In other news, the famous cranky feline that made an appearance at South by Southwest this year also stopped by HuffPost Live last week.
That’s right. I’m talking about Grumpy Cat, and she was grumpier than ever.
If you don’t know much about Grumpy, her name is actually Tardar Sauce, and she’s a really sweet cat. It’s just unfortunate that her face always looks like she’s mad at the world.
Sadly, the Washington Examiner announced last week that it will lay off employees and change its business model.
According to a news release, the Examiner will become a “digital platform and weekly print magazine focused on political thought leadership.”
The new publication is expected to launch on June 17.
According to the release, 20 positions will be created for the new digital platform.
The paywall will allow readers to view 20 free articles or multimedia features a month. According to the Post, the home page, section front pages and classified ads will not be limited.
The announcement doesn’t come as a shock for those in the industry. In 2012, the paper reported that “it will probably start charging online readers for access to newspaper articles in the middle of next year.”
With both Washington, D.C. papers changing their business models, I have to wonder how this will affect local readers and news coverage. Any thoughts on this? Share in the comments below.
To round out this week’s column, I’d like to mention a startup by a 17-year-old that was recently acquired by Yahoo.
The app allows users to quickly find news they’re interested in. It aggregates and displays snapshots of articles from a variety of new sources, according to Mashable.
The site reports that the Summly employees will be joining Yahoo in the coming weeks, and the app will soon cease operation. Sorry users.
But cheer up. The technology powering the app is said to “come to life” through Yahoo’s mobile products soon.
OK, folks. That’s all for this week’s column. I’ll see you all again next week.
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