The alt weekly newspaper Creative Loafing Tampa has been sold to Euclid Media Group, which is based in Cleveland, reports Ashely Gurbal Kritzer for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The new owners’ plans for the newspaper include staff cutbacks and an increased online presence.
We value the contributions of every staffer,” said publisher James Howard, “and the cuts we have made are in no way a reflection on the quality of their work.
The layoffs so far have included editor in chief David Warner, news and politics editor Kate Bradshaw, creative director Julio Ramos, operations director Kelly Knaggs, photographer James Ostrand and account executive Claire Sayetta.
Online and managing editor Scott Harrell, who has now been promoted to editor in chief, wrote a Facebook post thanking the outgoing staff for their work. “You will all be so missed,” he wrote.
Arts and entertainment editor Cathy Salustri, music editor Ray Roa and food and drink editor Meaghan Habuda seem to be remaining on at Creative Loafing for now.
Read the Tampa Bay Business Journal article here.