Posted by: Ken Gibson, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay on Thursday, December 2, 2021

Media plays a vital role in providing information and perspective on the issues most important to our community. On November 17th, the Leadership Tampa Class of 2022 had the opportunity to spend the day learning about news reporting and video production in the Tampa Bay area.

The morning session was hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg. We were welcomed by Bruce Faulmann (LT’03) from the Tampa Bay Times and Neil Brown from the Poynter Institute. While at the Poynter Institute, we enjoyed an energetic presentation regarding the changing landscape of print journalism and a lively discussion about the local media ecosystem with editorial and newsroom leaders from 10 Tampa Bay, News Channel 8, the Tampa Bay Times and La Gaceta. This was followed by a small group activity where we learned about some of the challenging content decisions that news editors need to make on a daily basis.

We then boarded the bus and headed back to Tampa to visit Diamond View Studios newest facility, VU. This is a studio featuring an enormous 100 ft by 17 ft curved LED screen that serves as a giant background screen for video productions. We all enjoyed getting photos and videos standing in front of various scenic backgrounds from around the world and learned about the innovative work Diamond View is doing in video production.   

While at VU, we were able to get a news veteran’s perspective regarding local TV news from two of Tampa Bay’s anchors,  Stacie Schaible from News Channel 8 and Carolina Leid from 10 Tampa Bay. We also had the opportunity to learn about the importance of fact checking and media accuracy through a discussion with PolitiFact moderated by Kerry O’Reilly (LT’15).

Many thanks to the Tampa Bay Times for sponsoring Media Day for LT’22. Additional thanks to our Day Chairs Conan Gallaty (LT’20) from the Tampa Bay Times and Barb Zant (LT’15) from 10 Tampa Bay for planning a fun and informative day for the class!