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South Florida's Biggest Papers to Share Stories

The three major regional newsies will all be dancing in unison next week.
The three major regional newsies will all be dancing in unison next week.
The three major regional newsies will all be dancing in unison next week.

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.

--Kyle Munzenrieder


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