With the sale of Jax's Florida Times Union & the St. Augustine Record to Gatehouse Media (owners of the Daytona Beach News-Journal), could the Orlando Sentinel be next?
ORLANDO, Fla. -- With the sale of Jacksonville's Florida Times Union and the St. Augustine Record to Gatehouse Media, owners of the Daytoa Beach News-Journal, could the Orlando Sentinel be next?
Maybe. Maybe not.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Sentinel, is yet another media outlet that buys into Sheriff Mike Chitwood's public relations name calling schtick at the expense of real crime stories stories and issues in his agency. And the mess he left behind in Daytona Beach, where violent crimes shot through the roof under his final two years as chief of police (19 homicides). This story above, like others, feature the PIO, leading the cheers like a PR flak. If this were really community-generted, why are there no citizen voices quited or even refenced in the story?
Freedom of the press meaningless when small media outlet lacks finances to sue rogue Volusia County, FL Sheriff Mike Chitwood who deems himself arbiter of what constitutes a news organization
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The First Amendment of the US Constitution means little in reality when a small media outlet like ours does not have the money or political clout to secure pro bono services of a lawyer to file a lawsuit to fight the abuses of an elected politician, especially one with a gun, a badge and the verbal vitriol of Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, who has held the offce since Jan. 1.
In in that span of 215 days, Chitwood's draconian policies of singling out Headline Surfer® for exclusion: Immediate removed from the law enforcement agency's email media alerts on breaking news and updates, an outright ban on attending agency press conferences and the media outlet's two staffers names crossed off the agency's list for working press credentials.
With Chitwood's edicts that carry a threat of arrest and jailing, Headline Surfer's movements are severely restricted, its ability to report the news on a level playing field have been non-existent and its overall mission of news reporting and generating advertising revenue compromised.
Volusia's Ugly Streak: 200 Days & Counting with Sheriff Mike Chitwood's spiteful blockade of Headline Surfer & county leaders all silent
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ed Kelley, Billie Egger Wheeler, Heather Post, Deb Denys, Joyce Cusack, Pat Patterson & Fred Lowry all have 2 things in common: 1. They are elected members of the Volusia County Council; 2. They have said nothing -- not one word publicly -- about Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood's spiteful exclusion of HeadlineSurfer.com from his law enforcement agency's email media alerts and banning from press conferences.
DELAND, Fla. -- The Fourth of July is perhaps the most famous and important date in the history of the United States -- for it was on July 4, 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was signed by our forefathers: A moment in time where it was declared that “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."