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Tampa Bay Times layoffs

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by playthrough, Oct 24, 2019.

  1. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    The Times hides behind a pay wall which doesn’t help matters
    I am surprised how many Tampa HS football games they cover
     
  2. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

    Are you from the area?
     
  3. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    Live there now
     
  4. JRoyal

    JRoyal Well-Known Member

    Editors are essential. The number needed is debatable. But editors are essential to getting out a product, online or in print. You don't get quality journalism without a quality editor involved. I don't know what the ratio of editors to content producers is in Tampa, but a lot of newsrooms have already cut the fat there.
     
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  5. JRoyal

    JRoyal Well-Known Member

    And to be fair, a lot of people labeled as editors produce content in different forms for a lot of newsrooms, even if their names aren't on it. Slideshows are a prime example, and those drive a lot of traffic. And done well, they can actually be good journalism.
     
  6. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

    Great!

    So, remember you said:

    > The Times hides behind a pay wall which doesn’t help matters

    You should buy a subscription, if you haven't yet, and support the paper.
     
  7. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Well-Known Member

    Or ProPublica .......
     
  8. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

    Yes, i.e. Alexandra Zayas.
     
  9. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

  10. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    Oof. Of course, they'll set ad targets low enough so all the reps can get their commissions. Because "we wouldn't have jobs if there weren't ads to support news." (Or the corollary we always used, "Without news, you'd be working for a shopper.")
     
  11. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    According to this report the Times carries 103 million dollars of liens. 32 million of the liens are to the IRS for pension liabilities. McClatchy was driven into Chapter 11 by pension liabilities. The Times has got to be very close to Chapter 11.

    Doesn't Gannett own most of the surrounding papers?

    $32M lien placed on Tampa Bay Times over pension payment defaults
     
  12. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    The Gannett/Gatehouse papers in Florida include Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Lakeland, Sarasota, Daytona Beach and Fort Myers
    Sounds like the Times staffers got a week’s furlough, too
     
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