What Exactly are the Limits of the Daily Papers' Story Sharing Schemes?

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Will Florida's newspapers all dance in unison?
So, the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post and the Sun-Sentinel still share stories as part of their agreement. The Sun-Sentinel and the Orlando Sentinel share content because they're both part of the troubled Tribune Corp. The Miami Herald consolidated their Tallahassee bureau with the St. Petersburg Times and share political content. 

So does that mean the Sun-Sentinel can pick up a story by a Herald writer, and then the Orlando Sentinel can post that story on the web? Convoluted, but apparently so. Herald political writer Beth Reindhard's story on Corrine Brown appears today on the website of all three papers. On the Orlando Sentinel's site it labels the story as "From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel" and credits Reinhard as a Herald writer in the byline. Crazy. Does this happen often? I don't visit the Orlando Sentinel's site that often.

So, does this mean theoretically a Herald political writer could have their piece featured on the website of, if not in print in, five of the major dailies in Florida? 

How soon until we just have one major source for pan-Floridian news syndicated to all the papers with the remnants of the local dailies filling in the municipal coverage, and is this necessarily a bad thing? 

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