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Washington Post’s new HQ will memorialize Michel du Cille, Ben Bradlee, the Grahams

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When Washington Post employees arrive at their new headquarters in mid-December, they’ll be greeted by a few familiar names.

Rooms memorializing legendary Watergate editor Ben Bradlee, three-time Pulizer Prize winning photographer Michel du Cille and the Graham family will be dedicated to “their tremendous legacies and the impact they’ve had,” The Post announced Thursday.

In a statement, Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan said the spaces will help employees “take inspiration” from the company’s former leaders:

“Our legacy is a proud one, and naming these important spaces will allow current and future Washington Post employees to have a daily reminder of the culture of excellence and the many contributions of those that have come before us.”

The Washington Post is also decorating the interior of the newsroom with the paper’s best headlines. Read more


Here are 80 journalism internships and fellowships for application season

For most journalism students, the biggest step toward finding employment isn’t passing the final. It isn’t acing midterms, turning in homework or even meeting deadlines at the college paper.

The most critical period in journalism school is the three-month window stretching from September to November informally known as internship application season. Getting professional experience and making contacts through an internship can mean the difference between landing a job or being unemployed after commencement.

That season is upon us. So write up a cover letter, polish your resumé and start applying to the internships listed below that pique your interest. Application deadlines for some of the best internships are in less than a week, so don’t wait!

If you have questions about this list or know of other internships I’ve missed, send me an email: Read more


High stakes foreign trading: the fate of Jason Rezaian

Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post's Tehran Bureau Chief who is currently in Evin Prison in Iran, talks about the photo of his brother at a news conference at the National Press Club.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s Tehran Bureau Chief who is currently in Evin Prison in Iran, talks about the photo of his brother at a news conference at the National Press Club. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

It’s a diplomatic version of “Let’s Make a Deal,” absent the audience members in goofy outfits

As Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian remains in a Tehran prison (we assume), the confusion and rank speculation over his case remained Monday.

Now there’s the belief that he’s got to be part of some prospective prisoner swap between Iran and the United States. In a recent New York City appearance, Iran President Hassan Rouhani suggested that Rezaian was a commodity whose freedom was predicated on a flesh and blood transaction. Read more


The Washington Post will publish every story on Facebook’s Instant Articles

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The Washington Post on Tuesday announced that it’s joining the growing list of news outlets that are publishing stories as part of Facebook’s Instant Articles program, with a twist: Every story published daily by the newspaper will be available on Facebook.

“We want to reach current and future readers on all platforms, and we aren’t holding anything back,” Fred Ryan, the publisher of The Washington Post, said in a statement. “Launching Instant Articles on Facebook enables to give this extremely large audience a faster, more seamless news reading experience.”

The Post’s all-in approach toward publishing on Facebook represents a departure from the rest of the publications in the Instant Articles program. Writing for Re/code, Peter Kafka noted that the other outlets have been more conservative, posting “hundreds” of articles to Facebook daily. Read more


Defying critics to publish the Unabomber ‘Manifesto’

This article was originally published on The 1995 Blog and has been republished with permission.

It may not have been courageous necessarily, but the joint decision by the Washington Post and New York Times 20 years ago to publish the Unabomber “Manifesto” certainly cut against the grain of media criticism that warned against yielding to a terrorist’s demands.

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Unabomber ‘Manifesto’ in Washington Post

The “Manifesto” was a 35,000 word screed written by a reclusive and anonymous serial killer who, from time to time over a 17-year period, mailed or placed bombs that killed three people and injured 23 others. Universities and airlines were his early targets, and he came to be called “Unabomber.”

The Unabomber’s final victim, Gilbert P. Murray, was killed April 24, 1995, by a parcel bomb sent to his office in Sacramento, where he was president of the California Forestry Association. Read more


The Washington Post’s new website: print-inspired hierarchy

Without a doubt, perhaps one of the most appealing features of a printed newspaper page is how it can show hierarchy for the content it displays. When an editor and designer work together on establishing the priorities for content, then it is up to how typography, sizing of elements and positioning come together to indicate to the reader which is the most important story, as well as the rank and importance of those that follow.

A well-designed front page, for example, displays a Center of Visual Impact (CVI) that becomes the point of entrance on the page. That was the centerpiece of my own book Contemporary Newspaper Design (Prentice-Hall, 1981), where I wrote:

“The designer controls the way he wants the reader to proceed visually on the page.

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Bob Woodward’s first tweet is pretty awesome

Bob Woodward joined Twitter on Thursday. He’s not verified yet, but a spokesperson for The Washington Post confirmed that’s really him.

The Post associate editor’s first tweet is a nice jab at himself with a video from 2010 where he struggles to understand why everyone’s so excited about the Post’s iPad app.

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‘PostTV’ is now ‘Washington Post Video’

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On Thursday, The Washington Post announced some changes to its video efforts, including a new name. “PostTV,” which was introduced in June of 2013, is now “Washington Post Video.”

It’s not just a new name, though, said Micah Gelman, director of video, in a press release. Now, video editors and reporters will work throughout the newsroom. The Post is also hiring people to fill four video spots. And the team is approaching platforms and users in different ways.

For example, the team recently debuted a vertical video player with an eye towards 2016 election coverage so reporters can easily shoot and post video to apps such as Snapchat. The team is also experimenting with virtual reality and 360 video.

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The Washington Post’s homepage redesign was inspired by print

On Wednesday, The Washington Post unveiled the last piece in a site-wide redesign – the homepage.

“The new homepage marks a key milestone in the site-wide reboot led by The Post’s engineering and news teams, one that has been driven by the in-house development of a new publishing platform called Arc,” the Post said in a press release.

So what’s different about it now?

“We actually tried not to make it super different,” said Joey Marburger, director of digital products and design.

The homepage is now more modern, he said, easier to scan and more visual. And what you can’t see may be one of the more important changes.

“The term people use a lot is more dynamic,” Marburger said. “Really what that means for us is we can manipulate and change the homepage faster, at the true pace of news.”

The old homepage was rigid and production-heavy. Read more


No prisoner swap for Post reporter, Iran says

Associated Press

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian’s personal horror persisted in a Tehran jail Tuesday as another theory for possibly resolving his ordeal goes out the window.

The notion of some sort of U.S.-Iran prisoner exchange has followed several other failed bits of speculation, notably how his release on “espionage” charges might come with resolution of international talks over Iran’s nuclear program.

But “Iran has no plan to swap detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian with any Iranian prisoners held in the United States, local news agencies reported Tuesday.”

Two semi-official news services quoted Iran’s deputy foreign minister in charge of legal and consular affairs as indicating,” An exchange of Jason Rezaian is not on the agenda. Each of the issues has their own separate case.”

Rezaian was arrested and jailed more than a year ago, charged with “espionage” and put through a sporadically held, secret trial that recently ended. Read more

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