Post, NYT Share Secrets Nightly

In a great scoop, we learn today from E&P’s Joe Strupp that the New York Times and Washington Post secretly exchange front pages each night–giving a potential heads up as to scoops, but also simplifying the task of randomly tracking each other’s paper down on a nightly basis.

“When the swap first began in the mid-’90s, each paper would fax copies of its Page One layout, Downie says, adding that he does not remember which paper proposed the idea first. In recent years, they have moved to electronic transmissions of the front pages, usually sent between 10:30 and 11 p.m.,” Strupp writes.

“The Times-Post rivalry is unique in that it is believed to be the only one that involves two newspapers located some 200 miles apart, but with a competition that rivals any two-newspaper city,” he says.

If they’re already sharing it with the Post, it seems like your $49.95 should buy access to the 10:30 p.m. nightly email.