Welcome to FAF’s monthly feature

Dear Florida Press Association,

We have been fortunate to partner with the FPA since the First Amendment Foundation was founded over 30 years ago, and I am pleased to announce FAF’s new monthly feature in FPA’s e-bulletin. 

It is here you will find updates on open government news and foundation happenings that may interest you.

We are so pleased and grateful to have the opportunity to share with you the work that we do to protect your industry as well as citizens’ “right to know,” and I look forward to continuing to partner with you in our collective fight.


Barbara Petersen, President
Florida’s First Amendment Foundation

In Case You Missed It . . .

Judge rules Trump can’t block people on Twitter
Bloomberg by Chris Dolmetsch and Patricia Hurtado

Governments resist citizens on public records
Herald-Tribune by John Kennedy Gate House Capital Bureau

Starke officials say interim JEA CEO’s old firm didn’t deliver
The Florida Times-Union Jacksonville by Christopher Hong and Nate Monroe

Cracks where FIU bridge buckled may have signaled ‘imminent failure’
Miami Herald by Andres Viglucci, Nicholas Nehamas, and Jenny Staletovich

Apply today for the Weiss Open Government Legal Fellowship

The First Amendment Foundation, a small non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the public’s constitutional right to open government, has a legal fellowship position available for 2L and 3L law students starting in September 2018. The Weiss Legal Fellow works directly with the FAF president and general counsel on open government issues and will be actively engaged in tracking and analyzing legislation during the 2019 legislative session.  Fellows are paid a small stipend and will be selected on the basis of academic achievement and communication skills, a demonstrated interest in public policy, and a commitment to public service. Candidates must be available to work in the FAF’s Tallahassee office January through April.  Please submit your resume and a short writing sample by August 1 to sunshine@floridafaf.org. Initial interviews will be conducted via telephone the week of August 6.

About the First Amendment Foundation

The First Amendment Foundation believes that government openness and transparency is critical to citizen trust and involvement in our democratic society – without Government in the Sunshine, civic engagement cannot bloom. Through ongoing monitoring of the state’s public records, open meetings laws, the education of government officials and citizens – the Foundation promotes the public’s constitutional right to oversee and to participate in the governance process.

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