The Miami Herald: Herald sues DCF for records in case of abused twins

BY DIANA MOSKOVITZ

The Miami Herald sued the Department of Children & Families Thursday, seeking records the agency has refused to release about a call made to its abuse hotline days before adopted twins were found — one dead, the other with severe chemical burns — in a truck on the side of Interstate 95.

The Herald is . . . → Read More: The Miami Herald: Herald sues DCF for records in case of abused twins

St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc. to provide $240,000 to Barnes Scholars

The St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc. has selected two students from Pinellas County and two from Hillsborough County as winners of the 2011 Barnes Scholarships. The students are eligible to each receive up to $15,000 annually for four years at an accredited U.S. college or university.

The 2011 Barnes Scholars are Fedner Lauture (St. Petersburg High . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc. to provide $240,000 to Barnes Scholars

St. Petersburg Times wins ASNE award

The American Society of News Editors recognized three Florida publications in its annual journalism contest.

Michael Kruse of the St. Petersburg Times won the Distinguished Writing Award for Nondeadline Writing.

Additionally, the staff of The Palm Beach Post were finalists for the Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting, and Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune was . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times wins ASNE award

Electronic version of Sunshine Litigation Seminar now available

The First Amendment Foundation has announced that they now offer an electronic version of their Sunshine Litigation Seminar that took place earlier this year. The eight hour session is geared toward attorneys interested in learning more, including practical tips, on litigating open government issues. The seminar also features a keynote address by Lucy Dalglish, Executive . . . → Read More: Electronic version of Sunshine Litigation Seminar now available

Columbia Journalism Review profiles Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

The Columbia Journalism Review recently added the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting to its News Frontier Database. The FCIR describes itself as “a nonprofit, digital and bilingual investigative journalism organization working to expose corruption, waste and miscarriages of justice,” and it is based out of the International Media Center at Florida International University in Miami.

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Celebrate National Freedom of Information Day at USF

Come help us celebrate National Freedom of Information Day at the University of South Florida the evening of March 16.

Citizens, journalists, and attorneys will engage in a lively discussion about Florida’s famed open government laws and their struggles accessing the records and meetings of our government.

During the second half of the program, representatives of various state . . . → Read More: Celebrate National Freedom of Information Day at USF

The Ledger: Scott Removes Wauchula Official For Violating Florida’s Sunshine Law, Four Others Resigned

BY JASON GEARY

LAKELAND — A Wauchula city commissioner has been removed from public office by Gov. Rick Scott for attending closed-to-the-public meetings and another four have resigned.

Scott issued an executive order Friday suspending and removing Daniel Graham for violating Florida’s Sunshine Law.

Olivia Minshew, acting city manager, confirmed Monday that resignation letters have been received for David . . . → Read More: The Ledger: Scott Removes Wauchula Official For Violating Florida’s Sunshine Law, Four Others Resigned

Bob Woodward to speak at Poynter

Investigative reporter Bob Woodward will be speaking at the Poynter Institute on March 15, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for dinner and reserved seating, as well as general admission seating only.

See http://about.poynter.org/woodward for details, or . . . → Read More: Bob Woodward to speak at Poynter

State Open Government Hall of Fame

Nominations are still being accepted for a new inductee into the Open Government Hall of Fame.

Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame is a joint venture by the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Freedom of Information Coalition. It was developed by leaders in both organizations as a way to . . . → Read More: State Open Government Hall of Fame

Sunshine Week issues model open government proclamation

RESTON, Va. — The organization responsible for administering Sunshine Week today issued a model open-government proclamation that can be used by citizens and community groups to fight for greater transparency in government.

The “Sunshine Week Open Government Proclamation,” can be adapted for local, state and federal use by open-government activists, who can use language in the proclamation . . . → Read More: Sunshine Week issues model open government proclamation