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Videolicious: One way reporters can make and file decent videos from their iPhones

There were few specifics in the Chicago Sun-Times’ announcement that it had laid off its photographers and tasked its reporters with capturing photos and video via iPhone. For instance: How in the heck will reporters capture quality video if they have little or no video experience?

One possible answer may be found at The Washington Post, which has deputized some of its reporters to create videos using an iOS app called Videolicious. Post deputy editor of video Jonathan Forsythe stresses that while the paper does “not have any plans for Videolicious to ever replace our high-quality video stories shot and reported by our video department,” some of its journalists have made popular Web-ready videos since it began training staff to use the tool late last year. Read more

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Washington Post Co. shuts 2 Maryland papers

Gazette.Net | The Frederick News-Post

The Washington Post Co. announced Wednesday it would stop publishing the Frederick County, Md., editions of its Gazette newspapers. Post-Newsweek Media CEO Karen Acton said the move “became necessary due to changes in the market conditions in Frederick,” a county about 40 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.

Wednesday’s editions of the Frederick papers were their last, and 18 full-time employees and 12 part-time employees lost their jobs, Post Co. spokesperson Rima Calderon told Cara R. Anthony of the Frederick News-Post. Post-Newsweek Media still prints Gazette papers in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, as well as the weekly Fairfax County Times in Virginia and newspapers in Southern Maryland. Read more

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How the Washington Post made its election-predictor tool

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NPR news apps developer Jeremy Bowers discusses in Knight-Mozilla OpenNews’ Source the legwork that went into the Washington Post’s election predictor app.

Bowers worked with the Post’s Ezra Klein and graphics editor Emily Chow to produce the tool, which launched in April 2012 using economic data models from to predict the likelihood of President Obama being re-elected. In the essay, Bowers says the work of political science professors John Sides at George Washington University, Lynn Vavreck at UCLA, and Seth Hill at Yale (now of UC-San Diego) was integral to the process. Read more

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The latest on new HQs for NPR, Miami Herald and Washington Post

NPR officially moves into a new headquarters in Washington, D.C. today, five years after it bought the property and began planning for the move.

NPR had been based in a narrow triangular building in the Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood since 1994. The new headquarters is a historically preserved, four-story warehouse from the 1920s, joined with a new seven-story office tower on North Capitol Street. It offers much more space, including “a two-story open newsroom with broadcast and production studios,” as well as views of the Capitol.

 

The historic NPR sign was relocated to the new building Monday morning.

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Denver Post, San Antonio Express-News among Scripps Howard award winners

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Spencer S. Hsu won the Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize for investigative reporting in this year’s Scripps Howard Awards, announced Thursday. Hsu’s articles on forensic science “exposed the Department of Justice’s use of flawed data in more than 20,000 criminal convictions,” the awards text reads.

Other winners include Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe and Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune for their series on flame retardant furniture, Lisa Krantz of the San Antonio Express-News for her photojournalism, and the Denver Post for its breaking-news coverage of the July 2012 Aurora, Colo., theater shootings. The New York Times won in the digital innovation category for “Snow Fall.” The Post’s Aurora coverage and “Snow Fall” also both won ASNE awards.

Previously: SABEW, Selden Ring, SND winners announced as awards season heats up | Austin Tice, David Corn win Polk Awards Read more

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Washington Post appoints its first ‘reader representative’

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Doug Feaver “will serve as an advocate for readers, responding to their questions and concerns,” the Post announced today.

Doug Feaver

Feaver was a career Postie — a reporter and editor for 29 years on the Business, Metro and National desks. He then became executive editor of washingtonpost.com in 1998 and retired in 2005. He stayed involved for a few more years with a blog called dot.comments that responded to reader comments on the site.

The Post just ended its ombudsman program, replacing it with this new reader representative. Unlike Patrick Pexton and other Post ombudsmen of the past, the reader rep is a Post employee (not an independent contractor) and will not have a regular weekly print column.

It seems the primary outlet of expression for Feaver and assistant reader representative Alison Coglianese will be a blog on washingtonpost.com. Feaver is on Twitter (@feaverdb), but has barely used it since 2011.

Related: Washington City Paper writer appoints himself as the Post’s new ombudsman

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Washington Post preserves environmental coverage while moving staff

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Juliet Eilperin is switching from The Washington Post’s environment beat to its “online strike force” in politics. Rest easy, those of you concerned by The New York Times’ decision to shutter its Green blog not long after closing down its environment pod — the move doesn’t reflect a change in the number of people the Post will throw at environment coverage.

“Darryl Fears is still on the environment beat for us and Juliet’s position will be backfilled,” Post spokesperson Kris Coratti writes to Poynter in an email, using the latter term to indicate Eilperin’s opening will likely be filled by someone within the company. Eilperin, she adds, “is also taking her expertise with her — she will be reporting on the debate over climate change and environmental policy from her White House perch.”

Will Oremus counts some of “the 65-odd other Times blogs that did not get the axe”:

Five blogs on culture and media, including “The Carbetbagger,” about awards shows; “After Deadline: Notes from the newsroom on grammar, usage and style;” and “Media Decoder,” a media-industry blog that so far has not seen fit to cover the Times’ own elimination of its “Green” blog.

