Category: Special Features

Tracy McManus Wins the 2024 Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government

Dear Friends of the First Amendment Foundation, We are delighted to share the exciting news that Tracey McManus of the Tampa Bay Times has been awarded the 2024 Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting! Tracey’s remarkable dedication to transparency, accountability, and fearless journalism exemplifies the very spirit of this prestigious award. A 2010 graduate…
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First Amendment heroes are regular people just like you

Some religious traditions stretching back through the ages believe the world is borne upon the shoulders of secret living saints; individuals whose piety and righteousness protect the fate of humanity in God’s eyes. These individuals are often unaware of the pivotal role they play in safeguarding the universe. They simply do it out of love,…
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Alachua County Votes to Use Website-Only Posting of County Legal Notices

The Alachua County Commission at its September 26 meeting approved an ordinance allowing the use of the county website to post legal notices. The assistant county manager presented the proposal and was clearly on board with it. His slides claimed the county website had a large social media presence, paper’s annual subscription fee, pointed out its…
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Understanding Periodicals session, Things You Forgot — Or Maybe Never Knew — About Periodicals

Join us for the Max Heath Postal Institute™ Understanding Periodicals session, Things You Forgot — Or Maybe Never Knew — About Periodicals on Thursday, June 23, at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT/2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT. This Zoom session will cover some fundamentals that are baked into most newspapers’ Periodical usage. But why are they…
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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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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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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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How Florida’s newspapers grew, prospered and struggled

It was 1782, the last year of the American Revolution, when British loyalist Dr. William Charles Wells arrived in St. Augustine. The South Carolinian brought with him a pressman, a “considerable amount of printer’s type,” and a dream. On Feb. 1, 1783, Wells launched Florida’s first newspaper, The East-Florida Gazette. In its third issue, readers learned…
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$25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability

The entry period for the UF College of Journalism and Communications $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability is now open. The prize, now in its third year, honors the best in state government investigative and political reporting in every state. The prize is one of the largest journalism awards in the nation. We encourage…
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