Cox Licenses WashingtonJobs.com Technology

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WashingtonJobs.com is considered one of the best online classifieds sections in the country. So it’s not surprising that other newspapers would try to imitate the Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive product.

But instead of reinventing the wheel, Cox Newspapers Inc. of Atlanta is licensing the proprietary technology from The Washington Post Co.’s new-media division.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal “creates a significant new source of revenue for Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive,” said the company’s CEO Christopher M. Schroeder.

Cox will use the WashingtonJobs.com technology to initially build a customized recruitment and career site for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cox’s flagship. Jay Smith, president of Cox Newspapers, said WashingtonJobs.com is the best online employment classified technology that he’s seen. “Marry that with the fact that the vast majority of employment is local, and we believe our newspapers are well-positioned to serve employers in our markets,” he said.

WashingtonJobs.com launched in July 2000 and a redesign was unveiled earlier this year. The site generated $10 million in revenue last year.

The site’s technology allows users to review listings by detailed local geography, industry, and job functions. There are also robust e-mail and online resume capabilities.

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