The Washington Post


  • Don’t Even Think About Dropping Your User Comments

    Ron Stitt argues that killing user commenting on publishers’ owned-and-operated sites is about the worst move they can make, as it sabotages one of their best means of engagement. That engagement has a big impact on KPIs like low bounce rates and extended time on site, he says.  More | Comments (2)
  • Beacons Maturing Into Viable Sales Strategy

    Beacons are moving away from the experimental phase and into profitable sales strategy deployment. Matthew Davis describes two recent campaigns that showed this maturation in action as location-based marketing led to a dramatic uptick in click-through rates.   More | Add comment
  • WBRC Tops Birmingham’s Social Media Scene

    Raycom’s WBRC is Birmingham, Ala.’s clear leader among local media on social media performance according to Shareablee data. Shannon Maze, its news director, says Facebook is a crucial driver, as 66% of its web and mobile sessions start there. More | Add comment
  • Executive Changes At Publicis, Optimizely And Scorpion Marketing

    In her biweekly roundup of career moves, Kelly Benish looks at new faces at RocketSpace, ADP and more, anniversaries at iProspect, Affinity Express and beyond and numerous opportunities at companies including and Reelio.  More | Add comment
  • In Shreveport, La., KSLA Rules On Social Media

    Raycom-owned KSLA paces well ahead of its nearest competitor on social media performance among local media outlets, according to data from Shareablee. It boasts almost a million social actions over the last six months and also leads the market in overall fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • Lexington’s WLEX Leads Social Media By A Nose

    It’s a tight race on social media among local outlets in Lexington, Ky., where Cordillera’s WLEX leads the market in overall actions according to Shareablee data. Gray’s WKYT follows close behind, and passes for the lead on total fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • WPRO-AM Leads Providence-New Bedford Social Media

    WPRO, a Cumulus-owned station, holds a commanding lead over its local competition on social media according to data from Shareablee. The talk station boasts both the market’s highest number of social actions in the last six months and the most fans/followers.  More | Add comment
  • We’re All Accountable For Sales

    GateHouse Media’s Jason Taylor is a sales dynamo who has long been inspiring publishers. Here, Mary M. Collins channels some of his recent advice for sales teams from holding daily meetings to ride-alongs, content quizzes and always keeping a commitment to meaningful training.    More | Add comment
  • WPTV Tops On Social in West Palm

    Scripps-owned WPTV laps its closest competitor in terms of total social actions over the last six months according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley reports that the station has adopted an aggressive Facebook video strategy, using Facebook Live to complement its broadcasts, while major local events like the Orlando shooting underscored the platform's utility.  More | Add comment
  • Papers Must Use Data To Shape Their Monetization Plans

    Troubled newspapers can’t afford a one-size solution to their monetization strategy, Arvid Tchivzhel and Taohang Zhang argue. Rather, the answers lie in their first-party data, which can show them how to maximize total net revenue from both advertising and subscription revenue. More | Add comment
  • Facebook Propels WLBT To Social Leadership

    Raycom-owned WLBT has a commanding lead on social media among its local competitors in Jackson, Miss. according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley looks at the station’s Facebook playbook, which is helping drive such strong engagement.  More | Comments (1)
  • WCTI Leads Greenville, N.C. Social Media

    Bonten-owned WCTI holds a solid lead on local media competition among its Greenville, N.C. peers on social, according to data from Shareablee over the last six months. Gray’s WITN, meanwhile, captured the highest number of fans/followers on social.    More | Comments (3)
  • K-LOVE Dominates Fort Smith, Ark. Social

    Among local media on social in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark., Christian radio broadcaster K-LOVE rules by orders of magnitude according to Shareablee data. Only Tribune-owned KSFM comes remotely close in terms of total social actions over the last six months.  More | Add comment
  • WTVF Wins Nashville Social Media

    Scripps’ WTVF topped local media in social media actions over the past six months, but it’s in a close race with Meredith-owned WSMV, which bested it in terms of overall fans/followers according to Shareablee data. More | Add comment
  • In Knoxville, Radio Trounces TV On Social

    When it comes to performance on social media among local media outlets, TV and newspapers don’t hold a candle to radio. WIMZ-FM, a classic rock station, annihilates all comers on total social actions according to Shareablee data, while Scripps’ WKHT, better known as Hot 104.5, commands the vast majority of fans/followers. More | Comments (1)
  • ‘Tags Over Titles’ A Key Lesson For Publisher Videos

    Colorado’s Ballantine Communications has been aggressively producing video content for its newspapers. One of the most important takeaways, says CEO Doug Bennett, is that audiences gravitate to the topics they’re interested in far more than navigating a limited and prescribed slate of online “shows.”   More | Add comment
  • How To Build Your Digital-Age Newsroom

    Ron Stitt lays out a modern vision for the local TV newsroom staffed by multi-tasking, highly productive staffers serving up much more relevant, engaging content (and a lot more of it). Getting there, however, involves completely refiguring budgets and personnel, plus the willingness to do so.  More | Comments (1)
  • Video, Pot Show Promise For Denver Post

    Newsroom morale may have sunk with cutbacks and leadership departures at Digital First’s flagship Denver Post, but Reid Wicoff, its digital sales chief, says its struggles are inspiring innovation. Video — via its nascent DPTV effort — has been a boon, he tells NetNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp, and so has its pot vertical, The Cannabist. In an exclusive interview, he says digital now accounts for almost a third of the paper’s overall revenue.  More | Add comment
  • Now On Media’s CMS Checklist: Distributed Publishing, Monetization

    Many media companies are pushing back against monolithic content management systems, opting for a more flexible set of tools and more APIs. In this special report, Angela Misri looks at how integration with distributed publishing platforms, greater mobility and even monetization tools have risen to the top of media’s CMS needs and their providers’ roadmaps.   More | Comments (5)

