Deggans steps into the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club den today, discussing New Media vs Old Media in politics
It's a debate that I think is a bit passe.
But I've never been on a panel at St. Petersburg's venerated Suncoast Tiger Bay Club before, so I jumped at the chance to join a great panel of local media types at their luncheon today to discuss the topic of old media vs news media and how it may be transforming our political campaigns.
The topic is supposed to involve suggestions on how political candidates can master both types of media in their campaigns, but I don't think I'll offering tips on how to subvert journalists' efforts. Instead, I hope to talk a bit about how old media is becoming new media, taking advantage of its advantages while also suffering from the way it is dismantling our economic model.
I'll be joined by some interesting guys:
John Romano - the Tampa Bay Times' new top metro columnist, he stepped into Howard Troxler's sizable shoes this year. He joined the Times in 1985 as a sports writer in Hernando, with stints as a writer for USF, UF, the Magic/NBA, Bucs/NFL and Devil Rays/baseball beats, and now a columnist.
Jeff Houck - A master of social media and deft writing about food, he's been The Tampa Tribune's food writer since 2005. He also hosts the Table Conversations food podcasts.
Mitch Perry - after years as the Number Two news guy at Tampa community radio station WMNF-FM, Mitch joined alt weekly Creative Loafing as its political writer and blogger, replacing another venerated voice, Wayne Garcia.
Noah Pransky - He covers City Hall, among other beats, for WTSP Channel 10 and leveraged the channel's social media tools, including Twitter..
Peter Schorsch - A political consultant and blogger who has developed a suite of websites centered on sometimes-gossipy, often-insider takes on politics, media, pop culture and related issue. His signature site is SaintPetersBlog.
This is a group which gives an award for the toughest question, so I can't wait to see what they have in store for us today.