Yesterday I interviewed the editor of Politico.com, John Harris, about the new venture. It is clear to me that the new entity's heavy investment in Beltway journalists with great reputations among their peers is not just about developing a politics website with a three-times-a-week paper for delivery on the Hill. Rather, as I noted yesterday, I think the Politco will offer its content to newspapers across the country as a substitute for those paper's own D.C. bureaus. Closing D.C. bureaus will provide substantial cost savings, and given the quality of the Politico's staff, the actual reporting from the Beltway will improve even as the out-of-town papers see the operations costs fall...Hmmm...sounds like outsourcing ala Reuters but for political analysis.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
From Hewitt's 'For Whom The Bell Tolls? It Tolls For Thee, Washington Bureau Chiefs':