FPRA Ocala examines Florida’s regulation of social media and political speech

The Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will hold its monthly professional development meeting on Thursday, June 16 at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center in Ocala from noon to 1 p.m., with networking starting at 11:30 a.m.

Guest speaker will be Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment project at the University of Florida. His presentation, “Speaking out and shutting down: how Florida regulates social media and political speech,” draws on his experience as Brechner Eminent Scholar in mass communication at UF’s College of Journalism and Communications.

Calvert, who also earned a law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and holds a doctorate in communication from Stanford University, is a published author many times over and has presented a TEDxUF examining cameras and law enforcement.

Last year, he was named UF’s Teacher/Scholar of the Year and became the first member of the College of Journalism and Communication to win the university’s oldest and most prestigious faculty award.  

The cost to attend the in-person meeting, which includes lunch, is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. The reservation deadline is Monday, June 13. Click register, or go to fpraocala.org/event/june-professional-development-meeting/ to learn more and/or register to attend the meeting.

FPRA was founded in 1938 and is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who enhance the public relations profession in Florida through ethical and standardized practices. FPRA has more than 1,000 members in 16 professional and 12 student chapters throughout the state, providing professional development, networking, and professional recognition opportunities.

The FPRA Ocala Chapter was established in 1980. To learn more about FPRA Ocala, visit fpraocala.org