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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    From The Pipeline:

    Washington Times Announces Additional Changes to
    Become a 21st Century Multimedia Company
    Changes include improved on-line presence, focused print edition
    and more exclusive news and commentary

    WASHINGTON, DC - The Washington Times LLC today announced changes to refocus its position as a provider of vital information and insight to readers in the nation's capital, across the country and around the world. As with other news organizations in the United States, the company continues to reshape operations to keep pace with the dynamically changing economics of the news business.

    "These changes will continue The Washington Times' transformation into a 21st century media company and reinforces its mission to provide an independent, alternative voice in the nation's capital," said President and Publisher Jonathan Slevin. "We have developed plans to secure our position and advance our vital role in an evolving media marketplace and through challenging economic times. A new Washington Times will continue to reach readers and more effectively earn new audiences via digital, broadcast, print and wireless media.

    "Changes at the Times are rooted in a rigorous business analysis, applying sound and tested financial principles, and shaping plans informed by current marketplace realities," continued Slevin. "In this regard, the company is aggressively working to achieve efficiencies of scale that must include significant staff reduction of its 370 personnel."

    Scheduled for incremental implementation between now and the first half of 2010, the changes announced include:

    • News focused on strengths. The Washington Times news operation will operate in a highly
    focused manner, investing in Washington Times' well-established core strengths that include
    exclusive reporting and in-depth national political coverage, enterprise and investigative
    reporting, geo-strategic and national security news, and cultural coverage based on traditional
    values.

    • Controlled-market local circulation. In the first quarter of 2010, the local print edition will be
    distributed at no cost in select areas, and home/office delivery will be offered at a premium
    price. No-cost distribution will focus on targeted audiences in branches of the federal
    government as well as at other key institutions. Single copy sales will continue through
    newspaper boxes and retailers at select locations. Current subscribers will also be offered a
    choice of subscriptions to Washington Times digital editions and The Washington Times
    National Weekly.

    • Digital news resources: The company will expand the recently-launched
    theconservatives.com, subscription-based e-briefings and other new digital information
    resources as part of its online strategy.

    • Radio programming. The newspaper's 3-hour-a-day morning radio program, "America's
    Morning News," will continue to grow through syndication by Talk Radio Network. The
    program currently airs in more than 70 markets nationwide.

    • Partnerships. The Washington Times will work closely with its affiliate company, United
    Press International (UPI), to mutually benefit both organizations through collaboration in areas
    such as photography and online sales, as well as leveraging UPI's multi-lingual and
    international presence.

    "The new Washington Times will continue to report Washington-focused news that other journalistic
    enterprises often overlook," said Slevin. "Fearless reporting, respect for American values, and crisply
    written editorials and columns will remain the centerpieces of our new strategy, and our content will
    continue to engage readers and viewers through a wide range of 21st century media."
     
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    And "significant" means like 40 percent. There's fear sports could get hit real hard.
    Which would suck, they do a very good job as big underdogs in that town - even if they do use my stuff now and then.
     
  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    More. And this sickens me. Between this and the USA Today crap, I have a lot of friends going through hell.


    From TPM:

    Newsroom sources have told TPM that in recent days several people packed up their desk photos in anticipation they could be laid off with limited notice. Also, some staffers have been avoiding parking in the parking lot in case the gates are closed to force them to return equipment.

    http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/12/washington-times-staff-reductions.php?ref=fpa
     
  4. chase.colston

    chase.colston Member

    Awful. Just awful.

    I was offered a job at there last year. John Taylor, Mark Hartsell and Harrison Goodman are all good people in Sports.

    The decision to not take that job stuck with me for a long time. Now, I'm thankful. But many prayers and best wishes to all involved.
     
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Damn. Best of luck to all affected.
     
  6. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    The way I read it, and I hope I'm wrong, is that the paper might very well focus entirely on news/politics going forward.

    Good luck to all.
     
  7. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Christ. That pretty much blows. No, that all the way blows.

    Good luck to all.
     
  8. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    There's been some talk of that for a while - and there is NO mention of sports in that release. Scary.

    Not living up there, I don't read the other sections very often. I read the sports regularly. Are they any good in news/politics?
     
  9. Hustle

    Hustle Guest

    I have a few friends up there, one of them on here. Know I'm thinking of all of you and praying for the best.
     
  10. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    They do have a reputation as one of the prominent conservative voices out there, mostly on the editorial pages although they do often pursue news stories from more contrarian angles -- just sayin', not judging -- so they very well would be playing to their strengths if they abandoned the idea of being a full-service newspaper and focused on their core readership and/or competencies.

    (P.S. -- That's the longest sentence I've ever written.)
     
  11. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Just heard from someone in-house: The fear of no more sports is a legit one. No one has come out and said that is going to happen but it is my understanding no one in position to do so has done anything to ease those fears.

    Cripes on a crutch.
     
  12. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    Memos like that make me want to urinate all over the face of whoever wrote them.

    Yet another newspaper turning itself into a graveyard, and they want to couch it in pretty rhetoric. Can have a drinking game to all the corporate buzzwords they use to avoid saying "We're sorry, but quite a few of you will soon be out on the street."
     
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