Special Reports

Sullivan Breaks With WashPost Editorial Board In Calling for Snowden Pardon
The Washington Post, Sep 20, 2016, 12:17 PM EDT
WashPost Argues For No Pardon For Snowden
The Washington Post, Sep 19, 2016, 6:29 AM EDT
WashPost Sees Five Times Mobile Boost From Google's Progrssive Web App, Sep 12, 2016, 6:41 AM EDT
WashPost Flips The Script On Facebook And Will Watch Its Trending Lines
The Washington Post, Sep 1, 2016, 6:29 AM EDT
You might hear Elvis Costello's "Watching the Detectives" faintly playing as The Washington Post puts the spotlight on Facebook for a change. Caitlin Dewey explains that given the tumult in its Trending Topics area (which most recently saw the dismissal of all of its human chaperones), "Every hour, on the hour, we’re logging the stories that trend on Facebook, Google and Twitter and compiling it into a daily email news digest." They'll be tracking priorities, timing and what gets left out, and it'll be fascinating to see how the platform handles the scrutiny.  Link | Add comment
Washington Post Reporter Barred From Entering A Trump-Pence Rally
The Washington Post, Jul 28, 2016, 2:23 PM EDT
Jose DelReal, a reporter for the Post covering Trump, was turned down for credentials before the event, then patted down and removed from a general admission line by private security. While Trump has refused press credentials for certain outlets in the past, this is the first time the campaign has stopped a journalist from entering an event as a private citizen. Chris Cillizza examines the implications of this precedent-setting move by the Trump campaign.    Link | Comments (1)
How The Washington Post Is Using Medium
Nieman Journalism Lab, Jul 21, 2016, 11:24 AM EDT
The Washington Post Is Engaging Readers Through Genius Annotations
Poynter, Jul 13, 2016, 3:02 PM EDT
The Post began experimenting with Genius last year, and journalists have since used the web annotator to provide commentary and context
to documents ranging from Facebook memos to Donald Trump speeches, Benjamin Mullin reports. Terri Rupar, The Post's national digital editor, says the results have been encouraging so far, adding "people will come back and have more thoughts and respond to other users in a way that's really interesting and encouraging." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Releases Bot For Messenger
WashPost PR Blog, Jul 12, 2016, 2:45 PM EDT
The new bot can share the day's trending stories, election alerts and updates from the Olympics, the Post announced in a press release on Tuesday. “With millions of people communicating on Messenger, we wanted to see how we can engage them with reading news in this experience,” said Joey Marburger, director of product at The Washington Post.  Link | Add comment
The Washington Post, Ascendant
New York Magazine, Jun 28, 2016, 10:33 AM EDT
Gabriel Sherman's longread is the story of a turnaround at the paper in the Jeff Bezos era with Marty Baron at the helm. Now, the Post "has its swagger back," Sherman writes, having "grown by 140 journalists and has won two Pulitzers," while more than doubling traffic to its website. But the stakes for its ongoing success are high, as with its rare combination of the right resources and leadership, if it can't make it, no other legacy paper is likely to, either.   Link | Add comment
Email Is Latest Weapon In Ad Blocking Wars
Digiday, Jun 23, 2016, 7:46 AM EDT
Some publishers are turning to email as a front on which to confront readers' ad-blocking behavior, Lucia Moses reports. They include The Washington Post and Epicurious, which are asking for registration, including email addresses, if freeloading readers want to keep reading. The ask is another way of exchanging value, but the risk is that it can also drive traffic away from the site.  Link | Add comment
Washington Post Finds New Revenue Stream In CMS
The Wall Street Journal, Jun 8, 2016, 2:39 PM EDT
On Wednesday, Argentina’s became the 11th news operation to license the Washington Post's digital content management system Arc Publishing, Lukas I. Alpert reports. While licensing fees vary widely depending on the size of the publisher, the Post's chief information officer Shailesh Prakash notes that the company is "seeing 60% to 80% profitability because it already exists and we don’t have to build specific pieces of software for a particular business.” WSJ subscribers can read more.    Link | Add comment
Washington Post Adds Infobae As Arc Publishing Partner
WashPost PR Blog, Jun 8, 2016, 7:44 AM EDT
The Globe And Mail Adopts WashPost's Arc CMS
The Washington Post PR Blog, Jun 1, 2016, 12:41 PM EDT
Washington Post To Create Custom Election Content For Apple News
Poynter, May 11, 2016, 6:59 AM EDT
"Election Essentials" will be a standalone briefing offered exclusively on Apple News each Monday. The weekly multimedia feature is an offshoot of the election coverage that the Post's emerging news products team has written and curated for Apple News since February. Kristin Hare interviews David Merrell, senior mobile product manager, and Chris Meighan, director of emerging news products, about the Post's approach to distributed content.    Link | Add comment
Doctor: Could Tribune's Arc Embrace Fend Off Gannett?
Nieman Journalism Lab, May 6, 2016, 11:40 AM EDT
It's difficult to imagine that adopting The Washington Post's Arc CMS will insulate Tribune Publishing by virtue of simple association with Jeff Bezos, but Ken Doctor ponders the prospect. The rationale: "Tribune Publishing could replace its behind-the-curve publishing systems with it" and if it wants "to build an industry-leading, data-crunching business, it needs to be built upon very good publishing tech." Link | Add comment
Special Report: CMS
Looking Ahead: What's Next In The CMS Space
May 2, 2016, 10:32 PM EDT
New tools, developments and shifts in the media CMS arena. Full Story | Add comment
Special Report: CMS
Now On Media’s CMS Checklist: Distributed Publishing, Monetization
NetNewsCheck, May 2, 2016, 10:34 PM EDT
Many media companies are pushing back against monolithic content management systems, opting for a more flexible set of tools and more APIs. In this special report, Angela Misri looks at how integration with distributed publishing platforms, greater mobility and even monetization tools have risen to the top of media’s CMS needs and their providers’ roadmaps.   Full Story | Comments (5)
Newspapers/ Development
The Washington Post Builds A News Chatbot
Digiday, Apr 5, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT
Not to be daunted by Microsoft's disaster with Tay, its own racist bot, the Post is looking to instill it with the paper's own personality and character (and to inoculate it against Tay-like hate-learning). The Post is in the game as it sees messaging as the latest distribution channel, Garett Sloane reports, and down the road there may even be a native monetization play within it.  Link | Add comment
Bill Green, Former WashPost Ombudsman, Dies
The Washington Post, Mar 31, 2016, 6:53 AM EDT
Jennifer Frey, Former WashPost Reporter, Dies
The Washington Post, Mar 30, 2016, 6:35 AM EDT
People/ Newspapers
Bezos And WashPost: The Depth Of Influence
Fortune, Mar 24, 2016, 1:06 PM EDT
For those looking for quantification into Jeff Bezos' shaping role at The Washington Post, this profile from Adam Lashinsky is a must-read. It transpires that Bezos does keep close tabs on the paper through twice-weekly meetings, though Editor Marty Baron says his chief role has been to "push us into the recognition that living in the world of the Internet is different from living in a print world." Link | Add comment
Mobile/ Newspapers
WashPost Sees 70% Of Its Traffic From Mobile
International Center for Journalists , Mar 23, 2016, 1:31 PM EDT
Benchmarking Newspapers' Recent Digital Traffic
Media Life Magazine, Mar 23, 2016, 7:37 AM EDT
Shifting Metrics At Washington Post
Washingtonian, Mar 18, 2016, 1:19 PM EDT
The Washington Post
crowed plenty when it first surpassed arch-rival The New York Times in unique visitors last year. Andrew Beaujon writes that now the Post has changed the narrative, focusing in its press releases on page views and burying the lede on UVs.  Link | Add comment
New WashPo Feature Makes Long Reads Easier
Nieman Lab, Mar 11, 2016, 12:53 PM EST
Marty Baron: Regaining Public Trust Is Journalism's Greatest Challenge
WAN-IFRA, Mar 11, 2016, 11:56 AM EST
“No question: trust is our greatest challenge. There is no greater one. We are constantly worried about resources, social media, monetization and all these kinds of things. All of those pale in comparison to this particular challenge,” says Marty Baron, Washington Post executive editor. In an interview with WAN-IFRA, Baron also says news organizations need to be thinking beyond just Web and digital and strategizing for mobile. Link | Add comment
Virtual Reality
WashPo Launches VR Journey To Mars
NetNewsCheck, Mar 11, 2016, 8:35 AM EST
The Washington Post's new virtual reality project allows users to navigate the surface of Mars with or without VR gear. The newspaper called the project the "first step in a long journey of democratizing virtual reality." Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Embraces Live Video On Facebook
Digiday, Mar 9, 2016, 2:27 PM EST
The Washington Post
will provide a deluxe second-screen experience for the politically obsessed of Wednesday's Democratic debate, including live behind-the-scenes coverage, analysis from debate moderators in advance of and directly after the event, as well as real-time observations from Post reporters through the broadcast. The Post’s Facebook live efforts also coincide with a greater focus on live content in general across the paper’s digital platforms. Link | Add comment
WashPo Stealth-Edits Nancy Reagan Obit
Mediaite, Mar 8, 2016, 8:00 AM EST
How WashPost Built Its Re-engagement Tool
Nieman Journalism Lab, Feb 19, 2016, 12:54 PM EST
The Washington Post'
s new Re-Engage tool looks at how long a reader has been idle on a page, then offers a pop-up suggesting other content. Shan Wang looks at the tool, developed on the Post's business side, the tech behind it and how the paper's "Red" development team is calibrating its functionality (the product came together in just a week initially).  Link | Add comment
Four Ways Newspapers Are Reaching Out To Millennials
Media Life Magazine, Feb 12, 2016, 7:19 AM EST
Podcasts/ Newspapers
Newspapers Try Their Hand At Podcasts
Nieman Journalism Lab, Jan 27, 2016, 1:19 PM EST
Largely inspired by "Serial," a number of newspapers are having their "hey, we can do that, too" moment and launching podcasts of their own. Shan Wang takes in a sample, from the Des Moines Register's take on the Iowa caucuses to "Detours," a culture show from the Detroit Free Press and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's "Unsolved," which tackles an unsolved murder in the vein of... you guessed it.  Link | Add comment
Television/ Publishing
TV Stations Guarded About Moving To Distributed Content
NetNewsCheck, Jan 27, 2016, 6:12 AM EST
Allowing original content to live entirely on other platforms has spread through online publishing with locomotive force. Some broadcasters are experimenting with it, but many worry it will erode traffic to their own websites and apps after spending years cultivating it.   Full Story | Comments (1)
Meyerson's WashPost Column End Prompts Outcry
HuffPost Media, Jan 4, 2016, 7:03 AM EST
Six Media Predictions For 2016
NetNewsCheck, Dec 30, 2015, 6:25 AM EST
Disruption will meet velocity in 2016, when trends like OTT and distributed publishing that have already shown their face will now accelerate with dramatic force. NetNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp looks at six media dynamics that will change the game in 2016. Full Story | Add comment
Social Media
WashPo, MIT Watch Political Topics On Twitter
The Washington Post, Dec 16, 2015, 9:51 AM EST
The Washington Post 
has teamed up with MIT Media Lab's Laboratory for Social Machines to see what topics Twitter users have been interested in this year. The lab, with an assist from Twitter HQ, can analyze all the tweets in the United States. Link | Add comment
WashPo Reports 71.6M Users In November
NetNewsCheck, Dec 15, 2015, 7:22 AM EST
The Washington Post
drew 71.6 million digital unique visitors in November, according to comScore data reported by the paper. The mark is a record for the newspaper, surpassing its previous high of 66.9 million. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Launches 'Floppy Candidate' Game
The Washington Post, Dec 14, 2015, 10:37 AM EST
The Washington Post
's new election 2016-themed mobile game, "Floppy Candidate," lets users play as their favorite presidential candidate and bob and weave their way through news-centric obstacles, from giant old-school tape recorders to the Washington Monument. On the way, they can snag gold coins and answer trivia questions about current events. "This isn’t an attempt to revolutionize the gaming world. The Post is made up of political reporters, not gamers," writes director of digital products and design Joey Marburger. "But the Post is pushing the limits on how to deliver content. That means experimenting, concocting, scheming and debating new and creative ways to help users engage with the news." Link | Add comment
Behind WashPo's Transition To HTTPS
The Washington Post, Dec 14, 2015, 7:41 AM EST
Journalism/ People
Baron On Paper Of Record Role: 'Find The Most Interesting Stories'
Nieman Journalism Lab, Dec 3, 2015, 11:26 AM EST
Apps/ Newspapers
How WashPost's Apps Are Impacted By Print Values, Dec 2, 2015, 1:25 PM EST
Cameron Barr Tapped As WashPost Managing Editor
Washington Post PR Blog, Dec 2, 2015, 10:53 AM EST
View: WashPost/NYT Traffic Fight Is Stupid
The Washington Post, Dec 2, 2015, 6:31 AM EST
Chris Cillizza looks at The Washington Post's recent record-setting leapfrog over The New York Times in monthly unique visitors and the ensuing Twitter sniffing from the more effete Times scribes. All of it, he asserts, is beside the point. "The operating principle... of any newsroom in this digital age should be to ensure your writers and reporters are stationed at every Internet street corner where people are hanging out," he writes.  Link | Add comment
Martin Baron: Journalism's Best-Loved Editor?
Esquire, Nov 24, 2015, 2:05 PM EST
Baxter Holmes probes the intense love, respect and loyalty that Washington Post editor Martin Baron has cultivated in colleagues, subordinates and competitors. Looking at the major professional eras of Baron's life so far, a portrait of a warm and inscrutable editor emerges.  Link | Add comment
Publishers Find Snapchat Uses Beyond Discover
Digiday, Nov 18, 2015, 7:34 AM EST
Publishers have clamored for a spot on Snapchat's coveted Discover channel, but it's a high-maintenance place to be. Lucia Moses reports on how publishers have found spaces outside that channel to engage with users, including moves from Mic, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and The Verge.  Link | Add comment
Facebook Launching New Notifications App Next Week With Multiple Media Partners
CNNMoney, Nov 5, 2015, 7:15 AM EST
Digital Advertising
WashPost Launches FlexPlay Video Ads
The Washington Post PR Blog, Nov 3, 2015, 10:35 AM EST
Will Instant Articles Drive Down Publishers' Website Traffic?
The Wall Street Journal, Oct 28, 2015, 1:45 PM EDT
It's a question that most publishers could probably see coming as the distributed content model gained traction: will Facebook's now-widely-rolled-out Instant Articles start having a negative impact on their own website traffic? The New York Times is already seeing its Instant Articles shared more than its own links. Jack Marshall looks at how it may change the weather.  Link | Add comment
Design/ Development
Study: Good Web Design Means More Attention To News Stories
The Washington Post, Oct 28, 2015, 6:44 AM EDT
