Downsizing the Post

November 25th, 2009 - Posted by Admin

Print and ink newspapers have long been in decline, but especially since the advent of the Internet. The Internet, and search engines in particular, allows for users to access newspaper’s websites and get access to information without paying for any subscription. The meager earning the newspapers get out of online advertising does not make up for this discrepancy. Newspapers have long complained about this, indeed NewsCorp is threatening to withdraw all of their newspapers and media outlets from Google.

One of NewsCorp’s competitors is the Washington Post Company, the parent company of one of the nation’s most successful newspapers, or at least it has been traditionally. However, they just announced that they are going to close three separate bureaus by the end of this year. This may, in fact, have more to do with the recession than with the Internet–but it couldn’t have possibly helped. Of course, the event is much smaller in scope than it sounds–it will only effect a total of nine employees. Three assistants will be fired, six reporters will be offered jobs in Washington D.C., the only remaining bureau. The paper has a history of uncovering big stories in Washington D.C., so they are going back to the basic–sticking with what works–at a time when newspapers nationally are having to scale back in a big way.