Ten “big-name” Washington Post journalists — including Dana Priest, David Finkel and Carol Leonnig — secretly met last month with Post president Stephen Hills and expressed their concerns about what’s going on at the paper, reports Lucia Moses.
Over sandwiches around the dining room table, the journalists expressed concern about the loss of newsroom resources. Accounts of the evening that are making the rounds suggest it was hardly comforting to their journalistic souls. Hills was said to have shocked [them] with remarks that awards “don’t matter,” urged more traffic-driving slideshows over original Post photos, and compared the Post to Ohio’s Dayton Daily News, a paper with one-fifth the circulation of the 508,000-circ Post.
Hills tells Moses that “I was having a wide-ranging informal conversation at a dinner party with my colleagues, who happen to be some of the best reporters and editors in the business, about the challenges that we face.”
Asked about this story, one of my Post sources said: “Steve Hills scares the hell out of the newsroom. Marcus [Brauchli] doesn’t get nearly enough credit for fighting him off.”