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Fox59 announces newsgathering deal with Indianapolis Star

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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.


 
 

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  • maybe it wiill help them get it right more often
    Fox 59 has a major need to gather ALL the information before creating a report. They have done a better job over the past few months but still slip up over their own reporting more then WISH,WTHR and WRTV. They have taken a path of listening to a loud crier and then reporting only THEIR side of the story. Often without even seeing if their material is fact or not. Then when they find that their information published is inaccurate they do not fix the story or accurately report it, they simply dump it. In those cases sometimes it hurts the persons or companies image. They aren’t the only station that does it - but they do it clearly the most just simply to get the ratings. Joining hands with the star might not improve that, however if the star follows up on some stories perhaps they will get a better perspective on the whole story / situation. It may make fox 59 look bad at times too. One thing for sure that more local sports coverage will help any station- since they have more time on Fox 59 they should be able to do more college and high school.
  • One newsroom
    How long until it's all one newsroom with several "newsgathering partners" supplying all the news in the city.
  • newsgathering deal
    One change is already evident: more Channel 59 listings in the Star's TV listings. As usual, cosmetic changes, nothing substantial and nothing interesting.
  • hmmm
    Really? Will watch carefully before making a judgment. I think independence in news is healthy. I want more, not less, resources. The Star continues to disappoint. Not enough exposure to judge Fox yet, but will make it a point to get there.
  • News That Really Matters
    IBJ needs to partner with highly ranked TV Channel 13 & WFYI radio for be Indianapolis truly objective news source

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