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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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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