Maybe this seems a little obvious, but a study from The Washington Post and the MediaBrain Lab at the Missouri School of Journalism of 80 readers and six online news stories finds that readers liked better designed news stories a lot more than those that weren't. Participants said those well-designed stories were -- duh -- easier to read, more enjoyable and more helpful. Alex Remington explains.  Link | Add comment
Iran Hints At Prisoner Exchange With Rezaian Conviction
The New York Times, Oct 12, 2015, 9:52 AM EDT
Journalism/ Design
The Coral Project Builds A Listening Tool
Nieman Journalism Lab, Oct 2, 2015, 1:19 PM EDT
The Coral Project, a partnership between The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Mozilla Foundation and the Knight Foundation, is embarking on its first product build, a listening tool that ascertains the trustworthiness of users. Joseph Lichterman reports on how the open source endeavor will work and its creators' goals.  Link | Add comment
Newspapers/ Development
WashPost's Arc Takes On First Passenger
Nieman Journalism Lab, Oct 1, 2015, 1:51 PM EDT
The Washington Post'
s Arc, a mashup between a content management system, a network of services and a platform, found its first white-label client in Willamette Week this week. Ken Doctor looks at the vessel of importance Arc is taking on for the paper and its potential for scale and revenue.  Link | Add comment
Granatstein Takes Helm At WP BrandStudio
The Washington Post PR Blog, Sep 25, 2015, 11:11 AM EDT
Technology/ Newspapers
Tech Deployment Lessons From WashPost
The Media Briefing, Sep 11, 2015, 7:07 AM EDT
Speaking at a New York conference Thursday, The Washington Post's CIO Shailesh Prakash offered tips for media companies to navigate the "dirty business" of technology. Among them: think about future technology, when it will arrive and how to prepare for it; pull no punches when measuring and analyzing their own product achievement; and think about fast development in terms of weeks.   Link | Add comment
PostTV Becomes Washington Post Video In Strategy Shift
The Washington Post PR Blog, Sep 10, 2015, 10:22 AM EDT
The Washington Post has rechristened its video effort as Washington Post Video, the company said Thursday, putting Micah Gelman at its helm. Among its initiatives will be increased video output, franchise segments around a number of its features and the creation of platform-specific content. Video editors and reporters will also now be embedded in the newsroom.  Link | Add comment
People/ Newspapers
WashPost's Steve Hills To Depart
The Washington Post PR Blog, Sep 8, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT
Steve Hills, the president and GM of The Washington Post and a 28-year veteran of the company, will leave his post at year's end, the company said Tuesday. His role will not be filled upon his departure, and the paper's executive team will take on broader responsibilities including new operational duties under CFO Steve Gibson.  Link | Add comment
Ken Doctor's 10 Fall Media Predictions
Nieman Journalism Lab, Sep 3, 2015, 1:56 PM EDT
Washington Post Reveals Homepage 'Refresh'
Politico Media, Aug 26, 2015, 7:32 AM EDT
The Washington Post
unveiled an 18-months-in-the-making homepage redesign on Wednesday, the last of its site pages to be revamped, Jeremy Barr reports. The Post said the change, which is powered by its proprietary ARC platform, marks the start of a whole new phase of development that will involve a "rethink" of major content placement and advertising.  Link | Add comment
WashPost's Baron On Free Expression Threats
The Washington Post, Aug 25, 2015, 6:50 AM EDT
Journalism/ Business
WashPost's Talent Network: Uber Of Freelancing?
MediaShift, Aug 25, 2015, 6:41 AM EDT
Dylan Baker considers the antiquated ways in which many freelancers must work even with digital publications, and he sees hope in The Washington Post's newly-introduced Talent Network. That platform eliminates barriers to entry for writers, is vetted manually and skews to areas of key need by the paper. In many ways, it looks a lot like what Uber is doing with rides.  Link | Add comment
Baron's Statement On Rezaian Trial Conclusion
The Washington Post, Aug 10, 2015, 10:36 AM EDT
Rezaian May Be Facing Last Iran Hearing
The Washington Post, Aug 10, 2015, 6:34 AM EDT
WashPost To Let Readers Annotate GOP Debate, Aug 6, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT
NY Times Vs. WashPost: Finally A Head-To-Head Battle?
Politico Media, Aug 6, 2015, 1:45 PM EDT
Ken Doctor says that The New York Times is taking far closer note of how The Washington Post is closing the distance between them, especially on digital. With the Post now claiming 90% of the monthly visitors of the Times, the two papers find themselves on something much closer to even ground than they have been on for a generation.  Link | Add comment
Larry H. Israel, Former WashPost Exec, Dies
The Washington Post, Jul 31, 2015, 7:53 AM EDT
Newspapers/ Design
Washington Post Introduces Knowledge Map
The Washington Post PR Blog, Jul 16, 2015, 11:44 AM EDT
The Washington Post
is testing out a new feature called Knowledge Map, the paper said on Thursday, that will let readers catch up on features by more seamlessly providing relevant background and additional information. "We designed Knowledge Map to work in a way that would not interrupt the reading experience,” said Sarah Sampsel, director of digital strategy at the Post Link | Add comment
WashPost Departs From 'Classic' With New App
Nieman Journalism Lab, Jul 10, 2015, 6:39 AM EDT
The Washington Post
debuted a new app for iPhones and iPads on Thursday using a card-stack design and departing dramatically from its redubbed "classic" apps, Shan Wang reports. The new app is seeking a national and international audience beyond traditional Post readers.  Link | Add comment
WashPost's Capital Weather Gang Partners With WAMU On Forecasts
Washingtonian, Jul 10, 2015, 6:32 AM EDT
Dave Wiegel Returns To WashPost
Politico, Jul 8, 2015, 7:52 AM EDT
WashPost Introduces Talent Network For Freelancers
The Washington Post PR Blog, Jun 22, 2015, 12:50 PM EDT
The Washington Post
has launched a new Talent Network for freelancers globally to cover and pitch stories for the paper, it announced Monday. All of its freelance assignments will ultimately be managed through the new system, the paper says, and it will be run by Eva Rodriguez, a former staffer who is returning to the Post after a stint at Politico.  Link | Add comment
WashPost's Baron: 'Dont Be A Slave To Metrics', Jun 1, 2015, 1:05 PM EDT
Iran Trial Closed For WashPost's Rezaian
The New York Times, May 26, 2015, 6:36 AM EDT
O'Lear Named WashPost's Mobile Innovations Editor
The Washington Post PR Blog, May 18, 2015, 11:49 AM EDT
Editor's Notebook
Can Local Publishers Move At The Speed Of ‘Instant’?
NetNewsCheck, May 15, 2015, 6:17 AM EDT
Facebook's long-awaited "Instant Articles" initiative was an industry-shaking development this week. But recent overhauls at the McClatchy Co. and forward-thinking moves at newspapers ranging from Canada's The Globe and Mail and Germany's Die Welt, among others, give reason to believe that papers may finally have accelerated their speed of innovation. NetNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp considers some recent publisher developments that may engender confidence.  Full Story | Add comment
Some Who Worshipped Hersh No Longer Do
Washington Post, May 13, 2015, 5:07 AM EDT
WashPost Tests Porting Tablet Experience To Web
The Washington Post PR Blog, May 5, 2015, 7:57 AM EDT
Based on the early success of its tablet app, The Washington Post on Monday began testing out porting that experience over to the Web. A subset of mobile readers will now be taken to a new version of the Post's site, which will evolve around user feedback.  Link | Add comment
WashPost Debuts 'Big Story, Small Screen' For Apple Watch
The Washington Post, Apr 23, 2015, 7:06 AM EDT
Dunton Joins WashPost Mobile Innovations Team
The Washington Post, Apr 23, 2015, 7:02 AM EDT
WashPost's Jason Rezaian Faces 4 Charges In Iran
The Washington Post, Apr 20, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT
Digital Advertising
WashPost's Clavis Holds Key To Native Advertisement Targeting
Digiday, Apr 17, 2015, 11:23 AM EDT
The Washington Post
found a tool to successfully target its native ads via its newsroom, where the paper's data staff had built Clavis as an editorial recommendation tool. Lucia Moses reports on how it has been conscripted for native ads in a very Amazon-like fashion. Link | Add comment
Ryan McCarthy Joins NYT Audience Dev Team
Talking Biz News, Apr 17, 2015, 7:17 AM EDT
Martin Baron On WashPost's Digital Life
Washington Post PR Blog, Apr 9, 2015, 6:27 AM EDT
Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron's address to students at the University of California-Riverside on the paper's digital transition in its full text. Among his most important observations: "Let’s… abandon the idea that the newsroom can labor in isolation from the business operations – from circulation and advertising. It cannot."   Link | Add comment
WashPost Names Tsigrikes VP Of Marketing
NetNewsCheck, Apr 7, 2015, 10:13 AM EDT
The Washington Post has named Paul Tsigrikes as its new VP of marketing, the comapny announced on Monday. He previously served as VP of integrated marketing for The Wall Street JournalFull Story | Add comment
Newspapers/Social Media
Hunting For New Readers On Instagram
American Journalism Review, Apr 7, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Rachel Barron and Alexa Lardieri examine the different ways in which newspapers are using Instagram to recruit readers, from brand awareness at The Denver Post to simply showing readers something new at The Washington PostLink | Add comment
WashPost Launches 'Make Or Break' Series
Mar 24, 2015, 11:24 AM EDT
WashPost To Join Flipboard In May
The Washington Post, Mar 23, 2015, 6:38 PM EDT
Montgomery Moves Into WashPost's America Editor Spot
Talking Biz News, Mar 20, 2015, 12:50 PM EDT
WashPo Digital Partner Program Hits 245 Papers
NetNewsCheck, Mar 16, 2015, 3:41 PM EDT
WashPost To Be Available On Dutch App Blendle
The Washington Post, Mar 12, 2015, 10:31 AM EDT
Executive Session
Deseret's Clark Gilbert: The Exit Interview
NetNewsCheck, Mar 9, 2015, 6:08 AM EDT
Clark Gilbert, the president and CEO of Deseret Media News and Publishing Co., widely credited with helping to reframe the local digital media landscape, is leaving the company and the business next month to return to academia. As he does, he reflects on what he sees as his one real contribution — organizing the company to anticipate and adapt to change — and considers the challenges in diversification and distribution that still lie ahead for the industry.  Full Story | Comments (3)
Jeff Bezos Takes WashPo Into The Digital Future
Spiegel, Feb 23, 2015, 3:02 PM EST
Politico's Van Donger Heads For WashPo
Poynter, Feb 19, 2015, 1:57 PM EST
WashPost, NYT Win George Polk Awards
The New York Times, Feb 16, 2015, 7:18 AM EST
The George Polk Awards in Journalism were announced on Sunday, and honorees included The Washington Post for its articles detailing the Secret Service's false, incomplete accounts of its security failures. The New York Times won for its work detailing secret ransom payments made by European nations to ISIS. Other winners included The Arizona Republic and The Chicago Sun-TimesLink | Add comment
Social Media/Journalism
How PRI Works A Winning Twitter News Feed
Poynter, Feb 10, 2015, 1:23 PM EST
PRI's David Beard makes a daily practice of scanning his own site's stories as well as the many newsletters and Twitter feeds he follows, mining all for nuggets of stories that will connect with his audience. Melody Kramer talks with Beard about how he achieves "a more curated, personalized bersion of a news feed," his penchant for sharing colleagues' work and how he keeps track of the many feeds he follows daily. A good how-to read for any news org. Link | Add comment
WashPo Video Chief Out After Two Weeks
Politico, Jan 27, 2015, 7:48 AM EST
The Washington Post
's newly appointed video director Noah Kotch has left the company after just two weeks, sources told Politico on Monday.     Link | Add comment
WashPo Launches Energy/Environment Sect.
Poynter, Jan 23, 2015, 6:53 AM EST
The Washington Post
launched an anticipated section on energy and the environment on Thursday led by former Mother Jones correspondent Chris Mooney. The move mirrors one from The New York Times late last year that also targeted a ramp up of environmental coverage, Bejamin Mullin reports.  Link | Add comment
Union Says WashPo Trimming Staff
Washingtonian, Jan 22, 2015, 9:59 AM EST
According to the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild's Facebook page, The Washington Post has experienced staff reductions amid budget shortfalls and lower than expected revenue, Andrew Beaujon reports. The cuts appear to be small in number, the post said.  Link | Add comment
British GCHQ Spied On Top Intl Media
The Guardian, Jan 19, 2015, 10:09 AM EST
The British Government Communication Headquarters intercepted emails to and from a roster of the U.S. and U.K.'s top media organizations, an analysis of Edward Snowden's leaked documents has revealed. James Ball reports that The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, Reuters, Le Monde, The Sun, NBC and The Washington Post saw their emails among the 70,000 collected by the agency in less than 10 minutes in Nov. 2008.  Link | Add comment
Progress Report: Bezos And WashPo
PBS MediaShift, Jan 14, 2015, 6:54 AM EST
Jeff Bezos has turned The Washington Post upside down and ushered in an age of experimentation, especially over the last six months, Janet Asteroff reports. From bold new hirings to ramped up R&D funding to a new, more widely marketable CMS, evidence of change is everywhere, even if its overall future still remains uncertain.  Link | Add comment
WashPo Merges Wonkblog, Storyline
Washingtonian, Jan 13, 2015, 7:38 AM EST
The Washington Post will fold Storyline, its data-driving storytelling blog with Wonkblog to maximize readership of its public policy reporting, Andrew Beaujon reports. Gregory Schneider, the Post's national economy and business editor, says the move will clarify for reporters to discern where such content should live and make it easier for readers to find.  Link | Add comment
WaPo CMS 'Long Way From Shrink-Wrapped'
NetNewsCheck, Jan 13, 2015, 6:06 AM EST
The Washington Post
is testing the waters that its new content management system might be usable by other newspapers. Shailesh Prakash, its VP of technology, tells Diana Marszalek that the new system is built around the reality that many users now access content through side doors, so enhanced article pages and social media analytics are key parts of the still-developing CMS.  Full Story | Comments (4)
WashPo Names Kotch Director Of Video
The Washington Post, Jan 12, 2015, 11:46 AM EST
Noah Kotch will be The Washington Post's new director of video, the paper announced on Monday. Kotch previously served as a senior producer at the "Today" show, where he oversaw the 7 o'clock hour. At the Post, he will oversee a team of 40 people producing original video for the paper.  Link | Add comment
Post's 3-Time Pulitzer-Winner du Cille Dies
The Washington Post, Dec 12, 2014, 7:40 AM EST
Michel du Cille, a Washington Post photojournalist who was a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his dramatic images of human struggle and triumph, and who recently chronicled the plight of Ebola patients and the people who cared for them, died Thursday while on assignment for The Post in Liberia. He was 58. He collapsed while returning on foot from a village in the Salala district of Liberia’s Bong County, where he had been working on a project. He was transported over dirt roads to a hospital two hours away but was declared dead on arrival of an apparent heart attack.   Link | Add comment
Detention 'Devastating' To Post Reporter
Washington Post, Dec 11, 2014, 3:01 PM EST
Jed Hartman Named CRO Of Washington Post
The Washington Post, Dec 2, 2014, 2:59 PM EST

