The Indianapolis Star and WXIN-TV Channel 59 on Monday announced a newsgathering partnership that will begin Aug. 1.
The Star will team with Fox59 and its sister station WTTV-TV Channel 4 for coverage of "select breaking news, sports, weather, election and investigative stories," the media outlets said in a prepared statement.
The companies also said they plan to jointly develop community and philanthropic events, and expand coverage of local sports.
As part of the partnership, reporters and personalities from the newspaper and the TV station will make cross-appearances. Among them will be IndyStar sports columnist Bob Kravitz and Fox59 chief meteorologist Brian Wilkes, the companies said.
Fox59 said the partnership was planned to coincide with the ongoing expansion of its local news hours. The station produces more than 60 hours of news-related broadcast content each week.
Newsgathering partnerships between newspapers and TV stations are not new. The Star has an existing relationship with WTHR-TV Channel 13. Fox59 has a partnership with IBJ that started in 2007 and will end next month. IBJ previously partnered with WISH-TV.
While contractual, such agreements are typically informal and don't involve the mixing of newsrooms. They provide news outlets a way to share information while offering cross-promotional opportunities.