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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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How news organizations are trying to get people to talk, and listen, to each other after the election

Amanda Wills devoted much of the past year to coverage of the presidential election. So when she listened to voicemails left for CNN after Nov. 8, she expected to hear a lot of screaming from both sides. Instead, she heard perspectives she'd never encountered before, ones that taught her not just about CNN's audience, but about the country itself. "For … Read More
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At The Washington Post, Election Day coverage years in the making

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ed O'Keefe and Elise Viebeck sat in a chilly TV studio on the 7th floor of The Washington Post. Through the glass wall behind the two reporters, people moved through the newsroom's hub. On the wall behind them, graphics of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stared straight ahead. O'Keefe and Viebeck looked at their computers and shifted … Read More
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The Washington Post's Marty Baron will spend Election Day waiting

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tomorrow, The Washington Post's executive editor will vote, come into the newsroom and wait, like the rest of the country, to see who Americans choose as their next president. For all the innovations and creative ways journalists can now cover this election, the audience is still looking for something pretty basic, Marty Baron said. "I think that … Read More
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The Washington Post will use automation to help cover the election

On Election Day, journalists at The Washington Post will get an assist from their non-human counterparts. The newspaper announced Wednesday morning that it will use automation to cover 500 races. Among them: Senate, House and gubernatorial contests across the United States. The automation technology, Heliograf, was first used by The Post to cover the Rio Olympics and will be … Read More
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Meet David Fahrenthold, The Washington Post's Trump charity sleuth

David Fahrenthold is one of the journalism stars of the 2016 campaign due to a string of revelations about Donald Trump's charitable giving (or lack of same). His latest disclosure prompted instant action from the state of New York, prompting state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to suspend the foundation's charitable activities in the state. During a break amid cable … Read More
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Washington Post initiative aims to keep reporters from writing 'unnecessarily long'

In August, Washington Post Managing Editor Cameron Barr and his fellow senior editors decided to do something about a problem that had been niggling at them for some time: Articles were becoming too long, often for no good reason. "We were seeing too many pieces that were in the mid-range of their ambition and their success — coming in at … Read More
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Jose Antonio Vargas is relaunching #EmergingUS on Medium

"Excuse me, can I bother you for a second?" Onscreen is Jose Antonio Vargas, the former Washington Post political reporter turned filmmaker and entrepreneur. He's holding a poster-sized section from the 2010 census, the page that asks readers to describe their race. In front of him are White people, pulled aside for interviews on a street in Iowa. Vargas … Read More
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Fact-checkers around the world agree on shared code of principles

Thirty-five organizations from 27 countries have signed a new code of principles that emphasizes the importance of transparency and a non-partisan approach. Signatories include Africa Check, Chequeado, El Objetivo on La Sexta, Factcheck.org, Full Fact, PolitiFact, Snopes and the Washington Post's Fact Checker. Around the world, the unholy trinity of partisan news outlets, social media echo chambers and fact-challenged … Read More
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Washington Post dings 'unacceptable' tweet from Dave Weigel

The Washington Post this week reminded employees their online behavior is an extension of their professional lives after a tweet from reporter Dave Weigel drew pushback from readers on social media. The tweet, which also drew some amens, was launched Tuesday in response to the drubbing of Florida congressional candidate Dan Bongino, calling the defeated ex-Secret Service agent a … Read More
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Comments are changing. Our commitment to audiences shouldn't.

Editor's note: Amanda Zamora, the Texas Tribune's chief audience officer, gave a version of this talk on Monday at 10UP, Poynter's summit marking 10 years of participatory journalism. Before joining the Texas Tribune, Zamora was ProPublica's senior engagement editor. One of the most rewarding — and at times, most humbling — parts about transitioning from digital storytelling into audience-driven … Read More
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Every Friday until the elections, the Washington Post will flood social media with fact checks

Commentators may be waxing lyrical about the "post-fact" era, but readers — at least at The Washington Post — don't seem to be buying it. Back in July, National Digital Editor Terri Rupar noticed traffic to the Republican National Convention liveblog "really spiked" when the Post announced on social networks that it would include analysis from in-house fact-checking duo … Read More
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7 ways to write a "kick-ass" column, via Sally Jenkins

This morning on Twitter I awarded The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins a gold medal for a "kick-ass column" she wrote about Olympic urinator Ryan Lochte. Check out her lead: "Ryan Lochte is the dumbest bell that ever rang." As I read and then re-read her column, I realized that I had placed it in an important and … Read More
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The Washington Post is using robots to cover the Olympics and the election

Four years ago, The Washington Post covered two major news events the old-fashioned way. For the Olympics in London, sports reporters tallied up the medal counts on television and hand-wrote briefs for the website. And when the election came around a few months later, four Post scribes took a look at election returns and hand-wrote lots of little results stories … Read More
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Should paywalls come down for election coverage?

As Election Day nears, news organizations that keep their journalism behind a paywall will likely give some of it away for free. When The New York Times dropped its paywall for 24 hours before election day in 2012, it was keeping with a policy of providing "critical information" for big breaking news like natural disasters and presidential elections. The … Read More
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