Florida Society of News Editors and Lynn University partner on final presidential debate

Initiatives include educational meetings with students, hosting of FSNE’s quarterly board meeting and developing a news feed

Published Aug. 08, 2012

The Florida Society of News Editors (FSNE), and Boca Raton-based Lynn University, host of the final 2012 presidential debate on Oct. 22, are partnering on initiatives surrounding the debate. They include educational meetings with students, hosting of FSNE’s quarterly board meeting and developing a news feed on debate2012.lynn.edu, Lynn's official debate website.

Those coordinated efforts are the continuation of the close relationship between the FSNE and Lynn University that started when the organization endorsed the school’s application to host the debate.

“Florida is again at ground zero of a hotly contested presidential race, and it is fitting and appropriate to hold a debate in this swing state," said Mark A. Russell, executive editor of the Orlando Sentinel and FSNE president. "FSNE is pleased to be assisting Lynn in this worthy effort."

The FSNE will hold its board meeting at Lynn University on Oct. 15 in an open format so members of the community can learn about how the news organizations are planning to cover the 2012 election. It will also provide a behind-the-scenes look into the news business as the board reviews opportunities and challenges facing all the news organizations as they work to tell Florida’s stories. FSNE will also be convening a panel discussion with journalists from Florida’s leading papers to explore topics related to the 2012 election. More information on both events will become available in the coming weeks.

The jointly developed news feed can be found in the Election News section on debate2012.lynn.edu. It uses a computer algorithm developed by Lynn University staff to collect presidential election-related headlines from FSNE member news organizations. 

“We were honored when the FSNE board decided to endorse our effort to host a 2012 presidential debate,” said Jason Walton, Lynn University chief of staff. “And now we’re proud to partner with them during the seminal event for our school and the state of Florida.”

The debate at Lynn will focus on foreign policy and is the final of four planned debates, three presidential and one vice presidential, that will occur in October as part of the 2012 election. It is the only planned debate being held in Florida – what many consider to be a must-win state for a presidential candidate.

FSNE is a professional association of Florida newspaper and online editors that guards the state's tradition of open government, recognizes outstanding work and advocates for journalism's highest standards.