Brechner Center for Freedom of Information

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is the co-author of “Running the Full-Court Press: How College Athletic Departments Unlawfully Restrict Athletes’ Rights to Speak to the News Media” published in Nebraska Law Review, Volume 99, Issue 1, 2020. In…

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Posted: September 16, 2020

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, was quoted in “Nearly Half of Power 5 Won’t Disclose COVID-19 Test Data” posted on ESPN on Sept. 3. The story features the lack of or limited disclosure of positive COVID-19 test results…

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Posted: September 4, 2020

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, was quoted in “Will Weekend Parties Have Effect on COVID-19 Cases at ASU? School Won’t Release Data” published in azcentral.com on Aug. 24. The article focuses on the lack of disclosure by Arizona…

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Posted: August 26, 2020

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, and Sara Ganim, Brechner Hearst Journalism fellow, were interviewed for episode 20 of “The Intercollegiate” on Aug. 3. The interview featured the new Brechner podcast, “Why Don’t We Know,” and the first installment,…

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Posted: August 4, 2020

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is quoted in “How Many Healthcare Workers Has COVID Killed? Fla. Says it Has No Data. False, Ex-Data Guru Says” published in the Miami Herald on July 30. The article addresses the state’s…

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Posted: August 3, 2020

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, comments in “The Government’s PR Barrier: When Access to Experts is Limited or Banned” published on the National Press Club Journalism Institute’s website on July 27. The article focuses on the directive by…

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Posted: July 28, 2020

Media innovator Rebecca Harris has joined the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information as the Center’s first Civic Tech Fellow, working to identify solutions to make local-government data more accessible and useful to journalists and the general public. Harris is the founder and former CEO of Purple, a messaging CMS…

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Posted: July 16, 2020

Miranda Spivack, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information Journalism fellow and veteran Washington Post journalist, will be one of two instructors for the National Press Club Journalism Institute’s “Keeping Public Records Public: Strategies for Getting Access During the Pandemic” session on Aug.…

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Posted: July 16, 2020

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is the author of  “Everybody Out of the Pool: Recognizing a First Amendment Claim for the Retaliatory Closure of (Real or Virtual) Public Forums” published in the University of Florida Journal of Law…

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Posted: July 7, 2020

Sara Ganim, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information Hearst Journalism fellow, is the recipient of the Best Documentary Feature award from the June 2020 Festigious International Film Festival for her film “No Defense: The U.S. Government’s War on Water.” The film examines…

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Posted: July 7, 2020

The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information today launched a new podcast series called “Why Don’t We Know,” focusing on the lack of transparency from educational institutions. The podcast is produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sara Ganim, currently Hearst Fellow at the Center. A preview of the first episode, “More…

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Posted: July 2, 2020

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is quoted in “Snapchatting Cheerleader Wins Free-Speech Case at 3rd Circuit” published in courthousenews.com on June 30. The article focuses on a Philadelphia Third Circuit Court ruling that a school violated a cheerleader’s…

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Posted: July 1, 2020