Tampa Tribune reporter Billy Townsend announced today he is leaving the regional newspaper’s Polk County desk for a new position outside journalism.
That’s really too bad. Townsend’s early work on the CSX Project was the first actual reporting done on the story. Without those first forays into the heart of the story Florida tax payers might be stuck for a 1.2 billion bill with no outside review.
There is good news in the brief note:
I am also planning to remain in reporting and commentary as an amateur, taking advantage of the some of the excellent online media infrastructure that has been built here over the past two years. I hope that will allow me to maintain a voice in Polk politics and media.
That’s great news for regional citizens. Billy, welcome to the ranks of ex-journalist. The grass really is greener over here, even if the money isn’t.