July 22, 2014
By: Gary Fineout
Florida news media organizations, including The Associated Press, are asking the state Supreme Court to make public documents that were used in the state’s landmark redistricting trial.
Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled this month that the state Legislature illegally drew Florida’s congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party.
Lewis based part of . . . → Read More: News media wants access to redistricting records
July 22, 2014
By: Dave Dunwoody
After months of preparation, the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is ready to launch a separate agency for economic development. Among other things, it gets the Chamber out from under Florida’s Sunshine Law.
Chamber President Jerry Maygarden proposed the separation last year and on Monday, the chamber’s Board of Directors approved it during . . . → Read More: Chamber Creates Economic Development Agency
July 21, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida media organizations, including The Associated Press, are asking the state Supreme Court to make public documents used in the state’s redistricting trial.
A circuit judge earlier this month ruled that Florida legislators illegally drew maps for Congress. Judge Terry Lewis based part of that ruling on evidence that was not made . . . → Read More: Media organizations want access to records
July 21, 2014
By: Phil Ammann
Cover-up of a land deal was at the heart of the Orange County Expressway Authority scandal, according to the final report released by state investigators, which outlined four documented violations of Florida’s sunshine law.
Former state Rep. Chris Dorworth appears to be at the center of it all, reports Greg Fox of WESH . . . → Read More: Final report issued in Orange County Expressway Authority scandal
FERNANDINA BEACH NEWS LEADER
July 17, 2014
By: Angela Daughtry
The city has received a legal complaint from a Deerfield Beach law firm claiming the city violated public records statutes after the plaintiff asked to see a slip rental agreement at the city marina on March 31.
The city also will pursue a claim against developers for failing roads in a . . . → Read More: 2 new legal actions for city
PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL
July 15, 2015
By: Marketta A. Davis
The Pensacola News Journal earned 17 awards in the annual Florida Society of News Editors contest.
The awards were presented Thursday at the group’s annual convention in Coral Gables.
The News Journal won four first-place awards, six second-place and seven third-place.
Cartoonist Andy Marlette and former graphics editor Ron Stallcup both swept . . . → Read More: News Journal earns 17 awards from FSNE
July 14, 2014
By: Bob Gabordi
The late, great Alabama football coach Bear Bryant said, “It ain’t bragging if it’s true.” With that in mind, please forgive some braggadocio: I work with very talented and special people.
Last week, the Tallahassee Democrat and Tallahassee.com took home eight awards in the Florida Society of News Editors annual contest, including five . . . → Read More: Our award-winning journalism takes the whole crew
July 13, 2014
FLORIDA TODAY received the prestigious Gold Medal for Public Service from the Florida Society of News Editors for the fall series “Aging Alone.”
FLORIDA TODAY also won eight first-place awards. Overall, the newspaper took home 17 awards in the annual FSNE competition.
The Gold Medal was awarded for work of meritorious public service by a . . . → Read More: FLORIDA TODAY takes home 17 FSNE awards
SUNSHINE STATE NEWS
July 11, 2014
By: Nancy Smith
Nan Rich won one Thursday. She didn’t even have to be in the Biltmore Hotel’s Granada Room. She didn’t have to touch a microphone. She won because Charlie Crist addressed the Florida media brain trust unobstructed. In all his egotistical glory. His only opposition — his only enemy — was . . . → Read More: 10-20-Life and Charlie
July 11, 2014
By: David Plazas
The News-Press won 19 awards at the Florida Society of News Editors annual conference on Thursday, including three first-place awards for innovation, niche website and daily deadline.
The group recognized the The News-Press’ digital acumen as well as its groundbreaking and exclusive coverage of Hertz relocating from New Jersey to Estero.
The conference was . . . → Read More: The News-Press wins 19 awards from Florida editors group