The Washington Post today announced that Jed Hartman has been named chief revenue officer effective Dec. 15, 2014. Hartman will lead the print and digital advertising teams, as well as the conference business, and oversee advertising for targeted products and special sections.     Link | Add comment
Bezos Talks About How Post Is Repositioning
Capital New York, Dec 2, 2014, 2:37 PM EST
Amazon chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos is optimistic about the future of The Washington Post, which he bought last year, because the Beltway news institution is growing its digital audience while repositioning itself as a national and global brand. "The Post was always, even though it had a national and global reputation, the product was local and that was by design," Bezos said today during an interview with Henry Blodget at Business Insider's 2014 Ignition conference.   Link | Add comment
Native Advertising
Post Launches Native Ad Commentary Feature
NetNewsCheck, Nov 20, 2014, 6:43 AM EST
The Washington Post
yesterday launched its first “BrandConnect Perspective,” a new native advertising feature that invites organizations to publish commentary and opinion pieces featured in The Post’s Opinions online section. This is the first time that advertiser-generated commentary pieces with individual bylines appear alongside Post opinion content, The Post said in a news release.  Full Story | Add comment
Citing E.U. 'Forgotten' Rule, Pianist Objects
The Washington Post, Nov 3, 2014, 7:38 AM EST
Because pianist Dejan Lazic, lives in Europe, where in May the European Union ruled that individuals have a “right to be forgotten” online, he decided to take griping about a bad review one step further: On Oct. 30, he sent The Washington Post a request to remove a 2010 review by Post classical music critic Anne Midgette that he claims has marred the first page of his Google results for years. Aside the fact Lazic’s request is misdirected, under the ruling — it applies to search engines, not publishers, and only within the E.U. — its implications are kind of terrifying, writes Caitlin Dewey.   Link | Add comment
Remembrance From Kara Swisher
Bradlee Could Teach Us All About Disruption
Re/code, Oct 24, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT
Re/code's Kara Swisher on former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee, who died earlier this week: "This is the characteristic Silicon Valley so often celebrates — being the grand disruptor. That includes the ability to be bold in the face of fear; the willingness to push through problems with a reality distortion field of hope and hype; the proclivity for believing in yourself when others do not; and the embracing of failure as just another step in a longer process." Link | Add comment
Haik, Beizer Keep WashPo On Mobile Track
The Washington Post, Oct 24, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT
From tablets, to phones, to wearable apps, Cory Haik, executive producer and senior editor for digital news, and Julia Beizer, director of mobile product, are behind The Washington Post's big picture strategy for mobile. Link | Add comment
Ben Bradlee, Ex-WashPo Editor, Dies At 93
Associated Press, Oct 21, 2014, 9:09 PM EDT
Benjamin C. Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years — guiding the Post through its coverage of the Watergate scandal — died Tuesday at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Launches New Weekly Print Edition
NetNewsCheck, Oct 20, 2014, 7:13 AM EDT
The Washington Post
this weekend launched a new weekly print publication that will be printed and distributed by partner newspapers. The new publication launched first with The Dallas Morning News and will roll out to other newspapers. Full Story | Add comment
Local Pubs Respond Well To Post Content
Columbia Journalism Review, Oct 16, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT
Post Experiment Leads To Content Platform
Poynter, Oct 16, 2014, 8:17 AM EDT
What began as a simple experiment to improve The Washington Post site’s author pages has evolved into the beginnings of a completely new content management platform for The Post. By this time next year, the paper plans to build the platform out into a suite of Web applications that encompass a variety of functions, including writing stories, planning editorial content and displaying it with a variety of page templates.   Link | Add comment
Student Journalism
Post Shares Tech With 2 College Papers
The Washington Post, Oct 13, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT
Washington Post today announced it will provide software and technology to the student newspapers at the University of Maryland (The Diamondback) and Columbia University (The Columbia Daily Spectator), giving them access to the same advanced digital tools and technology that The Post’s newsroom uses every day. The student publications will have access to specialized story templates and will be able to easily integrate additional software in development including PageBuilder, which allows journalists to build modern, quick-loading pages for their stories.   Link | Comments (1)
Native Advertising
Washington Post Takes 'Native' Ads To Print
Digiday, Oct 3, 2014, 8:04 AM EDT
The Washington Post
published an ad for Shell in Thursday’s print edition that it’s touting as its first native ad in print. Shell used the ad to tell readers about the work it’s doing to improve energy efficiency, Lucia Moses reports. The Post said the Shell execution is true native because it’s integrated among editorial stories on the page. The ad is labeled “sponsor generated content” and contains visual cues of background shading and fonts that are different from the surrounding articles.   Link | Add comment
D.C. Mystery: Bezos' Plan For The Post
Politico, Oct 1, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT
One year after Jeff Bezos purchased the
Washington Post from the Graham family for $250 million, media analysts remain puzzled by his decision to buy the paper, writes Dylan Byers. There has been no major digital innovation, no radical new product launch, no change to delivery or presentation, and no promise of any specific plans for the future.     Link | Add comment
WCPO Joins Post Content Partnership
NetNewsCheck, Sep 10, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT
Three Smart Things WashPo Is Doing
GigaOM, Sep 5, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT
Under new owner Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post has been making some interesting moves lately that other media companies could learn from. GigaOm's Mathew Ingram looks at three smart things and one dumb thing the Post is doing right now. Link | Add comment
Q&A with Fred Ryan
WashPo's Ryan To Continue Growth Strategy
Digiday, Sep 5, 2014, 8:42 AM EDT
Fred Ryan, the new publisher of The Washington Post, says his mission at the paper is "to continue the growth strategy and in the landscape we’re in right now. I’m very much focused on continuing the innovation that’s started with these interesting blogs and other products and trying to look ahead at what the needs are and how can we meet the expectations of the news consumer." Link | Add comment
Newsonomics of The WashPo-NYT Network Wars
Regional Pubs Help WashPo, NYT Grow Auds
Nieman Journalism Lab, Sep 5, 2014, 7:21 AM EDT
A new head-to-head competition between the Post and the Times is brewing as both papers look at expanding their audiences and revenue through digital networks and niche print products. Link | Add comment
Stephen Isaacs, Former WashPo Editor, Dead At 76
The New York Times, Sep 4, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
WashPo To Launch 'America Answers' Series
NetNewsCheck, Sep 4, 2014, 11:53 AM EDT
The Washington Post
this fall is launching a new event series called America Answers, which will feature executives from startups and big businesses and community leaders highlighting how national problems are being solved at the local level. The series will also have a companion site,, and will be streamed live on Full Story | Add comment
Coalition Asks Spyings Effect On Journalism
NetNewsCheck, Sep 4, 2014, 7:03 AM EDT
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of 24 news organizations have asked the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to investigate whether national security surveillance programs are compromising journalists' attempts at newsgathering. Full Story | Add comment
Weymouth Exit Closes WashPo's Graham Era
Poynter, Sep 3, 2014, 6:37 AM EDT
While Washington Post Publisher and CEO Katharine Weymouth's resignation, which completes the ownership change started over a year ago when Jeff Bezos bought the Post, is unsurprising, it ends more than 80 years of Graham family involvement in the newspaper. Link | Add comment
Browsing Digital News
Washington Post Introduces The Most
NetNewsCheck, Sep 2, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT
The Washington Post
today introduced The Most, a new feature that lists the most popular stories from The Post and partner publications around the web. Readers can expect to find a mix of content on The Most, surfaced by a diverse group of readers from a variety of sites, a news release said. Full Story | Add comment
News Apps
Yo App: Can It Drive Traffic To Stories?
American Journalism Review, Sep 2, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT
The Washington Post
and a small group of other news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News and Nieman Journalism Lab, are experimenting to see if the Yo app can help drive traffic to news stories, reports Cory Blair. Yo, developed in eight hours and launched on April Fools Day, 2014, now has more than 2.6 million downloads and 1.2 million active users, Blair notes.
Link | Add comment
Post Publisher Weymouth Stepping Down
NetNewsCheck, Sep 2, 2014, 9:12 AM EDT
Washington Post
Publisher and CEO Katharine Weymouth today announced the transition to a new publisher and CEO, effective Oct. 1. Post owner Jeff Bezos has selected Fred Ryan to replace Weymouth. Full Story | Add comment
Reporters Arrested Working In Ferguson, Mo.
The Washington Post, Aug 14, 2014, 7:34 AM EDT
Wesley Lowery, a reporter for The Washington Post who has
been reporting on the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post were detained Wednesday evening by police in Ferguson. He and other reporters were working in a McDonald’s in Ferguson when about half a dozen police officers came into the restaurant, Lowery said. Some officers were in regular uniforms, while others were dressed in riot gear and carrying assault weapons. “That behavior was wholly unwarranted and an assault on the freedom of the press to cover the news,” said Martin D. Baron, executive editor of The Post. “The physical risk to Wesley himself is obvious and outrageous.”   Link | Add comment
State Dept. Asks Release Of Post Reporter
The Washington Post, Jul 29, 2014, 7:58 AM EDT
Post Reporter Believed With Detainees In Iran
Washington Post, Jul 25, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT
Josh Sternberg Joins Post's Brand Studio
NetNewsCheck, Jul 9, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT
Amy Ellis Nutt To Go To Washington Post
Capital New Yorki, Jul 7, 2014, 6:19 AM EDT
Jeremy Gilbert Joins Washington Post Digital
Capital New York, Jul 7, 2014, 6:16 AM EDT
Bezos Pushes The Post Toward Global View
Columbia Journalism Review, Jun 26, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT
That Jeff Bezos “purchased The Washington Post has the potential to be one of the more significant events in the history of modern American journalism,” writes Michael Meyer. Now, he observes, The Post has gone from being “a newspaper in retreat to being the only legacy media company in America that can consider itself a technology property.”   Link | Add comment
Post Digital Share A Boon To Partners
NetNewsCheck, Jun 26, 2014, 6:27 AM EDT
Newspapers participating in a Washington Post pilot program to share digital content are reporting significant interest from subscribers. Michael Depp reports on the response to the program, announced in March and rolled out last month, which offers free access to the Post’s digital content.    Full Story | Comments (2)
Audience Engagement
Behind NYT-Post-Mozilla Comments Effort
Nieman Journalism Lab, Jun 20, 2014, 7:03 AM EDT
How did The New York Times, The Washington Post and Mozilla come together to build an audience engagement platform and why are they doing it? Caroline O’Donovan explains as she looks at the Knight Foundation’s almost $4 million investment toward software it hopes can fit any newsroom’s needs.   Link | Add comment
Open-Source Innovation
Comment Platform From Mozilla, NYT, Post
NetNewsCheck, Jun 19, 2014, 10:23 AM EDT
Mozilla, The New York Times and The Washington Post today announced they are teaming to build a new open-source content and commenting platform that will enable news
organizations to connect with audiences beyond the comments section, deepening opportunities for engagement. Readers
will be able to submit pictures, links and other media; track discussions, and manage their contributions and online identities, and publishers will be able to collect and use this content for other forms of storytelling and to spark ongoing discussions by providing readers with targeted content and notifications.
  Full Story | Add comment
NYT Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop 'Painful'
NPR, Jun 6, 2014, 7:55 AM EDT
When former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made the decision to share sensitive documents with reporters, he went to reporters for The Guardian and The Washington Post. In April, the two news organizations shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service. Executive Editor Dean Baquet of The New York Times tells David Folkenflik that Snowden’s decision was painful for his newspaper.    Link | Add comment
Post Partner Program At Nearly 100 Papers
The Washington Post, May 28, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT
Nearly 100 newspapers will participate in The Washington Post partner program first announced earlier this year.  Several papers have already begun rolling out the program to subscribers. Announced earlier this year, the program allows partner publications to offer The Post’s suite of digital products free as an added value for their paid subscribers and The Post is able to expand access to its digital content across desktop, mobile websites and phone and tablet apps.
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Post Opinion Venture Not Beltway Product
Poynter, May 27, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT
The Washington Post plans to launch a new digital opinion venture called PostEverything Wednesday. In an interview with Andrew Beaujon, editor Adam Kushner said the new project would mostly seek contributors from outside the Post for what he said he hopes “will look a lot like a digital daily magazine” covering national politics and foreign policy as well as sports and entertainment. 
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Robin Givhan To Return To Washington Post
CapitalNewYork, Apr 30, 2014, 8:19 AM EDT
Doonesbury Website Moves To The Post
Poynter, Apr 29, 2014, 8:27 AM EDT
Post Publishes Doonesbury Spiked In 1973
The Washington Post, Apr 28, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT
The Washington Post
ran last week for the first time the Doonesbury comics-page strip by Garry Trudeau in which a character declared former Nixon attorney general John Mitchell guilty of Watergate crimes. Michael Cavna explains in The Post why the paper that won a Pulitzer for its Watergate coverage did not run the cartoon.     Link | Add comment
New Spring In Step At The Washington Post
USAToday, Apr 24, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT
Two Pulitzers last week are among several reasons why The Washington Post, once in the throes of plummeting revenue and staff losses, is feeling excitement again. Rem Rieder writes about how The Post, now owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is working on transforming itself for the digital age.   Link | Add comment
Away From The Post, A Pro-NSA Counter
The Washington Post, Apr 17, 2014, 7:46 AM EDT
The Pulitzer Prizes
Pulitzers To Guardian, Post For NSA Stories
The Pulitzer Prizes, Apr 14, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT
The Guardian U.S.
and The Washington Post were winners of Pulitzer Prizes this year in the Public Service category for their coverage of secret spying by the NSA. The Boston Globe won for Breaking News Reporting for its extensive coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing. The New York Times was awarded both categories in Photography with the Breaking News category going to Tyler Hicks for his coverage of the attack on the mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and to Josh Haner for his essay on a Boston Marathon bombing victim.    Link | Add comment
Michael Kinsley: The Front Page 2.0
Vanity Fair, Apr 10, 2014, 11:42 AM EDT
How Biggest News Orgs Tackle Mobile Page
Mobile Marketer, Apr 9, 2014, 2:36 PM EDT
Mobile Marketer analyzed the mobile Web homepages of five news publishers to look at how the publishers — most of which have more than 50 percent of traffic coming from mobile — are shifting their news cycle approaches to accommodate for the smartphone first. The common thread is that mobile deserves tailored, up-to-the minute news more than any other platform.   Link | Add comment
Baron Is Right - And Wrong - About Ezra Klein
GigaOM, Apr 9, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT
Post's Baron Says Optimism Only Option
Nieman Journalism Lab, Apr 8, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
At the International Symposium on Online Journalism, keynoter Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post explains he’s optimistic about the future of the Post and the broader news world. He notes that when asked for a title for his talk to the symposium, he suggested, “The untold story: Why we should be optimistic about journalism.”   Link | Add comment
Marty Baron On Ezra Klein's Departure
Nieman Journalism Lab, Apr 8, 2014, 7:55 AM EDT
Can Post's National Push Help Locals?
Columbia Journalism Review, Apr 7, 2014, 6:42 AM EDT

