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Tampa Bay Times gives up naming rights to hockey arena

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The Tampa Bay Times Forum, home of the region’s professional hockey team, will be renamed the Amalie Arena.

The Poynter-owned newspaper — previously called The St. Petersburg Times — has had naming rights since 2002, when it agreed to a 12-year deal for about $30 million. The agreement was later extended until 2018, but the Tampa Bay Lighting approached the Times about Amalie Motor Oil taking over, Jeff Harrington reports.

“Putting our name on the Forum helped the St. Pete Times connect with new customers, and then helped establish the Tampa Bay Times as our new name. Those business goals have been met,” said Paul Tash, the Times chairman and CEO.

For example, the paper’s Sunday circulation for Hillsborough and suburban Pasco more than tripled between 2002 and 2013, he noted.

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Career Beat: Former assistant director of Pew journalism project buys newspaper

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • John Batter will be CEO of Gracenote. Previously, he was CEO of M-GO. (Tech Crunch)
  • Mark Jurkowitz is the owner of the Outer Banks Sentinel in Nags Head, North Carolina. Previously, he was the associate director of Pew Research Center’s journalism project. (Romenesko)
  • Jon Ward is a senior political correspondent with Yahoo News. Previously, he was a political reporter for the Huffington Post. (Politico)
  • Shauna Rempel is now a social media strategist for Global News. Previously, she was social media and technology editor at the Toronto Star. (Muck Rack)
  • Chris Tisch is now business editor for the Tampa Bay Times. Previously, he was assistant metro editor there.
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Jennifer Orsi named new managing editor of Tampa Bay Times

On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times named Jennifer Orsi as the new managing editor, Stephen Nohlgren reported for the Times. Orsi is the first woman “in the newspaper’s 130 year history to take complete charge of the daily report, both in print and on the web,” Nohlgren wrote.

Orsi rose through the ranks of the news operation since her first internship in 1986, most recently overseeing the metro and business report. She succeeds Mike Wilson, who left in December.

The Times, which Poynter owns, is part of a shifting marketplace, as is the rest of the industry, Nohlgren wrote.

Orsi’s grounding in local news, plus her adaptability, were key factors in her promotion, said Editor Neil Brown, whose announcement Thursday in the St. Petersburg newsroom brought rousing cheers from the staff.

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How the Tampa Bay Times reported on a transgender kid’s prom bid

In mid-April, Tampa Bay Times education reporter Lisa Gartner received a tip that Sebastian Rollins, a student running for prom king at a fundamental school in Seminole, Florida, was transgender.

Sebastian Rollins (Photograph by Cherie Diez/Tampa Bay Times)

Fundamental schools, Gartner said in an interview, tout a “back-to-basics” approach with stricter dress codes, a demerit system and heavy homework loads. “It’s like a charter school in which they can make mandates that other schools don’t have,” Garter said. “If you’re a parent, you have to attend eight meetings a year, so it’s really about ‘all-in’ on the child’s education.”

Gartner decided the story, which the paper published last week, was worth doing: Not only would it tell the story of how such a school would respond to this student’s bid for prom king, it would touch on a recent Title IX rule change aimed at protecting transgender students.… Read more

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Tampa Bay Times plans buyouts in advance of job reductions

The Tampa Bay Times will announce Wednesday it plans to offer buyouts to employees, according to a memo from Human Resources Director Sebastian Dortch. Staffers who take them will get up to 13 weeks’ severance plus two weeks’ pay. The buyouts precede planned “job reductions around the company,” Dortch writes.

“We are finding some ways to improve our results without compromising our quality. We want to support the colleagues whose jobs will be affected,” Tampa Bay Times Communications Director Jounice Nealy-Brown says in an email to Poynter.

Here’s the memo:… Read more

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4 things Pulitzer winners have in common

The winners of four 2013 Pulitzer Prizes came together Tuesday night at Poynter to talk about their work and their wins. They came from Florida, New York and a shop with people scattered around the country, from three large papers and one nonprofit news site. They won for work on speeding cops, diluted bitumen, fluoride in the water and cross-border corruption at Wal-Mart.

Other than that Pulitzer, the work of the seven people present Tuesday night didn’t have much in common.

But, for most, the processes they used to produce their work did.… Read more

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Nate Silver’s site hires Tampa Bay Times managing editor

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Tampa Bay Times Managing Editor Mike Wilson will be managing editor of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com, which plans a relaunch under ESPN’s auspices next year.

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Tampa Bay Times will erect a paywall

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Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times will install a metered paywall on tampabay.com, charging readers who consume more than 15 pages per month, Times Chairman Paul Tash tells readers.

The Times’ “best customers get the best price, with discounts for subscribers to our print edition,” Tash writes. Some sections will not count against the 15-page limit:

Some parts of tampabay.com will continue to offer unlimited access. The meter does not count visits to the home page or to PolitiFact.com, our service that measures the truth of what politicians are saying. Readers also can tap into Things To Do, or the sections that advertise cars, homes and jobs, as much as they like.

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Eric Deggans will join NPR, leave Tampa Bay Times

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The versatile critic Eric Deggans will join NPR as its first-ever TV critic, Deggans writes in a blog post.

“The new job is a continuation and amplification of the work I’ve already done as a freelance commentator for NPR, offering critical analysis of everything from media coverage of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman controversies to picking out who really deserves Emmy nominations,” Deggans writes. “After years of serving as an NPR fan and occasional contributor, I’ll get a chance to join one of the strongest journalism organizations in the nation, reaching 27 million listeners each week.”

Poynter owns the Tampa Bay Times. Deggans has written for this site many times (and has been a very cool person to hang with when I’ve visited St.… Read more

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Tampa Bay Times CEO will head Pulitzer board

Columbia University announced Wednesday that Tampa Bay Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash will chair the Pulitzer Prize board. Tash became a member of the board in 2006. Chairmen serve for one year, while board members serve a maximum of nine years.

Tash in 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Tash, a former editor of the Times, replaces Denver Post Editor Gregory Moore and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who served as co-chairs.

Poynter owns the Tampa Bay Times; Tash is also chairman of Poynter’s board of trustees. The Tampa Bay Times’ Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth won a Pulitzer last month for a series of editorials on fluoride in drinking water, and its writers Alexandra Zayas and Kelley Benham were finalists in two other categories.… Read more

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