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Tampa Trib apparently makes deal with Tallahassee paper for FSU coverage

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by reformedhack, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    On the heels of the Tampa Tribune debacle in laying off a dependable reporter and leaving a prominent beat -- Florida State -- uncovered, there's word on the hack wire that the newspaper will cover FSU sports by purchasing it from the Seminoles' hometown paper, the Tallahassee Democrat.

    I said "purchase."

    These are not sister newspapers. Tally is owned by Gannett; Tampa is owned by Media General. From what I am told, this is a contractual deal with cash involved. More details as they become available.

    Thoughts? Comments?
  2. chester

    chester Member

    We've done it before with pro and college content from another paper outside our chain in Northeast Ohio. Of course, it's not quite the same because we're a small-sized paper, not a major metro like the Tribune.
  3. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    I'm sure the Democrat's FSU writer will see his salary increase as a result of his paper's business move.
  4. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Active Member

    This is bullshit! Why the hell couldn't they kept Scott Carter there and just paid that? That would be cheaper in the end, right? Maybe I'm naive. :mad:
  5. accguy

    accguy Member

    C'mon budcrew,

    you know they aren't going to pay that much for the coverage. Between salary and benefits and expenses to cover games, the Trib was probably paying 80k per year.

    I'm guessing they won't pay the TD even 25 percent of that.
  6. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I'd bet money that you're right. I would guess $10K.
  7. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Active Member

    I guess that does make sense... I understand there's "business arraignments" and all that, it just sucks.
  8. jmacfl

    jmacfl New Member

    and the writer will see none of it. I hope I'm wrong.
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    And I'm sure that Tally will willingly give up breaking news and exclusives...
  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

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  11. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I've never heard of that type of deal where the writer would get anything significant. The company's rationale is that he wouldn't be doing any more work than he already is.

    Years ago I worked for a place that syndicated some of its stuff on the wire, and I guy I knew pretty well came in to interview for one of the major beats. He confided that he was a bit disappointed with the initial offer and I told him, sarcastically, "Don't forget the big one-fifty you get for each story we send out on the wire." His eyes lit up -- he's thinking gamer, notes every day, that's an extra $1,500 per week! I said, "Oh shit. I meant one dollar and 50 cents per story." It was in the Guild contract.
  12. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Think of it like the Tribune is hiring a stringer to cover FSU. $100 to $150 a story or whatever. And, no, the Tally writer won't be seeing any of it.
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