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

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Be sure to read Mitch Perry’s interview of Bob Buckhorn, who included this jab in their sit-down.

“You can’t solve it in 30 minutes every other Thursday,” he says, taking a swipe at recent Council complaints about the city’s approach to homelessness.

A bill approved by a Senate committee Thursday would require that when legal notices are published in newspapers, they also must be published online on a website maintained by the newspaper, as the government tries to move from paper publication to online publication eventually. The measure (SB 292), however, would still require publication in the physical newspaper. Past attempts have tried to shift the requirement directly to online publication, drawing opposition from newspapers and advocates for the poor. With the continuing requirement for paper publication, the measure now is drawing support from the former opponents. The vote on the measure in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday was unanimous. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradetnon, is now ready for the Senate floor.

Astute readers are very familiar with Rick Santorum’s surge in the polls in Michigan, but Charles Franklin notes if you watched The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd on MSNBC you wouldn’t hear any of the evidence.

“NBC News standards force Todd to ignore the evidence of multiple polls from Michigan, and instead rely on one poll from a neighboring state. All to avoid saying the dread words: PPP, or ARG, or MRG or Rasmussen or Mitchell Research. Those polls all show Santorum leading Romney by from 3 to 15 points in Michigan.”

“And yet NBC News standards won’t allow these polls and this critically important result to be reported on the air. Why? Three are IVR (‘robo-polls’), one isn’t entirely clear about how interviews were conducted and one has been criticized for substantial ‘house effects’ in the 2008 primaries. At least that’s my guess why these are not seen as meeting NBC standards, though no explicit reason was given by Todd.”

Departing Tampa Bay Times editor Tom Scherberger talked with Jim Romensko about why he is leaving the newspaper he enjoyed working at so much that he joked that “they would have to put a bullet in my head to get rid of me.”

Scherberger, who I sparred with over my publishing of a picture of the anonymous-seeking food critic, said that there’s been “a distressing number of departures in recent months” at the St. Petersburg-based Times. “It’s hard to blame anyone for leaving; they have bills to pay, after all. And when an editor I greatly admired, who had been with the Times for some 40 years and had schooled literally hundreds of us over the years, was laid off last year, I figured no one was safe.”

(I believe Scherberger is referring to the laying off of Rob Hooker, whose profile, inexplicably, is still up on the Times‘ website.)

Read the rest of Romensko’s interview, including Scherberger’s thoughts about joining USF-St. Petersburg, here.

A Storify highlights a New York Times social media week panel discussion yesterday on social media’s role in political reporting.

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.