FAF August Roundup

Sunshine Seminar schedule announced, FAF seeking Foundation President and more news from the First Amendment Foundation.

Board Leadership

The staff at FAF would like to congratulate our newly elected Board Leadership:

Director Local Media, Southeast, The Associated Press

Deputy News Editor and Digital Director, Innovation News Center

Retired Editor, Florida Times-Union

Job Posting: FAF seeking Foundation President

The First Amendment Foundation (FAF) seeks a president who is passionate about its mission as an advocate for open government in Florida and has a vision for the foundation’s future. FAF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 to protect and advance the public’s constitutional right to open government through advocacy, educational training, and strategic support for citizens, public employees, and journalists. The candidate must have the ability to translate that passion into effective advocacy and development. The candidate must demonstrate an aptitude for fundraising, particularly in soliciting major gifts needed to increase the revenue of an established organization with a growing staff and statewide reach. The ideal candidate would have legal, legislative, advocacy, and similar experience. While FAF is based in Tallahassee, periodic travel throughout the state of Florida is required to serve FAF’s mission and development priorities. Executive level organizational and management skills required. Conversational Spanish is a plus.

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2019 Sunshine Seminar Schedule Announced

Please join FAF in your area at one of the locations below this Fall for Barbara Petersen’s last Seminar Series as our President. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from Florida’s Sunshine Law expert and receive your Continuing Education Credits.

FSU College of Law

Daytona Beach News Journal

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Fort Myers News Press

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center


*ATTENTION LAW STUDENTS* Now taking applications for Weiss Fellowship

FAF has a legal fellowship position available for 2L and 3L law students starting September 2019. 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 2020 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 16 to sunshine@floridafaf.org. For more information about the First Amendment Foundation, please visit our website: www.floridafaf.org

FAF Top Posts – July

#1 ICE, FBI among federal agencies searching Florida driver’s licenses for facial recognition, records show | Exclusive
Orlando Sentinel by Joey Roulette
July 12, 2019

#2 Sunset: First Amendment Foundation President Barbara Petersen to retire
Florida Politics by Staff Reports
June 28, 2019

#3 A Fort Myers councilman tired of insults at meetings wants them banned
Fort Myers News-Press by Melissa Montoya
July 29, 2019