The changes have begun at Roanoke's largest daily newspaper. Today, the first under new ownership, there was a story on a mass English Department resignation at VMI written by a reporter at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, a paper owned by Berkshire Hathaway, which has just purchased the Roanoke paper.
That suggests the Berkshire Hathaway group of Virginia papers, which includes those in Charlottesville, Danville, Lynchburg, Bristol, Waynesboro and Culpeper, as well as the aforementioned, may well be sharing stories. That makes sense on every level, but certainly for efficiency. The Times-Dispatch has, by far, the best coverage of Virginia politics. Charlottesville's Daily Progress could well save the Roanoke paper from another embarrassment in UVa coverage, like the one it suffered last year with its abysmal coverage of the UVa presidential flap.
Combining assets can be a good thing for more complete news coverage--if Roanoke's executives will use it well. There was a major problem from an editing standpoint with the T-D story this morning: none of the VMI professors who resigned was either identified or interviewed.