The New Yorker Tightens Its Belt, Reporter Accommodations

We mentioned the lack of ad pages in last week’s New Yorker and today David Carr follows up with news that many of the magazine’s reporters who traveled to Washington to cover the Inauguration drove themselves there and stayed in friend’s houses.

But when the current editor, David Remnick, ordered up a bunch of articles for the magazine’s formidable presidential inauguration issue, some of the reporters drove to Washington and stayed at friends’ houses. Mr. Remnick, who was among those who bunked with a friend in Washington, declined comment, beyond suggesting it was just common sense to preserve assets for other articles. “Steve Coll can’t stay at a friend’s house in Afghanistan,” he said.

One wonder’s how soon till this becomes the norm at all magazines — sort of gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase ‘citizen journalism.