This is a good week to brush off those Tribune contacts.
Starting Nov. 8, the Tribune Co. will go AP-free for one week. That means the company’s numerous print media properties will fill its pages with news reports from either its own staff or reports from other newspapers.
The company’s TV stations and Web sites will not take part in this trial.
Phil Rosenthal, the Chicago Tribune’s media columnist, has the scoop:
The goal, as the papers review costs and needs, is to see whether severing ties with the news cooperative next fall is a viable option, the Chicago-based media company confirmed Monday.
Besides the content provided by the staff of its own titles, Tribune Co. newspapers will draw from such news sources as Reuters, The Washington Post, New York Times, Agence France Presse, Cable News Network, Global Post, Bloomberg and McClatchy newspapers during its AP-less trial. Not all of those sources are normally available to Tribune Co. papers.
Some content will still require the AP, Rosenthal said. For instance, sports statistics and news coverage that only the AP provides (probably breaking news and hot scoops).
Tribune-owned newspapers are the Chicago Tribune, RedEye (the Chicago Tribune’s free commuter daily), The Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Hartford Courant, The Morning Call (in Allentown, PA), Daily Press (in Newport News, VA), Hoy and El Sentinel (in Orlando).