Nov 24, 2009

Washington Post pulls out of Los Angeles

The Washington Post plans to shutter its bureaus in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, Politico reported today. Six correspondents will be affected, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Barton Gellman. All have been offered jobs back in Washington, DC.

From Politico:
Executive editor Marcus Brauchli informed staff that "the reporters in those bureaus are being offered new roles here in Washington." However, three news aides are being let go.

"At a time of limited resources and increased competitive pressure," Brauchli wrote, "it's necessary to concentrate our journalistic firepower on our central mission of covering Washington and the news, trends and ideas that shape both the region and the country’s politics, policies and government."

...since becoming publisher, Katharine Weymouth has spoken about how the Post needs to be the "indispensable guide to Washington," and today's move reflects her goals for the paper in utilizing what resources are available for an area in which the paper should be strongest.
(found via fishbowlLA)

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