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How to rescue the capital press corps?

Interesting Ron Sachs column today: "...Before it's too late, here's one solution: Create a "super bureau" in which multiple news organizations share their dwindling resources to better cover the political/power scene. The competition factor — a mixed bag in capital journalism — should give way to a creative, coordinated and cooperative new ability to get the job done, together.

"This idea isn't radical — but it is practical. The use of "pool" reporters and photographers who share what they get with rival journalists is not uncommon in selective situations, such as presidential news conferences and campaign reporting. Now, it is time to standardize it — rather than witness the atrophy of capital media's muscle.

"Sharing costs and responsibilities would mean the few remaining reporters in the Florida Capital Press Corps wouldn't all cover the same news conferences or stories every day, which often has produced only multiple versions of the same canned news.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:28am]


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