The Washington Post’s partnership with six local U.S. newspapers to allow digital access to The Post is under way. Greg Marx and Anna Clark explore in Columbia Journalism Review what the undertaking potentially could mean for bundling of national news.   Link | Add comment

Washington Post Launches Features Changes
The Washington Post, Apr 3, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT
Atlantic's Matt O'Brien Joins WashPo's Wonkblog
The Washington Post, Mar 27, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT
Post's Weymouth Made $2.7M In Bonuses Since Oct.
The Washington Post, Mar 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
WashPo Expands Acces To Its Digital Content
NetNewsCheck, Mar 19, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT
The Washington Post
is piloting a new program that will allow partner publications to offer its digital products for free. Full Story | Add comment
Ryan McCarthy Takes Charge Of Wonkblog
InTheCapital, Mar 14, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT
The Washington Post
has named Ryan McCarthy, co-editor of Reuters Counterparties, to head Wonkblog. He replaces Ezra Klein, who left the paper earlier this year to start a new venture with Vox Media. Link | Add comment
WashPo, Boston Globe Win ASNE Awards
NetNewsCheck, Mar 13, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT
The American Society of News Editors on Thursday announced the winners of the 2014 ASNE awards. The awards, which honr the best print and digital news wrtiting and photography in nine categories, drew 337 entries this year. The Washington Post and The Boston Globe each took home two awards. The full list of winners can be found here. | Add comment
Edward Snowden Looms Over Pulitzer Prizes
Politico, Mar 13, 2014, 8:13 AM EDT
The politically charged debate surrounding the National Security Agency's widespread domestic surveillance program, and the man who revealed it, Edward Snowden, is certain to prompt intense discussion for the 19-member Pulitzer Prize Board as it gathers to decide this year's winners, according to past Board members, veteran journalists and media watchdogs. Link | Add comment
Klein's New Venture To Be Called Vox
NetNewsCheck, Mar 10, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT
Ezra Klein, who left The Washington Post's Wonkblog earlier this year to start a new venture at Vox Media, on Sunday announced that his "Project X" now has a name: Vox. Klein says the new site "is a general interest news site for the 21st century. Its mission is simple: Explain the news." He adds that the site will deliver contextual information that traditional stories generally don't carry. Klein says the site will launch "soon."   | Add comment
Native Advertising
WashPo's Native Ads Get Editorial Treatment
Adweek, Mar 4, 2014, 7:38 AM EST
The Washington Post
's native ad program, WP BrandConnect, is adopting the multimedia, longform template that's been used in the newsroom for features. Kevin Gentzel, the Post's chief revenue officer, says the quality bar is being raised on native ads. Link | Add comment
WashPo Opens Tech Outpost In New York
Capital New York, Mar 3, 2014, 4:24 PM EST
The Washington Post is expanding its New York footprint with the creation of a Manhattan-based design and development office. The new satellite hub, called WPNYC, will result in more than a dozen new hires including designers, strategists and information architects. Link | Add comment
WashPo Expands Fact-Checking Project
Poynter, Mar 3, 2014, 7:53 AM EST
The Washington Post
recently announced a partnership with The Texas Tribune that takes video of someone (usually a politician) speaking and annotates their statements with fact checks from the Post and other sources. They also announced a project to check "based on a true story" film trailers, which is why DiCaprio is suddenly having his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street fact-checked. Link | Add comment
WashPo's Lee Defects To Ezra Klein's New Venture
Politico, Feb 25, 2014, 4:19 PM EST
Former WashPo Ombud Joins PR Firm
Politico, Feb 24, 2014, 3:48 PM EST
WashPo Launches Truth Teller For Trailers
NetNewsCheck, Feb 24, 2014, 7:52 AM EST
Watchup App Adds WashPo's PostTV
NetNewsCheck, Feb 21, 2014, 7:40 AM EST
Alison Coglianese Named WaPo Reader Rep
The Washington Post, Feb 20, 2014, 3:48 PM EST
Alison Coglianese will become The Washington Post’s Reader Representative, succeeding Doug Feaver. Coglianesecame to the Post in May 2011 as the ombudsman’s assistant and become deputy reader representative when Feaver took over. Link | Add comment
Is Co-Pulitzer For Guardian, WashPo Ahead?
Poynter, Feb 18, 2014, 7:53 AM EST
With Sunday's announcement of the shared George Polk Award between The Guardian and The Washington Post for their NSA reporting, it's possible the two could share a Pulitzer for the same story. Link | Add comment
Buffett To Dump Graham Holdings Stake
Bloomberg, Feb 13, 2014, 3:45 PM EST
Warren Buffett is in talks to exit his $1.1 billion investment in Graham Holdings Co., the former publisher of The Washington Post, after owning the stock for more than four decades. Graham may swap assets including a business, and possibly shares it holds in Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., according to a regulatory filing yesterday. Link | Add comment
Bezos Had Blodget Explain The Web To WashPo
Re/code, Feb 12, 2014, 7:03 AM EST
Ezra Klein's 'Project X'
How Will Klein Venture Add Context To News
The Atlantic, Feb 6, 2014, 7:36 AM EST
Ezra Klein's success is owed largely to his ability to explain complicated subjects to a large audience of readers who come away feeling informed, not confused. Klein said. Project X isn't ready to reveal how it intends to better integrate context into the subjects that it intends to cover. But the team it has assembled and the buy-in from Vox Media suggests it has ideas. Link | Add comment
Schiffman Proposes Video News Consortium, Feb 5, 2014, 8:31 AM EST
The Washington Post
, having made a significant investment in digital video in the past 12 months, with 30 staff hires and an expanded production facility, is seeking to increase views and revenue through various schemes including the formation a digital video news consortium with other premium publishers, says Steven Schiffman, GM for video at the paper. Link | Add comment
Ex-WashPo Owner Helps Set Up College Fund
The Washington Post, Feb 4, 2014, 5:57 PM EST
Klein's New Venture: Connecting Data, Info
The New Yorker, Feb 3, 2014, 7:44 AM EST
Former Washington Post journalist Ezra Klein wants to build a news organization that he thinks could one day eclipse his former employer. “We want to think really hard about how to connect not just new information,” Klein says, “but to bring it together with important contextual information to create a more thorough source and place to understand the world.” Link | Add comment
Katharine Weymouth Defends Klein Decision
Washingtonian, Jan 30, 2014, 8:27 AM EST
While The Washington Post's new owner Jeff Bezos has absorbed the responsibility for not keeping journalist Ezra Klein, it was Katharine Weymouth, the paper's publisher, who made the actual decision. “It just didn’t make sense for us,” Weymouth says. “Ezra didn’t want it to be part of the Post. It would be completely separate and quite resource-intensive.” Link | Add comment
Baron Lays Out WashPo's Plans For 2014
The Washington Post, Jan 29, 2014, 1:09 PM EST
Marty Baron, editor of The Washington Post, today laid out the paper's plans for 2014, with the primary goals of growth and digital transformation. "We are hiring writers to author 'verticals' on a wide array of subjects. These blogs will both deepen our reporting in the Post’s traditional areas of concentration and broaden the range of subjects we cover," Baron writes. Link | Add comment
Vox CEO Bankoff: Klein Will Reimagine News
Advertising Age, Jan 28, 2014, 3:47 PM EST
Jim Bankoff, CEO of Vox Media, on the new news and culture site former Washington Post journalist Ezra Klein is starting with the company: "He has a vision that we share at Vox that there's an opportunity to really reimagine what it means to be a news property in the digital era." Link | Add comment
State Of The Union
YouTube, News Sites To Livestream SOTU
NetNewsCheck, Jan 28, 2014, 2:15 PM EST
YouTube tonight will livestream President Obama's State of the Union address at 9 p.m. ET, the online video service announced today. Several news organizations will also have coverage of the speech on their YouTube Channels, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Young Turks and NowThis News. | Add comment
Nat Journal's Kushner Joins Washington Post
The Washington Post, Jan 27, 2014, 9:52 AM EST
Adam Kushner, National Journal's executive editor, will join The Washington Post as editor of a new, yet-unamed digital venture spotlighting opinion and analysis. Kushner assumes the post on Feb. 24.  Link | Add comment
Ezra Klein Takes His Crew To Vox Media
The Verge, Jan 27, 2014, 8:29 AM EST
Ezra Klein, the high-profile journalist who led The Washington Post's Wonkblog and left the paper last week, announced Sunday that he, Melissa Bell, Matt Yglesias and Dylan Matthews are founding a new publication at Vox Media. Link | Add comment
Ezra Klein Says Goodbye To Wonkblog
The Washington Post, Jan 24, 2014, 2:54 PM EST
Ezra Klein in Friday morning's Wonkbook newsletter in a post titled "So long, and thanks for all the charts" said goodbye to Wonkblog's readers. "Today's my last day at The Washington Post. That means this will be the last Wonkbook I write. I won't miss the early hours. But I'll miss everything else. In particular, I'll miss everyone else," Klein wrote. Klein is leaving The Washington Post to start a new venture. Link | Add comment
Jim Tankersley To Lead New WashPo Blog
NetNewsCheck, Jan 24, 2014, 2:43 PM EST
The new project, which is still unnamed, is slated to launch in the spring and will be led by Jim Tankersley, the Post’s economic correspondent. The Post will hire a staff of writers and data experts to join Tankersley as the project’s core contributors. Full Story | Add comment
Slate's Matt Yglesias Joining Ezra Klein Venture
Huffington Post, Jan 24, 2014, 8:37 AM EST
Newspapers/Social Media
WashPo Back To Social News With Trove
The Washington Post, Jan 23, 2014, 8:43 AM EST
The Washington Post
, which first attempted a social news product in 2011 with its Social Reader, has launched Trove, which is intended to offer curated news, social media and news personalization in one product. The paper also said that WaPo Labs has been renamed Trove, following the sale of the Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Link | Add comment
Four Ways Of Thinking About Ezra Klein's Exit
The New Republic, Jan 22, 2014, 8:35 AM EST
The news that Ezra Klein was taking key members of his Wonkblog team leaving The Washington Post was not quite unexpected. Still, the move represents one of those journalism moments that will be heralded as a sign of some big shift in the struggling business' ecology. But just what does the shift represent? Link | Add comment
Ezra Klein Exits WashPo To Start New Venture
NetNewsCheck, Jan 21, 2014, 3:39 PM EST
Ezra Klein, the journalist who ran The Washington Post's Wonkblog, is leaving the newspaper with Melissa Bell and Dylan Matthews to start a new venture, according to a memo to Post staffers. Klein had originally proposed starting his new venture in-house, asking for about three dozen staffers and a reported $10 million multiyear budget, but the Post passed on the offer. Klein is expected to announce his new venture shortly, according to Politico. | Add comment
WaPo To Fill Reader Rep Role; Won't Revive Ombud
Media Matters, Jan 10, 2014, 3:04 PM EST
Newspapers/Social Media
Study: WashPo Is Twitter's Favorite Paper, Jan 10, 2014, 8:03 AM EST
A new study by Searchmetrics finds that content on The Washington Post drove an average 275,193 tweets per week, followed by The New York Times with 261,422 tweets per week and USA Today with 149,960 tweets per week. In fourth place was The Wall Street Journal with 134,248 tweets per week and fifth was the Los Angeles Times with 118,911 tweets per week. Link | Add comment
WashPo Seeks Ezra Klein's Replacement
Huffington Post, Jan 8, 2014, 4:09 PM EST
The Washington Post has approached The Atlantic's Derek Thompson to be the next editor of Wonkblog, according to a source familiar with the matter. Link | Add comment
WashPo Reader Rep Doug Feaver Departs
Media Matters, Jan 8, 2014, 3:47 PM EST
Baron: Bezos Won't Influence WaPo CIA Coverage
Common Dreams, Jan 8, 2014, 3:33 PM EST
Why Bezos, WashPo Should Deal With Klein
GigaOM, Jan 8, 2014, 8:01 AM EST
Blogger Ezra Klein could be leaving The Washington Post after his proposal for a standalone site funded by the Post was turned down — a decision that new owner Jeff Bezos should reconsider, for a number of reasons, says Mathew Ingram. Link | Add comment
Bezos Floored By Kidney Stones On Vacation
The Washington Post, Jan 6, 2014, 3:06 PM EST
Report: Ezra Klein Planning To Leave WashPo
The New York Times, Jan 3, 2014, 7:49 AM EST
Ezra Klein, an analyst, columnist and television commentator who runs The Washington Post's Wonkblog, is making plans to leave the newspaper after failing to win support for a new website he wanted to create within the company, according to four people with knowledge of the negotiations. Link | Add comment
WashPo's Weymouth: We're In Great Position
Bethesda Magazine, Dec 30, 2013, 8:29 AM EST
Katharine Weymouth, publisher of The Washington Post, on the paper after its purchase by Jeff Bezos: "We are in a great position. We have a credible brand, deeply engaged readers, [and we] cover Washington. And now we are owned by someone with deep pockets who cares what we do and is willing to invest for the long term." Link | Add comment
