Can The Washington Post’s National Push Help Support Local News?

By: Greg Marx and Anna Clark | Columbia Journalism Review

When The Washington Post announced in mid-March that it would provide free digital access to subscribers of a half-dozen local papers around the country, the consensus take was clear: After years of hesitation, the Post, under Jeff Bezos, was finally looking to “go national” in a big way.

The project is indeed important for the Post. But if it pans out, it could be pretty significant for those local papers, too, by offering one way to put a high-quality local-national news bundle back together—though not everyone involved would describe the partnership in quite those terms.

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