Channel 8 Reporter Takes Phosphate Job

One way by which the phosphate industry affects journalistic scrutiny is to advertise heavily in local news media – spending millions to portray their industry as beneficent, responsible and rooted in Florida tradition.

Here’s a case where a reporter just circumvented the television station and went to work directly for Big Daddy….

JACKIE BARRON: News Channel 8 reporter Jackie Barron has decided to leave WFLA, Channel 8, to take a job with Florida-based Mosaic, a phosphate and potash provider, according to WFLA News Director Don North.