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Sunshine Week & Freedom of Information Day: March 12-18 & 16, 2023

Press Release Number CB23-SFS.31

According to Sunshineweek.org, “Sunshine Week was launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors — now News Leaders Association — and has grown into an enduring initiative to promote open government. Join News Leaders Association in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. It’s your right to know.”


From The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 5447—Freedom of Information Day, 1986, “March 16 is the anniversary of the birth of James Madison, our fourth President and one of the principal figures in the Constitutional Convention. Madison eloquently expressed the guarantees in the Bill of Rights, in particular in the freedoms of religion, speech, and of the press protected by the First Amendment. He understood the value of information in a democratic society, as well as the importance of its free and open dissemination. He believed that through the interaction of the Government and its citizens, facilitated by a free press and open access to information, the Government could be most responsive to the people it serves. Surely the American experience has proved him right.

“This year [1986] marks the twentieth anniversary of the enactment by the Federal government of the Freedom of Information Act [1966]. On President Madison's birthday, it is particularly fitting that we recognize the value of reasonable access to information in our political process.” - Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America

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Key Stats

Source: 2021 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates.

Note: The table above contains more than 550 occupations and is scrolled to highlight news analysts, reporters, journalists, and editors. Click on the image for the full table and other related occupations.

More Stats

Source: Quarterly Services Survey (QSS)  2003-2023. 

  • NAICS 4512, Book Stores and News Dealers
  • NAICS 515, Broadcasting (Except Internet)
  • NAICS 7115, Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
  • NAICS 451212, News Dealers and Newsstands
  • NAICS 511110, Newspaper Publishers
  • NAICS 511120, Periodical Publishers
  • NAICS 515120, Television Broadcasting
  • NAICS 515210, Cable and Other Subscription Programming
  • NAICS 519110, News Syndicates
  • NAICS 519130, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals
  • NAICS 519190, All Other Information Services
  • NAICS 711510, Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
  • NAICS 4512, Book Stores and News Dealers
  • NAICS 515, Broadcasting (Except Internet)
  • NAICS 7115, Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers

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