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Guardian editor wins European Press Prize for NSA coverage

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The Guardian's editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, poses in a photo with a mangled piece of metal alongside a story Monday announcing his European Press Prize for leading a team of reporters on their NSA coverage.

What he's holding isn't the award, though, but one of the mangled hard drives containing National Security Agency files that Rusbridger and staff at The Guardian destroyed last year under government orders.

The Guardian was given "The Special Award" by judges at the European Press Prize – Europe's equivalent of the Pulitzers – at a ceremony in London which brought together leading journalists, editors and commentators from across the continent. Announcing the award, BBC Today presenter Justin Webb said Snowden had been "the biggest global story of the year". The series of revelations about the extent of state surveillance had "set alarm bells ringing throughout the world."

While accepting the award, The Guardian reported, Rusbridger spoke about destroying those hard drives. (more...)

Forget green, we’re still in winter white

Usually on days with unusual weather (such as snow on St. Patrick's Day in many places,) I turn to the Newseum for a collection of front pages. But, "Due to inclement weather, the Newseum will be closed Monday, March 17," they announced on Facebook.
"No front page uploads either?" one woman asked.

Those fronts are up now, but it looks like most newspapers in snowy places chose to focus on other things today on their fronts (and I don't blame them. It's March 17.)

You can peruse the pages of many publications who had to shovel out this morning, though, including The Washington Post, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger and The (Wilmington, Del.) News-Journal.

Here are some Associated Press photos that also show little green on this St. Patrick's Day.

Outside an office building in Baltimore on Monday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The White House in Washington viewed through the fence on Monday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
A commuter on Monday morning in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

There are a lot of shamrocks around mastheads today, but this one's the winner so far.


Reuters’ Ryan McCarthy will oversee Washington Post’s Wonkblog

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Ryan McCarthy will oversee The Washington Post's Wonkblog and help out with Jim Tankersley's yet-unnamed collection of "new writers and data wizards," the Post announced Thursday.

At Reuters McCarthy edits Counterparties alongside Felix Salmon. "If you’re building a world-class roster of digital brands, you hire world-class talent to help manage them," a memo from Post business honchos says.

When Ezra Klein left the Post to start his new venture, since named Vox, the Post announced its intention to continue Wonkblog and Know More, his franchises there. "We plan to continue building those brands and expanding their reach," the Post said.

David Broder in 1998: The ‘Internet and Clinton will crash simultaneously’

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In an early Web chat, Washington Post columnist David Broder engaged with readers in a then-fresh way. "Typing at a computer terminal in The Post newsroom, Broder answered about 30 of the more than 600 question you posted," the Post writes in its account of the transaction.

Some of the exchanges are quite plangent:
Kalamazoo, Mich.: I was surprised that Tim Russert, who I respect as a good journalist, had Matt Drudge on "Meet the Press." Do you think that this gives legitimacy to Drudge?

David Broder: I was surprised, too. Meet the Press is in the business of giving people news and I didn't think Drudge's appearance furthered that goal.
There's more Internet skepticism at the end: (more...)

Dave McKenna returns to writing about sports for Washington Post

This Sunday's Washington Post Magazine has three words on its cover that are kind of significant: "By Dave McKenna." It's not news that McKenna writes for the Post -- he has served as a concert reviewer for the paper for years. But this is a story about sports. And the story of how Dave McKenna stopped writing about sports for The Washington Post is worth repeating. As David Carr told the story in 2006: (more...)

Washington Post video honcho leaves for McClatchy

Senior Editor for Video Andy Pergam will leave The Washington Post to "help The McClatchy Company develop its digital video strategy," a memo from Post Executive Editor Marty Baron and Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz tell staffers in an email. Pergam helped launch PostTV, the company's video initiative, which began a rethink in late 2013, moving from shows to “easily digestible segments."

Pergam will also work on his Spark Camp project, Baron and Garcia-Ruiz say in their memo.

Full thing: (more...)

Ukrainian journalists work together to preserve documents for YanukovychLeaks

Global Investigative Journalism Network | The Washington Post

A group of Ukrainian journalists spent the weekend working to preserve "tens of thousands of documents" that were dumped in a reservoir behind the abandoned estate of fleeing Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, Drew Sullivan reported Tuesday for Global Investigative Journalism Network.

The reporters then did something remarkable. They made a decision to cooperate among all the news organizations and to save first and report later. It wasn’t an easy decision. But it was clear that if they didn’t act, critical records of their own country’s history could be lost.

A Washington Post story about the capture of a Mexican drug lord mistakenly said the man was arrested while sleeping with his secretary:

An earlier version of this story erroneously said that Joaquín Guzmán was found in bed with his secretary. He was found with his wife. This version has been corrected.

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In a wide-ranging Playboy interview with Jeff Bercovici, Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton talked about why he respected Steve Jobs, hates liberals and isn’t particularly interested in wearable computing. He also talked about some media competitors:

PLAYBOY: If you’re Jeff Bezos, what do you do with The Washington Post?

DENTON: Obviously you apply the Amazon recommendation engine. The interesting move would be to see whether you could take an entire newspaper-reading population and wean them off print. The price of Kindles is coming down. How much would it cost to bundle a Kindle with your subscription to The Washington Post? Discontinue the print and, as a gift, give everybody a Washington Post reader that can also buy books for them. That’s what I’d do. That’s what Bezos would do if he were ballsy.

Jeff Bercovici, Playboy (via Kinja)


Washington Post names new reader representative

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Alison Coglianese will succeed Doug Feaver as The Washington Post's "reader representative," the Post announced Thursday. She will "help make sure that reader questions and complaints are directed to the right place and responded to appropriately," the announcement says. "She will also answer questions from time to time on the Ask the Post blog."

Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt told Joe Strupp in January that Coglianese may assume the role.

The Post did away with a traditional ombudsman role last March, saying "media writers inside and outside The Post will continue to hold us accountable for what we write." Feaver explained to Poynter's Craig Silverman why he wouldn't be an ombudsman: I’m not [charged with] holding the newsroom accountable,” he said.