WashPo Readers Not Told Of Bezos' CIA Ties
Common Dreams, Dec 20, 2013, 4:05 PM EST
The Washington Post
’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon — which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA. But the Post’s articles about the CIA are not disclosing that the newspaper’s sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon. Link | Add comment
WashPo's Klein Mulls Starting New Venture
Huffington Post, Dec 20, 2013, 3:27 PM EST
zra Klein, a top Washington Post policy writer and editor of the paper's Wonkblog, is currently speaking to outside suitors about starting a new media venture, according to source familiar with the matter. At the same time, Klein is still in talks with the Post about possible next steps in his career, and he may end up staying at the paper, the source said. Link | Add comment
Rachel Maddow To Write Washington Post Column
The Washington Post, Dec 12, 2013, 7:39 AM EST
WashPo Debuts Chromecast Integration
Lost Remote, Dec 11, 2013, 7:48 AM EST
The Washington Post
debuted its Chromecast integration today, becoming the first news organization to allow users to access their content through the growing second screen device. The Post announced the Chromecast move over the summer as part of its PostTV video push. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos: I Had To Be Talked Into Buying WaPo
Forbes, Dec 2, 2013, 2:37 PM EST
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and new owner of The Washington Post, told CBS's 60 Minutes he was highly skeptical when Don Graham, the Post’s then-chairman, came to him looking to hand over the paper. He told Graham he “didn’t know anything about the news business” and didn’t consider himself a “logical buyer.” Bezos also said Amazon sees delivery via drones in the future. Watch the full interview here. Link | Add comment
Graham Holdings Sells WashPo HQ For $159M
NetNewsCheck, Nov 28, 2013, 8:40 AM EST
Graham Holdings, formerly The Washington Post Co., on Wednesday announced the sale of its downtown Washington, D.C., headquarters to Carr Properties for $159 million. Full Story | Add comment
Papers And Online Courses: An Ideal Fit?
NetNewsCheck, Nov 19, 2013, 6:40 AM EST
Digital strategist Amy Webb at the Online News Association conference last month suggested media companies should explore the opportunities provided by massive open online courses. The strategy is not necessarily a new one. The Washington Post and The New York Times have tried their hands at online education and their experiments hold lessons for the industry. Full Story | Comments (1)
WaPo Viral Site Became Its Top Blog In 3 Wks
BuzzFeed, Nov 15, 2013, 2:21 PM EST
KnowMore launched on Oct. 7 as a viral-friendly portal to the popular Wonkblog, which is headed by Washington Post star Ezra Klein. The site, which was conceived after the rapid ascent of left-leaning viral video site Upworthy as a way to lure more people to Wonkblog content, quickly rose to become one of the Post's most popular properties. Link | Add comment
WashPo Plans Sunday Edition Of Express
Poynter, Nov 8, 2013, 3:41 PM EST
WashPo Hires National Review's Robert Costa
The Washington Post, Nov 7, 2013, 3:14 PM EST
Behind The Jeff Bezos Curtain At WashPo
National Journal, Nov 6, 2013, 8:37 AM EST
Jeff Bezos has yet to truly make a mark on his latest acquisition, The Washington Post. In some ways, that shouldn't be a surprise: The deal closed only a month ago. But that doesn't mean that there hasn't been some potential for a shake-up. One high-profile editor, Fred Hiatt, offered his resignation to the billionaire owner — and Bezos has shown interest in taking down the paper's online paywall when large-scale news events happen. Link | Add comment
Omidyar, Bezos Must Take Risks With Media
The Daily Beast, Nov 4, 2013, 3:56 PM EST
Pierre Omidyar and Jeff Bezos' media investments are tremendous news for America's vulnerable, who are typically ignored by traditional media. But the new ventures must take risks. Link | Add comment
Quarterly Report
WashPo Q3 Income Down, Rev Inches Up
Associated Press, Nov 1, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT
The Washington Post Co., in its last quarterly report as owner of the Post, included losses from from the newspaper business totaling $25.9 million. The company closed the sale of most of its newspaper business to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Oct. 1. Full Story | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Woodward Takes More Active Role In Bezos Era
Huffington Post, Oct 30, 2013, 7:31 AM EDT
ESPN Can Do News Better Than Jeff Bezos
Reuters Blog, Oct 24, 2013, 8:13 AM EDT
Jack Shafer: "If ESPN wanted to break out of the gold-plated sports ghetto that it now owns, what better strategy than to spend its millions refashioning itself as 'The Worldwide Leader in News.' International news. Political news. Domestic news. Cultural news. Business and financial news. Local news (it already has a sports presence in five top cities). Weather. And, yeah, even sports." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Buffett Mulled Buying WashPo, But Passed
Fortune, Oct 23, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT
Warren Buffett, head of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns a number of local newspapers through its BH Media Group, says he briefly considered buying The Washington Post, but decided the purchase wouldn't work. Buffett says for him to have bought it for Berkshire would have saddled the next CEO with a metro newspaper that he or she possibly wouldn't want. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
WashPo Staff Bids Farewell To Grahams
The New York Times, Oct 22, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT
The Graham family said goodbye to The Washington Post after eight decades of ownership with an emotional send-off reception on Monday night for roughly 650 current and former employees at its downtown headquarters. Link | Add comment
Tech Wealth And Ideas Head Into News
The New York Times, Oct 21, 2013, 7:18 AM EDT
Silicon Valley and its various power brokers — some who had roles in putting the news business in harm’s way to begin with — are suddenly investing significant sums of money in preserving news capacity and quality. Link | Add comment
Pulitzer Winner Adam Goldman Joins WashPo
Huffington Post, Oct 15, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT
Native Advertising
Who's Behind Sponsored Fare At Big Pubs?
Advertising Age, Oct 15, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT
To help advertisers, media companies are building teams, often called studios, that create sponsored content for advertisers. A look at The Washington Post, Hearst, BuzzFeed and Gawker and how their sponsored-content teams shape up. Link | Add comment
Leonsis: WaPo 'Not That Important Anymore'
Politico, Oct 8, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT
Ted Leonsis, the Washington sports team owner and former AOL executive, said Monday that if he had bought The Washington Post he would have made them admit they have a problem and are "not that important anymore." Link | Add comment
Special Report: Big Data
Big Data Is Big Deal To Local Media
NetNewsCheck, Oct 7, 2013, 6:34 AM EDT
As local media companies eye the potential of big data for deepening their engagement with audiences and advertisers, they are learning just how messy, expensive, incremental and imperfect the process can be. Part one of a three-part special report on local media and big data, looking at the promises and challenges of this fast-changing field. Read part two here. Full Story | Comments (1)
WashPo Tells Journos They Must Sell Stock, Oct 3, 2013, 7:48 AM EDT
The Washington Post Co. inadvertantly released a list of journalists who received stock-option bonuses over the past three years in an email to employees informing them they must sell their holdings because of the change in the paper's ownership. The options are worth more than $630 per share at present value, according to a report from Jim Romenesko. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos’ Customer Focus Won’t Save News
Memeburn, Oct 1, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT
Tom Foremski: "Would a customer-centric newsroom transform the venerable institution into a newspaper with an almost permanent Miley Cyrus front page, and a bus/tech section always about Apple and Google? ... That's a tough directive because it would mean giving up editorial control to the fickle themes of popular culture, and the loss of an editorial voice — the single most important feature that distinguishes and defines any newspaper." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos' WashPo Buy Will Help Boost Kindle
Forbes, Oct 1, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT
Benjy Boxer: "Jeff Bezos probably bought the Washington Post for one reason – the Amazon Kindle. The increase in Amazon's valuation plus the raw material savings from shutting down the printing business at the Washington Post more than justify the $250mm price he paid." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
What Will Post Co.'s Future Be Without Post?
The Washington Post, Oct 1, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT
As the sale of The Washington Post to Amazon's Jeff Bezos officially closes, what comes next for The Washington Post Co. is as much a mystery as the company's new name, which has yet to be unveiled. Donald Graham, the company's CEO and chairman, is 68, with no obvious successor. And Kaplan, the education business that could comprise about two-thirds of the company's revenue, is in the middle of a massive turnaround. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
WashPo Closes Sale To Amazon's Jeff Bezos
The Washington Post, Oct 1, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT founder and CEO Jeff Bezos formally took over as the owner of The Washington Post on Tuesday, officially ending 80 years of local control of the newspaper by the Graham family.Bezos' $250 million purchase was completed as expected with the signing of sale documents. The signing transfers the newspaper and other assets from the Washington Post Co. to Nash Holdings, Bezos' private investment company. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Rolls Out Android App
NetNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT
The Washington Post today launched its flagship news app for Android Tablets, Kindle Fire HD and HDX devices, and other tablet devices using the Android operating system. Full Story | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
A Look At Forces That Shaped WashPo Sale
The Washington Post, Sep 30, 2013, 8:13 AM EDT
For more than 20 years, there has been a growing sense of alarm among The Washington Post's business executives about trends in the industry that could destroy the franchise. Along the way, hard decisions have been made, some underappreciated or forgotten, some of them recent and raw. In the end, the Graham family opted to shop the paper to Robert Allbritton, Michael Bloomberg, David Rubenstein, Eric Schmidt and Amazon's Jeff Bezos. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos: Papers May Become A 'Luxury Item', Sep 27, 2013, 7:55 AM EDT
"Someday, I don't know how many years in the future, it may be decades, but I think printed newspapers on actual paper may be a luxury item," Jeff Bezos, new owner of The Washington Post, says in an interview with the Today Show. "People still have horses, but it's not their primary way of commuting to the office."   Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos 'Optimistic' About WashPo Future
CNN, Sep 25, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of and new owner of The Washington Post, sat down with CNN Correspondent Dan Simon to talk about the launch of the new Kindle Fire tablets, and opened up about his $250 million purchase of the Post. “For me, I thought the Washington Post is an important institution, and I’m optimistic about its future. It’s a personal investment. I’m hopeful that I can help from a distance in part by providing runway for them to do a series of experiments," Bezos said.
Link | Add comment
Data Should Be Top Of WashPo To-Do List
Monday Note, Sep 23, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT
For customer-related technologies, the financial and intellectual backing of Jeff Bezos, and his Amazon experience can give The Washigton Post a huge competitive advantage. Here is what Frédéric Fillou says should be at the top of the to-do list. Link | Add comment
WashPo's Topicly Presents Stories Visually
NetNewsCheck, Sep 23, 2013, 8:48 AM EDT
Topicly, a new feature from The Washington Post, provides users a visual presentation of all Post content organized by topic and ranked by the amount buzz generated by a topic. Full Story | Add comment
Pic Unrelated To Naval Yard Shooting Goes Viral
The Atlantic Wire, Sep 18, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT
Baron Praises WashPo Shooting Coverage
Huffington Post, Sep 17, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT
Early Tuesday morning, Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron praised his staff's round-the-clock coverage of Monday's Navy Yard shooting. "This was the definition of teamwork, involving every corner of our newsroom," Baron wrote. "This was a model of how we can cover news with both immediacy and in depth, with new tools, traditional skills, and enduring values." Link | Add comment
Journalism/Social Media
Social Can Create Cloud Of Errors For News
The Washington Post, Sep 17, 2013, 8:08 AM EDT
