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Layoffs At TBD; Site To Become ‘Niche Arts & Entertainment’ Destination

TBD.com’s sports reporting and much of its news reporting will no longer exist, reports the Washington City Paper.

This just half a year after TBD’s much-heralded launch and just a few weeks after TBD was internally restructured to reside underneath WJLA in parent company Allbritton’s org chart. At that time, no layoffs were predicted, but the new news out of TBD is that at least 12 staffers are losing their jobs.

Jim Brady, who spearheaded the launch of the site but left after three months, told the City Paper that “[i]t was pretty publicly stated when we started that we had a three to five year runway… We’ve gotten some pretty good buzz. [The site] hasn’t been perfect, but there’s nothing that’s happened since we launched that would suggest the massive changes that are being made are really necessary.”

What remains: TBD will become a niche site on arts an entertainment, editor Erik Wemple said.

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TBD’s Brady: ‘There Is No Silver Bullet–It’s Just Shrapnel’

That’s the business model of the future for journalism: “there isn’t one stream that’s going to make us successful,” TBD general manager Jim Brady told ONA 2010 attendees this morning.

PBS Mediashift’s Craig Silverman attended the keynote and wrote up a nice summary. Representing TBD were Brady, editor Erik Wemple, social media producer Mandy Jenkins, and director of community engagement Steve Buttry.

Read the original piece to learn what Wemple thinks about failure and how many TweetDeck columns Jenkins uses.

Brady: ‘You Can’t Take 10 People and Create a Local Site as a Business’

Former WaPo.com editor Jim Brady‘s new local site for the company that owns Politico is aiming big.

In an interview with paidContent’s David Kaplan, Brady says that the site–currently unnamed–will start with a staff of 50.

Now, this will also include a merger of Allbritton Communications’ two TV web sites, WJLA.com and News8.net, but that figure of 50 is going to be separate from the TV stations employees.

Fifty people to launch a web-only startup.

InDenverTimes launched with about 30 staffers.

AnnArbor.com started with about 25, not including business folk.

MinnPost? Twenty.

So staffing up a local news web site with 50 people is daring, but when you’re Robert Allbritton you can afford it.

Politico Will Launch Local D.C. Web Site; Former Post.com Editor To Lead

Politico owner Robert Allbritton will be launching a local website focused on D.C. news, The New Republic reports. At the helm: Jim Brady, former editor of Washingtonpost.com.

It’s “his most direct challenge to The Washington Post since launching Politico,” TNR says.

Politico, of course, was founded by two Post veterans, John Harris and Jim VandeHei, and recently, former Post editor Bill Hamilton joined Politico. Long-time intern Kendra Marr jumped to Politico earlier this year. And so on and so on.