OLD Media Moves

Washington Post cuts standalone business section

March 13, 2009

The Washington Post will cut its standalone business section, putting business and economics news into the A section, according to a memo Friday from executive editor Marcus Brauchli and other top editors, including business editor Sandy Sugawara, posted on the Politico site by Michael Calderone.

The memo reads, “Our business coverage will shift into the main news package in the A Section Monday through Saturday. We will have a new business and economics display page inside the section, designed to signal to readers the centrality of economic news, as well as the increasing overlap of political and economic events, in today’s world. The expanded A Section will allow us to make better decisions about story play and length, and to run a leaner, better-organized newspaper.

“The A Section will take readers through National and International news, then into the new Economic & Business section, a Washington Business page, the Fed Page, and the Editorial and Op-Ed pages.

“The shift of business coverage into A will result in other changes. Rather than run a single section once a week on Washington Business, as we now do each Monday, we will have a daily page dedicated to local business issues. On Monday, our business page will look ahead to the week’s news.”

Read more here. The memo also states that the Sunday business section will contain more personal finance coverage.

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