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Sunshine Week 2019: Thanks to the transparency community, public records reporting is stronger than ever

Sunshine Week 2019: Thanks to the transparency community, public records reporting is stronger than ever

For Sunshine Week, we wanted to look at how public records has been behind some of the biggest headlines of the year, and how those stories can inspire a whole new crop of reporting. Sunlight may be the best disinfectant, but transparency is contagious.

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Heavy-hitting national reporting

Heavy-hitting national reporting

At the federal level, FOIA reporting tells the stories that matter.

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Light-hearted looks into the federal government

Light-hearted looks into the federal government

Thanks to some creative request ideas, FOIA helps puts the “fun” in “functioning democracy.”

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State-level stories that made an impact

State-level stories that made an impact

Transparency begins at home - all across the country, journalists are using state public records laws to hold agencies accountable.

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Remembering the burglary that broke COINTELPRO

Remembering the burglary that broke COINTELPRO

On the 48th anniversary of the break-in at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Media, Pennsylvania field office, reporter Betty Medsger reflects on the role of whistleblowers in the pursuit of truth and government transparency.

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