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Sunshine center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition

We are the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. If you are a records or meetings holder or someone seeking access to records or meetings, we hope this site will be a useful resource. Check out our educational resources about open government.

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition unites organizations interested in ensuring and enhancing the public's access to government activity, records and meetings. The nonpartisan coalition will educate people about their rights and support their efforts to gain access, and advocate the principles and benefits of open government. Education is critically important these days because, according to Elon Poll results, a majority of North Carolina residents are unaware of sunshine laws.

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2018 Sunshine Award Winners

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition recgonizes three people whose work has helped make and keep North Carolina government transparent in the last year: Will Hendrick of the Waterkeepers Alliance, Nick Ochsner of WBTV News, and William McKinney of the Office of the Governor. 

Sunshine Day 2018 -CANCELLED

Due to inclement weather forecasts in Greensboro for March 12, 2018, the annual Sunshine Day event is cancelled. 

Sunshine Awards 2018

The N.C. Open Government Coalition is accepting nominations for its annual Sunshine Awards program. The organization recognizes people who have worked to make North Carolina government more transparent throughout the year by advocating for transparency, by using the sunshine laws to tell important stories and by being transparent agencies.  Nominations are due by March 1.

Elon Law instructor shares insights on public record requests

Elliot Engstrom, a Legal Method & Communication Fellow, recently delivered a presentation to attorneys and legal observers on North Carolina's public record statutes and case law, arguing that the state needs a better approach to ensuring government transparency.

News & Observer series on jail deaths features insights from Elon's Jones

Jonathan Jones is the director of the N.C. Open Government Coalition and an instructor in the School of Communications. 

Media coverage features insights from Jones on public records, police body cams 

Jonathan Jones is an instructor in the School of Communications and the director of the N.C. Open Government Coalition. 

2017 Sunshine Award Winners

The winners of the N.C. Open Government Coalition's third annual Sunshine Awards were announced at Sunshine Day on Elon University's campus Monday. The winners are WFAE associate news director Lisa Worf, Elon law fellow Elliot Engstrom and Orange County Government. 

Sunshine Day 2017

New N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein will deliver the Sunshine Day 2017 keynote on March 13. Join us for sessions on obtaining police video, social media requests and archiving and timely responses. Sunshine Day returns to Elon University's campus this year. 

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