Brechner News

Newsworthy video from school surveillance cameras can’t be withheld from the public on the grounds of student privacy, a group of open-government groups argues in a brief filed with a Pennsylvania appeals court. The brief, authored by the Brechner Center’s Frank LoMonte and David Jadon, supports television journalists from Harrisburg who used their state’s Right-to-Know-Law to request footage of a school-bus security camera that captured an altercation between a parent and a student.

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Posted: February 1, 2018

In an opinion column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, cautions that the trend toward selecting presidents of public universities in total secrecy risks saddling institutions with ill-suited leaders who haven’t been properly…

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Posted: January 9, 2018

Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information was quoted in “Criminal Charges Rare in Public Records Violations” published in the Palm Beach Post on Dec. 8. The article focuses on the lack of criminal charges against public officials…

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Posted: December 12, 2017

Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, is the author of “A Free Press Shouldn’t Stop at the Schoolyard” published on CNN’s new special section featuring opinions on press freedom. In the article, LoMonte argues the case for…

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Posted: December 12, 2017

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is being honored by the College Media Association (CMA) with a new award in his name — the Frank LoMonte Ethics in Journalism Award. The Frank LoMonte Award will honor journalists, advisers or…

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Posted: November 1, 2017

Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, is the author of “No, Schools Can’t Punish Student-Athletes for Taking a Knee” published on the Education Week website on Oct. 23. LoMonte comments on the current trend of student-athletes taking…

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Posted: October 31, 2017

Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information was featured in “GUEST COLUMNISTS: Take a Stand or Take a Knee? Two Attorneys Weigh In on Divisive Issue” published in the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal on Oct. 14. In the…

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Posted: October 31, 2017

Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, commented in “Mom Says Her 6-Year-Old Son Was Silenced by a Teacher After He Knelt for the Pledge of Allegiance” published in the Tampa Bay Times on Sept. 27. LoMonte remarks…

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Posted: October 31, 2017

Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information was quoted in “FOI Flip: Agencies Sting Record Requesters, Especially Students, Through Reverse FOIAs” published in The FOI Files Third Quarter 2017 edition. In the article, LoMonte comments on the trend…

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Posted: October 31, 2017

Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, authored the column “Student Journalists Deserve More Protection” published in the Tampa Bay Times on Sept. 27. In the column, LoMonte comments on decreasing newsroom employment and the increasing number of…

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Posted: October 31, 2017