2017 Sunshine State Awards Finalists Announced!

  2017 SPJ Sunshine State Awards Finalists in each category are presented in alphabetical order by organization. First-, second- and third-place finishers will be announced at a special event this summer (details to come). To correct errors or omissions, please contact Tim Dodson, tim@timdodson.com SPECIAL CATEGORIES James Batten Award for Public Service Sarasota Herald Tribune […]

SPJ Florida condemns FAU for halting editor-in-chief from doing job

The new editor-in-chief for Florida Atlantic University’s student-run newspaper, the University Press, has been denied his job simply for saying he would do his job. Joe Pye — a senior at FAU who could’ve graduated this semester, but instead decided to take more classes just to be the UP’s editor — was unanimously voted in […]

Attorney Fee Bill Passes Legislature; Gov. Expected to Sign

Last year, Barbara Peterson of the First Amendment Foundation named the so-called attorney fee bill “the worst [public records] bill I’ve seen in all my 25 plus years.” Luckily the bill got stuck in a committee where it effectively died when the last legislative session ended. But Peterson was dismayed when the same bill was […]

SPJ Florida Hosts First-Ever Fake News Game Show

By: Emily Bloch, VP of Programs Just because journalists report the news, doesn’t mean they always know what’s real and what’s fake. Neither seasoned professionals nor non-media players could tell the difference during SPJ Florida’s inaugural Fake News Game Show on March 30 in Fort Lauderdale. The trivia-style game featured two rounds of 15 questions each, […]

High school students: share your censorship stories with us

If you’re a high school student that feels that you’ve been censored when it comes to writing, we are looking for you. Your rights as a writer are important, especially for the new wave of journalists. “Journalism in schools and colleges is ‘participatory civics,’ the most effective tool for engaging young people meaningfully in the […]