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. 

The Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition is hosting Sunshine Day 2017 – an annual one-day conference on government transparency in the Old North State – on Elon University’s campus March 13. 

Attorney General Josh Stein is expected to deliver the keynote address at Sunshine Day 2017. The program includes an instructional session on obtaining police video in the morning, presentation of our annual Sunshine Awards at lunch, and afternoon discussions of timeliness in fulfilling requests and handling requests for social media records. 

Order tickets here

Table sponsorships are available for $450 or a half-table for $250. Both sponsorships include prominent placement in event programs. A table sponsorship includes tickets for eight people. A half-table sponsorship includes tickets for four. If you’re interested in sponsoring Sunshine Day 2017, contact North Carolina Open Government Coalition Director Jonathan Jones at no later than March 9 

The event will be held in the Snow Family Grand Atrium and Turner Theatre, located at 123 N. Williamson Avenue, Elon, N.C. Parking will be available in The Oaks lot, located at the northwest corner of the intersection of North Williamson Avenue and Elon Commons Drive, approximately one and a half blocks north of the atrium. 


10 a.m.: Registration

10:15 a.m.: Accessing Police Video

Turner Theatre

  • Mike Tadych, partner, Stevens, Martin, Vaughn & Tadych
  • Lisa Worf, assistant news director, WFAE
  • Hon. Eric Levinson, superior court judge, Mecklenburg Co.

11:40 a.m.: Public records audit results

Turner Theatre

  • Mark Binker, WRAL

Noon: Lunch & Keynote

Snow Family Grand Atrium

  • Welcome from Jonathan Jones, director, NCOGC
  • Awards Presentation
  • Keynote speech from Josh Stein,  North Carolina attorney general

1:10 p.m.: Timeliness in Responding to Records Requests

Turner Theatre

  • Ann Doss Helms, reporter, The Charlotte Observer
  • Sabrina Oliver, communications & public affairs director, Chapel Hill
  • Beverly Thompson, public affairs director, Durham

2:15 p.m.: Case Study: Investigating Belmont

  • Elliot Engstrom, legal method and communication fellow, Elon Law

2:30 p.m.: Social Media as Public Record

  • Damien Graham, communications director, Raleigh
  • Kelly Eubank, N.C. Government & Heritage Library
  • Camille Tyndall Watson, State Archives of N.C.

3:30 p.m.: Close