Tuesday, November 24, 2009

This is troubling

I have never been a daily reader of the Washington Post, but when I have read it I've generally thought that it was basically a small town paper, covering a town a bit smaller than Indianapolis, but with a different system of keeping score than the 500.

Still, the news today doesn't sound good. The Washington Post, in a significant retrenchment, is closing its remaining domestic bureaus around the country.

The six correspondents who work in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago will be offered reassignments in Washington, while three news assistants will be let go.

In the words of Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, "We are not a national news organization of record serving a general audience."

Fair enough, but how many national news organizations of record do we have? We still need newspapers. We might not always need them, but we still need them now.

Maybe it's not my business, since I'm not buying the paper anyway, but it still seems like a loss.


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