The apparent demise of The Wash. Times as we know it means a lot of quality writers and editors section will soon be out of work. That is a shame of course, but hopefully some recent and upcoming developments in D.C. media will lead to new employment for the doomed.
The first thing that comes to mind is the open position on The Post’s Nationals beat. Mark Zuckerman and Ben Goessling have both been solid reporters on Nats beat — on a day-to-day basis, they were better than outgoing Chico Harlan, who was often trying to hard too be snarky and did not like his job. That showed in Chico’s lack of reporting what was actually going on. Zuckerman and Goessling are reporters first, but good writers too.
Secondly, Allbritton Communications Co. wants to start a local news Web site “that can become for local news what POLITICO’s become for political junkies.” Obviously, that could be of interest for local reporters and columnists as well as folks from sports. I think if they want to really go for broke, they ought to do it with sports.
Another possible winner of this decision — CSNWashington.com, Comcast SportsNet’s local site. If they want to make a run about being a big deal, they have one less competitor and can probably find a few writers and columnists who want to be a part of it.
Lastly, there is The Washington Examiner, a “pioneer” in the “let’s give it away free to some people, but not others” circulation model. I think of they are unlikely to make much of a move to capitalize on their rival’s downfall. Their business model is bare-bones and heavily reliant on bloggers who get paid by the pageview, so I don’t expect to see any familiar bylines moving over that daily. The same probably goes for NBCWahington.
I am hopeful that some of these established and emerging outlets will be able to snap up a number of the writers and editors from The Wash. Times and keep their voices out there. Hang in there folks! We value what your body of work and hope that other local media sees that and hires you. Now get your resumes out there!