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The St. Petersburg Times is one of two major newspapers serving the Tampa Bay Areamarker, the other being The Tampa Tribune, which the Times tops in both circulation and readership. Based in St. Petersburg, Floridamarker, the Times has won eight Pulitzers since 1964, and in 2009, won two in a single year for the first time in the paper's history. It is published by the Times Publishing Company, which is owned by The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a nonprofit journalism school directly adjacent to the University of South Floridamarker campus in St. Petersburgmarker.

The Times also publishes the tbt*, a free daily that is geared toward active 20-somethings in the Tampa Bay area. Its sister publication, Florida Trend Magazine, reaches another 200,000 readers monthly. In 2008, the Times began publication of a quarterly upscale magazine, Bay Magazine, which is distributed only to subscribers in upscale neighborhoods of the Tampa Bay area in their Sunday Editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

History

The Times traces its origins to a newspaper started in Dunedin, Floridamarker, in 1884. On November 7, 1986, its sister publication, the St. Petersburg Evening Independent, ceased printing its afternoon edition and merged with the Times.

A study by Media Matters for America showed that the St. Petersburg Times was one of only four newspapers in Florida that featured more progressive opinions than conservative, with 43 percent of columnists considered progressive and 29 percent considered conservative.

PolitiFact.com

The newspaper operates PolitiFact.com, a project in which its reporters and editors "fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups...." Their evaluations are posted on the PolitiFact website. The site also includes an "Obameter", tracking President Barack Obama's performance with regard to his campaign promises.

PolitiFact.com was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2009 for "its fact-checking initiative during the 2008 presidential campaign that used probing reporters and the power of the World Wide Web to examine more than 750 political claims, separating rhetoric from truth to enlighten voters."

Awards

Year Award Work Recipients Category Result
2009 Pulitzer Prize PolitiFact.com Bill Adair, Washington bureau chief National Reporting Won
"The Girl in the Window" Lane DeGregory, staff writer Feature Writing Won
2007 Scripps Howard Foundation Human Interest Writing Lane DeGregory Ernie Pyle Award Won
"A Republican vs. Republican Cellular Division" Wes Allison Raymond Clapper Award Won
2003 Scripps Howard Foundation Human Interest Writing Kelley Benham Ernie Pyle Award Won
2002 Scripps Howard Foundation "The Poison in Your Back Yard" Julie Hauserman Edward J. Meeman Award Won
1999 Sigma Delta Chi "Deadly Rampage" Times staff Excellence in deadline reporting Won
Investigative report of U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Bill Adair and David Dahl Washington correspondence Won
1998 Pulitzer Prize "Angels & Demons" Thomas French Feature Writing Won
1995 Pulitzer Prize "Final Indignities" Jeffrey Good Editorial Writing Won
1991 Pulitzer Prize "A Gift Abandoned" Sheryl James Feature Writing Won
1985 Pulitzer Prize Corruption in Pasco County sheriff's department Lucy Morgan and Jack Reed Investigative Reporting Won
1980 Pulitzer Prize Investigation of Church of Scientology operations in Floridamarker Bette Swenson Orsini and Charles Stafford National Reporting Won
1964 Pulitzer Prize Investigation of Florida Turnpike Authoritymarker Times staff Meritorious Public Service Won


Notes

  1. http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2009-National-Reporting


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