City Desk

Is There Room for Local in Washington Times 3.0?

With big layoffs ahead at the post-Reverend Sun Myung Moon Washington Times, Executive Editor David Jackson laid out his plans for "Washington Times 3.0" in a newsroomwide memo this afternoon. Many of Jackson's ideas, first reported by Fishbowl D.C., won't be a stretch for the paper: becoming "digital first," developing more libertarian and Tea Party columnists. But Jackson's plan for local reporting doesn't seem as bright.

"In our local coverage, we will favor stories about local issues put in a national context, so that our online audience from California to Florida will also find them informative and useful," Jackson writes. In other words: Local better be national.

How many of the current top stories in the paper's local section would fit into that mold? It's hard to see the Floridian or Californian Times reader thrilling to news about reduced probation requirements in Maryland or a D.C. speed camera case, while stories about fear of the number 13 and David Gregory's ammo woes would probably be more popular. In other words, a national focus might not be great for hard news.

At least local columnist Deborah Simmons seems to have gotten the proverbial and literal memo. One of her recent columns lamented D.C. politics' lack of Republicans.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery.

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  • Frankie Pentangeli

    Just bulldoze that piece of shit and widen NY Ave. Win-win.

  • DC

    ""In our local coverage, we will favor stories about local issues put in a national context, so that our online audience from California to Florida will also find them informative and useful," Jackson writes. In other words: Local better be national."

    You got the translation wrong. What that really means is that no reporting of DC will occur that is not scientifically designed to stroke the racist and resentful pleasure cortex of the Times' aging and angry (and dwindling) "national" reader base. So out with articles about, say, a new exhibit at the Phillips, and in with Marion Barry quotes.

  • Jim Ed

    I just hope the sports department survives the executioner's axe this time. Like most locals, I don't give a damn what Emily Miller thinks or even bother to crack their politics section. However, Rich Campbell absolutely shames the Post's beat reporters week in and week out covering the Redskins, err Pigskins. Also, Patrick Stevens is the best local college hoops scribe working, and Nathan Frenno has become a hell of a features writer.

    Also, for what it's worth, the racist trolls on WaTimes articles are SO much more entertaining than the ones at the Post. Where else can you find an article about an ice rink opening in Georgetown being a cover for a super secret arctic FEMA concentration camp experiment?

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