Is there a future for the American newspaper?

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Many of us believe our nation needs journalism now more than ever – but the news is not good, especially here in West Central Florida, in Tampa Bay.

It’s widely reported that at a staff meeting last week, the Tampa Bay Times leadership announced 5% pay cuts and reduced severance.

Things aren’t much better at the venture-capitalist owned Tampa Tribune. The outflow of talent, experienced executives, and cash continues.

While some remarked they couldn’t believe the Times would go before the Trib, that very much remains to be seen considering the rising price of downtown Tampa real estate and the lure of luxury condos replacing the once-proud newspaper plant.

Warren Elly interviews USF Journalism Professor Wayne Garcia and Jeff Klinkenberg who has worked with the Tampa Bay Times, for nearly 38 years.