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Miami Herald to Convene the Florida Priorities Summit

-- Inaugural Gathering to Explore Solutions to Vital Policy Issues and Continue the Conversation Sparked by The Influencer Series --

MIAMI, FL, September 10, 2018 -- Influential leaders from diverse backgrounds across the State of Florida along with readers of McClatchy's (NYSE American: MNI) Florida newsrooms -- the Miami Herald, Bradenton Herald, el Nuevo Herald -- and Sayfie Review, will hash out solutions to tough policy issues with a shared goal of building a better Florida at the Florida Priorities Summit on Wednesday, November 14th at the University of Miami.

The inaugural gathering continues the online conversation created and moderated by the Miami Herald's "Influencer Series," an unparalleled project that has sparked a dynamic, ongoing solutions-focused conversation on policy issues most important to the community. Funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation  supports "The Influencer Series" and the Florida Priorities Summit. The event is hosted by the University of Miami in collaboration with the Sayfie Review.

"We're excited to extend an invitation to thought leaders, committed citizens and leaders of Florida who want to lean into the challenges facing our state and participate in active discussions focused on meaningful and thoughtful solutions to make Florida better," said Alexandra Villoch, president and publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company. "As an essential part of the South Florida community, we're aiming to create an aspirational vision for what Florida can be and together, create a practical roadmap for how to get there. We are grateful for the support of the Knight Foundation as well as the strong collaboration with the Sayfie Review and the University of Miami."

"Providing forums for informed debate and consensus-building among people of diverse backgrounds and political beliefs fosters democracy," said Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation president. "Communities must be shaped by their residents—the summit offers the opportunity to do that."

"Sayfie Review is delighted to be collaborating with the Miami Herald on the Florida Priorities Summit." said Justin Sayfie, publisher of the Sayfie Review. "Florida is the largest bell-weather state in the country, and we are looking forward to engaging our readers and the influential Florida leaders assembled by the Herald to address Florida's most critical issues."

The Florida Priorities Summit will be an inclusive, civil and dynamic day of discussions and exploration that challenges political assumptions and creates a shared vision for Florida.

The event is an outgrowth of the Miami Herald's "Influencers Series," which surveyed 50 leaders from across the community in education, public service, faith, business, law, sports and entertainment through the election cycle on policy issues and sentiments most important to Florida. Readers were also brought into the conversation in new ways. Miami's newsrooms opened up the editorial process so readers could provide input on surveys, ask questions and make  suggestions, and journalists were able to listen and respond, strengthening  the bond between the community and the newsroom. Through the surveys, five key policy areas were identified as priorities: education, transportation, guns, environment and health care.

For information on how to buy tickets to the Florida Priorities Summit on Wednesday, November 14th, please visit flpriorities.miamiherald.com


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Miami Herald Media Company
The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) publishes two daily newspapers: the Miami Herald, winner of 22 Pulitzer Prizes, and el Nuevo Herald, an award-winning Spanish-language publication. Together, the company's products reach more than 1.3 million people each week in South Florida. In addition to the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, MHMC products include its news websites, MiamiHerald.com and elNuevoHerald.com with a combined monthly traffic of 46.5 million page views and 18.1 million unique visitors; the popular local entertainment website Miami.com; and INDULGE luxury magazine. The company produces content for video, mobile and radio in association with WLRN/Herald News; as well as custom publications for hotels, airlines and other luxury clients through its subsidiary, HCP Media. MHMC is owned by McClatchy.

Bradenton Herald
The hometown newspaper of Manatee County since 1922, the Bradenton Herald is the area's primary source of local news, information and advertising services, in print and digital. The company's website, Bradenton.com, is widely read in Florida's fast-growing southwest coast, with monthly traffic of 4.2 million page views and 1.5 million unique visitors. Its biggest publications include its semi-annual Healthcare Directory, the Post Secondary Education Guide and the Manatee County Aging Network Directory. The Bradenton Herald is owned by McClatchy.

Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

Sayfie Review

Sayfie Review is the award-winning political news website and mobile app founded by Publisher Justin Sayfie in 2002. The Review provides Florida's politicos with the latest political news from around the state of Florida, all in one place.


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