St. Petersburg Times, POLITICO teaming up for 2012 coverage

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Really don’t know what to make of this yet…

TheSt. Petersburg Times andPOLITICO have formed a partnership to cover presidential politics in Florida and the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

“TheSt. Petersburg Times is excited to join forces withPOLITICO in creating a journalistic powerhouse that will chronicle the Republican Party’s march to Tampa in 2012,”Times editor Neil Brown said. “As the state’s leading news organization, we are honored to work withPOLITICO, which has become the signature name in covering the national political scene. The history-making GOP convention in Tampa will generate great journalistic and business opportunities and we know this partnership will help us capitalize on all of it.”

TheTimes andPOLITICO will begin immediately sharing content both in print and online to offer their readers added insight into the campaign trail. At the convention, they’ll combine reporting efforts to write in-depth enterprise stories related to the August 2012 event. In addition, theTimes andPOLITICO plan to co-produce daily newsmaker events in the Tampa Bay area.

POLITICO also will feature work from PolitiFact, theTimes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website.

“We are thrilled to pair up with one of America’s most prestigious newspapers,” saidPOLITICO executive editor Jim VandeHei. “This will allow both organizations to play to their core strengths ?POLITICO‘s national political coverage and theSt. Petersburg Times‘ dominance of state and local politics ?to provide readers a compelling way to navigate and understand the GOP convention.”

This is theTimes’ second major partnership related to coverage of the presidential election. TheTimes also is co-sponsoring a Republican presidential primary debate early next year with NBC News,National Journaland the Florida Council of 100. Held at the St. Pete Times Forum, it will be the first time that presidential primary candidates will debate in the arena where one of them will return to accept the Republican nomination.

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.