‘St. Petersburg Times,’ ‘Miami Herald’ Form Joint Statehouse Bureau

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By: E&P Staff

The St. Petersburg Times and The Miami Herald are forming a joint statehouse bureau in Tallahassee, Fla.

The two papers have been discussing the move since the summer, reports the St. Petersburg Times’ blog, The Feed.

“Our own circumstances have seen our bureau go from four full-time journalists to three,” Neil Brown, executive editor at the St. Petersburg Times, wrote in a staff memo. “The Herald, faced with its own cost-cutting, took its staff from three to two.

“The more we talked the more sense it made to pursue a complete merger that would allow us to increase coverage in ways that neither organization could manage separately.”

The bureau plans to operate in December. Both papers are also considering launching a state news Web site.

According to a press release, “the combined bureau will include six staff members. The bureau chiefs from each paper — Mary Ellen Klas of the Herald and Steve Bousquet of the Times — will alternate leadership responsibility, in consultation with the editors from each newsroom. Meanwhile the bureau will also include three other reporters ( Marc Caputo of the Herald and Alex Leary and Jennifer Liberto of the Times) and a full-time clerk will be hired by year’s end.”

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