November 6, 2018

The Poynter Institute today announced Tom Jones as its new senior media writer.

Jones, an award-winning Tampa Bay Times sports columnist, will join Poynter in January.

"poynterThis is a critical and ever-changing time for journalism and I look forward to joining Poynter and covering the media in a way that not only interests journalists, but all of us with a stake in a vibrant press," Jones said. "Poynter has long been a go-to destination for journalism news, trends and discussion and I’m excited about adding my voice and my reporting to questions of media and culture."

Jones has spent his 30-year journalism career at the Times, the Tampa Tribune and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Jones was the cohost for more than four years of a leading morning drive-time sports talk radio show in Florida.


“We are excited to offer a fresh voice and a new perspective to the media beat,” said Poynter President Neil Brown. “It’s a priority for Poynter to offer smart coverage of the great journalism underway and the great challenges we face, not just in the nation’s media centers, but around the country. Tom’s energetic reporting and wonderfully accessible writing style will be a great contribution."

Originally from Pittsburgh, Jones studied English at the University of South Florida and lives in St. Petersburg.

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Barbara Allen is the director of college programming for Poynter. Prior to that, she served as managing editor of She spent two decades in…
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