Old-school journalist with forward-looking focus: That was Nick White | Opinion

I can research and write this column from my house, on my laptop, and publish it to FLORIDA TODAY’s website. If need be, I can write it and post it from my iPhone. And yet, decades before I got my first Tandy laptop as a fledgling journalist in 1990, people like Nicholas “Nick” White were covering critical, life-changing stories with speed…
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When a law is working, why change it?

Last year, the Florida Legislature passed a Public Notice Bill that went into effect on January 1 of this year, with the goal of bringing more media players to the table, creating more competition and lowering costs, making public notice more accessible, and keeping the government’s activities in the public. And from our perspective, the…
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Entry Period Now Open for $3,000 Brechner Freedom of Information Award

GAINESVILLE, FL. (Feb. 9, 2022) – Then entry period is now open for the 2022 Brechner Center for Freedom of Information Award, recognizing excellence in news reporting across all media platforms that was aired or published during 2021. The $3,000 cash award seeks to reward journalism published by a U.S.-based news organization, or collaborative of…
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Florida Press Association welcomes Bob McFarlin 

Bob McFarlin is the new General Manager of the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald and the Bradenton Herald. He too has a long history in our newspaper business and has ink in his blood.  Additionally, he also runs (since 2017) the technology division as the Senior Director of Infrastructure and Security – in both capacities and…
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Update on Public Notice Bill (HB 7049) (by Judiciary Committee, Reps. Fine, Grail)

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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Media Masterminds are starting to gather in Florida

LAKE MARY, FLORIDA – A new group of emerging media leaders are gathering. Media Masterminds is the brainchild of a group of journalists and advertising representatives who have been meeting as a part of the Florida Press Foundation Derek Dunn-Rankin Leadership program. The initial concept was to create a young professional’s group for Florida residents…
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University of Florida Forms Consulting Council for Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology

A team of senior media and technology executives will provide guidance on Consortium programs and research. GAINESVILLE, FL. (Feb. 15, 2022) — The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications today announced the formation of the Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology (CTMT) Consulting Council, a team of senior executives from journalism, technology,…
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Caplan returns to the Gainesville Sun as editor for local news

Andrew Caplan is returning to The Gainesville Sun as local news editor, supervising local news reporters and organizing local news coverage for the newspaper and its website. Caplan, 33, was an award-winning journalist for The Sun from 2016 to 2019, primarily covering local government. He left to become an investigative reporter with The State newspaper…
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Mega-Conference Returns to Orlando, Focuses on the Future of the News Industry

America’s Newspapers is proud to bring the News Industry Mega-Conference back to Florida! We hope you will join us in Orlando on April 10-12 for what promises to be a dynamic and informative conference. While the past few years have certainly presented challenges, what’s clearer than ever is the vital role that newspapers play in…
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