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Debating whether to lower the paywall for big news? Think about the public (and reader goodwill)

There's a well-established playbook for digital journalists when tragedy, or some other big breaking news story, strikes a community. Reporters and photographers fan out across the affected area, becoming roving news bureaus as they publish images and bulletins to Instagram and Twitter. Back in the newsroom, editors make room for the coverage on a liveblog or clear out airtime … Read More
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Are you ready to cover (and work through) Blizzard 2016?

On Monday, WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show will launch a reboot with a tighter local focus. "The ethos of the show is to be the meeting place for conversations Washingtonians care about," said Michael Martinez, a producer for the show. "In that sense, the storm is gonna be the conversation on Monday, and this will put us smack dab … Read More
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ESPN’s The Undefeated will launch in 2016

After a series of setbacks that included the ousting of founding editor Jason Whitlock, ESPN's site focusing on the intersection of race and sports is primed for a launch in 2016. That's according to Kevin Merida, the former Washington Post managing editor who left his post late last year to replace Whitlock at the helm of The Undefeated. Read More
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Coaches’ Corner: The story behind ‘An American void’

Coaches' corner Once upon a time, there were writing coaches in newsrooms across the country, and then, there weren't. In this new monthly feature, we hope to help writers and editors by sharing advice about storytelling and enterprise. ----------------------------------------- The story: An American void, by Stephanie McCrummen From: The Washington Post When it ran: Sept. Read More
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4 steps in the writing process of David Maraniss

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author and Journalist David Maraniss talked about the four pillars of his writing process at the Poynter Institute 40th Anniversary Speaker Series. (Photo by Tom Cawthon)David Maraniss views his writing process as a four-legged table. The Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post journalist shared his process Wednesday night as part of The Poynter Institute’s 40th Anniversary Speaker Series. It’s … Read More
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Washington Post's new HQ will memorialize Michel du Cille, Ben Bradlee, the Grahams

The Washington Post 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 … Read More
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Here are 81 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 … Read More
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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)It's a diplomatic version of "Let's Make a Deal," absent the audience members in goofy outfits As Washington Post correspondent Jason … Read More
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The Washington Post will publish every story on Facebook's Instant Articles

The Washington Post | Re/code 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 … Read More
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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 … Read More
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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 … Read More
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'PostTV' is now 'Washington Post Video'

The Washington Post 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 … Read More
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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. Read More
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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 … Read More