Washington Post ombud: ‘I hope this is truly not a retrenchment’

Washington Post
Ombudsman Patrick Pexton seems skeptical that The Washington Post’s regional journalism will be unaffected by the decision, announced Thursday, to vacate most of the Post’s rented bureau space in Virginia and Maryland. While Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli and PostLocal Editor Vernon Loeb have said the decision will not affect the number of reporters covering those areas, Pexton remembers his days on a local beat:

To keep public officials accountable in local governments you have to be in their faces, constantly. They have to know that you are watching, all the time, everywhere. Without reporters whose sole jobs are to poke their noses into every corner of county and city government, accountability suffers, and the voters do too.

Pexton also acknowledges the Post’s financial situation:

The Post is still cutting costs, and will continue to do so. That’s just the reality. I hear persistent rumors, which I cannot confirm, of a target in the newsroom of another $2 million in cost cuts this year. Advertising revenue in the first six months of the year wasn’t what was expected, for most publications across the country, and so, too, for The Post. … I hope this is truly not a retrenchment. But if it is, or if it just means that local reporters will be working out of their homes, or the local Starbucks, to save money, then this is a sad moment for The Post.

We have made it easy to comment on posts, however we require civility and encourage full names to that end (first initial, last name is OK). Please read our guidelines here before commenting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimcullen James M. Cullen

    This is not a sad moment for the Post. A corporation can only report profits or losses. But it is a sad moment for the Post’s readers. 

  • Anonymous

    Romenesko | Washington Post ombud: ‘I hope this is truly not a retrenchment’: Washington Post Ombudsman Patrick … 

  • Anonymous

    Romenesko | Washington Post ombud: ‘I hope this is truly not a retrenchment’: Washington Post Ombudsman Patrick …    http://gaihapdan.com ^^

  • http://www.zimbio.com/Weight+Loss/articles/rMi78RW9j2i/Ultimate+African+Mango+Review+Get+Slim+Sexy Ultimate African Mango

     how its always right-wingers that associate guns and violence
    with freedom while claiming the death part is liberal’s fault.
    http://www.zimbio.com/Weight+Loss/articles/rMi78RW9j2i/Ultimate+African+Mango+Review+Get+Slim+Sexy