The Washington Examiner announced on Tuesday that it will cease publication of its daily print edition in favor of a weekly magazine format, with an added emphasis on its digital operations.
Staffers were informed of the changes at a meeting on Tuesday morning. The Washington City Paper
reported that 87 employees were laid off, with most of the editorial cuts coming from the local, sports, and entertainment desks.
Twenty new positions will be created by the time the new products are rolled out in June, with beefed up political and national news coverage. The new print weekly will be delivered to 45,000 decision makers throughout Washington, D.C., and in state capitals, the paper announced.
“Many of the business and editorial positions needed to publish a local daily newspaper are not required as we move to focus on national and political coverage,” Ryan McKibben, the president of parent-company Clarity Media Group, said in a statement.
The Examiner began publication of the free daily paper in 2005 after Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz purchased a chain of suburban Washington papers. Clarity, part of Anschutz’ vast financial empire, also owns The Weekly Stand and Red Alert Politics.
It has been a tough couple of months for Washington-based news publications. The Washington Times announced staff cutbacks and ended its aggregating website, Times247, in January. Human Events last month ceased its weekly print edition, which had been published since 1944, and fired most of its staff. The Washington Post recently announced a quarterly loss of $45.4 million and said it will be instituting a “pay wall” for its website to make up for lost advertising revenue.
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