2017 Paul Hansell Contest Deadline Extended To Sept. 25

Entries have opened for the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism. The contest is open to all individuals who write for a Florida newspaper. The winner receives $1,000. The late Paul Hansell was a long-time Associated Press bureau chief in Florida and a former member of FSNE.

Deadline for the contest has been extended . . . → Read More: 2017 Paul Hansell Contest Deadline Extended To Sept. 25

FSNE Bylaws Amended

Dear FSNE colleague: Your board of directors has amended our bylaws to broaden our membership criteria to include news leaders in the electronic media, including TV. The changes allow membership for leaders of news sites that don’t use either the term editor or news director. We can also add academic and institutional leaders connected to our . . . → Read More: FSNE Bylaws Amended

FSNE April 2013 Board Meeting Minutes

FSNE Board Meeting

Monday, April 29, 2013

Via conference call

 

Present on the call: Mark Russell, Doug Ray, Dave Carlson, Jim Baltzelle, McNelly Torres, Frank Denton, Chris Porter, Dennis Durkee, Bob Gabordi, Kenny Irby, Mike Wilson, Cory Lancaster, Gil Thelen.

President Russell called the meeting to order at 10:31 a.m. The minutes of the January board meeting were introduced, moved, . . . → Read More: FSNE April 2013 Board Meeting Minutes

Pensacola News Journal: Santa Rosa dismantles TEAM

After a five-year fight, TEAM Santa Rosa, an organization working without a contract, operating outside of the sunshine and allotting members grants, is being dismantled and a new entity will be formed to take its place — evidence of how citizen activism works.

BY LOUIS COOPER
Pensacola News Journal

The group charged with designing an organization to replace TEAM . . . → Read More: Pensacola News Journal: Santa Rosa dismantles TEAM

Editorials: Prison privatization should be public

The Gainesville Sun: ‘It stinks’

In an editorial just a few days ago we noted the tendency of state lawmakers to impose Government-in-the-Sunshine mandates on city and county commissions that they wouldn’t dream of following themselves.

Since we made that observation, Tallahassee’s “do as we say, not as we do” contempt for the principles of open government has . . . → Read More: Editorials: Prison privatization should be public

Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment experts applaud Senate action on public-speaking bill

BY JEFF BURLEW

Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, is applauding senators who earlier today unanimously voted in favor of a bill granting citizens the right to speak during public meetings.

“It’s a great bill — it really is,” Petersen said. “It rights a very significant wrong.”

Florida is known for having a strong Sunshine Law. However, . . . → Read More: Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment experts applaud Senate action on public-speaking bill

Palm Beach Post: Reopen governor’s office; let new gatekeeper have new attitude

EDITORIAL

Gov. Scott has named a new director of his Office of Open Government, a department that in the early days of his administration seemed a misnomer but lately has gotten better marks from journalists and open-government advocates. Bonnie Hazelton will be responsible for providing the best public access to government records, but to deliver she must . . . → Read More: Palm Beach Post: Reopen governor’s office; let new gatekeeper have new attitude

Naples Daily News: Fighting for more open records in Florida

EDITORIAL

Gaetz, of Niceville, near Pensacola in the Panhandle, is laying his power on the line to make an important point.

That point is that emails are public records, just like paper files, and they are to be protected and stored for public inspection — even during transitions of power from one governor to the next.

Gaetz’s legislation to . . . → Read More: Naples Daily News: Fighting for more open records in Florida

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Facebook complicated for public officials

BY CARRIE WELLS

Public officials might have more to worry about with Facebook than just an embarrassing picture from college resurfacing.

Seemingly innocuous posts could become minefields of litigation under Florida’s tough public records laws, which require everything on an elected official’s or government’s page to be carefully catalogued. If elected officials are caught chatting about anything which . . . → Read More: Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Facebook complicated for public officials

Tampa Bay Times: Scott names new public records director

BY TIMES STAFF

Bonnie Hazelton, director of the Office of the Ombudsman and Public Services, will take over as director of Gov. Rick Scott’s Office of Open Government, Scott’s office announced today. Current director, Carolyn Timmann, is leaving to run for clerk of Martin County Court.

The move is one of several announced today, including replacing Karen Giorno . . . → Read More: Tampa Bay Times: Scott names new public records director