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NYT doesn’t remember call from Bradley Manning

New York | The Huffington Post | National Journal | Guardian
In his plea Thursday, U.S. PFC Bradley Manning said he’d tried to leak diplomatic cables to three news outlets, but he couldn’t get through to any of them.

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Pexton: Ombudsman can get answers from reporters who won’t answer readers

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During an exit interview during his last week as The Washington Post’s ombudsman, Patrick Pexton told “Kojo Nnamdi Show” guest host Paul Brown that one of the benefits of his job was that he could get answers from reporters who refused to respond to readers’ emails. In so doing, he echoed a point he made in a column he wrote about leaving, in which he said the ombudsman is “often the newsroom’s backstop,” for reporters who “have more demands on them than ever before to be faster, to write more, to tweet, blog, take photos, videos and all the rest.”

Pexton said he thought the Post had a “slightly wrong emphasis” on digital operations, because print brought in more revenue. The care and feeding of those print readers, he said, was a big part of his day.… Read more

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WaPo photog on ‘impressionist’ shot landing on front page: ‘Pinch me’

Washington Post photographer Michael S. Williamson writes in a Facebook post that he filed his picture of Capitol Hill townhouses through a rain-streaked car window to “see how ‘artsy’” his employer would be “willing to go…Then THE BOSS calls and says that it will grace the front page of the Washington Post tomorrow. Pinch me.”

Front page courtesy the Newseum. Click front page for larger view.
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Washington Post gets closer to real-time fact checking with new Truth Teller prototype

Truth Teller | Knight Foundation
Politicians lie.

Journalists try to point out those lies, but usually at some later time and in a different medium. That gap in time and distance is just enough to let the original lie take root in the public’s mind before the truth catches up, if it ever does.

Closing that gap is the holy grail of professional fact checkers. PolitiFact made some progress in last year’s election with the Settle It! mobile app that empowers users to look up fact-checks at the precise moment they need them. Dan Schultz at MIT has worked on a browser plugin called Truth Goggles that highlights truths and falsehoods on whatever Web page you’re currently reading.… Read more

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Report: Washington Post suspends William Booth

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The Washington Post has suspended William Booth, Alexander C. Kaufman reports. The Post apologized earlier this week, saying Booth lifted copy from an article by a University of Southern California professor in a story he wrote about the Panama Canal.

Booth is the paper’s bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Kaufman has a letter from Post Executive Editor Marty Baron to Andrea Hricko, the professor to whose work Booth helped himself. The plagiarism “represented a serious violation of our ethics standards,” Baron writes.

We are also taking severe and appropriate action with regard to the reporter, William Booth. Violations of The Washington Post’s standards bring serious consequences.

“I believe that the Washington Post acted with integrity and responsibility in this case,” Hricko told Kaufman.… Read more

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Washington Post clarifies practices and standards for corrections

In an email to staff this morning, The Washington Post clarified its practices and standards for online corrections. The email was signed by three top editors, including Executive Editor Marty Baron, and was a succinct expression of the paper’s method for adding corrections online. 

The full memo follows, with some context and commentary from me.

In an effort to ensure that errors online are corrected as quickly as possible, we want to clarify our standards in this area and announce some changes to the process.

* We are committed to accuracy and transparency. We generally revise the story to make it accurate AND append a correction to the file. Typically, online corrections read like this: “Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported …”

It always boggles my mind when I see an online article that has a correction but that also leaves the mistake within the text of the story.… Read more

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Washington Post fact-checker, columnist fact-check each other

ABC News | The Washington Post | The Washington Post
Representatives from the nation’s fact-checking apparatus will gather Wednesday at the National Press Club to discuss “the less-than-factual lines President Obama and Mitt Romney are likely to spin” at their debates, Amy Bingham reports. FactCheck.org, the Associated Press, The Washington Post and Politifact, which is owned by Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times, all plan to send red-pencilers.

The first debate is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler appears to be all set for fact-checking’s Super Bowls: Monday morning he published a takedown of a claim in a political ad based on a Marc Thiessen column that ran in The Washington Post.

In the piece, Kessler goes to work on Thiessen’s thesis that “more than half the time, the commander in chief does not attend his daily intelligence meeting.” He goes into wonk-glazing detail on the presidential daily briefing (PDB) and concludes it’s a “a misguided attack because Obama has chosen to receive his information in a different manner than his predecessor.” Three Pinocchios, ruleth the fact-checker.… Read more

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5 new apps track, fact-check political news as election season intensifies

CNN | ReadWriteWeb

Time to hit the app stores, politics junkies. As the party conventions and fall election season arrive, a bunch of new mobile applications are launching that help users get the latest news, engage in conversation, fact-check claims and inspect the source of advertising.

The Washington Post today released an update to its WP Politics for iPad app, adding a new section called “The Forum” with easily browsable Twitter lists that organize more than 300 relevant accounts into six groups: news outlets, campaigns, partisans, prominent office holders, fact checkers, and jesters (like @ColbertReport and @LOLGOP).

There’s also a “trending” section at the top that highlights the most-retweeted items from each category. The goal, Washington Post director of mobile products Ken Dodelin told me, is to make tweets accessible and relevant to the many people who don’t use Twitter themselves.… Read more

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Recovering newspapermen recount industry’s path from innovative to ‘obsolete’

Recovering Journalist | International Business Times | American Legion Magazine
Mark Potts writes a what-might-have-been essay, tracing the rise and stall of digital innovation at The Washington Post in the 1990s. It begins with a 1992 memo from then-Washington Post Managing Editor Robert G. Kaiser to Publisher Don Graham, after attending a conference of leading technologists in Silicon Valley.

The Kaiser memo, sent 20 years ago this month, forecast that computers would cause seismic changes in media and called for the Post to invent new forms of digital news:

Many at the conference talked about the way we tend to use new media first to replicate the products produced by old media — so early TV consisted of visible radio shows, for example. With this in mind, our electronic Post should be thought of not as a newspaper on a screen, but (perhaps) as a computer game converted to a serious purpose.

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