Friday, May 22, 2009
A move to sharing that makes a lot of sense
Three TV stations in Washington will be pooling news gathering. I think that makes a lot of sense, but I don't see why they restrict themselves to sharing just with other TV stations. I think it would make sense in many markets for the newspaper or newspapers in the city to be part of a video pool arrangement. Newspapers aren't print products anymore. The divide between newspapers, TV stations, radio and magazines is breaking down. While this sharing is being done as an economic measure, it makes sense editorially to free up staff to focus on exclusive stories rather than having people cover the same stories at each station.