Articles about "St. Petersburg Times"


Will a name change help the St. Pete Times the way it did the South Florida Sun-Sentinel?

The St. Petersburg Times is trading in the name that bears its storied past for a new one targeting the future, Chairman and CEO Paul Tash said in an interview Tuesday.

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St. Petersburg Times to be renamed the Tampa Bay Times
Five years after settling a court case with the Tampa Tribune, the Poynter-owned St. Petersburg Times will become the Tampa Bay Times, a name that signals "the growth of our newspaper and our vision for this region," says Chairman and CEO Paul Tash, who also serves as chairman of the Poynter Institute. The Times began using the name Tampa Bay Times in 2004, for what was then its free weekly tabloid, called tbt*. When the tabloid became daily, the Tribune sued, saying the name infringed on "its trademark for the Tampa Times, an afternoon newspaper that ceased publication in 1982." The November 1 settlement in 2006 allowed the St. Pete Times restricted use of the name for five years and unlimited use thereafter. The new name will appear on the masthead starting January 1 -- the 100th anniversary of Pinellas County, where the paper is headquartered, though three-quarters of its readers live outside St. Petersburg, Tash said. The paper bought the naming rights to the St. Pete Times Forum (where the Lightning play) in 2002. It will become the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Reaction to the name change has been mixed. (more...)

Layoffs follow pay cut at Poynter’s St. Petersburg Times

Romenesko+ memo
When he announced a recent 5 percent pay cut for staff and change in severance payments, St. Petersburg Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash said the cost-cutting "will likely include further job reductions," and now it has. In a memo to staff, editor Neil Brown acknowledged that layoffs at the Poynter-owned paper had started. "The economy affords us no guarantees," Brown wrote, "but we hope to wrap up these staffing decisions by the middle of October." We've been told about eight people who were laid off, but have confirmed only three. The full memo follows. || Related: How can there be layoffs at a newspaper which was recently written about as the fourth best newspaper in the country? (St. Petersblog) (more...)

Politico, Poynter’s St. Petersburg Times team up to cover GOP convention
The St. Petersburg Times and Politico will begin immediately sharing content both in print and online, and at the Republican convention in Tampa, they’ll combine reporting efforts to write in-depth enterprise stories related to the August 2012 event. In addition, the Times and Politico plan to co-produce daily newsmaker events in the Tampa Bay area. (more...)

Blogger posts results of St. Petersburg Times staff survey
"I don’t think Tash and Co. will be too happy about me publishing it," writes Peter Schorsch, referring to Times Publishing chairman Paul Tash. Actually, he probably won't have a problem with it; the survey results should please the Poynter-owned paper's management. Seventy-seven percent of St. Pete Times‘ staffers said they were satisfied with the company, and 76 percent said they were satisfied with their jobs.