About an hour ago, The Joplin Globe scored a major Joplin beat by breaking the news that CBL & Associates, owners of Northpark Mall, are planning a major renovation of the facility.
While the Daily offered extensive coverage of the Joplin City Council meeting and has been pounding the Globe on the city sports beat, so far the newcomer is still searching for the kind of scoops that will make it the center of watercooler conversation.
If nothing else, the Daily has managed to wake the sleeping giant and forced the Globe to become more up-to-date with its website.
The biggest advantage the Globe has, of course, is its much greater manpower. Unfortunaately for the Globe, that is also its biggest disadvantage. Anytime the Globe lands a big story, people can say, "Well, hey should be able to get the stories, they have so many more people." That difference in the size of the staffs means that the Globe is going to suffer some embarrassment each time it is scooped by the Daily.
What will be the most fascinating part of this new rivalry is what happens when a major, pull-out-all-the-stops story breaks in Joplin. It will be interesting to see what approaches the two newspapers take.