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Videos that feature political debates, municipal meetings, high school sporting events and breaking news will be launched next month by the Watertown Daily Times, thanks to a partnership with Steve Weed Productions.

The media collaboration, announced at the Business Networking Expo in Watertown, comes via the partnership of the Times and Gnu Visions, a Steve Weed Productions offshoot that debuted its news aggregator website Wednesday at www.gnuvisions.com.

Owned by Steven L. Weed, the video production business will provide the Times and its readers with access to videos at www.watertowndailytimes.com. On the Gnu Visions website, an RSS feed automatically posts links to Times stories. Website sections also are devoted to video and photo news.

Some of the videos, including ones from sporting events, will be streamed live, and others, such as those from meetings, will be accessible at all times.

Brittany C. Frisch, who graduated from Penn State University in 2011 with a degree in film and video studies, will manage the Gnu Visions website. Shooting and producing videos at events will be Steven L. Weed II and Merrick J. Hare.

“We’ll be going to different events across the north country and posting videos and pictures,” Mrs. Frisch said. “We’ll be able to do live videos of press conferences and debates, and any of that content may be marketed and used by the Times. Our goal is to get out in the community to gather news.”

Steve Weed Productions has a strong reputation in the community for its video content, streaming live coverage of high school sporting events and municipal meetings, said John B. Johnson, CEO and co-publisher of the Watertown Daily Times. The Times plans to begin streaming high school basketball on its website in December.

“This is a great opportunity to augment our traditional news gathering with video,” Mr. Johnson said. “We’re going to make a push into videos fueled by Steve Weed Productions, which will allow us to host videos for City Council meetings, town board meetings and breaking news. We’re also going to continue to offer videos that we produce.”

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