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

Scripps Howard Foundation
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.

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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 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… Read more


Washington Post preserves environmental coverage while moving staff

The Huffington Post | Slate
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.

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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


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.… Read more


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

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


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


Report: Washington Post suspends William Booth

The Wrap
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