March 14 panel discussion to shine light on Sunshine Week
To highlight government transparency and in honor of Sunshine Week, the Greencastle League of Women Voters and the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media are sponsoring the panel discussion Keeping the Door Open – Fighting for Public Transparency on Tuesday, March 14 in Watson Forum of the Media Center on the DePauw University campus.
Scheduled to be on the panel are Miranda Spivack, Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw, whose recently published “State Secrets” series focuses on the growth of state and local secrecy; Luke Britt, Indiana’s public access counselor; Jared Jernagan, assistant editor of the Banner Graphic; and Tony Fargo, director of The Media School at Indiana University and a board member of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government.
The 7 p.m. program is open to the public and there will be time for questions from the audience.
National Sunshine Week is an annual event established to promote and highlight the need for public access to government information.
It is essential in a democracy for all people to have the right to attend governmental meetings, and have swift access to documents generated by elected and appointed officials.
In Indiana the Open Door Law and Access to Public Records Act was originally passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 1977. The office of the Public Access Counselor was created in 1998.