Monday, June 28, 2010

Are Newspapers Driving Stadium Debate?

Newspapers have long joined their communities in root, root, rooting for the home team. But in Tampa Bay, they’ve also got a reputation for rooting for the home team’s business ventures.

As the Rays’ stadium saga enters another summer, both the Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times have turned up the heat on the debate.

“I’ve looked at both papers’ coverage,” said Dr. Randy Miller, a journalism professor at USF. “Both sides have had coverage that clearly points out it either is – or isn’t – a good idea to move the stadium across the bay.”

Miller says the papers – to different degrees – influence the stadium debate through tone and frequency of stories.

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