged to participate in Sunshine Week by contributing images of “open government” to the Sunshine Week toolkit. This toolkit is a free resource available to any Sunshine Week participant including professional and student journalists working in any medium; bloggers; civic and non-profit organizations; schools; and government officials (for activities related to open government only). NPPA members are encouraged to photograph their interpretation and submit those images for use in the toolkit. These “open government” photographs can be literal or artistic, big government or small, or even not government-related at all—the concept and interpretation is left entirely to the photographer.
Images should be shot and eMailed to Debra Gersh Heranadez at [email protected] by March 7, 2013. Please include “NPPA Sunshine Week Submission” in the subject line. To see materials already available in the toolkit for use by participants in their Sunshine Week Coverage, visit http://sunshineweek.rcfp.org/toolkit/.
In 2003, ASNE expanded that initiative by hosting a Freedom of Information Summit in Washington which has now expanded to a week-long event promoting the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.
As part of NPPA’s participation, general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher will moderate a panel discussion on Friday, March 15, regarding the right to photograph and record in public. Panelists will include Washington Metropolitan Police Department Public Information Officer Gwendolyn Crump; attorney Mary Borja of Wiley Rein LLP in Washington; freelance photojournalist and independent video producer Mannie Garcia; Linda Epstein, a senior photo editor for McClatchy-Tribune Information Services; and attorney Robert Corn-Revere of Davis Wright Tremaine.
Read more about it online here in NPPA's Advocacy Blog.