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Jason Rezaian trial still consumed in silence

The frustrating “espionage” case against Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was awash in silence and no apparent movement Sunday.

For sure, there had been speculation that the legal and political status quo would change.

There have been, after all, the tentative nuclear deal with Iran, a Washington Post request to the United Nations and President Obama repeating his chagrin over the reporter’s imprisonment during a recent White House press conference.

But another week has passed without a hint. There was no news again Sunday, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron told Poynter.

Hooman Majd, a New York-based Iran expert and NBC News contributor who also covered the recent talks in Vienna for Vanity Fair, told us, “I believe the judiciary does not want to link Jason in any way to the nuclear deal.”

“As such, it looks like they are creating space between the deal and when there’ll be a final verdict.”

There have been three actual days of trial. Read more

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Washington Post takes case of jailed correspondent to the U.N.

The saga of Jason Rezaian’s arrest, jailing and trial is now entering its second year. But if The Washington Post has its way, it won’t last much longer.

On Wednesday, The Washington Post announced it has filed a petition with a UN working group seeking the immediate release of its Tehran bureau chief, citing as justification “violations of international law.”

Rezaian was arrested on July 22, 2014 and has been detained in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for the last year. For months, Rezaian was held without formal charges and without access to counsel. He has been subjected to harsh interrogation and months of solitary confinement.

In a press conference at the National Press Club Wednesday, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron reiterated his condemnation of Rezaian’s imprisonment and called on the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to help free his correspondent. Read more

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Should we blame the media for the Trump surge?

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Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul Donald Trump, waves after speaking at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, July 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul Donald Trump, waves after speaking at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, July 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Donald Trump seems an alternately shrewd and garrulous buffoon. And you can search high and low to explain his recent polling rise, including perhaps conceding that he’s touched some nerve of resentment among some group of possible Republican primary voters.

But it’s all a lot simpler for a prominent political scientist: He’s just getting tons of media attention.

“The answer is simple: Trump is surging in the polls because the news media has consistently focused on him since he announced his candidacy on June 16,” writes John Sides, a George Washington University academic who oversees a smart and entertaining site, “The Monkey Cage,” which runs in the Washington Post. Read more

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The Washington Post adds context to the news with ‘Knowledge Map’

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The Washington Post started testing a new “Knowledge Map” feature on Thursday. The tool, which surfaces annotations for readers, aims to add background information and context for stories.

“We wanted to experiment with providing background information as a user reads a story to help bring context to a complicated topic, and we designed Knowledge Map to work in a way that would not interrupt the reading experience,” Sarah Sampsel, director of digital strategy at The Post, said in a prepared statement. “Knowledge Map makes reading the news a more personalized experience, giving readers access to additional information as they need or want it.”

Readers can navigate the Knowledge Map by clicking different topics.

Readers can navigate the Knowledge Map by clicking different topics.

The technology integrates highlighted text within the article and, when clicked, loads up additional information about the subject on the right side. Read more

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The rise of the mobile editor

The mobile editor is becoming an essential position in a 21st century newsroom. (Flickr Photo by Michael Coghlan)

The mobile editor is becoming an essential position in a 21st century newsroom. (Flickr Photo by Michael Coghlan)

As the number of mobile readers climbs over 50 percent for many newspapers, it is logical that we would infuse mobile thinking throughout the newsroom. Yet, in a majority of newsrooms, the focus is not on mobile. Newsrooms need to start changing this by hiring a mobile editor.

The mobile editor should be sheriff to the news disseminating community.  Better yet, the mobile editor should be a sort of traffic cop, directing cars when the traffic lights are malfunctioning. The position should not be a transitional job that may eventually disappear. Quite the contrary, we are witnessing the infancy of that new position in the newsroom. Growth that involves authority and rank is how I see this position developing.  Read more

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Third day of Rezaian ‘espionage’ trial ends with no resolution

Mary Rezaian, right, mother of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, leave after a court hearing at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, Iran, today. The closed-door trial of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has been detained in an Iranian prison for nearly a year. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Mary Rezaian, right, mother of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, leave after a court hearing at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, Iran, today. The closed-door trial of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has been detained in an Iranian prison for nearly a year. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

The trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and the ongoing high-stakes Iranian nuclear talks may not be connected. But they’re proving similarly frustrating.

His first trial proceeding in a month was again conducted secretly Monday with no apparent resolution, according to Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron.

“A third hearing in Jason’s case was held today, without conclusion, Jason’s lawyer has told his family. No date has yet been set for these proceedings to resume.”

The paper, Obama administration and many journalism organizations have derided the prosecution as a sham. Read more

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News outlets vie for global audiences with translated stories

The New York Times published a two-part investigation into the city's nail salons in four languages.

The New York Times published a two-part investigation into the city’s nail salons in four languages.

In May, after more than a year of planning, investigating, writing and editing, The New York Times was almost ready to publish an investigation from reporter Sarah Maslin Nir that would reveal ghastly working conditions in nail salons throughout New York City. Almost.

It was the eve of publication. Elisabeth Goodridge, the deputy editor for the paper’s metro section, was lingering in the newsroom, waiting for the last elements of the story to come in. The article had been translated into three languages — Korean, Chinese and Spanish — but Goodridge had not yet received everything required for the finished product. She finally left The Times’ Manhattan headquarters at around 10 p.m. Read more

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Washington Post reporter’s fate still in the dark

Winston Churchill said that Russia “is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

The Tehran “espionage” trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is now something of the sort.

It’s nearly a month since the most recent, closed court proceeding in his trial. That’s all anybody knows. So goes Iran’s Revolutionary Court. Silence and ambiguity prevail.

Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron and New York-based Iranian expert Hooman Majd both said Monday that they have no news on Rezaian.

Majd is in Vienna monitoring the ongoing negotiations over Iran’s disputed nuclear program. Several deadlines have come and gone in those closely-watched talks, which are now expected to reach some conclusion later this week as Secretary of State John Kerry leads the U.S. bargaining team. Read more

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The Washington Post and Univision will partner to cover the 2016 election

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The Washington Post announced Wednesday that it will work with Univision to cover the 2016 presidential election. The partnership includes sponsorship of a forum for Republican candidates.

The Washington Post and Univision News will sponsor a Republican presidential candidates forum ahead of crucial primaries in March 2016 as part of a broader collaboration that will include groundbreaking polling, joint reporting projects and unprecedented coverage of Hispanic voters and the issues that matter most to this key demographic.

Kevin Merida, the Post’s managing editor, said in the piece on the site’s PR blog that the two organizations plan to offer thorough coverage of Hispanic voters.

“Hispanics are the fastest-growing electorate in America today and will be crucial in deciding the next U.S. president,” said Washington Post Managing Editor Kevin Merida.

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Is Jason Rezaian’s legal fate now tied up in Iran nuke talks?

Two weeks after the last closed court proceeding in Iran, there was no word Tuesday on what’s up with Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian.

Post officials told Poynter they remain essentially in the dark. There have been two sessions of his “espionage” trial but the last one was two weeks ago.

The trial is closed even to the American-Iranian correspondent’s family. President Obama, the Post and a variety of journalism groups have protested what they deem the absurdity of the charges.

The longer there is a lack of a resolution, the more one might speculate as to whether his drama is linked to ongoing international talks, led by the U.S., over the Iranian nuclear program.

The current deadline for those negotiations is June 30. Read more

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