Departing Tampa Bay Times editor Tom Scherberger talks about why he left the newspaper

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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.

P.S. Anyone know how many former Times employees are currently employed as spokespersons at government agencies?  I mean, is that the career track now?  Work for the Times for a few years, do enough reporting to know who the players are and then get-out-while-the-getting-is-good?

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