The Washington Post Is Closing Most of Its Suburban Bureaus

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Flags wave in front of the Washington Post building on May 1, 2009 in Washington, DC. The newspaper has announced its first quarter earnings with a net loss of $19.5 million.
Flags wave in front of the Washington Post building on May 1, 2009 in Washington, DC. The newspaper has announced its first quarter earnings with a net loss of $19.5 million. Photo: Alex Wong/2009 Getty Images

The paper is taking the "Washington" bit of their title ever more literally: It will close all of its suburban bureaus save two, Richmond and Annapolis. According to an internal memo, the "decision is about office space, not personnel." The memo also says that perhaps the company "may decide in some cases to take smaller offices in the same communities," but it's the second recent high-profile cost-cutting measure for the Washington Post Co. following poor earnings reports last quarter, after last week's Slate layoffs. Two years ago, the paper closed its remaining U.S. bureaus; it may still compete with the New York Times for photo selection, but the storied rivalry between the two papers is looking more and more like David vs. Goliath these days.

The Washington Post Is Closing Almost All of Their Local Bureaus [Atlantic Wire]