Local Coverage Shake-Up at the Washington Post?

by ARLnow.com September 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm 4,796 30 Comments

(Updated at 3:45 p.m.) ARLnow.com has confirmed that Christy Goodman, the Washington Post’s Arlington/Alexandria reporter, is no longer with the paper as of today.

That news comes as Washington Post employees reported on Twitter that the Post is shuttering all of its Virginia and Maryland local bureaus, with the exception of Richmond and Annapolis. The Post currently has local bureaus in Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Prince William County and elsewhere.

The Poynter Institute’s Jim Romenesko has a memo from the Washington Post Guild’s Facebook page confirming the closures. “The closure of the physical buildings does not mean that the Post will reduce its local coverage,” according to the memo.

No word yet on the Post’s plans for coverage in Arlington.

  • KARLington

    they don’t do nearly as good a job as ARLnow or other hyper-local sites anyway, so I’d hardly miss them. But what would become of the weekly health/house/parenting/seniors/sad excuse for advertising that is Local Living?

  • steve85

    OMG. From what I’m told the Richmond Newspaper sucks. Please don’t lower yourself down to them. I was told they never report anything about NOVA in their newspaper. Hopefully they will get themselves together @ the Post. Maybe they will just post local items online

    • Lou

      The RTD? One of the finest newspapers around.

      • LVGuy

        Otherwise known as the Richmond-Times Disgrace down there.

      • You mean the rag we fondly call the “Republican Times-Disgrace,” a right-wing Media General paper with Eric Can’tor’s wife on the board?

        • Stu Pendus

          Blah blah. Stick to getting news from Kos if the bigger world is too frightening.

  • Sad Frog

    Feels Badman…

  • JimPB

    With IT enabling, and an increasing number of workers working out of their homes, cars or wherever, local space seems like a poor use of limited money. But maybe there’s a value for news coverage in the leased space(s) of which I’m ignorant. Scott — does ARLnow.com have an office space in an office building? If not, would such a space enhance ARLNow.com sufficiently to warrant the expenditure?

    • No… and probably not.

    • drax

      The lack of a need to lease office space is a big big part of what makes a small business like ArlNow viable.

  • Don Ager

    Nice, JimPB.
    Exactly, bureaus were and are used as a space for reporters to file stories, etc. Since you don’t need landlines anymore to do so and any reporter can file from their laptops or even in dire cases from their smartphones brick and mortar bureaus in local suburbs are outdated and an unecessary expense.

  • ARLnow.com has always done a better job anyway, so this is of no consequence (at least to me), but good to know. Keep up the good work.

  • HL

    The space may not matter but losing a reporter does matter

  • Brian

    ARLNow > The Post’s local coverage by a long shot. I say they pony up a cool mil and buy this site from Scott if they want to kick start their local section.

    • JimPB


      Scott does one hell of a job. I don’t know how he does it all, and so well.

      • Valerie


      • Arlingtonian

        Agreed. Great job Scott!

        • It’s a sad day for Christy and the Post, but thank you for the encouraging words, everybody.

  • MC

    The Post doesn’t care a hoot about Arlington. 1. The Post Online moved out of Arlington. 2. Post editorial board is anti-Arlington. 3. Post writers think Arlington Cemetery controversies are local Arlington news, rather than national news. 4. Post fires only writer covering Arlington, who mostly wrote about Alexandria in any case.

    • Bemused bystander

      5. Post reporters have not attended local hearings, meetings and events for some years. 6. Post reporters no longer have any contact with Arlington activists. 7. Post management regards Arlington as small therefore inconsequential. 8. Post bloggers jump into Arlington politics at random. 9. Post does not even cover Arlington in the area that gets best regional coverage — high school sports — because Arlington teams don’t often rate in the Top 20.

      10. Nonetheless for those raised on strong, competitive local news coverage (my age is showing), this is another sad day.

  • Pablo Hector Ortiz-Diego

    why is everybody sucking up to this website. I have love for this site but c’mon the biggest news source for everybody to get info about Arliington will be the Post. Everybody dont know about this site but everybody knows about the Post

    • Conan the Grammarian


      • Arlingtonian

        HAHAHAHA you just made my whole day

    • Michael H.

      I don’t get any of my Arlington news from the Post. ARLnow is a nice site. There are other online sources that cover specific Arlington topics too, such as local cycling and running sites, real estate sites, and email newsletters from local BIDs and businesses. The combination of all these sources is much more comprehensive than anything the Post could hope to provide, given their focus on DC.

      I would imagine that the Post would continue to cover major local stories like the Dulles Metro line, major real estate projects, highway expansion and so on.

  • APSnumberone

    Good grief, are you kidding? The Post ignores Arlington completely. Has for years.

  • Roquer

    Ah, the rats are leaving the nest!! Woohoo!!

  • John Andre

    “No local coverage” by the Post constitutes a major loss. The Examiner does virtually nothing and much of their coverage is heavily slated to the right anyway…same with the Washington Times. As for other print media, the Falls Church News-Press provides some area coverage, and there’s other scattered local coverage but I think this other local weekly is headquartered in Alexandria.

  • Plunkitt of Clarendon Blvd

    The lack of press coverage for the goings on here in Arlington goes a long way towards explaining the one party dominance in Arlington.
    I think that this site has been a real boon to the nascent return of democracy to Arlington.

    • Bemused bystander

      He seen his opportunity and he took it?

  • We in County government are deeply concerned about how the Post plans to cover Arlington. We reached out to them yesterday and were told: we’ll continue coverage and it will get better — but given no details on how, exactly, they plan to do that. If you care about the Post’s coverage of Arlington, let them know. Contact the Post — either the Metro editor, Vernon Loeb: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/staff/email/vernon+loeb/ or the Ombudsman, Andrew Alexander: [email protected]


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