Based in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, 83 Degrees Media is a weekly digital magazine leveraging the power of solutions-based and narrative journalism. One of several Issue Media Group publications, 83 Degrees and other IMG e-magazines aim to connect readers to their city’s most visionary and active people, businesses, and organizations – increasing the openness, aesthetics, and social offerings of communities. We work with like-minded stakeholders who have shared values and missions through an underwriting model of publishing. Our journalists engage the community through regular conversations to build trusted relationships with leaders and residents that shape the community’s unique stories. 83 Degrees began publishing in November 2009. Issue Media Group incorporated in 2005 in Detroit, MI.
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Publisher & Managing Editor: Diane Egner is an award-winning journalist with almost four decades of experience reporting and writing about the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. She is a member of Leadership Florida and the Athena Society and serves on the board of The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum, and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism, she won the top statewide award for editorial writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors while at The Tampa Tribune and received special recognition by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for creative work as Content Director at WUSF Public Media. Past accomplishments and community service include leadership positions with Tampa Tiger Bay Club, USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP), Alpha House of Tampa Bay, Awesome Tampa Bay, Florida Kinship Center, AIA Tampa Bay, Powerstories, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
She lives in South Tampa and wears a mask every time she leaves home. Photo by Leslie Joy Ickowitz.
Photographer: Amber Sigman is a visual storyteller with over 18 years of experience covering both small-town and international stories; from a Florida woman visiting her native Cuba, to sacred spots in Thailand, and underwater adventures in Florida’s springs.
In addition to 83 Degrees Media, her client list includes; The Courier-Journal, The Indianapolis Star, Microsoft, NBC, Southern Poverty Law Magazine, Tampa Bay Times, and USA Today. Amber also taught photojournalism to teenagers with the theme “The World is Your Classroom” in Southeast Asia honoring both her love for education and global diversity. She earned her degree in photojournalism and cultural anthropology from Western Kentucky University.
When she isn’t taking pictures locally, she can sometimes be found globetrotting, volunteering with animals in-need, or exploring fun sites in the city.
See more here: Amber Sigman images.
83 Degrees Current Underwriting Partners
Clearwater Business SPARK
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Trust Company
Tampa Downtown Partnership
University of South Florida
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Readers also can support 83 Degrees through individual donations to a new solutions journalism fund set up by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. This fund was developed to support solutions journalism and storytelling that will provide information and build awareness designed to grow support for local nonprofits and their missions. The storytelling will focus on how local charities contribute to community building, public health, the arts, and equity issues as it relates to neighborhoods, education, and the environment. Click here to donate.
Operations and Media Contact: Paul Schutt
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