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.MORE
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)MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
Read about the latest job openings posted on the SNPA website. And, send us your listings to post at no cost.More
A client recently asked me to put together a presentation for his newspapers on nitty-gritty details that can make or break a design.
I came up with just a bit more than a couple dozen. But thinking about them more, I've now narrowed them down to a Top 10.
My thinking is that any one of these can make your design better, but leave one out and your design suffers.More
Join SNPA in Chapel Hill, N.C., for one of the most unique newspaper conference experiences you will take part in. The 2018 Carmage Walls Leadership Forum, set for Feb. 4-6, is designed specifically for executives from newspapers with circulations of 30,000 or less ... and the discussion format will maximize sharing among conference participants.
This year's program will be led by Tim Griggs and Steven King, who specialize in new revenue models for sustaining journalism. They will lead discussions about diversifying and growing ways to earn revenue, partnership possibilities, targeting content to meet audience needs, and strategies for moving occasional users into loyal, paying customers. You can't afford to miss this!
Hotel Rooms: SNPA is still holding a few rooms at The Carolina Inn. To reserve a room, contact Edward VanHorn at (404) 256-0444 or email@example.com.More