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‘War on public records,’ warns top scribe Carol Marbin Miller

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There is a war on against Florida’s open records law and the press and public are losing, investigative reporter Carol Marbin Miller warned newspaper journalists Friday. Marbin Miller, a senior investigative reporter at the Miami Herald and former investigative reporter at the St. Petersburg Times, called for action at the annual awards luncheon of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors meeting at the Westin Hotel in Lake Mary. She warned the Florida Legislature is brazenly passing far too many exemptions; and government…

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First Amendment Foundation, Poynter Institute may team up

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The Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation, the state’s public records and open meetings watchdog, is considering a partnership with The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg. Foundation President Barbara Petersen told the two groups are working on an agreement in which Poynter, a nonprofit journalism education organization, “will assume all of the Foundation’s administrative responsibilities.” That will include handling future production of the organization’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Manual, updated yearly, and hosting its website. If the deal goes through, the foundation will shed two office positions, leaving…

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