Yep, they’re hurting…
NEW YORK, March 10 (Reuters) – The Washington Post Co. (WPO.N: Quote, Profile, Research) plans to cut 80 positions from the Washington Post’s editorial staff as it grapples with a steady decline in circulation, a union representative said on Friday.
The cuts, which are expected to occur within a year, would come through buyouts and attrition, said Rick Weiss, co-chairman of the Washington Post unit of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. He also is science reporter on the Post’s national desk
Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. briefed newsroom staffers in a series of meetings this morning, Weiss said.
“The basic news was they’re looking to see how to tighten the budget in light of ongoing declines in circulation, which were described as about 4 percent a year… and what were described as flat revenues and increasing newsprint costs,” said Weiss, who attended one of the meetings.
I suppose the lesson here is adapt or die. Or is that too presumptive?
My opinion is that it isn’t enough to simply link to us bloggers. You have to integrate our posts into your print editions in some meaningful way. Sound absurd? Well, maybe now, and I think your readers wlll know you’re doing the very best you can to be objective, but if you include our opinons alongside your reporting, it will be that much more credible.
Honestly, does anybody think it’ll hurt or help the integrity of the fourth estate.