When "The Enemy of Your Enemy Becomes Your Friend"
Kudos to The Star-Telegram for yesterday addressing the fairly startling revelation on Friday that the Fort Worth paper and its longtime rival The Dallas Morning News are considering some kind of collaboration. The piece, by Mitchell Schnurman, even refers to the news as a "stunning local example" of how papers are trying to reinvent the business model before there's no business left to reinvent. In addition to mentioning the paper's attempted and controversial sale of its longtime downtown home and its recent distribution deal with The News, Schnurman writes: "Discussion of a news alliance between the Star-Telegram and Morning News sent a shiver through the newsroom Friday. Will more reporting and editing jobs be lost? What happens to the papers’ separate, distinct voices?" Good questions. No answers. Not yet. --Robert Wilonsky