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

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On Dec. 28, I reported:

“After taking a hard look at the proposed district lines for the State Senate seat to be drawn for south Pinellas, Representative Darryl Rouson has reconsidered his bid for State Senate, will drop out of the race and run for re-election to the Florida House.”

On Jan. 9, the Bay Buzz reported:

State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, won’t be running for state senate after all.

That’s twelve days difference between the two reports.  Remember that when you’re deciding which website to read for local political news.

On Jan.5, I reported:

Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning – a former Pasco County Supervisor of Elections – is considering stepping down later this month…

On Jan. 9, Times Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bosquet tweeted:

@stevebousquet: Gov. Rick Scott’s top elections official, Secretary of State Kurt Browning, will resign, source says

Remember that when you’re deciding which website to read for statewide political coverage.

Meet the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau:

From left to right in this Times photo by Scott Keeler: Toluse Olorunnipa, Kathleen McGrory, David DeCamp, Matthew Riva, Lucy Morgan, Mary Ellen Klas, Steve Bousquet, Brittany Davis, Katie Sanders, Tia Mitchell.

Toluse Olorunnipa is a Miami Herald reporter. His beats include property insurance, economic development and Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.

Kathleen McGrory is a Miami Herald session reporter. She specializes in K-12 education and is also covering the Miami-Dade and Broward delegations.

David DeCamp is a reporter from the Tampa Bay Times. His focus is higher education and the Tampa, Pinellas and Pasco county delegations.

Matthew Riva is the bureau’s multimedia guru. He will be blogging, operating social media and collecting video and audio.

Lucy Morgan is a Times senior correspondent and investigative reporter.

Mary Ellen Klas is the Miami Herald bureau chief. This session, her beats include redistricting and gambling.

Steve Bousquet is the bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. His focus is the state’s budget, the House of Representatives, the governor and the Cabinet.

Brittany Davis is a general assignment reporter for the Times/Herald. Her focuses include health care and gambling.

Katie Sanders is a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and PolitiFact Florida. Her beats are transportation, energy and Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Tia Mitchell is a Tampa Bay Times reporter. She specializes in health/Medicaid, PIP reform and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Paul Tash, Chairman and CEO, Times Publishing Company will be the featured speaker at Tiger Bay’s annual event tonight.  The subject of his speech is “Five Reasons Why Tampa Bay is the Center of the Political Universe.”

Another former Times staffer is taking a gig as a government spokesperson.

Rebuilding continues in the Pinellas school district communications office with two new hires – including another with St. Petersburg Times ties – and two more on the way. Pending school board approval, Debbie Wolfe is the new assistant director of  strategic communications and Melanie Marquez is the new public information officer.

Wolfe, 56, was the technology training editor at the St. Petersburg Times when she  was laid off in 2008. She began work for the district Dec. 16. She’ll make $69,832 a year.

Are political reporters trying to make the GOP race seem more competitive than it is?

Do women really need their own blog to write about politics?

Jessica Valenti is not impressed by a new WaPo blog:

I will always want more women’s (and feminist) voices in the mainstream media, particularly in politics. There’s an overwhelming byline gender gap and that needs to change. But The Washington Post’s new lady blog, “She the People,” is not a step in the right direction. In fact, I think it’s pretty terrible. … I’m glad that The Washington Post wants to appeal more to women. I’m also glad that this blog means that they’re employing more women; that’s great. But there’s a much simpler – and less condescending – way to create a publication that does these things. You want more women readers? Get more women writers: on the main page, in the opinion section, writing about more than “women’s” issues. Cover more feminist topics. And for the love of all that is good in the world, drop the fucking lipstick logo.

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.