Enterprise journalism

Regional projects unite competitors as collaborators

GateHouse Media’s newsrooms are encouraged to partner with nearby newsrooms each quarter to create regional news projects or series. This five-part series published in Illinois is an example of the expansive, enterprising journalism that GateHouse newsrooms produce through collaboration.

Teaming up with other regional news publications to create an enterprising series may seem counterintuitive. When presented with the idea, some newsrooms ask, “Why would I consciously allow my competition to benefit from my hard work?”

The truth is, when combining efforts enables each newsroom to publish journalism that is stronger, more hard-hitting and more enterprising, all parties involved are benefitting together far more than they would alone.

This was the case for the Peoria (Illinois) Journal Star. The Journal Star partnered with nearby Springfield’s State Journal-Register and the Rockford Register Star to publish a five-part series on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to make the state of Illinois more business-friendly.

With the combined effort of reporters from each of the three newsrooms, the series was able to address many different facets of the plan and the state of business in Illinois. The series’ scope was far-reaching and extensive in a way that would have been much more difficult to achieve with a single newsroom’s time resources.

Read the series here:

•  Gov. Bruce Rauner says he has a plan to make Illinois more business-friendly

•  Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman: State’s biggest critic and supporter

•  Kentucky: Job opportunities grow with right to work

•  Right-to-work zones are not cure-all for Illinois jobs

•  New Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity director has deep Illinois roots

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