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Jeff Bezos gives $1 million gift to support press freedom

The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press on Tuesday night announced a $1 million donation from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the biggest gift from an individual in the organization's 46-year history. "This generous gift will help us continue to grow, to offer our legal and educational support to many more news organizations, and to expand our services to … Read More
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Should The Washington Post have withheld sensitive details about an ISIS bomb plot?

When The Washington Post broke the story this week that President Trump shared highly classified intelligence from a U.S. ally with Russia, not everything the reporters knew made it into print. Halfway through the story, this paragraph referring to the ISIS plot revealed by Trump appeared: “The Post is withholding most plot details, including the name of the city, … Read More
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Meet the journalists who told the inside story of Hillary Clinton's stunning loss

As her email mess was growing, Hillary Clinton scheduled the first national TV interview of her campaign with Brianna Keilar of CNN. It went poorly. But wait. It now turns out that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had meant "Bianna," not "Brianna" when she disclosed her belated intent to a communications aide. She wanted what she figured would be a non-threatening … Read More
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The Washington Post says it was disqualified from Emmys due to its 'unfair advantage'

Update: The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences issued a reply to The Washington Post Friday night. It's copied in its entirety below. The Washington Post has been disqualified from 12 Emmy categories in a regional contest, and a senior editor at the paper isn't happy about it. Micah Gelman, the head … Read More
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Down by 3 with the game on the line? Call The Washington Post's Chuck Culpepper

Trailing by three, Clemson was driving against Alabama late in a pulsating, nerve-racking College Football Playoff championship game. Deadline for The Washington Post’s Chuck Culpepper meant filing almost immediately after the game ended. Culpepper looked at his computer, and only a couple of paragraphs stared back at him. Did he panic, knowing he had to generate an entire story on … Read More
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In Trump's America, the competition for investigative journalists is fierce

In the months since the election, America's major newsrooms have been recruiting investigative journalists with the knowledge and skills to dig into government institutions at the federal, state and local levels. The New York Times, BuzzFeed, ProPublica, The Washington Post and CNN have all posted or filled investigative reporting jobs in the days since the election, … Read More
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The New York Times and The Washington Post are at war, and everyone's winning

This weekend, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet took a shot at his rival, Washington Post boss Marty Baron. During an interview at South by Southwest Sunday, an audience member asked Baquet what he thought of The Washington Post's new slogan: "Democracy Dies in Darkness." "'I love our competition with The Washington Post,' Baquet said. 'I think it's … Read More
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CNN has hired Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza, the whirling dervish political blogger for The Washington Post, is headed to CNN. According to Politico, which first reported the news, Cillizza will leave The Fix, the political blog he founded and become an editor at large for the cable news network. He will have "both a digital presence and an on-air role," Hadas Gold reported. "'I’ve … Read More
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Politico becomes the latest newsroom to cut down on flabby stories

The Washington Post did it. The Wall Street Journal did it. Now Politico has become the third newsroom in recent months to remind reporters to avoid unnecessarily long stories. "Some daily stories have been running longer than they need to be, so we’re asking everyone to pay closer attention to story lengths to respect our readers," read a … Read More
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How The Washington Post is using newsletters and alerts to reach readers

When readers wake up every morning, what do they check first? Probably their texts. Then, if they're feeling brave, their email inboxes. Readers are inundated with content nowadays, which puts the onus on journalists to reach them where they're actually paying attention. That's why many news organizations have begun hiring editors who deal exclusively with email and push notifications, … Read More
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Margaret Sullivan on the dark clouds and silver lining of covering President Trump

Donald Trump is a threat to press freedom and the norms of political reporting, said Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan. But his presidency presents at least one upside for journalists: There's probably going to be a lot of leaks in the Trump administration. "I think that people inside agencies and government offices, many of them are people of … Read More
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With The Lily, The Washington Post is looking for new audiences in new places

The Lily was the name of the first U.S. newspaper edited by and for women, starting in 1849. But don't feel too bad if you didn't already know that. "It’s something that’s not in our journalism history books," said Kim Voss, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Central Florida. Voss, who has written about … Read More
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Washington Post's Express corrects: 'We erroneously used a male symbol instead of a female symbol'

It's not exactly "Dewey defeats Truman," but the cover of Thursday's Express, The Washington Post's free publication, is a doozy. The cover, which leads with the origins of this year's Women's March on Washington, shows people scattered into a well-known symbol. The problem? It's the wrong symbol. Mid-morning Thursday, Express tweeted an apology: … Read More
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Marty Baron on 'Spotlight,' Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump and the slow death of printed news

When Liev Schreiber visited The Washington Post for a sitdown with Executive Editor Marty Baron, the veteran newsman tried to keep it quiet. Baron hadn't told anybody the award-winning actor was there to talk with Baron before portraying him in "Spotlight." But, since it's a newspaper, word got out anyway. People streamed by Baron's office, "including a woman who went … Read More
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How The San Francisco Chronicle rebuilt its investigative team

Last year, an important visitor walked into Audrey Cooper's office with an idea. Cooper, the editor in chief of The San Francisco Chronicle, had long desired to beef up the paper's investigative reporting. Enter Jeffrey Johnson, The Chronicle's publisher, with a question. "So, that I-team you wanted to build — how much would it cost?" Cooper recalled Johnson saying. He … Read More
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