The Star-Telegram and WFAA announced Wednesday that they have formed a content partnership to better serve news consumers in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Jim Witt, executive editor of the Star-Telegram, and Carolyn Mungo, executive news director for WFAA, said the heavyweight combination of the two media enterprises will benefit readers and viewers on all their platforms, including print, broadcast and digital.
“We’ve been an admirer of WFAA’s news operation for decades,” Witt said. “The opportunity to be partners with the station long recognized as being the best in the market is exciting for us.”
Mungo said: “This is a smart strategic play for the television station as well as the paper. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with the many professionals at the Star-Telegram.”
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The news executives said their companies will share a wide range of content, including breaking news, sports, business, traffic, weather, dining and entertainment from all over North Texas. They also expect their staffs to work together occasionally on joint projects.
Besides their large print and broadcast footprints in the market, both companies have powerful digital products and websites, including WFAA.com, Star-Telegram.com and the newspaper’s entertainment site, DFW.com.
The Star-Telegram has served Tarrant County and surrounding communities since 1909, when Amon Carter Sr. combined the Star and the Telegram. The paper has won two Pulitzer Prizes and has the largest print and digital audience on the western side of the DFW marketplace.
In 1949, the television station signed on as the first located in Dallas. Since then, it has provided North Texas with award-winning news and local programming. In 2009, WFAA became the first local station to receive the prestigious duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton Award for investigative journalism.
The Star-Telegram is owned by McClatchy Newspapers, which has papers nationwide in markets including Miami, Kansas City, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. WFAA is Dallas-Fort Worth’s ABC affiliate and is part of Gannett Co.