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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