News organizations that used to have big, vibrant Washington bureaus are down to one person, or no one at all. The reporting that was done by those bureaus makes a great deal of difference within its community. With far fewer journalists to do it, the public will suffer — and dodgy politicians will thrive.
More than month after opening the country’s first bureau in Cuba, Berkshire-Hathaway’s Miami ABC affiliate WPLG is opening a fulltime bureau in Washington, D.C.
Nexstar is now hiring a bureau chief, an executive producer and three more reporters to find the local angle on Washington goings-on for the station group’s 171 stations in 100 markets. “Our intention is not to chase what the president is doing and cover it from a national perspective, says Nexstar’s Jerry Walsh. “Our intention is to cover how the story in Washington affects our local markets.
Media General taps Jim Osman to lead its new Washington bureau that will provide breaking news, political news and analysis, in-depth investigative reporting, and other stories to the company’s television stations in 48 markets nationwide, as well as its content-producing digital businesses.
Veteran journalist Jacqueline Policastro heads the new operation, designed to let the station group deliver hyper-local coverage and analysis of national issues.