Among the latest casualties of newspaper decline is the illusion of competition between Madison's jointly owned dailies. The Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal are increasingly involved in joint endeavors.
Sports staff for both papers produce the website BadgerBeat.com. Last week, the State Journal carried a front-page photo by Cap Times photographer Mike DeVries. On Sunday, the State Journal ran an article by Cap Times sportswriter Rob Schultz.
Moreover, says Cap Times editor Paul Fanlund, "we have plans to more efficiently collaborate on some types of online breaking news." This means some sports and news events will no longer be covered by reporters from both papers.
A source at the Cap Times sees an upside: This will let the paper focus on things it does uniquely, further refining its identity as a local organ of progressive journalism.