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How The Washington Post is using Genius to explain the twists and turns of a crazy election

In 2015, President Obama broke with a longtime White House tradition by leapfrogging the press for his annual State of the Union Speech. Rather than circulating not-for-publication copies of his remarks to reporters in advance, as had been custom, the Obama camp published them on Medium for everyone to read. It was a watershed moment. Journalists at The Washington … Read More
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The Washington Post is launching a crowdsourced Black history project on Tumblr

The Washington Post thinks it might have one solution to a recurring problem for major news organizations: How can you take a local story (a museum exhibit opening, say) and make it relevant to a national audience? On Sept. 24, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Read More
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No credentials? No problem! Why The Washington Post's ban (probably) won't affect its journalism

Donald Trump sent Beltway media into a tizzy last week when he announced plans to ban The Washington Post from his official campaign events. Citing "incredibly inaccurate coverage" (without citing specifics), he tweeted his intention to revoke the press credentials of the newspaper, which he called "phony and dishonest." The move prompted pushback from First Amendment advocates, among … Read More
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NAA is getting ready to accept digital-only sites as members

In a break with tradition, The Newspaper Association of America is looking to expand its membership to include digital-only news organizations, according to its top leaders. Chairman Tony Hunter and President and CEO David Chavern let drop that prospect in a recent phone interview on their agenda for the coming year. But Chavern quickly added it is not a done … Read More
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How Washington Post foreign correspondents are using Snapchat to tell a global story

On Monday, foreign correspondents with The Washington Post started taking Snapchat users along for a ride. OK, several rides. So far, they've ridden along on public transportation in Tokyo, South London and Beijing. Still to come: Paris, New Dehli, Moscow, Washington, D.C. and Mexico City. It's all part of a 10-day project that aims … Read More
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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