2015 FSNE Journalism Contest Results

Division A

Newspapers with daily circulation of 125,000 or more

Breaking News Reporting
First Place
Tom Tobin, Michael Kruse, Michael LaForgia, Lisa Gartner, Michael Van Sickler and Mary Ellen Klas

Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald

“Florida State University shooting”

Second Place
Pat Beall, Christine Stapleton, Jason Schultz, Jorge Milian, Tony Doris, Eliot Kleinberg, Alexandra Seltzer, Sonja Isger

The Palm Beach Post

“Deadly . . . → Read More: 2015 FSNE Journalism Contest Results

Minutes of Quarterly FSNE Board Meeting 4/15/15

The meeting was called to order at 2:10 p.m. by Frank Denton.

 

Those in attendance were Frank Denton, Bob Gabordi, Gil Thelen, Terry Spencer, David Carlson, Manny Garcia, Rosemary Goudreau, Tristram Korten, Ken Koehn, Cindy McCurry Ross.

 

The minutes from the January meeting were approved.

 

Contest update:

An update of the contest was given by Doug Ray. There were 600 . . . → Read More: Minutes of Quarterly FSNE Board Meeting 4/15/15

Aggregated Post: Times wins 12 firsts, 29 awards overall in statewide FSNE contest

Times wins 12 firsts, 29 awards overall in statewide FSNE contest

The Tampa Bay Times won 12 first-place awards and 29 overall in the annual competition of the Florida Society of News Editors. (Read More)

Tampa Bay Times outperforms all the rest in statewide media competition

The Tampa Bay Times won more awards than any other large-circulation news group in . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Times wins 12 firsts, 29 awards overall in statewide FSNE contest

Time for Scott, Cabinet to commit to sunshine: Editorial

ORLANDO SENTINEL

July 18, 2015

The Florida First Amendment Foundation has issued a score card that stamps a red, frowning face on bad bills the Legislature approved during this year’s regular session. The score card contains four of those scarlet visages — each denoting a new instance of lawmakers hiding information from Floridians about their government.

But those bad . . . → Read More: Time for Scott, Cabinet to commit to sunshine: Editorial

Transparency group call’s Scott’s ‘sunshine’ effort a failure

TAMPA TRIBUNE

July 16, 2015

By: James Rosica

TALLAHASSEE – Project Sunburst, a public email-disclosure system started by Gov. Rick Scott after he took office in 2011, has been more of “a sunshine bust,” an open-government advocate said Thursday.

The First Amendment Foundation, a Tallahassee-based watchdog group, sent an email to its members saying the system “has shed little light . . . → Read More: Transparency group call’s Scott’s ‘sunshine’ effort a failure

BODY CAM FOOTAGE SHOULD BE PUBLIC, ACTIVISTS SAY

MIAMI NEW-TIMES

July 15, 2015

By: Jessica Weiss

After numerous violent incidents involving police were recorded by citizens and made public in recent months, support grew around the country for police to be outfitted with body cameras. But how footage from those cameras should be diffused to the public has proven a tricky issue with few easy answers.

In Florida, . . . → Read More: BODY CAM FOOTAGE SHOULD BE PUBLIC, ACTIVISTS SAY

Cabinet should admit fault in secrecy case

SUN-SENTINEL

July 9, 2015

The Florida First Amendment Foundation issued a scorecard that stamps a red frowny face on bad bills the Legislature approved during its regular session.

The scorecard contains four of those sad, scarlet visages –— each indicating a new way that Florida officials have concocted to keep information away from regular Floridians.

We’ll talk about some of . . . → Read More: Cabinet should admit fault in secrecy case

Lawsuits from public records group are a nuisance, Florida cities say

TAMPA BAY TIMES

July 6, 2015

By: Mike Brassfield

It starts with a demand that a low-level city employee produce a public record on the spot. Or with an email to a private company demanding invoices relating to a public agency.

Often, it ends with a lawsuit.

For more than a year, government officials all over Florida and the vendors they . . . → Read More: Lawsuits from public records group are a nuisance, Florida cities say

Despite law, online court records unavailable in Hillsborough

TAMPA TRIBUNE

July 5, 2015

By: Elaine Silvestrini

TAMPA — It’s been more than a year since the Florida Supreme Court lifted a decade-long moratorium on Internet access to court records, but the general public still can’t look at most circuit or county court records online in Hillsborough County.

Providing electronic access to court records has been a long-term, complicated . . . → Read More: Despite law, online court records unavailable in Hillsborough

Annual Convention July 23-24

Hotel Deadline is Wednesday!
Rooms may not be available after July 1st

The deadline to make your hotel reservations for the 2015 FPA/FSNE Annual Convention is WEDNESDAY, JULY 1. After this date, rooms may not be available and the reduced conference rate is not guaranteed.

The Annual Convention will be held July 23-24 at The Westin Lake Mary. Register for the . . . → Read More: Annual Convention July 23-24