What Happened To Washington Bureaus?

From today’s NYT:

    “There was a time when every paper regarded it as a point of pride to have their own voice on every official story in Washington,” said Peter S. Canellos, the Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe, which is owned by The New York Times Company and has shrunk its bureau to 10 people from 12. “But readers have so many other ways to get the basic news now. For that reason, and reasons of diminishing resources, covering every official story is a luxury that many can no longer afford.”

    The Dallas Morning News, a property of the Belo Corporation, recently cut its bureau to 4 reporters from 10. The Tribune Company, which owns The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, consolidated its newspapers’ once separate, once independent Washington bureaus a year ago, along with its broadcast division, into one high-tech center. It cut about 30 percent of its reporting slots at the nine papers that are in the new bureau, with the ax falling disproportionately on The Hartford Courant; Newsday (to 5 reporters from 10) and the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., paper (to one from two).

Read the rest here.

And speaking of D.C. bureaus, see which LATimes journos Jack Shafer thinks you should poach immediately.