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With a mini-documentary, live interviews and user-friendly interactives, The Washington Post just showed the world how to launch an investigation

The Washington Post may not yet be Americans' newspaper of record, but after its publication of groundbreaking revelations about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election Friday, it's certainly one step closer. The Post broke the news that the Obama Administration secretly grappled with whether to retaliate against the Russian regime after receiving a top-secret intelligence report last August showing that President Vladimir … Read More
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Verticals like The Lily aim to bolster women’s voices in media. But are they going about it the wrong way?

When The Washington Post launched The Lily last week, journalists at several media organizations applauded the move. "I think it’s really exciting to see a surge of these outlets catered toward women," said Sarah Menkedick, founding editor of Vela magazine. "There is still such a significant gender gap in publishing." The news product is catered to millennial women … Read More
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'You can't shrink your way to profitability': Jeff Bezos talks about the future of newspapers

Jeff Bezos has three pieces of advice for journalists: Be riveting, be right and ask people to pay. The Washington Post owner and Amazon founder dispensed this simple guidance Wednesday at a conference about the future of print news in Turin, Italy. The conference coincides with the 150th birthday of La Stampa, one of Italy's major newspapers, which is based in Turin. Read More
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With Amazon Polly experiment, The Washington Post hopes to capitalize on growing interest in audio

The last Washington Post column I came across was only interesting because a computer read it to me. Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that sounds like a cross between a customer service agent and Siri. Its "lifelike" reading is dispassionate, and each comma prompts an overly long pause between words. Yet, I found myself listening to several articles for at least a few minutes apiece as … Read More
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The Washington Post just illustrated the biggest flaw in disability coverage

I read Terrence McCoy’s latest story in The Washington Post this weekend with a mounting sense of anger. Not at the events he reported in his beautifully written narrative feature — but at what he left out. The story profiles a Missouri family in which four generations have been “on disability.” “Will it continue?” asks the headline used … Read More
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David Fahrenthold discusses his whirlwind ride covering Trump, war with The New York Times and what he's digging into next

Donald Trump had just called him "a nasty guy." But when he hung up the phone on a Tuesday last May, Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold wasn't upset. He was...thrilled. "I was pretty happy, actually," Fahrenthold said. "I felt like we had drilled down into this place and proved that the facade was fake." Fahrenthold, who recalled the insult-filled phone … Read More
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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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