TAMPA — The Tampa Tribune and E.W. Scripps Co. announced Tuesday they will operate a joint news bureau in Tallahassee — combining two powerful brands that will serve readers in their local communities and throughout Florida.
The joint bureau will be run by James Rosica, the Tribune’s veteran political reporter, and Matt Dixon, Scripps bureau chief in Tallahassee. Augmenting coverage during the upcoming legislative session are Tampa Tribune senior political writer William March and Naples Daily News political reporter Jenna Buzzaco-Foerster.
“We’re taking this step to better serve our audience,” said Ken Koehn, managing editor of The Tribune. “Whether it’s sinkhole insurance or pension reform, many decisions that hit the people of Tampa where they live play out in Tallahassee.”
“It’s a great partnership, ” added Naples Daily News Editor Manny Garcia. “Matt and Jim are veteran Tallahassee reporters with an extensive network of sources, and our readers and viewers will be the winners.”
Rosica, a former Associated Press reporter who is also an attorney, will team up with Dixon in the Florida Press Center in Tallahassee.
The joint bureau will produce in-depth coverage and investigative stories while staying on top of the most important news of the day. Its work will appear in print and online at tbo.com, naples news.com and tcpalm.com.
The bureau also will work closely with The Tribune’s news operations in Pinellas, Pasco, Highlands and Hernando counties, Scripps television stations WPTV in West Palm Beach and WFTS in Tampa, and the Scripps Washington, D.C. Bureau.
The reporters will also produce content for The Tribune’s “Fresh Squeezed Politics” blog.
The joint bureau will begin its work March 4, the first day of the legislative session.