The Washington Post will discontinue its ‘She The People‘ blog at year’s end, insiders said Wednesday.
“We’re always evaluating our blogs. We’ve added many, and we’ve eliminated some in the past,” national editor Cameron Barr confirmed Wednesday evening by email. “We’re now redirecting the resources we’ve used to support She the People toward other projects, including efforts to cover race and gender in American politics and other arenas. We’re gratified that many of the issues and perspectives that the blog brought forward are now a bigger part of the national debate.”
She The People is an online forum for women writing about news, politics and culture. (Note: I am a contributor). It had been rumored a year ago that the blog would be dropped when its founding editor, Melinda Henneberger, stepped aside. Instead Post deputy national editor Vanessa Williams, the blog’s current editor, assumed the helm. Nia-Malika Henderson had served as She The People’s senior writer until September when she was reassigned to The Fix, the Post‘s daily politics blog.
In recent years The Washington Post has added new blogs, and dropped others. In 2012, the newspaper killed “Celebritology,” a popular vertical for celebrity news. But in June 2013, the newspaper launched “The Switch,” which focuses on technology policy and features in-depth news, analysis and insight on issues like national security surveillance, broadband networks, and more.
“Since its founding three years ago, She the People has provided an enlightening and engaging platform for writing on the intersection of women and politics, helping to raise the profile of women’s issues during the last presidential campaign,” according to a statement released by Barr. “The blog benefited greatly from the work of contributors across the country and inside our newsroom who added their distinctive voices to discussions of politics and other issues. We’re very appreciative of their fine work.”