‘Tulsa World,’ ‘Oklahoman’ to Share Content

By: Joe Strupp

The Tulsa (Okla.) World and The Oklahoman of Oklahoma City are the latest competing newspapers to announce a shared content agreement, the World reported Friday.

A World story reported “they will share selected stories, photos and other news content to better serve their audiences throughout the state.

“The agreement means some content produced by the Tulsa World staff will appear in The Oklahoman and on NewsOK.com, and content produced by The Oklahoman staff will appear in the Tulsa World and on tulsaworld.com,” it added.

The stories and photos will also carry attribution from the contributing newspaper.

“We are excited at the quality and breadth of journalism that can be done by combining the two largest news-gathering operations in the state,” Joe Worley, executive editor of the World, said in a story.

Ed Kelley, The Oklahoman’s editor, added that “the collaboration provides more coverage of news in Oklahoma for the organizations’ audiences at an uncertain time for the news industry.”

The story indicated that future cutbacks in duplicate reporting are likely, stating: “Over time the two organizations will focus on reducing some areas of duplication, such as sending reporters from both The Oklahoman and the World to cover routine news events.”

“We want to try to make sure the level of coverage doesn’t drop even as our staffs are smaller,” Kelley said. “Partnering with the World and their professionals makes a lot of sense for both of us.”

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