Henry Frederick's blog

SANFORD, Fla. -- Everyone has one picture they feel is their best shot. This is mine taken in 1996, in New York by Pulitzer Prize-finalist photographer Arty Pommerantz. I call it the Glamour Shot. This will be the image used when I'm gone. I'm not there yet. I still have some unfinished business I'd like to see through:

SANFORD, Fla. -- This has been a very trying week for my wife, Sera King-Frederick, as she has a very large family in Puerto Rico, spread out throughout the commonwealth.

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer
Column: People, Places & Things

SANFORD, Fla. -- My wife, Sera King-Frederick, is a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, who was raised in Aguada, both communiities on the western side of the island.

She and other family members here in Sanford, Lake Mary and Orlando, have had very little contact with literally dozens of loved ones on the island, many of them forced to feek shelter, their homes reduced to rubble.

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer
Column: People, Places & Things

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?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

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.

SANFORD, Fla. -- I have learned a lot more about who I am through my coursework online in pursuit of a Master of Arts idegree in New Media / Journalism from Full Sail University.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- "If you build it they will come."

The line comes from the 1989 sports-fantasy movie "Field of Dreams," starring Kevin Costner. 

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The half decade or so leading to the demise of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Christmas Day 1991, was a reaffirmation of democracy and an end to the Cold war.

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