South Florida's Biggest Papers to Share Stories
Earlier this week The Sun-Sentinel and The Miami Herald got into a minor blog brawl because one wouldn't let the other's name appear in its pages. Now it appears they've kissed and made up, and brought The Palm Beach Post in for a story sharing menage-a-trois.
All three papers, the biggest in South Florida, have agreed to enter an experimental content sharing arrangement. Herald Executive Editor Anders Gyllenhaal explained the agreement in a memo to Herald staff:
The content sharing will take a fairly simple approach: Each newsroom will have the option of picking up stories from the papers' websites for publication in the next day's paper. Eligible stories will be about events that happened in the past 24 hours or that are coming up within several days. Project work, investigations, feature stories, columns and other enterprise will not be included in the arrangement. A second part of the experiment will enable the papers to pick up reviews - from theater to restaurant reviews - for publication on both the web and in print. The newsrooms will also work together to increase pooling on stories and photos in one another's primary territories.
The arrangement is a bit shocking, since for years the paper's aggressively tried to move in on the other's territory. But its bleak times for print media, daily papers especially, and the industry is keen to find ways to cut corners and free up resources.