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Monday, April 22, 2024

50 Years On: Editorial Independence in Student Journalism Webinar

The Alligator has a long history of fighting for First Amendment rights and protecting free speech and the public’s right to know. Fifty years ago, then-editor Ron Sachs was at the forefront of the controversy that forever changed the newspaper—and its name. Hear from Sachs and retired UF journalism professor Jean Chance on why one of the Alligator’s most prominent stories is about the paper itself and the student journalists who fought for, and won, editorial independence. Moderated by Master Lecturer Mike Foley. As you heard in yesterday’s webinar, the Alligator is printing one day per week and our online content is stronger than ever. We are adapting to the world around us to continue serving as an accurate, reliable news source for UF students, Gainesville residents and beyond. Can you help make that possible? Please consider making a secure donation through our website at:


City Commission addresses proposed funding cuts to RTS; UF invites city ‘back to the table’

The Gainesville City Commission held a special meeting Thursday addressing the reductions in funding for the Gainesville Regional Transit System proposed by UF during “good-faith talks” between the city and the university. No official decisions have been made regarding the proposed changes, and UF and the city are “still at the table,” according to a letter from UF sent Thursday.

Gainesville votes in Florida primary election

Nearly deserted Alachua County polls defined the 2024 presidential preference primary election March 19, highlighting low voter turnout and persisting racial disparities. Alachua County Republican presidential preference primary voter turnout displays an overall decline since 2004, falling below the 2024 state average turnout of approximately 21.2%. President Joe Biden was automatically listed as the state’s Democratic presidential nominee prior to the preference primary election day, leaving only registered Republicans with the choice to weigh in on their party candidates.

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