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*St. Louis news groups team up: Two nonprofit news organizations in St. Louis said last week they had agreed to explore "options for strengthening regional news reporting by using their individual assets in combination," Poynter.org reported on Friday. The "St. Louis Beacon" and St. Louis Public Radio said they had signed a letter of intent because they "share a similar vision and values for serving the community through journalism." StLBeacon.org was founded by former St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalists in 2008, while St. Louis Public Radio -- a division of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an affiliate of NPR and PRI with an extensive news web site -- broadcasts KWMU-FM and was founded in 1972. "To be frank, announcing our intentions publicly at this point carries some risk," wrote "The Beacon's" Margaret Wolf Freivogel in her blog. "We don't yet know what form this alliance might take. Our efforts may fall short."

*NYT Syndicate to sell photos: Publishers seeking access to photos that have appeared in the New York Times or affiliated publications can now use a web site developed by the paper's syndication arm, The New York Times News Service & Syndicate, to purchase and download images, the company said on Thursday. NYTSyn.com/Archives currently provides access to more than 3000 images, the service said, but it will "make more photos available from the Times' archive ... over time." The syndicate said it had created a number of categories of images, including world news, U.S. news, business and finance, lifestyle, science and technology and sports. The Times picture library, the company said, "contains an estimated 5 to 6 million prints and contact sheets, at least 10 million frames of negatives and 13,500 DVDs, each storing about 4.7 gigabytes worth of imagery." Image prices are determined by the circulation or reach of the purchasing publisher.

*Belo says Q3 down only 2 pct.: In a run-up to its annual investors' meeting last week, A.H. Belo Corp. of Dallas said on Wednesday it expects its third-quarter total revenue to be down between one and two percent, or about $108-1/2 million, when compared to the third quarter of 2011. "This performance was driven by advertising revenue in August and September at the Dallas Morning News, and by increased printing and distribution revenue in Providence and Riverside," the company said in a statement. "Advertising revenue at the Morning News was up over the prior year for both months." Additionally, Belo said it was going to offer "certain pension plan participants" who have a current value of $30,000 or less, a lump-sum distribution. About 30 percent of the total plan participants -- or 1500 people -- Belo said, would get offers.

*Gannett cuts sports video deal: A British sports-video firm and Gannett's USA Today Sports Media Group -- which includes not only the eponymous national daily, but also the company's other newspapers and web sites -- said on Thursday they had agreed to provide Gannett site visitors with sports video on demand. Perform Group plc -- based in London but with offices in New York City and Chicago -- will license its ePlayer broadcast platform to Gannett sites, providing sports news and highlights from U.S. professional basketball, baseball and hockey, as well as college football and professional golf. "Perform has revolutionized the way sports video is delivered across digital platforms, and this partnership aligns perfectly with our mission," said Gannett's Tom Beusse. The companies said in addition they would also "produce new and original collegiate sports programming." The Perform ePlayer is the second-largest sports video network, the pair said, after ESPN.com and before Yahoo.com.
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