Erik Wemple and Michael Calderone report that as of the end of this year, The Washington Post will close its bureaus in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Reporters in those bureaus will be offered positions in D.C.; the three news aides will be let go.

In a memo to staff, the paper’s top editors say the Post “will continue to cover events around the country as we have for decades, by sending reporters into the field.” But, as Calderone notes, this move is in keeping with a long-term trend of orienting the Post’s coverage of both national and international news “through the prism of how it affects Washington.”

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Greg Marx is a CJR staff writer. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.