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is a daily newspaper covering the Tampa Bay area owned by the nonprofit . It is the and of the few American newspapers owned by a nonprofit organization.

The Times from the St. Petersburg Times on Jan. 1, 2012.

The Times was owned by the Poynter family from 1912 to 1974, when Nelson Poynter died and , a St. Petersburg journalism school he had created.

The paper is run by the , a for-profit organization whose dividends go to the Poynter Institute. In 2012, Poynter began exploring other funding options, stating that the Times .

The Times is often recognized as one of the U.S.’ top metro newspapers, regularly for Pulitzer Prizes and other major journalism awards.

That success, combined with the Times’ distinctive ownership structure, has drawn to the newspaper in recent years as a for other news organizations. that the paper’s nonprofit-based model wouldn’t necessarily benefit other newspapers.

The Times has faced financial difficulties similar to other major metro newspapers, as it has and . The paper’s and have said that its ownership structure has given it more leeway to adjust to the newspaper industry’s challenges, but has not made it immune to those issues.

In 2009, the Times also began posting online from every arrest in the Tampa Bay area, a project that initially prompted some discussion among .

In 2011, the Times began a that includes content sharing in print and online leading up to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.


Main article: PolitiFact

The Times runs , a fact-checking website that examines the statements made by American political figures and pundits. Founded in 2007, PolitiFact for its work on the 2008 election. It has done on a presidential debate via Twitter, and it is of over 500 campaign promises made by President Barack Obama.

Video: A guided tour of PolitiFact


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