5 reasons you should not feel bad about Tampa Bay Times layoffs – Florida Politics (blog)
This has been a difficult week for the Tampa Bay Times.
Last Monday, the newspaper was shut out of the Pulitzer Prizes. The recipient of 12 previous Pulitzers, the Times newsroom measures itself, in part, by winning these awards. So it’s never a good day when the champagne isn’t flowing at 3 p.m. on Pulitzer Monday as the winners are announced.
Two days later, the Times suffered a slight of a lesser degree, but one that speaks to its current standing.
When asked during a televised debate what was the first thing they read in the morning, not one of the four Democrats running for Florida governor mentioned the Times, the state’s largest newspaper. If the Times has lost Gwen Graham—of THAT Graham family—that says something.
But the worst news of all, which the Times attempted to bury by announcing the promotion of two editors, came via the Tampa Bay Business Journal. It reported Times Publishing is laying off 50 employees. To wit:
Paul Tash, the newspaper’s chairman and CEO, had warned of the potential for job cuts in a March 23 column, writing that the new tariffs could add more than $3 million to the Times’ newsprint bill.
Times spokeswoman Sherri Day confirmed the layoffs in an email Wednesday and said they are a direct response to the tariffs.
Day declined to specify how many of those layoffs would affect the newsroom, saying only that the “cuts are taking place throughout the organization.” She also declined to disclose the Times’ total number of employees.
While it is natural to sympathize with the individuals who are given the proverbial pink slip (such as movie critic Steve Persall), here are five reasons to NOT feel bad about these layoffs.
1. While Tash is