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With lessons from Google, The Washington Post has brought its page load speed down to milliseconds

Under the ownership of Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post has become a fount of editorial innovation. There's Arc, The Post's home-cooked content management system that's now being sold to other news organizations. The Post was the first major daily newspaper to adopt HTTPS, a move that is gaining adherents throughout the news industry. And it's built an engineering corps … Read More
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Top journalists offer graduation advice: Don't let ambition warp you

Commencement speeches can often be filled with worn-out cliches (which might be tiresome to listen to but can be fun if you're playing commencement speech BINGO). But every year, there's also some solid, good and even inspiring advice based on what the speakers, in this case journalists, have experienced. Last week, we crowdsourced a commencement speech … Read More
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The Washington Post, PolitiFact and Factcheck.org are using this widget to make facts more shareable

The presidential campaign in the United States has led to oodles of commentary about the importance and effects of fact-checking political figures. Angie Holan, the editor of PolitiFact, encapsulated the zeitgeist aptly in the headline of her recent article "Fact-checking 2016: This is gonna be messy." (PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times, which is … Read More
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By dealing with Amazon and non-news organizations, can The Washington Post 'blow the top off' the CMS industry?

Shailesh Prakash doesn't want to oversell things. As chief information officer at the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, quality control and customer satisfaction are paramount. Thus, the caution. "My biggest fear is that I don't want people to think of this as vaporware," Prakash said. "That's my biggest worry." Prakash, a veteran executive who's spent his career at tech colossi … Read More
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By making content just for Apple News, The Washington Post is hoping to offer a doorway to its wider coverage

While covering February's Iowa Caucuses on Apple News, The Washington Post focused on explanatory journalism, telling users what the returns meant and what was coming up next. Given the number of primaries and candidates early on, this turned into a weekly feature, said David Merrell, The Post's senior mobile product manager. On Monday, the Post announced plans to turn its … Read More
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How to correct a lying politician on air

During an impassioned appeal on "Reliable Sources" today, CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter called on journalists to provide "forceful rebuttals" to conspiracy theories espoused by Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. The country's top fact-checkers have been doing so for months. Factcheck.org crowned Trump last year 'King of Whoppers,' an uncharacteristically strong choice of words for a … Read More
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A foreign correspondent covers 'one of the most upsetting stories' of her career

Like the American public, the media's war fatigue relegates Afghanistan and Iraq to a remote region of the radar screen of news. It's further reason to take note of the shock expressed Friday by Liz Sly of The Washington Post, an intrepid foreign correspondent who has seen just about every depravity humans can visit upon one another. Or so one … Read More
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The Washington Post dug into the archives for stories about and by women

The first time Julia Carpenter's editor took her to the archives at The Washington Post's previous home, he offered some advice: Be mindful of how much time you spend here. Carpenter, an embedded social media editor, loves discovering the old Post work, though it can be a bit of a rabbit hole for her. But with her most … Read More
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Does The Washington Post really have a bigger audience than BuzzFeed? Probably not.

The Washington Post has lately taken to trumpeting its increasing traffic figures on a semi-regular basis. In November 2015, when it squeaked by The New York Times in unique visitors, it published a memo from Digital Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz touting the paper's growing audience and flagging some of its most popular content. The announcement was greeted with interest … Read More
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The Washington Post isn't planning on deploying another reporter to Iran anytime soon

After more than 500 tension-filled days, The Washington Post has finally managed to wrest its Tehran bureau chief back from the Iranian government. In light of Jason Rezaian's belated release from Iran's Evin Prison, The Post is understandably reluctant to dispatch additional correspondents to the country without first ensuring their fair treatment. Although The Washington Post wants to continue … Read More
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Washington Post journalist's multi-city food tour ends back at Panera

The Washington Post's Lee Powell spent a year traveling around the country documenting "The 10 best food cities in America, ranked." Powell visited restaurants and bars in seven cities, he reported Monday, but he still prefers Panera. After 27 restaurants and bars in seven cities (a colleague handled the other three), I’m nowhere close to being a … Read More
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Debating whether to lower the paywall for big news? Think about the public (and reader goodwill)

There's a well-established playbook for digital journalists when tragedy, or some other big breaking news story, strikes a community. Reporters and photographers fan out across the affected area, becoming roving news bureaus as they publish images and bulletins to Instagram and Twitter. Back in the newsroom, editors make room for the coverage on a liveblog or clear out airtime … Read More
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Are you ready to cover (and work through) Blizzard 2016?

On Monday, WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show will launch a reboot with a tighter local focus. "The ethos of the show is to be the meeting place for conversations Washingtonians care about," said Michael Martinez, a producer for the show. "In that sense, the storm is gonna be the conversation on Monday, and this will put us smack dab … Read More
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ESPN’s The Undefeated will launch in 2016

After a series of setbacks that included the ousting of founding editor Jason Whitlock, ESPN's site focusing on the intersection of race and sports is primed for a launch in 2016. That's according to Kevin Merida, the former Washington Post managing editor who left his post late last year to replace Whitlock at the helm of The Undefeated. Read More
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Coaches’ Corner: The story behind ‘An American void’

Coaches' corner Once upon a time, there were writing coaches in newsrooms across the country, and then, there weren't. In this new monthly feature, we hope to help writers and editors by sharing advice about storytelling and enterprise. ----------------------------------------- The story: An American void, by Stephanie McCrummen From: The Washington Post When it ran: Sept. Read More