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Washington Post on right path with Amazon founder’s help, says The Economist

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There should be no more closely watched media transformation than what is playing out at The Washington Post.

It’s why one might check out the new edition of The Economist that offers a rather upbeat dissection of what’s playing out under new owner Jeff Bezos.

It concedes that there are many spots where “journalism is quite different from e-commerce: It is a lot harder to monopolize the market in ideas than to dominate the selling of books and baubles.” To wit:

The Post is in a business where competition for attention, and advertising, is far stronger than that Amazon faced when it was establishing itself. Other digital firms, including Facebook and Google, continue to disrupt the news business. Facebook is striking deals with newspapers in which it posts their articles directly on its platform in return for a cut of advertising revenues.

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Washington Post calls Tuesday closed trial of Jason Rezaian ‘shameful’

The Washington Post said it was “shameful” that the trial of its Tehran-based correspondent Jason Rezaian would be closed even to members of his family.

“The shameful acts of injustice continue without end in the treatment of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian,” said Post Executive Editor Martin Baron in a statement about a trial set to begin Tuesday.

“Now we learn his trial will be closed to the world. And so it will be closed to the scrutiny it fully deserves”

Baron also noted that his reporter was placed in isolation, denied medical care for months, saw his case “assigned to a judge internationally notorious for human rights violations” and was given just 90 minutes for one meeting with a court-approved attorney.

In addition, even on the eve of trial, no formal set of charges and evidence had been presented to him. Read more

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Iran trial for Post reporter may be both farce and good news

An espionage trial for the Washington Post bureau chief in Tehran may presage a speedy post-verdict release, according to one expert on internal Iranian politics.

After Tuesday’s word that Jason Rezaian will be tried next week in a Revolutionary Court, Iranian-American author-journalist Hooman Majd told me the timing seems significant in that it precedes any resolution of ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the U.S.

The latest deadline for finalizing a slew of complex nuclear issues is June 30. In a nation where trials usually take a few days — occasionally a week or two at most—that means the climax of Rezaian’s frustrating drama is imminent.

There were questions as to whether the Iranians would put him on trial before the seeming deadline for the negotiations, according to Majd, who is a contributor to Foreign Affairs magazine. Read more

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The Washington Post opens a satellite software development office

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The Washington Post announced Thursday that it has opened a software development office in Reston, Virginia, “that fosters collaboration and innovation.”

“Engineering is a critical part of The Washington Post today. We have software developers and designers embedded with our journalists and our sales teams, creating an environment that fosters rapid experimentation and invention,” said Shailesh Prakash, Chief Information Officer at The Post. “This office will ensure that we provide a convenient center of innovation for our many talented engineers and designers who live in Northern Virginia and also help us attract the best technology talent the region has to offer.”

On Wednesday, Poynter reported on the Post’s new test sites, which draw from both the Kindle Fire app and the print world. Read more

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The Washington Post’s new Web experiment hopes to offer up some serendipity

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Screen shot of the pinch view of The Washington Post’s test Web experience

Climb up three steps from The Washington Post’s fifth-floor newsroom to the sixth floor, then head down two flights of steps via a wrought iron staircase. There, you’ll find Team Rainbow. It’s a collaborative place for development, news and tech, and it’s where the Post’s latest Web experiment came from.

Remember the office space in “Being John Malkovich?”

“Yeah, so we work there,” said Julia Beizer, director of mobile product at the Post. Beizer works in this weird part of the Post’s building with Cory Haik, executive producer and senior editor, digital news, with IOS developers, Web developers, Android developers, product designers, news designers, producers and editors.

The sign outside Rainbow Team's space at The Washington Post. (Photo by Cory Haik, The Washington Post)

The sign outside Rainbow Team’s space at The Washington Post.

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WaPo corrects: ‘Barbara Ann’ is by the Beach Boys, not The Beatles. No wait, it’s by The Regents.

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On Monday, The Washington Post added this correction to a story by Aaron Blake titled “21 percent of Republicans want to take military action against Iran. What?”

Here’s the correction:

Correction: This post initially attributed the song “Barbara Ann” to The Beatles. It is, in fact, a Beach Boys song. The author of this post would blame his relative youth, but as a fan of the oldies, this would be dishonest. He would instead like to extend his sincerest apology for this egregious error and promise that it will not be repeated.

It’s followed by this clarification:

Clarification: As Ed Morrissey notes, the song was originally written and sung by The Regents and later covered by the Beach Boys. So the author of this post is clearly having one of those days.

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The magic of ‘experiment land’ in legacy newsrooms

Masuma Ahuja and Sarah Marshall had never met before. Once the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media kicked off on April 12, though, they soon discovered they had plenty in common.

Ahuja and Marshall, two of the 25 women in the inaugural Leadership Academy class, are both tasked with helping their legacy media organizations experiment with new technologies, platforms and forms of storytelling.

That can be a tough proposition in any newsroom, and places as revered at The Washington Post, where Ahuja is a national digital editor, and The Wall Street Journal, where Marshall oversees social media for Europe, Middle East and Africa, pose their unique challenges.

The duo is up to the task. Midway through the leadership week, they sat together for a short conversation about what it takes to push newsrooms to experiment. Read more

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Rezaian is likely the victim of internal Iranian politics

FILE - In this April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, right, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian correspondent for the Abu Dhabi-based daily newspaper, The National, attend a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. Rezaian was detained in Tehran on July 22, 2014 along with Salehi, and two photojournalists. Rezaian, who was born and spent most of his life in the United States, is the only one of the four still behind bars. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

2013 file photo: Jason Rezaian, right, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian correspondent for the Abu Dhabi-based daily newspaper, The National. Rezaian was detained in Tehran on July 22, 2014 along with Salehi, and two photojournalists. Rezaian, who was born and spent most of his life in the United States, is the only one of the four still behind bars. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter stuck in an Iran prison for nine months on suspicions of espionage, is likely a victim of tricky internal politics that stem from his own dual citizenship, according to one expert.

Rezaian is California-born but the son of an Iranian father, a fact that may partly explain why many observers believe the charges brought against him are dubious. Read more

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Judith Miller talks smack in new book

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Erik Wemple, The Washington Post’s media blogger, reports a few of the dishier details to be found in former New York Times reporter Judith Miller’s new book, “The Story: A Reporter’s Journey.” Miller, Wemple writes, details how she threatened a nervous, pacing Bill Keller over the first draft of an editor’s note apologizing for sloppy reporting in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, specifically citing many of her stories. “You’ll also have to explain why I’ll be denouncing my own paper on CNN,” Miller claims she told him. Miller also sticks it to former Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz and Howard Gardner, a Harvard professor who once cited Miller as an example of how not to act responsibly in the workplace — but didn’t mention her Pulitzer Prize. Read more

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U.Va fraternity chapter will hit Rolling Stone with ‘all available legal action’

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According to CNN Money, the University of Virginia chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, whose members were accused of gang-raping a female student in a now-discredited Rolling Stone story, plans to pursue “all available legal action” against the magazine.

The fraternity issued a statement denouncing the “reckless reporting by Rolling Stone magazine,” but has not yet determined when any such legal action will be filed in court.

On Sunday, Rolling Stone released a review, conducted by a team from the Columbia Journalism School, of how writer Sabrina Erdely and the magazine’s editors could have failed to notice discrepancies in the account of “Jackie,” the student who claimed to have been raped in 2012. The report concluded that Erdely and her editors did not adequately contact the members of the fraternity and ask them to review the claims made against them. Read more

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