The Washington Post’s financial section is due to lose its own foothold in the paper (see memo below). As part of sweeping rush of changes to the paper’s offerings, Business will merge with the A section, sliding into the slot between foreign coverage and just before the Fed page and editorials. Financial staffers have been assured that the change, which will start in late March, will not affect the section’s allotment of column inches or staffing levels.
The move will make the daily building of the A section a bit more complicated. To accommodate days of high business news—-like these days—-the paper can tinker with the proportions of national and foreign news.
With Book World collapsing into Style and financial collapsing into the A section, it sounds as if the entire paper is undergoing a merger. And indeed it is. Staffers in the Post of the future will be less bound by the sectional loyalties that have traditionally separated National from Metro from Business from Sports. Rather, they’ll write on topics that’ll cut across these boundaries. At least that’s the thinking, according to an informed Post source.