City Paper Drops Loose Lips Daily, Starts Mega Newsletter
So many rollouts at City Paper. First the impending launch of daily deal service Real Deal, and now, City Paper’s shuttering emailed news round-ups like Loose Lips Daily in favor of a combined newsletter called District Line Daily.
It’s not clear who District Line Daily is meant to appeal to. Food is mixed in with politics is mixed in with art, and most of the newsletter is devoted to day-old City Paper stories, which defeats the purpose of a round-up newsletter. Readers already see posts on City Paper’s website, they need someone to read, say, WTOP and scour that.
Still, it’s hard to complain about the paper giving its reporters more time for original reporting instead of aggregation, which seems to be a losing game in newsletter form. Even the Post’s Mike DeBonis, who started Loose Lips Daily and later competed against it with his own aggregation, has cut back on the length of his round-ups.
All this leaves the field open for an enterprising blogger looking to make a more exhaustive local politics tipsheet.
Reading Too Deep Related: District Line Daily is also curious because it represents a reversal in City Paper’s previous trend of sifting its articles into smaller niches. First Loose Lips content was moved from general blog City Desk into a dedicated Loose Lips blog, then real estate blog Housing Complex expanded its beat into some stories that would formerly have gone to City Desk.
This went on in smaller ways, too—a spat of listserv drama that used to merit its own post on City Desk, for example, is now slotted into its own round-up.
Related 2: According to City Paper’s website, Real Deal launches Wednesday. Should be interesting to see.