5 things I think I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times and other media

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A friend of mine who works in the Capitol tells me that the media tracking service used in the Florida House clips stories from my blog and files them under “St. Pete Times.”

Kinda cool how Eric Deggans uses Storify to recap his coverage of the Oscars.

John Romano already has Senate President Designate Don Gaetz figured out:

“My hope is he will be a terrific leader in the Senate. Maybe one day we’ll even celebrate the moment he was caucused into our lives.

For now, however, there might be reason for skepticism.

… The cause of this nagging apprehension is an impromptu speech Gaetz gave on the Senate floor last week.”

I’m still admiring what a fantastic piece of work Drew Harwell put together with his story, “Controversy of Scientology influence clouds future of Pinellas charter school.

Of course, the editorial board says “Just postmark it ‘Tampa Bay.’ ” Ditching the ‘St. Petersburg Postmark’ is no different than the newspaper changing its name.

“A Tampa Bay postmark would be recognizable worldwide and accurate for letters dropped into any mailbox on either side of the bay.”

Need I remind the editorial board, no one lives in Tampa Bay, which is a body of water.

Got a question about the Tampa Bay Times or its various websites? Want to make a suggestion or offer a story idea? Chat live with Times Editor Neil Brown Wednesday, February 29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

 The Friends of Mirror Lake Library will host a book talk featuring Times Outdoor/Fitness editor, Terry Tomalin on Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Mirror Lake Library in downtown St. Petersburg.

Tomalin will be discussing his new book, Everyday Adventures: a Florida Outdoors Guide. A world traveler with a master’s degree in Florida Studies, Tomalin has lived with witch doctors in the Amazon, explored sunken Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico, sailed to Cuba, canoed to the Bahamas, swum around Key West and enjoys and writes about all that Florida outdoors has to offer.

Over the past few years, Christian Wade broke news and consistently did a solid job reporting on Tampa City Hall for the Tampa Tribune. His reward for that in December was to get shipped out to a reporting gig in Carrollwood.

But he’s getting the last word, landing in New York City to work for Newsday. His last day at the Tribune was last Wednesday, reports Mitch Perry.

In one particular exchange I had with Wade, he was a complete a**hole, saying something about how he would not be “second-guessed by some blogger.”

Wade doesn’t like to be second-guessed? Good luck with that in New York.

Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli calls the just-released politics app a “rich and engaging new way to following the 2012 presidential election campaign, with the latest breaking news and images, most informed analysis and deepest polling data, a constantly updated library of TV ads, and an incredible range of historical data, dating all the way back to the first U.S. presidential election.” Via Romensko.

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.