In an effort to provide more extensive coverage to the Tennessee Valley, WAFF 48 News is reaching out to other sources of news.
WAFF 48 News already has strong ties in Albertville with the Sand Mountain Reporter, and now we're forming a partnership with a respected news organization to better cover DeKalb County.
A new partnership between the Times-Journal in Fort Payne and WAFF 48 News is bringing the world of print and television convergence to residents in DeKalb County.
Times-Journal managing editor J.D. Davidson says so far, so good.
"Through the first week it's been great,"says Davidson. "We couldn't have asked for anything better, and certainly there's no one else we'd rather be partners with than Channel 48."
WAFF 48's News Director Tracey Rogers says covering the two mediums allows both T.V. and newspapers to build on each other's strengths.
Rogers says television has the ability to put the immediate stories out on the air.
"If you want a lot of detail, you can go to the newspaper and read more about it," says Rogers.
The Times-Journal has been around for over 128 years, well before T.V.
So what does this mean for DeKalb County viewers and readers in today's world?
"They now have two reliable news sources that aren't competing against each other but are trying to work together to give them more," Davidson says.
Davidson made his debut with WAFF 48 News last Friday during the severe weather.