PAUL HANSELL AWARD

Deadline to enter: April 15, 2015

The Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism will be presented at the Florida Society of News Editors annual convention during a luncheon Friday, July 19 at the JW Marriott Grand Lakes in Orlando. The contest is open to all individuals who write for a Florida newspaper. The winner . . . → Read More: PAUL HANSELL AWARD

Legislature’s Sunshine outlook gets darker

NEWS-PRESS

March 21, 2015

By: Heather Wysocki

Florida’s reputation as the sunniest place for government transparency could get cloudier if a host of bills make it to the finish line in the 2015 legislative session.

Over 40 exemptions have been proposed. And even early in the session, many already seem to have a chance of flying through.

This year, “it’s a . . . → Read More: Legislature’s Sunshine outlook gets darker

Florida activist confronts businesses in mission to preserve open records compliance

THE SAINT AUGUSTINE RECORD

March 19, 2015

By: David Fleshler
South Florida Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE ­— At the Sarasota office of Boro Building and Property Maintenance, a polite but persistent man with a video camera asks to see the company’s contract to provide janitorial services to a state agency.

“You can’t come here asking me for a contract,” says the . . . → Read More: Florida activist confronts businesses in mission to preserve open records compliance

FSNE Journalism Contest: Just One Week To The Deadline!

It’s time to get your entries submitted for the state’s most prestigious journalism competition
Deadline for entries is March 31

Juried judging
A panel of distinguished journalists will review entries and jointly decide the winners. Awards will be presented at the FSNE summer convention in Orlando, July 23-24.

2015 Contest Rules

Categories

Waldo Proffitt Award for
Excellence in Environmental
Reporting in Florida
presented by
the USF . . . → Read More: FSNE Journalism Contest: Just One Week To The Deadline!

Former Senator: Not Much Government In The Florida Sunshine

WLRN

March 19, 2015

By: Gina Jordan

This is Government in the Sunshine Week, a week celebrating the importance of open government and freedom of information.

The recent firing of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey is an example of government leaders making decisions out of the public purview – violating the spirit of Sunshine Week and Florida’s Sunshine . . . → Read More: Former Senator: Not Much Government In The Florida Sunshine

SUNSHINE WEEK: Editorial: Florida without sunshine wouldn’t be pretty

TAMPA TRIBUNE

March 18, 2015

State laws requiring that government conduct its business in public and that the records of official business be available for public inspection are as critical to the functioning of our government as fair elections and a free press.

Consider the ongoing debate about Hillary Clinton’s emails while secretary of state, and ask yourself whether . . . → Read More: SUNSHINE WEEK: Editorial: Florida without sunshine wouldn’t be pretty

SUNSHINE WEEK: Continue to let the sunshine in

PINE ISLAND EAGLE

March 18, 2015

“A popular government without popular information, or means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

Sunshine Week, built . . . → Read More: SUNSHINE WEEK: Continue to let the sunshine in

SUNSHINE WEEK: Public exemption bills throw long shadows over Sunshine Week

SUN SENTINEL

March 18, 2015

By: Barbara Petersen

Looking at the growing list of proposed exemptions for consideration during the 2015 legislative session, I kept hearing the lyrics to the Four Tops “It’s the Same Old Song” running through my mind.

Our legislators, it seems, are quick to respond to complaints from government agencies and special interest lobbyists about too . . . → Read More: SUNSHINE WEEK: Public exemption bills throw long shadows over Sunshine Week

Cartoon, By Bill Day

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Daniel Tilson: Celebrate Sunshine Week with a song in your heart, Florida

CONTEXT FLORIDA

By: Daniel Tilson

Happy Sunshine Week, Florida, let’s hear it for open government! OK, stop laughing, this is important. The more transparent our state budget formation and lawmaking are, the more likely middle-class Floridians can avoid getting sucker-punched by elected public “servants” sneakily serving only our state’s richest folks and biggest businesses.

Unfortunately, that works vice-versa too. . . . → Read More: Daniel Tilson: Celebrate Sunshine Week with a song in your heart, Florida