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First Amendment Foundation Announces New Board of Trustees Leadership

TALLAHASSEE — The First Amendment Foundation (FAF) Board of Trustees has unanimously elected a new chair and vice-chair to help protect the public’s constitutional right to open government and free speech. Caitie Muñoz, a lead producer for WLRN Public Media’s midday public affairs program Sundial, was elected Chair of the Board, and Trimmel Gomes, president…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. I am a reporter for our newspaper in Central Florida. I was informed of a town council meeting that took place last night where five of the six members were present. The members unanimously appointed a council member to the vacant council seat left after a council member recently stepped down. While the council…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. Regarding the new public notice legislation, what historical circulation data does the auditor need in order to certify that the newspaper meets the audience thresholds under the legislation, HB35 passed in 2021, and HB7049 in 2022? A. While the legislation does not speak to the issue, we think 2 years of such data is…
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Who would like an Advertising Sales Intern?

In addition, to the current FPF internship program we have an exciting new “Sales Internship Program” partly funded by SNPA.  Sales Internships will be for 8-weeks.  Applications are now being accepted for host newspapers to participate in the 2022 Florida Press Foundation “Sales Internship Program” program. We have funding for only five of them and…
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Legislative Wrap Up Report, 2022 Session

Public Notice Bill (HB 7049) (by Judiciary; State Affairs Committees, Reps. Fine, Grail, Fischer) As previously reported, the legal notice bill, HB 7049, giving governmental agencies the option to place legal notices on county websites, and making other changes, passed the House and Senate and is now pending before the Governor for approval. FPA has…
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Beloved FSU religion professor, columnist and sports fan Leo Sandon dies at 86

Leo Sandon — pastor and chaplain, professor, author, lecturer, long-time Tallahassee Democrat columnist — died Tuesday, March 22, at the Tallahassee home he shared with his son, Stephen. He was 86. The retired Florida State University professor of religion and FSU sports devotee also had been caregiver to his late wife of 45 years, Marvel Lou. He was beloved by…
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Legal Notice Bill HB 7049 Passes House and Senate; Sent to Governor for Approval

The legal notice bill, HB 7049 giving governmental agencies the option to place legal notices on county websites, and making other changes, passed the House and Senate last week and is now headed to the Governor for approval. Background The bill passed despite the compromise reached last year and the many hours of time and…
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Update on Public Notice Bill (HB 7049) (by Judiciary; State Affairs Committees, Reps. Fine, Grail, Fischer)

As indicated in the last e-bulletin, the House Judiciary Committee recently filed a proposed committee bill (PCB JDC 22-02) placing legal notices on government websites. It is very similar to the bill that passed the House the last couple of sessions. Despite a good deal of opposition testimony, the Committee passed the bill on a party…
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Apply now for the 2022 Derek Dunn-Rankin Leadership Institute!

Applications for the 2022 Derek Dunn-Rankin Leadership Institute are now being accepted! Presented by the Florida Press Foundation, the Leadership Institute program will take place over four 1-day sessions around the state and is intended for new-to-mid level newspaper professionals. The 2022 Program will kick-off on August 3 at the Florida Media Conference in Ponte…
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Nominations Open For The Parker Thomson Awards For Outstanding Legal Journalism In Florida And The Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are now open for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida and the Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award. The entry deadline is April 4, 2022. Submit entries here. The first-place award recipient for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida will receive a cash prize of $500, a plaque and travel…
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