Tweets, postings trigger public records rules for officials

Every tweet, every “Like,” every photo, every status update … even who they “poke.”

Every time local-government officials in Florida use social media in their public position they are creating a public record, something they’re required to keep and produce upon request.

More Broward and Palm Beach county public officials are turning to social media to spread their . . . → Read More: Tweets, postings trigger public records rules for officials

FSNE, University of Central Florida to host three-day writing workshop

The Florida Society of News Editors and the University of Central Florida are partnering to produce a three-day workshop on writing and journalism Feb. 16-18 in Orlando.

The Florida Writers Project features writers from Florida and around the country.

Come hear expert advice on writing and publishing narrative, mass-market fiction, screenplays and anthologies.

Bring your manuscript with . . . → Read More: FSNE, University of Central Florida to host three-day writing workshop

Sun Sentinel: Former editor Earl Maucker enters political arena

BY ANTHONY MAN

Former Sun Sentinel editor Earl Maucker, who served as an appointed Lighthouse Point commissioner early this year, must have liked his couple of months as a government official.

Maucker said Tuesday he’s running for a full term on the Lighthouse Point City Commission. He was editor of the Sun Sentinel for 16 years before retiring . . . → Read More: Sun Sentinel: Former editor Earl Maucker enters political arena

Sun-Sentinel: Employers getting state money for jobs can go unnamed for a year

BY MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS

Secrecy is often a part of negotiating for a new headquarters or an expansion
of a company in Florida. But even when the deal is done, Florida’s economic
development agency often keeps the employer’s identity from the public for 12
months.

Sometimes, regional agencies announce the newly relocating company and jobs
promised, but don’t disclose cash incentives awarded . . . → Read More: Sun-Sentinel: Employers getting state money for jobs can go unnamed for a year

Sun Sentinel: Competitive bid process could use some scrutiny

EDITORIAL

THE ISSUE: New laws puts wrinkle in procurement process.

It sailed through the Florida Legislature as an innocuous-sounding public records extension that, taken at face value, would keep key information in a bid for a state or local government contract safe from the competition.

Gov. Rick Scott, not surprisingly, signed the bill, and in the process may make . . . → Read More: Sun Sentinel: Competitive bid process could use some scrutiny