Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Extinction of National Journal's Capital Source


I used to subscribe to National Journal--one of the best publications to cover Beltway politics. A benefit to a subscription was the compendium that NJ put out semi-annually (though in recent years, that became annually) that went to subscribers: The Capital Source. In fact, as someone who used that handbook religiously, it was the main reason I was considering once again subscribing to the National Journal, an excellent, but extremely pricey publication.


I won't be re-subscribing after all. I spoke with a National Journal representative earlier today who informed me that the Capital Source was retired and won't be coming back. Apparently there wasn't much demand for the publication. The timing is silly if you ask me. It would seem that demand for such a resource is highest at the outset of a new presidential administration--particularly one in which there has been a party changeover. I'm sure production costs are significant for the handbook; perhaps a web-based only version would significantly cut down on production costs and entice people like me to subscribe. I am hoping that National Journal rethinks this shortsighted decision but am not expecting anything to change. In the meantime, does anyone out there know of a similar publication or database available to the public?

2 comments:

JAS said...

The Capital Source was a gem; yes a Rolodex of contacts for business, politics, commerce. It provided me with contacts from the White House to national associations. If it wasn't selling that is only because it wasn't marketed for the treasure it was. Joan Salemi, West Springfield, VA (703) 451-1842

Ethan Smith said...

Here you can sell and buy both new and used products.
Free classified sites are perfect for selling just about anything at all.
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