Sunshine Week and PublishaLetter.com
— a new Web site that helps people submit letters to the editors of newspapers
around the world — have partnered to give the public an opportunity to write
letters in an online round-table about open government issues.
Unlike the other submissions to PublishaLetter.com, this is not a typical letter to the editor process, but instead will operate as an online forum dedicated to open government. Letters will be linked under a special "Sunshine Week" icon for PublishaLetter.com readers, and there also will be a link from the Sunshine Week Web site.
PublishaLetter.com was founded to enable people to not only more easily comment on news issues, but also to post those letters online regardless of whether they are published elsewhere. While the site does not edit the content, it does screen for mass mailings, commercial offerings, gratuitous self-promotion, libel and similarly inappropriate content. To write a letter to the editor of a publication, users must go through the regular PublishaLetter.com submission process.
About Sunshine Week:
Sunshine Week is a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know.
Week is led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and is funded
primarily by a challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Though spearheaded by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public's right to know what its government is doing, and why. Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.
Sunshine Week is a non-partisan initiative whose supporters are conservative, liberal and everything in between.