Fact-checking reports from Florida’s Truth-O-Meter™ can now be read in Halifax Media Group newspapers around the state, thanks to a new agreement between the Tampa Bay Times and Halifax Media Group.
Now, many of the Florida Truth-O-Meter rulings that appear in the Tampa Bay Times, The Miami Herald and online at politifact.com/florida will be available to newspaper readers in other Florida cities. The agreement will reach readers of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, The Lakeland Ledger, the Winter Haven News Chief, The Gainesville Sun, the Ocala Star-Banner, the Panama City News Herald, the Northwest Florida Daily News of Fort Walton Beach and the Leesburg Daily Commercial.
PolitiFact Florida helps readers sort out the truth in state politics. The fact-checking reports hold politicians and candidates accountable for their comments and political advertising. PolitiFact Florida is fact-checking the Florida governor’s race, the state’s congressional delegation in Washington and potential 2016 presidential candidates from Florida, among other topics. The team also fact-checks statements made about popular issues, such as education, immigration and the economy.
“We are excited to broaden our reach so that more newspaper readers will be able to sort out the truth in politics,” said Tampa Bay Times Editor Neil Brown. “With statewide elections set for November, we are anticipating an even larger audience our award-winning fact checking.”
About PolitiFact Florida
PolitiFact® Florida was launched in 2010 by the Tampa Bay Times in partnership with The Miami Herald. It is part of a national network of affiliate sites of PolitiFact.com, which was launched in 2007 to fact-check national politics. PolitiFact has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. The site is a product of the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s largest newspaper, with an average circulation of 355,853 Sunday and 299,985 daily (AAM FAS-FAX September 2013). Considered one of the Top Ten newspapers in the country, the Tampa Bay Times has 10 Pulitzer Prizes to its name.
About Halifax Media Group
Founded in 2010, Halifax Media is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. The company’s investment group includes Stephens Capital Partners, JAARSSS Media, and Redding Investments. The group consists of 36 publications in six states, primarily situated in the Southeast. Halifax Media’s strategy is to invest long-term capital in quality companies positioned in strong markets that are closely connected to the community.