So much was misreported in the first few hours after the shooting rampage at Washington's Navy Yard. The erroneous reports weren’t concocted. In most cases, they came directly from police sources, and quickly bubbled up through the modern media ecosystem, hopping from law enforcement scanners to Twitter to traditional media reports, all within minutes. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Memo #2 To Bezos: News Products, Design
Monday Note, Sep 17, 2013, 6:35 AM EDT
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WaPo Drops Paywall For Shooting Coverage
NetNewsCheck, Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT
The Washington Post on Monday suspended its paywall for coverage of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 people dead and a number of others wounded. Poynter reported the news via Twitter early in the afternoon, the Post featured a banner at the top of its homepage saying the site "is currently available without charge."
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Newsonomics of Jeff Bezos’ (and Warren Buffett’s) 'runway'
How Will Bezos, Buffett Change Newspapers?
Nieman Journalism Lab, Sep 16, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT
A new generation of owners promises their newspapers the financial room to build a long-term strategy. Given how bad the numbers look so far in 2013, they'll need it. Ken Doctor: "These new billionaires and multi-millionaires are getting into a hallowed industry cheaply. They know that — just as they also know the bottom may not yet have been found. But they seem to be exhibiting patience, and that’s a new phenomenon on the news scene." Link | Add comment
The Weird, Desperate World Of WashPo TV
The New Republic, Sep 13, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT
The Washington Post
's Post TV has sleek production, but the fidgety miscellaneousness of the programming, the sense of an organization trying on new identities and casting them off before our eyes, says a lot about the current state of the Post. It's a strange little window into an old school newspaper's wild bid for new eyeballs. Link | Add comment
WashPo Aggregates Nearly Entire Putin Op-Ed
Poynter, Sep 13, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT
WashPo TV Host Brook Silva-Braga Leaves
Huffington Post, Sep 10, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT
Washington Post Sale
Will Bezos Keep WashPo's Paywall?
Online Publishers Association, Sep 9, 2013, 3:23 PM EDT
While there are still many unanswered questions, a few things became clear in Jeff Bezos' first interview: 1) He's not a fan of the pay wall — at least not how it's structured now; 2) online ads aren't a big winner in his mind either; and 3) he's all about experimentation. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Memo To Bezos: Try Washington Post Prime
Monday Note, Sep 9, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT
Frédéric Filloux: "We can be sure Jeff Bezos will try many things with The Washington Post. One could be drawing inspiration from Amazon's fabulously successful Prime service." Link | Add comment
WashPo Mag Struggles With Ad Relationship
The Washington Post, Sep 5, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT
Washington Post Sale
Sorry, Bezos, News Bundle Isn’t Coming Back
The Washington Post, Sep 5, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT
This week, journalists at The Washington Post got their first look at Jeff Bezos' vision for the Post. There was a lot to like. Bezos emphasized the importance of a focus on the long term, dedication to readers and learning from scrappy upstarts like Business Insider. But part of his vision for the Post represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the online news business — and what it will take for the Post to thrive in it. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos To WashPo Journos: Put Readers First
The Washington Post, Sep 5, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT
Jeff Bezos had a simple bit of advice for the staff of the newspaper he'll soon own: Put readers, not advertisers, first. Don't write to impress each other. And above all, "Don't be boring." In a whirlwind series of meetings over two days, the billionaire charmed and disarmed rooms full of skeptical journalists with a relentlessly upbeat vision that evoked The Washington Post's best traditions while promising to update them for a technologically advanced new era. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos Meets With Washington Post Journos
The Washington Post, Sep 4, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT
The Washington Post
's new owner, Jeff Bezos, long wary of journalists, held a series of meetings with the paper's editors and reporters Wednesday, saying that he is optimistic about the future of journalism and wants to create a "daily ritual bundle" that would appeal to a variety of readers. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos Visits The Post To Meet With Editors
The Washington Post, Sep 4, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT
Jeff Bezos, new owner of The Washington Post, met with editors and company executives Tuesday, but offered few clues about his plans for the newspaper. On Wednesday, Bezos plans to have breakfast with investigative journalist Bob Woodward, lunch with senior editors and a meeting with about 20 other Post journalists. After a tour of the newspaper’s production plant in Springfield, he will hold a town hall meeting with the entire newsroom. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos Aims For New 'Golden Era' At WashPo
The Washington Post, Sep 3, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT
Jeff Bezos, in an interview with The Washington Post, the newspaper he bought for $250 million last month, wants to bring about a new "golden era" at the Post. “We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient,” he says. “If you replace ‘customer’ with ‘reader,’ that approach, that point of view, can be successful at the Post, too.” Link | Add comment
Trending: Legacy Media Buying Blogs
Nieman Journalism Lab, Aug 27, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT
The Monkey Cage yesterday joined the ranks of independent blogs that have been acquired by legacy media companies when it moved to The Washington Post. Caroline O'Donovan: "It nonetheless fits into a broader trend: large news organizations realizing the value in sometimes obtaining talent (and brand and audience) from the outside, not just developing it within." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
It's Time To Think About Nonprofit Papers
Policymic, Aug 27, 2013, 8:25 AM EDT
With The Washington Post being sold to billionaire Amzon founder Jeff Bezos and the Koch brothers recent flirtation with the Tribune Co. newspapers, Benjamin Cosman wonders if it's time for nonprofit newspapers: "With private ownership and profit margins, there is, to varying degrees, always an undercurrent of message. The same may very well be true for a public non-profit newspaper. But the goal should be to shift the concentration of ownership from few hands to many" Link | Add comment
Poli Sci Blog The Monkey Cage Moves To WashPo
The Monkey Cage, Aug 26, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT
Washington Post Sale
For Bezos, WashPo Brand Won't Be Enough
Forbes, Aug 20, 2013, 8:34 AM EDT
Eric Bovim on the sale of  The Washington Post to Jeff Bezos: "There have been few success stories in recent years of big media brands embracing technology to preserve their brands. ... Perhaps his newest acquisition is just another piece of curio for the parlor. Very rich people sometimes do what one might deem odd things with their fortunes, though there's perhaps reason to at least hope this commerical visionary sees something we don't." Link | Add comment
Commentary By Ken Doctor
Nine Questions For The Media Industry
Newsonomics, Aug 19, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT
August has been a wild month for the media business, Ken Doctor has nine questions about all the activity from The Washington Post sale and the Orange County Register's new print product to the undoing of Patch and the tearing down of the San Francisco Chronicle's paywall. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Expecting The Unexpected From Jeff Bezos
The New York Times, Aug 19, 2013, 8:31 AM EDT
David Streitfeld and Christine Haughney: "No one, apparently including [Jeff] Bezos himself, seems to know what he intends to do with that fabled newspaper. This is, after all, a man who once said the quality he most wanted in a wife was the ability to spring him from a third-world prison. He can probably be counted on to think unpredictably." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Will Bezos Keep Up WaPo's Open Gov Fight?
Washington City Paper, Aug 16, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT
Lucy Dalglish, University of Maryland journalism professor, on Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post: "Perhaps Bezos has spent enough time in Sun Valley each summer with Post Company CEO Don Graham to have absorbed some of Graham’s sense of community and public service. By keeping the current leadership team, Bezos may be able to pick up some of the Post’s First Amendment ethos." Link | Add comment
Syrian Electronic Army Hacks WashPo Site
The Washington Post, Aug 15, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT
The Washington Post
’s Web site was disrupted Thursday morning by a hacker group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that apparently launched a coordinated wave of attacks on American news outlets. Link | Add comment
When Will Big Data Come To Local Media?
NetNewsCheck, Aug 15, 2013, 6:46 AM EDT
What does Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post mean for local media companies? The founder knows how to user the data collected on users to his advantage and create relationships, and with the Post he can show other local papers, TV and radio stations how to use data to their advantage. Media strategist Mark Ramsey: "The relationship business is the problem-solving business. And before you can solve problems you need to know what the problems are, how to solve them, and who needs them solved." Full Story | Comments (3)
Washington Post Sale
Washington Post And Jeff Bezos' 'To Do' List
CNBC, Aug 13, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT
Jeff Bezos, his designees in Washington and his investment operation have a rather big challenge: How do they get their arms around an exceedingly troubled business, The Washington Post, from 2,500 miles away without a new management team in place? Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Samuelson: The News Isn't Free
The Washington Post, Aug 13, 2013, 7:48 AM EDT
Robert Samuelson: "Papers such as The [Washington] Post contribute to a free society by undertaking the expensive reporting that others won’t — and which informs us of who we are. But it’s not free. It rests on editorial independence — the ability to pursue stories no matter how inconvenient — and commercial success. Someone has to pay the bills. [Jeff] Bezos’s task is to respect editorial independence and restore its economic base." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
As Graham Sells Post, A Lesson From Past
The Washington Post, Aug 13, 2013, 7:48 AM EDT
What does it mean when a digital native owns a major news organization? We’re about to find out. Jeff Bezos has not yet revealed his plans for The Washington Post, except for the tantalizing promise that “We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment.” But Dan Beyers says Bezos would do well to remember a lesson from Donald Graham (left) that a newspaper is more than the stories it publishes — it's a business based on relationships. Link | Add comment
Why Newspapers Need Big Data Now
NetNewsCheck, Aug 13, 2013, 6:29 AM EDT
Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post could move the newspaper toward pesonalization of content and targeted advertising based on data collected from readers. Notre Dame's Nitesh Chawla, professor of big data: "The digital transformation of newspapers is already changing the traditional print media, and big data will not only move it forward but will also begin to reshape consumer experience and engagement. We are at the point of convergence for digital and data." Full Story | Comments (2)
Washington Post Sale
Bezos And WashPo: In The Empire Business
On The Media, Aug 12, 2013, 6:42 AM EDT
Washington Post Sale
For Jeff Bezos, A New Frontier
The Washington Post, Aug 12, 2013, 6:42 AM EDT
Last Monday's announcement that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was buying The Washington Post  for $250 million invited another level of scrutiny for the tech pioneer, one that goes well beyond what attends being a business titan. Bezos’s politics and sense of fairness may come to bear as the newspaper, in a perilous state of flux, takes on a new shape. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Publishers Weigh In On Bezos' WashPo Deal
NetNewsCheck, Aug 12, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT
Last week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post for $250 million. NetNewsCheck asked four prominent newspaper publishers what Bezos’ deal may mean for the industry. E.W. Scripps' Rich Boehne: "We’d like to think [this purchase] is confirmation of our strategy and that we’re not alone in concentrating on building much stronger affinity around the newspaper." Full Story | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Post Deal Comes As Tech Eyes News Biz
