We’re showcasing examples of “Sunshine Week” work by Lee journalists on Editorial Matters throughout the week. We’re also featuring background stories and advice on our blogs. We’ll be adding to Lee’s Sunshine Week collection daily. It’s not too late to contribute. Write Joanne Phillips (joanne.phillips@lee.net) to do so.

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Document-driven stories don’t have to be predictable. Or boring. Unless public safety is at stake, why not give readers a story that’s as interesting as it important? Why not leverage your hard-fought reporting to inform and fortify a well-told story? Even if you have to change your editor's mind.

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Robert J. Dreps, an attorney with Godfrey & Kahn S.C., in Madison, Wis, is familiar with open government issues. His practice emphasizes media law. I asked him a few questions for Sunshine Week, March 10-16, 2013. Please click "Continue Reading" to see his answers.

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In this guest post Mike McInally, editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald, details his reporters’ pursuit of public records to help explain the resignation of a local police chief. Please click, "Continue Reading" to view Mike's blog entry.

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States across the country have adopted Sunshine laws that call for openness and accessibility to the workings of public officials. Sunshine la…

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Note: This is a guest post by Darrell Ehrlick, editor of the Casper Star-Tribune.

Data Journalism
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People love knowing what public employees earn in a year. They always make for interesting conversation and plenty of controversy.

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An audit of dozens of local governments reveals that public records are generally available to those who want them.

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