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Washington Post to cut some non-newsroom staff

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The Washington Post has “decided to internally transfer or eliminate certain non-Newsroom positions,” publisher Fred Ryan said in a memo to staffers Monday.

Ryan did not specify how many positions will be eliminated, but said the cuts come after “much careful deliberation” for the employees affected. Staffers who will be laid off have already been notified, he wrote.

As of October 2014, The Washington Post had added about 100 employees since the paper was purchased by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Erik Wemple reported.

Earlier in 2015, Washingtonian’s Andrew Beaujon reported that The Washington Post was taking steps to trim staff. A Post spokesperson told Washingtonian that net editorial staff would continue to grow in 2015.

Here’s Ryan’s memo to employees:

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Minimum wage worker fired after talking to The Washington Post

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Shanna Tippen, a Days Inn employee who was featured prominently in a Washington Post story about an increase of the minimum wage, was fired from her job by the hotel manager soon after the story ran. Chico Harlan, the author of the original story and a follow-up, explains:

Tippen says she was fired by her boss, hotel manager Herry Patel. Earlier that day, Patel had called the Post to express frustration that he had been quoted giving his opinion about the minimum wage hike. (He objected to it.) It was soon after, Tippen says, that Patel found her in the lobby and fired her.

Tippen’s boss berated her for talking to The Washington Post, calling the decision “stupid and dumb,” and asked why Harlan decided to write the story. Read more

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“If Earth spun this fast, it’d be next week already,” and other winning headlines from ACES

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At its annual conference in Pittsburgh today, the American Copy Editors Society announced the winners of its 2014 National Headline Contest. Below is a partial list of the first-place winners, as well as a sample of some of their winning headlines.

  • Individual, circulation of more than 200,000: Steve Eames of The Los Angeles Times. “A Ripening on Vine St.,” “Duplicating ‘Lego’ success is no snap,” “Mosquito dragnet is cast.”
  • Individual, circulation of between 100,000 and 200,000: Cameron Carlow of the Omaha World-Herald. “Kyle Kinman only starts with K’s,” “Lefty’s game not quite right,” “Spieth still a little green for jacket.”
  • Individual, online: Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, NBCUniversal. “Here’s the kicker: This homecoming queen also stars on her school’s football team,” “Love is in the air: Heart-shaped cloud forms above bridal couple,” “Walken?
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Reporters use Yik Yak to get instant audience take on Ted Cruz’s big campaign speech

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Earlier this morning, Senator Ted Cruz declared his candidacy for President of the United States before a packed auditorium at Liberty University. But while most reporters dutifully wrote down his promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act and get rid of the IRS, a strikingly large number of scribes turned to a new resource to get a fresh take on an otherwise by-the-numbers story: Yik Yak.

Yik Yak, the location-based social media app that allows users to chat anonymously with other people within a ten-mile radius, is particularly popular among colleges students. While thousands of Liberty University students cheered Cruz’s speech, a few took to Yik Yak to share some less enthusiastic sentiments. And some members of the media perked up, took notice, and suggested that the Yik Yak chatter, not the applause, was a better sampling of how these students really felt. Read more

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President calls on Iran to release Jason Rezaian

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President Barack Obama on Friday called for the release of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been imprisoned there on unspecified charges since July.

In addition to Rezaian’s release, Obama also asked the Iranian government to free two other Americans and help locate former FBI agent Robert Levinson. Reid J. Epstein reports:

“At this time of renewal, compassion, and understanding, I reiterate my commitment to bringing our citizens home and call on the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and Jason Rezaian and to work cooperatively with us to find Robert Levinson so that they all can be safely reunited with their families as soon as possible,” Mr. Obama said.

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Washington Post appoints Wesley Lowery to new law enforcement beat

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The Washington Post announced Friday the creation of a new beat focused on “the interactions between law enforcement officials and their communities,” a topic that will be covered by national politics reporter Wesley Lowery.

The announcement, which was made in conjunction with a series of job moves at The Post, comes months after Lowery was assigned to cover the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown. During his coverage of the story in August, Lowery was arrested along with The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly.

According to the announcement, Lowery’s new assignment is a result of “the reporting skill and digital relentlessness he displayed in covering Ferguson.” He will “delve deeply into the reasons behind the tensions that exist between minority communities and police” and work on an as-yet unannounced digital project with The Post’s local desk. Read more

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Plagiarism questions at Chicago paper owned by a state legislator

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Illinois state Sen. Steven M. Landek (D)

Illinois state Sen. Steven M. Landek (D)

The Better Government Association (BGA), a Chicago-based investigative journalism nonprofit, has accused the editors of the Desplaines Valley News of plagiarizing numerous stories in a series of unsigned editorials. The co-owners of the paper are Illinois state Sen. Steven M. Landek (D) and former Chicago Sun-Times editorial page editor Mark Hornung, who resigned from that position in 1995 after being accused of plagiarism.

In the article published yesterday, reporters with the BGA claimed that 14 editorials published in the suburban weekly contained similar or identical language found in stories published by other news outlets around the country, including The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and seven additional journals and web sites. Read more

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SXSW report: Washington Post’s digital numbers even better than officials claimed

According to Capital New York, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron and Chief Information Officer Shailesh Prakash gave a presentation at the South by Southwest Interactive festival on how the technological innovations introduced by Jeff Bezos have changed the newspaper’s fortunes. And they made a remarkable claim: according to numbers produced by comScore, the Post’s number of unique visitors jumped 71 percent in a single year, to roughly 42.6 million in December.

But according to comScore, the Post’s numbers are even better if you look at what happened in February. comScore Vice President of Marketing and Insights Andrew Lipsman claims that in February, The Washington Post’s number of unique visitors jumped to more than 48 million, a 63 percent increase over the same month last year. Read more

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Career Beat: Nathan Brown named general manager of video at HuffPost Studios

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Nathan Brown is now general manager of video at HuffPost Studios. Previously, he was general manager of video and TV for Complex Media. Roy Sekoff is now president and chief creative officer of HuffPost Studios. Previously, he was president of HuffPost Live. (Email)
  • David Firestone will be managing editor of FiveThirtyEight. Previously, he was special projects editor of The New York Times editorial board. (Poynter)
  • Leon Wieseltier is now the Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was literary editor of The New Republic. (Politico)
  • Rich Battista will be president of People and Entertainment Weekly. He is CEO of Mandalay Sports Media. (Time Inc.
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran to leave The Washington Post

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a senior correspondent and associate editor at The Washington Post, is leaving the paper to create a media company that will partner with Starbucks:

In a post on his Facebook page, Chandrasekaran writes that the new company will produce “nonfiction, social-impact content, some of it in partnership with the Starbucks Coffee Co.” The company will start with producing television and film projects around Chandrasekaran’s 2014 book “For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice.”

Chandrasekaran has had several jobs at The Post, including national editor, assistant managing editor and Baghdad bureau chief, according to his website. Read more

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