CNSNews.com Expanding, Moving to New Headquarters

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(CNSNews.com) - CNSNews.com Friday began its move to larger headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia marking the Internet Newswire's latest expansion effort.

The relocation may cause temporary interruptions of service for the newswire over the course of the weekend, according to CNSNews.com Executive Editor Scott Hogenson.

"We expect to keep our site accessible to the public for the entire weekend and resume coverage almost seamlessly on Monday morning," said Hogenson.

While the public is expected to have continual access to the site during the weekend move, Hogenson noted that the news service will be temporarily limited in its capacity to publish news between Friday morning and Monday, November 8.

"Moving staff hardware and equipment will reduce our ability to publish breaking news for the next couple of days, but we have contingency plans in case anything critical happens," said Hogenson.

The move to new offices is significant for CNSNews.com because space limitations at the news service's former headquarters would not permit additional staff expansions. The new facility will be nearly 15 times larger than the original newsroom, according to Hogenson.

"Since day one, our Washington Metro Bureau has been working out of a 270-square-foot newsroom," said Hogenson. "It was a little tight in the old newsroom, but the move will give us a chance to grow even more, plus we'll be able to move around without bumping into each other."

Hogenson didn't put a precise timeline of future staff expansion, saying he was working on the newswire's 2000 budget. "We'll be filling up the space as fast as circumstances permit," said Hogenson.

CNSNews.com's move to its new 4,000 square foot facility in Old Town, Alexandria marks the organization's latest step in expanding its news operations. The Internet Newswire was established in June 1998 with a staff of four reporters and a managing editor. Since that time, CNSNews.com has grown to include two senior staff writers, four staff writers, an evening editor, foreign bureaus in Jerusalem and London, a cartoonist and a satirist.

The latest personnel additions at CNSNews.com include Bob Melvin, a former writer with Associated Press Radio in Washington, D.C. and United Press International; and Jim Burns, who was also a reporter for UPI. Burns joined the staff in October as a senior staff writer and Melvin joined CNSNews.com November 1 as evening editor.

Also joining the organization in late October was Michael Quinn Sullivan, former press secretary to Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). Sullivan was named communications director for the Conservative Communications Center, the umbrella organization for CNSNews.com.

Sullivan will serve as a liaison between the news service and think tanks, advocacy groups and Capitol Hill.