Conan Gallaty named Tampa Bay Times chief digital officer 3/5/18

Conan Gallaty, one of the country's leaders in digital publishing and innovation, has been named chief digital officer of the Tampa Bay Times.


Tampa Bay Times, 10News WTSP investigation reveals Zombie Campaigns 2/3/18

A joint investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and 10News WTSP found at least 100 Zombie Campaigns nationwide where spending remains brisk despite the lack of viable campaigns, or in the most egregious cases, living candidates. Reporters from the Times and 10News spent a year reviewing one million records from the Federal Elections Commission and found rampant flouting of federal law, which prevents spending campaign money on personal expenses or costs unrelated to elections.


SCMG buys Highlands Today 8/23/16

By Romona Washington, publisher, Highlands News-Sun and Highlands Sun

Sun Coast Media Group continues to expand throughout central Florida as it becomes the new owner of the daily newspaper in Highlands County. It completed a deal Friday to purchase Highlands Today from the Tampa Bay Times.

Once the transition is complete, Highlands Today will merge forces with the Highlands News-Sun, which was purchased by Sun Coast Media Group in 2014.


Four SNPA members win Pulitzer Prizes 4/19/16

The Associated Press and three SNPA members from Florida were among the winners of Pulitzer Prizes awarded yesterday.

Well-deserved honors were awarded for:

Public Service - The Associated Press for an investigation of severe labor abuses tied to the supply of seafood to American supermarkets and restaurants. This reporting freed 2,000 slaves, brought perpetrators to justice and inspired reforms. (read more)

Investigative Reporting - Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for a stellar example of collaborative reporting by two news organizations that revealed escalating violence and neglect in Florida mental hospitals and laid the blame at the door of state officials. (read more)

Local Reporting - Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times for exposing a local school board's culpability in turning some county schools into failure factories, with tragic consequences for the community. (read more)

Editorial Writing - John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, Fla., for fierce, indignant editorials that demanded truth and change after the deadly assault of an inmate by corrections officers. (read more, including a column by David Dunn-Rankin about what this would have meant to his Dad)


Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune win Pulitzer Prizes 4/19/16

The Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for the series "Insane, Invisible, In Danger." a reporting partnership between the two papers.

In addition, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting was awarded to Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times for their work in exposing how Pinellas County school leaders withheld promised funding and support from five predominantly black schools creating "Failure Factories," the title of the series that was published in 2015.


Tampa Bay Times, The Center for Investigative Reporting launch Charity Checker 1/30/14

The Tampa Bay Times, in partnership with The Center for Investigative Reporting, has built an online tool that captures what the nation's top charity watchdogs have to say about more than 11,000 charities.

Other newspapers can embed part of this tool into their websites by using the Charity Checker widget.


Fix it? Sell it? 9/11/13

By Mary Ann DeSantis, special to the SNPA eBulletin

The popularity of HGTV's ubiquitous "Love It or List It" series sparked an idea for a 28-page tab that was inserted in five community newspapers owned by Tampa Bay Newspapers.