January 2018

January 23, 2018: Annual First Amendment Foundation Sunshine Luncheon: January 23, 2018

Each year, the First Amendment Foundation holds its annual Sunshine luncheon to highlight the importance of open government in Florida and present our annual awards. In addition to the Friends of the First Amendment Foundation/Pete Weitzel Award, this year FAF will introduce the Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting and present the award to its first winner. This year the luncheon will be held January 23, 2018 at the Governor’s Club in Tallahassee, from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm.

March 2018

Past Events

March 2017

  • March 12-18, 2017: Sunshine Week
  • March 14, 2017: First Amendment Foundation Sunshine Luncheon

    What: Annual First Amendment Foundation Sunshine Luncheon & Awards Ceremony featuring Keynote Speaker Jeff Klinkenberg

    Where: Governor’s Club, 202 S Adams St, Tallahassee, Florida 32301

    Tickets, Tables & Sponsorships: Tickets and tables for this event are SOLD OUT. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rachel Gelbmann at (850) 224-4555, or

  • March 21, 2017: Fake News vs. Real News – And How to Tell the Difference

         What: Sometimes the stories are made up, like “Pope Francis endorses Donald Trump.” Sometimes they’re politicians’ spin, like dueling claims of lawmakers in Tallahassee and Gov. Rick Scott over money for economic development. And sometimes, they’re flat-out lies. As more and more of us expand our news sources – going beyond newspapers and television to websites, Facebook and Twitter — we’re running into more and more stories that raise questions. Fake News? Real news? Something in between? And how do you tell the difference? Join the First Amendment Foundation and the League of Women Voters of Orange County for an evening with professionals — a reporter from PolitiFact, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its fact-checking, and a newspaper and a television editor — who’ll talk about what you can do to identify where a story comes from, and what’s behind it.

         Where: Woman’s Club of Winter Park, 419 South Interlachen Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789

August 2017

  • August 10 – 11, 2017 – Naples, Florida: Florida Press Association/Florida Society of Newspaper Editors Annual Convention

October 2017

  • October 11, 2017 at 7pm: The Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

Losing the Grand Canyon: An evening with National Geographic journalist and bestselling author of The Emerald Mile, Kevin Fedarko

November 2017

  • November 15, 2017 at 6pm at the Governors Club, Tallahassee, FL: An evening with Lucy Morgan and Pulitzer Prize winning author Gilbert King. FAF will honor Lucy’s legacy with the announcement of the creation of the Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting on November 15, 2017. Tickets and more information here.

December 2016

Sunshine Seminars: The First Amendment Foundation holds a series of Sunshine Seminars around the state, inviting the participation of government officials, journalists, and members of the general public. In addition, the Foundation will provide individual seminars on request, with tailor-made presentations to meet the needs of the participants.

     Dates and Locations: (click on location to register for seminar)

September 2016

October 2016

              North Florida Dates Coming Soon!
Carl Hiaasen, Photo by Quinn Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen, Photo by Quinn Hiaasen




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