The Post does not have a science blog. Read more

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Washington Post hires fourth Ford-funded investigative reporter

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John Sullivan, who helped lead a Philadelphia Inquirer team to a Pulitzer Prize with an examination of violence in Philadelphia schools, will join both The Washington Post and American University in May.

Sullivan’s position at the Post will be underwritten by a half-million-dollar grant the Ford Foundation announced last summer it would give the Post for government-accountability reporting. The Post hired Mike Sallah from the Miami Herald, Kimbriell Kelly from the Chicago Reporter and Amy Brittain from the Newark Star Ledger with some of that cash last year.

Sullivan, who left the Inquirer in 2011 to become a faculty member at Medill, will also teach investigative reporting at American University. Read more

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How The Washington Post created a breakout experience for cycling story

The Washington Post on Thursday became the latest news organization to take the increasingly fashionable step of blowing up its article template to present a feature story in a unique, immersive format.

In December, The New York Times blew some minds with its special multimedia presentation of “Snow Fall” — a six-part narrative about skiers trapped in an avalanche.

The Washington Post invented a similarly innovative presentation for sportswriter Rick Maese’s profile of professional cyclist Joe Dombrowski, a talented 21-year-old from the D.C. area who some hope will redeem the sport in a post-Armstrong era.

One section of the story has an interactive map of a cycling route, matched to audio interview clips and Dombrowski’s physical performance data from the ride.

The article presentation is notable for several reasons. Its full-width photos completely immerse the reader; multimedia elements blended throughout the text reinforce that deep experience; and the responsive design adapts to all screen sizes.

I asked Washington Post Information Designer Wilson Andrews, one of 12 Post staffers credited with contributions to the piece, to give us some background on how it came together.

Poynter: Where did the idea for this kind of presentation come from, and what were you aiming to accomplish by doing it this way?

Wilson Andrews: Because last year was an election year, much of what we did then had very specific focus. After the election, we took a step back and were able to broaden that focus somewhat and look to try new things.

This story presented a great opportunity for a new storytelling model that we had never tried. It was a sports feature that didn’t peg on something we normally do, and we had the fortune of a looser deadline because of that. Rick Maese was a great partner to work with, he had a lot of enthusiasm for and partnership with what we were trying to do, so that helps a lot.

Wilson Andrews

We wanted to try a new form because we want to elevate the experience that our readers have. They come to the Post to read stories from some of the best journalists in the world. We want our presentation, visual storytelling and the overall experience that our readers have to match that level of quality. At the root of it, when you plan and design your visuals specifically for a story, it allows for a much better story. It’s why I pursued a career in journalism.

How much time, resources, people went into building this?

Andrews: We started discussing the project in mid-January, about a week before Rick was to travel to Nice to report on Joe. The sports editor on the project, Mitch Rubin, approached me and representatives from other visual departments with the idea that this story could be elevated to a unique presentation. We were looking for opportunities for this format, and decided this story was a great one.

I worked on the design and front-end development of the project and got major art direction and style from Tim Wong and Sarah Sampsel in digital design. I probably started spending a majority of my time on the story in early February, and really crashed on it after we got the first draft a week and a half ago. Gene Thorp and Bonnie Berkowitz from graphics helped report and produce some of the graphics with me. Rick shot video in France, and videojournalist AJ Chavar shot interviews with Joe in Virginia. The footage from these two sources were edited by AJ to create the 5 videos in the piece. We had a freelance photographer shoot photos with Rick when he was in Nice. Our dedicated copy editor David Larimer spent the past week with all the different elements. And then in the past couple days we spun up a new WordPress instance and Yuri Victor and Amarilis Munoz helped me migrate the story prototype into the beginnings of a template that we plan to reuse in the future.

What plugins or other pieces of technology did you use, and how did they make it easier?

Andrews: The backbone of the project uses Bootstrap, an awesome responsive framework developed by Twitter that made it relatively painless to design for all devices. This was probably one of the biggest complexities of the project, that we wanted one page for all devices. And that one page had to look really good on all devices. This was our guiding standard.

As I mentioned, we deployed the project with WordPress, which is super flexible and easy to add features on the fly, especially in the ways we’ve used it at the Post. Yuri Victor and Greg Franczyk in IT get all the kudos for making WordPress work as a great templating engine for us.

One other way we made the page mobile-friendly was to lazy load almost all of the heavy, bandwidth-hogging visuals. We load videos and photos as you approach them in the story. That way, we don’t have to preload dozens of images and five videos when the user gets to the page. This was the biggest mobile performance improver by far.

Does this build off any previous projects? And do you expect to reuse this template in the future?

Andrews: This project was a ground-up, from-scratch implementation. We have a few in-house modifications to Bootstrap, but overall the project was very custom from the start. Now that we’ve done it, we’ve learned a lot, and we fully intend to re-use a large portion of this project to power other enterprise stories and custom presentations. Keep an eye out for much more visual goodness from the Post. Read more

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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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