2016 FSNE Journalism Contest Results

Division A

Newspapers with daily circulation of 125,000 or more

Breaking News Reporting
First Place
Zachary T. Sampson, Curtis Krueger, Dan Sullivan, Josh Solomon

Tampa Bay Times

The Death of Phoebe Jonchuck

Second Place
Ben Montgomery, Zachary Sampson, Craig Pittman, Josh Solomon

Tampa Bay Times

Florida Mailman Lands Gyrocopter on U.S. Capitol Lawn

Third Place
Linda Trischitta, Erika Pesantes, Emily Miller, Brittany Wallman, . . . → Read More: 2016 FSNE Journalism Contest Results

From waiting in line to online: Tampa Bay clerk’s offices push court records to the Web

TAMPA BAY TIMES

June 17, 2016

By: Laura C. Morel

The days of waiting in line at the courthouse for records are rapidly fading into history as clerk’s offices in Tampa Bay and across the state transition to posting documents online.

Clerk’s offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Hernando and Pasco are at different stages of pushing records to the Web after . . . → Read More: From waiting in line to online: Tampa Bay clerk’s offices push court records to the Web

Don’t let Floridians be ‘governed in darkness’

MIAMI HERALD

June 13, 2016

By: Carol Marbin Miller

These are the remarks of Carol Marbin Miller, a senior investigative reporter at the Herald, upon accepting the 2016 Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism, given by the Florida Society of News Editors. Marbin Miller won for a body of work, including Bitter Pill, on how Florida rations . . . → Read More: Don’t let Floridians be ‘governed in darkness’

Months after newspaper’s investigation, Port St. Lucie still doesn’t know volume of requests

TCPalm

June 10, 2016

By: Nicole Rodriguez

PORT ST. LUCIE — After months reviewing its public-records system, the city still can’t quantify how many requests it processes.

The internal audit was spurred by a Treasure Coast Newspapers investigation that revealed a staggering lag time to fulfill information requests from both the public and the news media.

City officials earlier this year . . . → Read More: Months after newspaper’s investigation, Port St. Lucie still doesn’t know volume of requests

‘War on public records,’ warns top scribe Carol Marbin Miller

FLORIDA POLITICS

June 11, 2016

By: Scott Powers

There is a war on against Florida’s open records law and the press and public are losing, investigative reporter Carol Marbin Miller warned newspaper journalists Friday.

Marbin Miller, a senior investigative reporter at the Miami Herald and former investigative reporter at the St. Petersburg Times, called for action at the annual awards luncheon of . . . → Read More: ‘War on public records,’ warns top scribe Carol Marbin Miller

Pam Bondi’s office can’t resolve Twitter public record question

FLORIDA POLITICS

June 6, 2016

By: Jim Rosica

A list of everyone who has blocked, or been blocked by, an elected official on Twitter might be a public record, according to Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s office.

Then again, maybe not.

“The question presented … involves mixed questions of law and fact that this office cannot resolve,” said an informal Attorney General’s advisory opinion . . . → Read More: Pam Bondi’s office can’t resolve Twitter public record question

Aggregated Post: State audit: Tourism agency needs more transparency

State audit: Tourism agency needs more transparency

TALLAHASSEE – Visit Florida should strengthen safeguards for travel expenses, standardize executive pay and bonuses, and find ways to tell the public how it’s spending taxpayer money, according to a state audit released Friday. (Read More)

Added accountability urged at space, tourism agencies

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Operations at the state’s public-private space . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: State audit: Tourism agency needs more transparency

Fort Myers may be breaking rules on police chief selection

NEWS-PRESS

June 16, 2016

By: Cody Dulaney

This article was originally published June 1, 2016.

Fort Myers’ new police chief could be selected within the next few weeks.

But the selection process outlined by City Manager Saeed Kazemi is in violation of Florida’s Sunshine Law, said Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation in Tallahassee.

After the police chief selection committee . . . → Read More: Fort Myers may be breaking rules on police chief selection

Judge agrees with Broward, calls Uber records ‘trade secrets’

SUN SENTINEL

May 31, 2016

By: Brittany Wallman

Broward County didn’t violate the state public records act when it withheld documents showing how much business Uber does at the port and airport, a Broward circuit judge has ruled.

Judge Sandra Perlman sided with the county and Uber (and its subsidiary Rasier-DC LLC) in a lawsuit brought by Yellow Cab (under . . . → Read More: Judge agrees with Broward, calls Uber records ‘trade secrets’

Jacksonville’s Inspector General finds no Sunshine Law problems with City Council

FLORIDA POLITICS

May 31, 2016

By: A.G. Gancarski

Closing out his tenure as the City of Jacksonville’s Inspector General, Thomas Cline issued his final report about alleged Sunshine Law issues with the city council.

Cline’s verdict: There were none.

Ordinance code requires an audit of Sunshine Law procedures with the council every two years and Cline fulfilled that task, reviewing public notices, minutes, . . . → Read More: Jacksonville’s Inspector General finds no Sunshine Law problems with City Council

City nears OK of $114,000 to newspaper over 2013 pension lawsuit

ST. AUGUSTINE RECORD

May 29, 2016

By: Christopher Hong

The city of Jacksonville is preparing to pay its share of a proposed $270,000 legal settlement with Florida Times-Union editor Frank Denton, who sued the city several years ago for violating Florida’s Government Sunshine Law while negotiating pension benefits behind closed doors.

City attorneys have asked the City Council to approve . . . → Read More: City nears OK of $114,000 to newspaper over 2013 pension lawsuit