Sunshine Day 2013 at N.C. State

Please join us in celebrating Sunshine Day from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 at the McKimmon Center on the N.C. State University campus (1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, N.C.). This event is sponsored by the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition and N.C. State University student media.

Speakers include veteran journalists and government officials from North Carolina and numerous experts and advocates for open government. We encourage citizens, journalists, government employees, librarians, attorneys, public officials, students -- anyone and everyone interested in open government -- to attend. At this event we will also introduce new open government initiatives.

We’re also pleased to extend an invitation to government officials and staff to attend a pre-conference session on the topic of responding to records requests from 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 11, also at the McKimmon Center. There is no additional charge to attend this session, which will be led by UNC School of Government professor Fleming Bell and North Carolina Press Association General Counsel Amanda Martin.

Main Conference Schedule:

11:30 a.m.: Registration

Noon: Lunch and keynote address by Dr. Lucy Dalglish, Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

1:25 p.m.: Timely Access to Public Records from the Investigative Reporter Perspective
Dan Kane, News & Observer

1:40 p.m.: Access to Public Records: Panel discussion on the UNC Football Investigation
Dick Baddour, former UNC Director of Athletics
Amanda Martin, NC Press Association General Counsel
Jon Sasser, attorney for former UNC Football Coach Butch Davis
Kevin Schwartz, The Daily Tar Heel Director/General Manager

2:45 p.m.: Government Gets it Right Spotlight on Sunshine Initiatives
Jim Sides, Chair, Rowan County Board of Commissioners
Russell Allen, Raleigh City Manager
Effie Varitimidis, Guildford County Clerk

3:30 p.m.: Civics curriculum interactive case study
Paul Bonnici, Project Director of the NC Civic Education Consortium

3:50 p.m.: Closing comments

Registration options include:
Regular Registration cost: $30 (includes lunch)
Student registration cost: $18 (includes lunch)
Add $10 if you wish to join the N.C. Open Government Coalition for 2013 (normal annual dues $25).
Sponsor a table (eight seats): $400
Sponsor a half a table: $250
(Full and half-table sponsors will be recognized at the event.)

Please complete the registration form below. If paying by credit card, please call in or email your credit card information to us at 336-278-5506 or

The deadline for us to receive your pre-registration is March 5. Questions? Contact Alyssa Donohue at or 336-278-5506.