How Critical to our Democracy is our Civic Engagement in 2022?

What Constitutes Open Government?

What Role do Investigative Reporters play in Government Accountability?

Is Local News Reporting in Peril?

What can this new Florida Center for Government Accountability do to help?

Speakers include:

Barbara Petersen: Executive Director of the new Florida Center for Government Accountability. Petersen is the former head of the nationally prominent First Amendment Foundation.

“In too many communities, local news outlets are shrinking and in some cases have disappeared completely,” Executive Director Barbara Petersen said. “FLCGA’s mission is to fill that gap, to provide residents with unbiased, fact-based, well-sourced investigative reporting on issues important to the health and vitality of their communities. We do this by using the most powerful and effective tool available — Florida’s public records law.”

Bob Norman: An award-winning investigative journalist with 25+ years of experience in both print and broadcast media. He serves as FLCGA’s Journalism Program Director. Bob has more than two decades covering crime and corruption in South Florida.

“At a time when untruths and baseless conspiracies pass as fact for large swaths of the population, trustworthy journalism is needed more than ever – and that’s precisely where the Florida Center for Government Accountability comes into play,” Norman said.

Linda & Nick Penniman: Naples residents and founders and benefactors of the new Florida Center for Government Accountability.

“By underwriting the work of some of the region’s best writers, FLCGA is dedicated to producing first-rate investigative reports that expose official wrongdoing and hold authorities responsible for their actions. And the best part is that we don’t compete with existing news outlets. We work directly with them to bolster and strengthen their coverage from the Panhandle down to Miami.”

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The Florida Center for Government Accountability (FLCGA) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 dedicated to helping enforce open government laws. All donations made to FLCGA are tax deductible. To learn more, visit www.flcga.org.

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    By becoming an FLCGA GEM (Giving Every Month), your ongoing support allows us to fund unbiased, fact-based, well-sourced investigative reporting on issues important to all Floridians.

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