Florida Free Speech Forum events: 9/11, 10/9

Janet Coats, Managing Director of the Consortium of Trust in Media and Technology will be the Florida Free Speech Forum speaker on Monday, Sept. 11, at 11:30am.  

Coats has been at the forefront of the seismic shifts in journalism and information culture over the last 25 years. She’s led large multimedia news organizations, done groundbreaking work in civic engagement and reader outreach, and built her own consulting company focused on engagement and sustainability strategies for non-profit and entrepreneurial news organizations. She is the Managing Director of the Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology, UF College of Journalism.  

It is too late to reserve lunch for the September meeting, but entry is free if not eating.

The speaker for Monday, Oct. 9, is Nathan Crabbe. His presentation will be on “Communicating about climate change: Informing the public about the threats we face—and what to do about them.” 

Nathan Crabbe is editor of The Invading Sea, a website featuring news, commentary and educational content about climate change and other environmental issues affecting Florida. The website is managed by Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies. 

Nathan previously worked for The Gainesville Sun from 2005 to 2022. He served most of that time as the paper’s opinion and engagement editor. He also covered the University of Florida and environmental beats as a reporter.

Before that, he investigated wrongful convictions for the Innocence Institute of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and covered the environmental and county beats as a reporter for the Napa Valley Register in Napa, California. He lives in Gainesville with his wife and two children.

FFSF forums are held at the Aloft Hotel, 3743 Hull Road (behind the Hilton UF Conference Center). Please arrive at 11:30 for lunch. The talk begins at noon.

Please register by Monday, Oct 2. Lunch is $20/person, payable at the door (cash or check only). No charge to attend if not having lunch (special seating section only).

More info can be found at floridafreespeechforum.org/.

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