The Washington Post
Pressure from The Washington Post’s business side bumped two stories from the Post Magazine’s Aug. 11 education issue, leaving it with just one story about education. The business people objected to two planned stories, Erik Wemple writes:
One was on college drinking by reporter Jenna Johnson; another was an interview by reporter Nick Anderson with the outgoing College of William and Mary rector about whether Virginia’s public universities would get with the times on benefits for gay and lesbian couples.
Johnson’s story ran in a later edition of the magazine; Anderson’s ended up in Metro.
Post Executive Editor Marty Baron tells Wemple “We could have done anything we wanted” and that he told Magazine Editor Lynn Medford “I felt that special issues (or sections) should be fundamentally utilitarian, that it didn’t seem to fit, that it could easily run in another issue.” Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth told Wemple “The Sunday Magazine has the same editorial independence that any other news section does.”
Wemple notes that as editor of Washington City Paper he once fronted a story about a food-safety inspector for a food issue. As the paper’s managing editor at the time, I share the blame for not anticipating the degree to which that move would freak out our advertising staff.