20 Jan Changes Everywhere: Capital Business Folds, InTheCapital Rebrands, WBJ Gets a New Tech Reporter, and More!
A new year, a new D.C. media landscape. The past few weeks have seen a number of changes at some of the area’s most important business publications. As a result, we’re saying hello to some newfriends, and goodbye to others.
The Washington Post announced in December its decision to discontinue Capital Business, the Post’s standalone publication focused on business and development in the D.C. area. Launched in 2010, Capital Business was to compete with other area local publications that specifically covered government contracting, banking, real estate, legal and advocacy organizations, retail and technology. Alas, the last issue will publish on Monday, January 26th.
Good news, though; the Capital Business team will continue to cover local business stories that will be featured throughout the Post’s online pages each week starting February 1st. The content will primarily be featured in Sunday and Monday’s delivered papers, with regular placement on Sunday’s front page. It will also be made available to all home delivery subscribers, whom, according to Post editors, have asked for more local business coverage in the paper. Popular blogs like OnIT and On Small Business will continue, as will the “Top Workplaces” list.
2015 has also brought change to InTheCapital, the local business/technology/culture publication that has gained quite a following since its debut a couple of years ago. It’s not going away, but it is getting a pretty significant makeover, as editors recently announced their intention to rebrand the popular publication to DCInno. They claim that the name change is part of growth plans, as other segments (BostInno, Chicago Inno, and a new pub, Streetwise Media) launch and continue to cover tech innovation stories across the country.
Take a minute in the new year to meet Washington Business Journal’s newest tech and venture capital reporter – Kasra Kangraloo. Kasra, a D.C. native, recently took over from the departed Bill Flook (who went to Thompson Reuters). While he doesn’t have an extensive background in tech, he’s excited to dig in and see what the D.C. tech scene is all about. He also has a history in our area from covering the Federal Reserve and fiscal policy at Market News International.
On top of all that, NextGov has just announced the start of a new tech blog, Emerging Tech. Frank Konkel, a current technology journalist for Government Executive Media Group, will head up the blog and focus on emerging tech across the government. Per Frank’s first post, he plans to cover all things IT, research and development, ideas, as well as large-scale and broad tech issues. At NextGov, Frank was previously covering topics like cloud computing, cybersecurity, big data, and mobile.
It’s no surprise that the news industry is constantly changing. It’s hard to keep up with where reporters are moving to, which publications are still around, or what exactly everyone is covering. And, it’s starting to seem like 2015 may be an even more volatile year than most. After all, we’re only a couple of weeks into the year, and already seeing some significant changes taking place. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on other significant moves in the months ahead.