To learn more

Visit newsobserver.com for handy guides to open meetings and public records.

Read North Carolina’s new ethics law.

Sunshine week resources


The N.C. Open Government Coalition educates people about the public’s rights of access to government activity and records. Go to this site to read the state laws on public records and open meetings, to get information on how to use them, and for sample letters requesting information.


This is the Web site for Sunshine Week, which calls attention to the importance of protecting open access to government.


The National Freedom of Information Coalition is an alliance of First Amendment and open-government organizations. Go to this site and click on “Resources.”


The site for the state Attorney General’s Office has information on understanding open government laws. Click on “Victims and Citizens Services.”


Home of Americans for Less Secrecy, More Democracy -- a coalition of consumer advocates, good-government groups, journalists, environmentalists, labor organizations and others.


A guide from The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on using the federal Freedom of Information Act.


FOIA information from the U.S. Department of Justice.