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The Risks and Rewards of DC Gossip Reporting

wpoIn a piece published today in The Washington Post’s Opinion section, former FishbowlDC editor Patrick Gavin, who most recently left POLITICO after 5 years to work on a documentary about the WHCA dinner, assesses the current state of gossip reporting in Washington and its decline over the past several years.

Every outlet is called out – POLITICO Click (for which he wrote) that was disbanded in December 2013, WaPo, U.S. News, The Hill, Roll Call, and FishbowlDC – as Gavin explores the transformation of traditional gossip reporters to the writing of traditional, “more serious,” reporters.

“Readers know what they’re getting when they pick up People magazine vs. the Economist,” writes Gavin. “And while there is room and reason for both hallmark reporters and gossip chroniclers, blurring the line between them is risky. In an effort to satisfy the varied needs of their consumers, many reporters are trying to be all things to all people: Straight and saucy, proper and prattling.”

Check out Gavin’s full take on the rise and fall of DC gossip reporting.

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