Farewell, Baltimore Examiner

By January 29, 2009General, Media Relations

We link to and often quote the Examiner newspapers, mostly the D.C. Examiner but occasionally to the Baltimore paper, as well. The editorial philosophy of the free-distribution tabloids is pro-markets, competition and freedom, as you might expect from newspapers owned by Philip Anschutz (whose many ventures also include manufacturing and energy businesses).

So we read with regret the news that the Baltimore Examiner is closing up shop the middle of February, having failed to develop the necessary advertising base over the past three years to keep going. Baltimore and Washington, D.C., really are two separate, very distinct markets so the shared advertising goals didn’t come off.

The Sun is a good newspaper, albeit much thinner than it used to be, but competition always keeps you sharp.

And what about the D.C. paper? Good news there. From a memo to staff from Ryan McKibben, CEO of Clarity Media, the parent company, who reports the paper is doing well and gaining profile and respect.

This has given us the confidence to make new, major investments in the Washington Examiner. We are increasing our “news hole” to accommodate these improvements:

* An expanded “Commentary” section with additional op-ed contributors with strong and original voices …
* A daily page devoted to “Politics”…
* A weekly page on “national security” — and the addition of two contributing columnists who will write about defense issues …
* A weekly page on K Street that will examine lobbying and the role of special interests …
* The addition of talented columnists and contributors — including two new columnists who will each write twice a week for the Politics page and a lobbying columnist/reporter who will write a column for the new K Street page …
* We’ve hired acclaimed columnist Timothy P. Carney to produce a weekly op-ed column …
* The strengthening the Examiner’s investigative journalism by adding two investigative writers who will delve into issues of national importance for our Opinion pages …
* Finally, we’ve invested in the future of the Washington Examiner by making substantial upgrades to its website — including a new design and vastly improved functionality that will be launched at the end of March 2009.

So that’s positive news for the D.C. paper and metro D.C. readers. And to Baltimore…good-bye.

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