Posts Tagged ‘Media’

The Washington Post’s New Publisher Co-Founded Politico

Katharine Weymouth gets axed.

Stephen Smith Is Out at Washington Examiner

Stephen Smith, the top editor at the Washington Examiner, is leaving the publication after more than seven years. His last day will be Sept. 5. Hugo Gurdon, previously the editor of The Hill, is taking over the top slot. Smith writes by email that Gurdon originally came on as "editorial director," and Smith was to [...]

Garrett Graff Is Leaving Washingtonian

Washingtonian editor Garrett Graff, who took over in 2009, will leave the magazine in June, publisher Cathy Merrill Williams announced today.
Hired at only 28 to replace his 75-year-old predecessor, Jack Limpert, who'd run the place for decades, Graff presided over a reinvention of the monthly magazine's front-of-the-book section, which he'd edited before taking over. Washingtonian won a Livingston Award for [...]

Post Op-Ed Writer Says Her Message on Student-Teacher Relationships Was Distorted

A Dupont-area artist and former lawyer wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post over the weekend that called for the decriminalization of student-teacher relationships in most circumstances. Betsy Karasik's piece was pegged to the high-profile case in Montana, in which a teenage girl had a sexual relationship with her teacher and later committed suicide. The teacher [...]

Massive Layoffs at Patch Today, Local Sites Likely Impacted

Patch, the AOL-owned hyper-local network of news sites across the country, laid off 40 percent of its employees Friday– a move that will likely impact many of the local Patch sites.
A number of the Patch sites will either be consolidated or eliminated.
D.C. has one Patch site, Georgetown Patch, and there are a number in Northern [...]

Dead-Tree Addition

A few years from now, we may find out some of the problems at the Washington Post can’t be cured by throwing money at them.
Circulation continues to decline, after all, and revenues with them. Digital ads don’t make anywhere near enough money to support the paper’s robust newsgathering operations on their own. As for print [...]

I Read The Thinly Veiled Politico Thriller So You Don’t Have To

Summer’s here and you’re looking for the perfect beach read. Might we suggest The List, former Politico reporter Karin Tanabe’s novel about life inside The Capitolist, a barely disguised Politico substitute described as “the only media outlet in D.C. that’s actually on the rise?"
But while Capitolist might be doing well, Tanabe's writing—not so much. That [...]

Washington Post Editor Martin Baron Is an Enigma

Pity the reporter tasked with covering Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron—he's just too inscrutable. Today, National Journal reporter Chris Frates got a lesson in trying to profile the tight-lipped Baron.

Here's Frates on Baron's plans for the Post:
If Baron has a vision for the paper’s future—and almost certainly he had to offer one [...]

Hey, Where Are the Cicadas?

Where are the cicadas? For all the talk about cicada cocktails and cicada po' boys, this year's heralded cicadas emergence in D.C.—"a massive, boisterous grand entrance," as predicted by NPR—has been a flop. Except for portions of Maryland and Northern Virginia, there are no cicadas to be found. Were we lied to about the sex-crazed [...]

Washington Examiner Stops Controversial Home Delivery

When the Washington Examiner launched in D.C. in 2005, its most immediate impact was on lawns. The frequently unsolicited red-sleeved papers earned a probe from an Arlington county supervisor and complaints from readers. "I did not request it, and do not want it, at all, ever," one accidental subscribers wrote to the paper.
While the paper [...]

Salud! Washington Post Gets Into The Wine Business

Well, here's one way to respond to quarterly circulation and revenue declines. Starting next month, the Washington Post will be offering a new product: wine.
Tim Condon, the paper's director of new digital ventures, introduced the Washington Post Wine Club in a morning memo to Post employees. The Wine Club, launching next month, will have "quarterly [...]

D.C. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Oversaw Seizure of AP Phone Records

While Ron Machen's investigation of Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 campaign drags into its second year—and leads to some public awkwardness when the two appear together—the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia has now found himself in the middle of another controversy. In a letter Friday to the Associated Press, Machen revealed that the Department [...]

Washington Post Polls Employees on New Office Location, Exercise Habits

Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth is looking for a "cheap" building to move her paper, but apparently price isn't the only thing she's considering. In a survey emailed today, the Post polled its employees about their work habits to help decide on a new office location.
"We are in the process of considering various locations for [...]

Washington Post Circulation, Revenue Drops in First Quarter

Ad revenue and circulation continued to slide at the Washington Post in the first three months of the year, according to a new Securities and Exchange Commission filing from the Washington Post Company.
The paper's Sunday and daily print circulation fell by 7.7 percent and 7.2 percent respectively, when compared to the first quarter of [...]

Tom Shales Doesn’t Have Any Grudges, Why Do You Ask?

What does the Washington Post have to do to finally be rid of TV critic Tom Shales? Shales took a buyout in 2006 but kept working as a contract writer for the paper. Then he quit that in 2010, via a Dennis Miller routine of a Facebook post on Washington Post Company CEO Don [...]

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