On the Brooklyn Paper's web site yesterday, an article was attributed to Thomas Tracy/Community Newspaper Group. Tracy works for the Courier-Life chain, and a longer version of that article appears in this week's Courier-Life.
(Tracy also contributed to the Brooklyn Paper a police blogger report, both online and in this week's paper, without the CNG designation.)
Checking with Gersh
I sent Brooklyn Paper editor Gersh Kuntzman a link to the first article and asked if there was a new policy about the two papers sharing staff or content.
His response didn't mention a policy: "Tom Tracy is one of the best community reporters in Brooklyn. His sources are wide and his knowledge is deep, so we are privileged to be able to run his stories, where appropriate, in our newspaper."
I have no reason to question Tracy's sources or knowledge, but Kuntzman's explanation was a bit overboard for an article about the theft of "the multi-colored snowboard bench that’s been greeting shoppers outside the 4 Play Brooklyn clothing boutique on Seventh Avenue for eight years."