Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Paige St. John awarded 2011 Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism

For a distinguished example of investigative reporting by an individual or team, presented as a single article or series, using any available journalistic tool including text reporting, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or any combination of those formats, in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

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The Florida Independent: Bill that would exempt depictions of deaths from public records worries First Amendment advocates

BY BRETT ADER

A bill seeking to exempt depictions of deaths from Florida’s public records laws is making its way through the legislature, and freedom-of-information advocates are warning that the repercussions of such a broad measure could be detrimental to the public’s ability to hold law enforcement and government agents accountable. #“It would be harder for the . . . → Read More: The Florida Independent: Bill that would exempt depictions of deaths from public records worries First Amendment advocates

Pensacola News Journal: Pensacola aims to increase access to public records

BY JAMIE PAGE

The Pensacola City Council today will discuss proposed changes to make it easier for citizens to get public records and to make their views heard.

City Council President Maren DeWeese said the policy changes are designed “to create a more transparent city government and give citizens greater access to public information.”

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Times/Herald: U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson cites boot camp death in opposition to bill that would keep videos of murders from public

BY PATRICIA MAZZEI

TALLAHASSEE — Don’t tell U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson that videos of murders should be kept from the public.

The video of the brutal death of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson at the hands of security guards at a juvenile boot camp in 2006 prompted Wilson and other lawmakers to close all of the state’s military-style camps.

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AP wins Polk Award for Gulf oil spill coverage

The Associated Press staff has won the George Polk Award for Environmental Reporting for its “colossal effort” covering the worst oil spill in U.S. history, said Long Island University, which oversees the awards.

The AP was the first news organization to report the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that caused the 206-million-gallon (780-million liter) spill . . . → Read More: AP wins Polk Award for Gulf oil spill coverage

St. Petersburg Times’ journalists win top investigative reporting honors

BY TIMES STAFF

Three St. Petersburg Times journalists have won a 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors award for “Under the Radar,” their investigation into a bogus Navy veterans charity and its elusive founder.

Recently retired reporter Jeff Testerman, news researcher John Martin and former editor Richard Bockman are sharing the IRE award in the category for newspapers with . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times’ journalists win top investigative reporting honors

St. Petersburg Times to host GOP presidential primary debate with NBC, National Journal and Florida Council of 100

BY TIMES STAFF

The St. Petersburg Times, NBC News, National Journal and the Florida Council of 100 announced Monday that they will co-sponsor a Republican presidential primary debate early next year. It will be held at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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The Palm Beach Post: Keep public notices in the sunshine

BY DOMINIC M. CALABRO

We at Florida TaxWatch hold dear the independent, unfiltered manner of government entities placing public notices in local newspapers of record. If House Bill 89, which proposes moving public notices to government-run websites, would save a great deal of taxpayer money, Florida TaxWatch would have been a vocal proponent.

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The News-Press: Public records are yours, not the state’s

BY TERRY EBERLE

Freedom is not for the weak, poor or uninterested. It takes money and tenacity.

Florida has one of the strongest open-records laws in all of the U.S. It is part of our Constitution and must be defended each and every year.

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The Wall Street Journal: The rough road from business to politics

In an interview Thursday, Mr. Scott said one thing that surprised him was the power of the state’s “sunshine” law.

“My emails became public record the moment I won the election,” he said. “I never thought about that.”

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