Georgia newspapers form partnership for ‘10 political coverage

Here’s why you’ll be seeing the work of other political reporters across the state — Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News, Blake Aued of the Athens Banner Herald, Chuck Williams of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, and others — in the daily pages of the AJC, and at ajc.com:

In an unprecedented move to combine journalistic resources, Georgia’s 12 largest daily newspapers announce the formation of an historic partnership to deliver comprehensive political coverage across the state.

The combined group, working as the Georgia Newspaper Partnership, will provide deep reporting found nowhere else in the Southeast. Sunday readership of this group alone exceeds 2.2 million.

“This partnership helps put an end to the idea that there are two Georgias,” said Bert Roughton Jr., managing editor of the AJC. “The work that these partner newspapers do will go a long way toward providing the state’s voters a more unified voice.”

Over the next several months the partnership will deliver coverage of the gubernatorial and congressional races and support three statewide polls conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

This partnership of daily newspapers is the only large-scale, non-partisan political polling in Georgia for 2010. The newspaper partners include: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Athens Banner Herald, Augusta Chronicle, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Gainesville Times, Georgia Times-Union, Macon Telegraph, Rome News Tribune, Savannah Morning News, Statesboro Herald and Valdosta Daily Times.

“As a small newspaper in southeast Georgia with very limited resources, the Georgia Newspaper Partnership will allow us to give our readers much more in-depth coverage of the governor’s race and every statewide race than we could possibly have produced on our own,” said Jim Healy, executive editor of the Statesboro Herald. “Also, it will hold candidates much more accountable than in the past.”

The first statewide polling will appear exclusively in the partner newspapers starting on July 11.

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31 comments Add your comment

The Snark

May 24th, 2010
2:29 pm

Great news — especially since the ranks of AJC’s investigative journalists have been decimated.

CR

May 24th, 2010
2:36 pm

Why is a Tennessee newspaper in a Georgia partnership?? What happened to the Dalton paper??

Donnie B

May 24th, 2010
2:39 pm

“As part of our never-ending downsizing, we will no longer send our own reporters to events outside the 285 Beltway. Instead, we’ll be running stories written by recent college grads in places like Statesboro, Rome and Valdosta. Try to think of this as a good thing. Imagine the money we’ll save.”

GA Native

May 24th, 2010
2:47 pm

LOL. Good call Donnie. Probably more than a little truth to what you wrote.

Look at a Map

May 24th, 2010
2:47 pm

The Chattanooga paper serves the suburbs in northwest Georgia in a way the Dalton one doesn’t. I’m actually surprised the Jacksonville one wasn’t included as well. Both cover Georgia politics on their websites.

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Todd

May 24th, 2010
2:52 pm

The Georgia-Times Union listed is the Jacksonville paper.

Nathan

May 24th, 2010
2:57 pm

Look at a Map is correct. The Chattanooga Times-Free Press is the big paper in Dade, Walker, and Catoosa counties. I’m glad that they are starting print more Georgia stories in the Chattanooga paper. I’m interested to see how this will work out.

Susan

May 24th, 2010
3:01 pm

So really what you are saying: “Roy Barnes has the AJC under his thumb” They are all promised favors/payoffs for their coverage of him and their willingness to ignore any other candiate’s positive press. We got it AJC and Jim Galloway!

There's no hope

May 24th, 2010
3:08 pm

This just makes it easier to buy the media. The Supreme court ruling and this . . . is the saddest day in the American experience. Sad sad day.

GOP Voter

May 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

Where is the Gwinnett Daily Post?

Humid Head

May 24th, 2010
3:23 pm

So does that mean these news partners have signed the same blood oath as the AJC to treat Roy Barnes the way the North Korean news agency treats Kim Jong Il?

CR

May 24th, 2010
3:24 pm

Look at Map & Nathan…..may be now most of Walker and Catoosa Counties will figure out that they live in Georgia and not Tennessee. Dade still thinks they’re in Alabama

lewis

May 24th, 2010
3:42 pm

Kudos on what looks and seems to be a good idea.

Grayson Daughters

May 24th, 2010
3:52 pm

Good news indeed. Is there a multimedia component? There should be. I can help.

DRH

May 24th, 2010
3:56 pm

Now everyone in the state will know what lying dirtbags Oxendine and Deal are.

grizzybear

May 24th, 2010
4:11 pm

i guess the atlanta urinal and constipation needs all the help they can get!

Sherman

May 24th, 2010
4:20 pm

Doesn’t this violate the Sherman Anti-Trust act?

Doctor Phil

May 24th, 2010
4:37 pm

Too bad Travis Fain has left the Macon Telegraph. He would have made a great addition to this team…

Warbler

May 24th, 2010
5:47 pm

@Sherman……My thoughts exactly.

Lona

May 24th, 2010
6:37 pm

The comment regarding “DEFEATING PEACH PUNDIT” was all I needed to read.

Thanks for nothing.

JiminGA

May 24th, 2010
6:54 pm

“The work that these partner newspapers do will go a long way toward providing the state’s voters a more unified voice.” One set of opinions, statewide. Yup, that’s what the fourth estate is supposed to do. Incredible sad.

Wounded Warrior

May 24th, 2010
9:23 pm

So everyone in all GA, FL, and TN will now know that McBerry loves little girls? Haven’t seen him here in Henry Co.

James

May 25th, 2010
8:36 am

It’s not the “Macon” Telegraph any more.

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Tim

May 27th, 2010
3:35 am

Why isn’t the Albany Herald included?

It has to be one of the 12 largest in GA.

It is bigger than some of these papers listed.

Jefferson Jackson

May 27th, 2010
7:48 am

I assume you will not be combining your editorial vision as well? Combined reporting is acceptable aslong as fair and open opinion isn’t stifled. We need a vigorous free press now more than ever, not one chained like a yard dog to the purely business interests of the paper.

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DRH

May 29th, 2010
10:38 am

When I posted ” Now everyone in the state will know what lying dirtbags Oxendine and Deal are…I forgot to mention Eric Johnson, dirtbag extraordinaire.

Steve

June 1st, 2010
4:04 pm

@DonnieB: Typical comment from a Metro resident who never leaves the city and never reads the content from other state newspapers.

There are plenty of journalists in the smaller newspapers that have been reporters for years and have a high standards for their work, but simply choose not to live in an area that requires a 45-minute one-way commute every day. You don’t need to live in Atlanta, Macon or Savannah to accurately report on political shenanigans or to analyze political maneuvers. And working for a large newspaper is no guarantee of either quality or ethics.

More feet on the ground across the state, helping keep an eye elected officials and government lackeys, can only be a good thing for the state – even if the additional eyeballs work for the smaller newspapers.