Today on Context Florida: Future newsroom, hurricanes, Duke Energy and Eric Brody

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Today on Context Florida:

Gannett Company announced the “Newsroom of the Future,” where reporting will be driven by digital metrics, such as page views, clicks, traffic source referral patterns and social boost. Rick Outzen questions the wisdom of such a strategy, pointing out that journalism is more than catering to a community and luring readers to retweet articles and like them on Facebook.

When it comes to hurricanes, sometimes our memories are shorter than they ought to be, says Bill Newton, Executive Director of the Florida Consumer Action Network. Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s continued purchase of out-of-state reinsurance is the fiscally prudent thing for Florida, allowing the state to financially survive a major storm or even a series of smaller storms.

Duke Energy Florida State President Alex Glenn counters an article in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times, by noting how it failed to take in account a proposed state-of-the-art, highly efficient combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County. The company also plans to build two generators and upgrade four units. By 2017, these upgrades will add about 220 megawatts and allow for the retirement of two 1950s vintage steam plants on the Suwanee River.

Tallahassee journalist Adam Weinstein takes issue with efforts by public relations expert Ron Sachs to receive compensation for “substantial work to enhance public awareness and elected official awareness” over four legislative sessions for a claim bill on behalf Eric Brody, a young man seriously injured in 1998 when his car was crumpled by a speeding Broward Sheriff’s Office cruiser.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.