Many politically focused Web sites and blogs are enjoying the popularity wave of this year’s presidential election, but no doubt worrying about where their readers will go afterwards. The Huffington Post, for instance, announced last month that it will launch a Chicago edition, focused on local news.
The Washington Post may be going in the opposite direction. With its Web site already filled with local, international, business, sports, and lifestyle news – in addition to its leading political coverage – the newspaper is reportedly considering launching a politics-only site. Ironically, former Post staffers John Harris and Jim VandeHei left the newspaper in November 2006 with a similar idea, which evolved into Politico.com.
However, Jim Brady, WashingtonPost.com executive editor, speaking to the Washington City Paper, didn’t exactly give the idea a ringing endorsement.
“I don’t know what it is yet,” he said. “The question is, basically, that we already have a politics page that kind of aggregates everything we do in politics.”