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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: N2003- 2
Creator: Florida News Service.
Title, Dates: Reporters Lee Mainella and Bill Burke's master story video tapes, 1982-2000.
Amount: 222 video tapes
Medium Included: video recordings.
Organization/Arrangement: Chronological.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Florida News Service (FNS) was a television news service created by journalists Lee Mainella and Bill Burke in 1982.  FNS supplied stories about the state's capital, Florida's government, and major political issues to eleven Florida television stations. The FNS folded in 1991.
    Journalist Lee Mainella worked in Florida news for over twenty years.  A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Mainella moved to Tallahassee to work as a reporter in 1977.  After a stint as a news anchor in Miami, Mainella created the FNS in 1982, based out of Tallahassee. In 1991, he closed the FNS to pursue his interests in painting.  Mainella opened the Florida Art Center and Gallery in Havana that year.  He was also active in creating the North Florida Arts Trail.  In 1998, he returned to journalism to host "Capital Update" on TV-WFSU, the public television station in Tallahassee.  Mainella was married to Fran Mainella,  the Florida Park Service director from 1989 to 2001.  He died on 31 March 1999.

    Photojournalist Bill Burke was a partner with Lee Mainella at the FNS, working as the videographer.  Burke has worked the Capital beat since he was a Florida A&M University intern in 1977. After graduating in 1978 with a B.S. in Journalism, Burke continued covering Florida's capital, working for WDBO-Orlando, WTLV-Jacksonville, WTSP-Tampa, and WTVJ-Miami. While working for WTVJ in 1983, Burke shot the first live satellite report from Tallahassee with famed Florida news anchor Ralph Rennick. Burke met Mainella while working for WTVJ, and soon created the FNS with him. After the FNS folded, Burke worked for the Florida News Network until Fall 2002. Before becoming a journalist, Burke attended Eastern Michigan University's School of Fine Arts from 1966 to 1969. He then served in the armed services in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1972. Burke first came to Florida in 1971 when he was stationed to McCoy Air Base in Orlando.

Summary:   This collection consists of 110 beta video tapes of the Florida News Service (FNS) that were created between 1983 and 2000. The stories feature the major political, governmental, and social issues of the state, including death penalty, legislative matters, elections, AIDs, abortion,  the Space Shuttle, lottery, pollution, medical malpractice, taxes, education, environment, net bans, legal affairs, and hurricanes. Most of the major figures in Florida's government are featured, including Governors Reuben Askew, Robert Graham, Bob Martinez, and Lawton Chiles, as well as various state legislators, Cabinet members, various department and division directors, and other public servants. In addition to public figures,  there is footage of Tallahassee residents and local events, Apalachicola fishers and shrimpers, death row inmates, Florida State University and Florida A&M University students, Florida artists, and protesters. Finally, these videos document the styles and methods of television journalism practiced from the 1980s until the end of the twentieth century.
    The tapes are arranged chronologically, and consist of produced stories, cover footage, B-footage, rough edits, and alternate versions. The videos were numbered and indexed by the FNS staff. A copy of that index, which was arranged by date and subject, is available. There are also eight videos not indexed that were created between 1983 and 1986, and feature several aired stories, unedited footage, a tour of the death row facilities in Starke, and several gubernatorial political commercials from 1986.

Finding Aids: Video recordings index available. #
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Subject Access Fields: Graham, Bob, 1936-
Martinez, Robert, 1934-
Chiles, Lawton, 1930-1998
Mainella, Frances P.
Conner, Doyle, 1928-
Castor, Betty, 1941-
Horne, Mallory E., 1925-
Smith, Jim, 1940-
Butterworth, Robert A.
Bundy, Ted.
Gissendanner, Elton J.
Morris, Allen Covington, 1909-
Bush, Jeb
Mixson, Wayne, 1922-
Turlington, Ralph D., 1920-
Florida. Legislature.
Florida. Governor.
Governor, Office of the.
Florida. Legislature.  --House of Representatives.
Florida. Legislature.  --Senate.
Florida. Cabinet.
Florida. Supreme Court.
Florida. Dept. of Transportation.
Florida State Hospital.
Florida Public Service Commission.
Florida State University.
Abortion Florida
Tax-sales Florida
Taxation Florida
Lotteries Florida
Crime Florida
Political campaigns.
Political parties Florida
Journalists Florida
Television broadcasting Florida.
Insurance Florida
Hurricanes Florida
Elections Florida
Prisons Florida
Education Florida
Environmental policy Florida
Capital punishment History Florida
Death penalty.
Drug traffic Florida
Gun control Florida
Budget Florida
Manatees.
Space shuttles
Space shuttle program.
Medical laws and legislation Florida
Shrimp fisheries Florida.
Citrus fruit industry Florida
Legislation Florida
Inaugurations, Governors.
Persian Gulf War, 1991.
Drug abuse Florida
Videocassettes. aat
Video recordings. aat
Interviews. aat
Florida.
Tallahassee (Fla.)
Starke (Fla.)
Everglades (Fla.)
Gainesville (Fla.)
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