A2: Media

The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports on questions being raised about 83 Degrees, an online publication recently launched in the Tampa Bay area by Detroit-based Issue Media Group. Issue Media also owns Concentrate, a similar venture in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. From the report: “Seen as a way to spread an upbeat message about the wider positive assets that comprise Tampa Bay and its business community, 83 Degrees is generating discourse because of its rather unusual approach at financing its operation: It uses money from government sources and quasi-public agencies, along with annualized advertising contracts with private companies, to fund its operations, including staff salaries.” [Source]