5 things I think I think about today’s St. Pete Times and other media

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First things first, be sure to read my post ‘St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster to St. Petersburg Times: ‘Drop Dead’

Now, on to business…

On Monday, Times political editor Adam Smith tweeted:

@adamsmithtimes: Thoughts? Best Fla blogs on right and left?

14 of the 18 responses on Twitter were for SaintPetersBlog.com.  Not bad, huh?

Speaking of accolades, serious kudos needs to go to Lane DeGregory, who, as Mitch Perry reports was:

rewarded by the Society of Professional Journalists as one of their Fellows of the Society, considered the highest honor given by the SPJ, which they say is for her extraordinary contribution to the profession.

In the press release, the selection committee wrote that they were impressed with DeGregory’s “knack for bringing readers into the lives of people living on the margins of society. As a reporter on real people’s lives, DeGregory’s commitment to staying in touch with the people she writes about is noteworthy.

“Besides her excellent writing,” explained John Ensslin, a member of the selection committee, “what clinched this honor for DeGregory is her willingness to help share her knowledge with other younger journalists who aspire to learn the craft she has mastered so well.”

Also deserving of recognition is the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, which has received a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

But enough with the congratulations, let me ask a serious question: Why is the Times/Herald basically the only news organization covering the what-should-be-a-major-story about Governor Rick Scott’s administration deleting emails from the governor’s transition period?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.