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Newspapers Pursue 'Consortium' To Replace AP

Top executives and editors from several major dailies in the Northeast met in mid-Oct. to hammer out a content-sharing agreement that could replace their agreements with The Associated Press. A "Northeast Consortium" of newspapers may include the New York Daily News, Newsday, the Buffalo News the Times-Union of Albany, N.Y., and the Star Ledger of Newark, N.J.

An insider says the new arrangement would offer cost savings, a more timely exchange of content and "a new spirit of cooperation" among members. Lately some newspapers struggling to streamline their operations have expressed dissatisfaction with the AP.

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