Monday, March 4, 2013

Washington Post Ends Think Tank Coverage

The Washington Post's coverage of think tanks via its "Think Tanked" blog is no longer.  The last post by blogger/reporter Allen McDuffee was on February 6, 2013.

Mr. McDuffee's Twitter feed now says that he is a "former" Washington Post reporter/blogger.  He is now blogging at a site called governmentality.

In a previous Think Tank Watch post which reviewed a book by Thomas Medvetz called Think Tanks in America, I quote what Medvetz had to say about the Washington Post's think tank coverage:
From 1999 to 2003, the Washington Post ran a weekly column about think tanks called "The Ideas Industry."  The punchy feature, which typically strung together several short items, was soon replaced by "Think Tank Town," a series of columns submitted on a rotating basis by 13 major think tanks.  In 2010, the Post began publishing a blog called "Think Tanked," by Allen McDuffee, a political journalist and ex-think tank fellow.
It will be interesting to see if the Post will begin any new coverage dedicated to think tanks.  The Washington Post recently laid off dozens of employees in its latest round of cuts.