Los Angeles Times, Aug 9, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT
As the news industry has floundered, Silicon Valley has taken note. In recent years, various companies and personalities have turned their attention to the woes of the news business. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos Known For Demanding Style
The Washington Post, Aug 9, 2013, 7:47 AM EDT
In the relentlessly efficient world of Jeffrey P. Bezos, Amazon employees quickly learn when they have overtaxed the attention of their chief executive. He quietly pulls out his smartphone and starts replying to e-mails. In extreme cases, Bezos will walk out. This demanding style is as much a signature of the founder as his famously long-term approach to developing new products or services, say people who have worked with the man. Link | Add comment
Ben Bradlee To Receive Medal Of Freedom
The Washington Post, Aug 8, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT
Washington Post Sale
Amazon’s Founder Is Looking For A Legacy
Nieman Journalism Lab, Aug 8, 2013, 8:48 AM EDT
The Washington Post
offers Bezos the chance to reinvent a newspaper during turbulent times, and in the process leave something to his family beyond Amazon. Tim Carmody: "Bezos is not Facebook's Chris Hughes looking for a second act, or Boston's John Henry closing the circle on a local empire. And while it's fun to write what-if fan fiction about diabolical schemes Bezos might concoct to turn the Post into an organ for Amazon's interests or use his combined power to become a new tyrant-king, I don't think that's what he's up to either." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Can Bezos Ship Online Savvy To WashPo?
Associated Press, Aug 7, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT
Jeff Bezos, head of e-commerce giant, is determined to face the challenge of reversing the financial slide that has hit major U.S. newspapers, raising hope that the Web-savvy executive can provide the industry a template for making the leap from the printed page to digital devices. Full Story | Add comment
Newspapers/ Online Video
Washington Post’s New PostTV Taps AP ENPS
NetNewsCheck, Aug 7, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT
LA Times' Future Still In Question After Sales, Aug 7, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT
The last couple of days have been a whirlwind for the newspaper industry, with both The Washington Post and The Boston Globe finding new owners. Is Tribune Co.'s Los Angeles Times, which has been on the sales block for months, next? Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Graham Likely To Keep Diversifying Post Co.
The Washington Post, Aug 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
The Washington Post
may be the iconic brand on the company's downtown building, but the sale of its flagship newspaper turns it into more of a holding company of businesses that have little in common — including education, television, home health care and even furnaces. The new company — which will be renamed after the sale is complete — will resemble a mini-Berkshire Hathaway Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos Could Apply Amazon Model To Papers
The Washington Post, Aug 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
It remains to be seen whether the experiences of an Internet behemoth can be successfully applied to a legacy newspaper — and whether Amazon-style customer targeting would be palatable at a news organization. But if Jeff Bezos applies the kind of innovations to The Washington Post that have propelled Amazon, he could radically upend traditional assumptions about how the paper delivers its journalism, generates ad revenue and interacts with its readers. Link | Add comment
Sales Show Analog $$$ Now Digital Pennies
MediaPost, Aug 6, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT
Joe Mandese on the sales of The Boston Globe, Newsweek and The Washington Post: "There’s no question that the sale of three major publishers in as many days reflects the declining market valuations of important print media, and the rising fortunes of the digital kind." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos: Values Of Post Do Not Need Changing
The Washington Post, Aug 6, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT
Jeff Bezos in a memo to Washington Post staffers said there will be change at the paper eventually but its mission will stay the same: "The values of The Post do not need changing. The paper’s duty will remain to its readers and not to the private interests of its owners. We will continue to follow the truth wherever it leads, and we’ll work hard not to make mistakes. When we do, we will own up to them quickly and completely." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
WashPo Behind Peers In Shift To Digital
NetNewsCheck, Aug 6, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT
A new chart from Mashable and Statista shows The Washington Post is trailing its competitors in the quest for digital subscribers. Among the country's top 10 newspapers, the Post is near the bottom with digital as a percentage of total circulation, trailing well behind The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
What Kind Of Paper Owner Will Bezos Be
New York Magazine, Aug 6, 2013, 8:11 AM EDT
There is no real way to know how Jeff Bezos will run The Washington Post. But although he's never owned a newspaper before, it is possible to draw a few inferences from his track record as an entrepreneur and a boss. And some of his traits could benefit the paper: He's patient, willing to experiment, knows the Internet and is independent and private. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
US Papers Being Bought Up By Billionaires
Time , Aug 6, 2013, 7:49 AM EDT
From Jeff Bezos and John Henry to Warren Buffett, some of the country's richest men are throwing their money into what many experts are saying is an industry in decline. So why are some of America’s sharpest businessmen falling over themselves to get a piece? Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Experts: WaPo Sale Further Devalues Papers
The Wrap, Aug 6, 2013, 7:11 AM EDT
In this vastly more challenging and complex media environment, if newspapers don’t find the resolve to put self-interest aside and find ways to leverage their collective audiences, the path to growth and sustainability will become increasingly difficult to navigate. Link | Add comment
Amazon's Bezos Buys The Washington Post
NetNewsCheck, Aug 5, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT
Katharine Weymouth Takes Charge At WasPo
The New York Times, Aug 5, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT
Katharine Weymouth is carving her path in a capital, and an industry, vastly changed from the one her grandmother inhabited when big-city newspapers were flush with advertising; The Washington Post helped bring down a president; and for nearly four decades, Katharine Graham ruled social Washington, feting presidents and prime ministers in her elegant Georgetown manse, dining at the White House with kings and queens. Link | Add comment
Quarterly Report
WashPo Digital Rev Rises 15% In Q2
NetNewsCheck, Aug 2, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT
Revenue from the company’s newspaper online publishing activities, primarily and Slate, increased 15% to $29.8 million for the second quarter of 2013 versus the same quarter of 2012. Newspaper online revenue was up 12% to $55.6 million for the first six months of 2013 versus the first six months of 2012. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Launches New Web Show 'In Play'
NetNewsCheck, Jul 31, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT
The daily show hosted by Chris Cillizza and Jackie Kucinich looks at the day in politics, previews the week ahead and features the reporting of Post journalists and opinions from noted writers. Full Story | Add comment
Newspapers/ Online Video
Why Time Is Right For WashPo To Boost Vid
Poynter, Jul 29, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT
The Washington Post's PostTV is a big gamble that it can widen audience and win significant advertising revenue by producing digital video programs and distributing the segments to various partners. Link | Add comment
WashPo Debuts New Online Interview Show
NetNewsCheck, Jul 29, 2013, 7:58 AM EDT
"On Background," The Washington Post's new interactive interview show will explore Washington news topics in depth and tap into social media to start an in-depth conversation on those issues. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo To Launch New Political Section
NetNewsCheck, Jul 26, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT
The new online section will be called GovBeat and will cover legislative and political trends and highlight innovative policy prescriptions, with a mix of news, analysis, charts and data. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo To Launch Tech Policy Blog 'The Switch'
NetNewsCheck, Jul 22, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT
Washington Post Expands Into ... Industrial Boilers
The Wall Street Journal, Jul 19, 2013, 7:21 AM EDT
WashPo Adds Religious Site To Portfolio
Bloomberg, Jul 9, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT
Washington Post Co. will invest in, a website that lets users find nearby churches, providing an outlet for its On Faith blog on spirituality. Sally Quinn, founding editor of On Faith and wife of former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, will remain the blog's editor. Link | Add comment
The Washington Post’s Bet On Quality
Digiday, Jul 8, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT
Kevin Gentzel, chief revenue officer for The Washington Post: "If anything, the quality of the pageview has to be at least as, or even more, important than the quantity. If you focus on the direct-sold initiatives [as well as] innovating user and advertising experience on the high-quality impressions and pageviews, then you’re doing a lot of things." Link | Add comment
Guild: WashPo Would Like To Fire You
Poynter, Jun 26, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT
The Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild says a Washington Post proposal for a new agreement with the union "would give managers the power to fire anyone for any reason" and also inserts a "poison pill that would make it even harder for the union to collect dues at the end of the next contract." Link | Add comment
WashPo National Security Editor Mulls Govt. Job
Huffington Post, Jun 21, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT
Advertising Strategy
Washington Post Launches Sponsored Views, Jun 13, 2013, 7:47 AM EDT
The Washington Post on Wednesday announced Sponsored Views, an online advertising feature that invites organizations to post commentary related to or in response to content from The Washington Post’s Opinion section. The ads will appear at the bottom of an online column from The Post’s editorial/op-ed pages. Sponsored Views will be clearly labeled as advertising, a Post representative said, and the newsroom is not involved. Full Story | Add comment
Paywalls and Pay Strategies
Washington Post Paywall To Go Live June 12
NetNewsCheck, Jun 5, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT
The Washington Post
's metered subscription model will be phased in over a period of several weeks beginning June 12. The Post says it will implement the meter to random selections of readers to ensure they have the best possible experience. Full Story | Add comment
WaPo Consolidates Poli Coverage Under Ginsberg
Politico, Jun 3, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT
WashPo Names Gentzel Chief Rev Officer
NetNewsCheck, May 30, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT
Is Marty Baron The Man To Fix WashPo?
National Journal, May 28, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT
The paper's new executive editor does not talk about himself. He does not discuss much of himself, his personal life or, more important, how he runs The Post, still the most iconic media franchise in town, and one beset by all the plagues that have visited newspapers across the country. In a splintered industry where just about everyone works feverishly to develop his own brand, Marty Baron is stubbornly retro. Is that what The Washington Post needs? Link | Add comment
WashPo Launches Poll Watch App
NetNewsCheck, May 14, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT
Two Digital Strategies: WashPo Vs. NYT
Monday Note, May 13, 2013, 7:33 AM EDT
Frédéric Filloux on thedigital transitions at the Washington Post and The New York Times: "It is increasingly clear that readers are more willing than we once thought to pay for content they value and enjoy. With more than 300 media companies now charging for online content in the U.S., the notion of paying to read expensive-to-produce journalism is no longer that exotic for sophisticated consumers." Link | Add comment
WashPo's Net Income Dives 85% In Q1
Reuters, May 3, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT
The Washington Post Co. reported an 85 % drop in first quarter net income because of weakness in the education and newspaper arms of the business. TV and cable operations performed better, helping the company eek out a 0.4% rise in total revenue. The Post is best known for its journalistic operations, but it also owns the academic testing company Kaplan. Link | Add comment
WashPo Reader Rep On Why He's Not An Ombud
Poynter, Apr 23, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT
Politico Pauses Web Show; WashPo Staffs Vid
Huffington Post, Apr 3, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT
Politico has quietly placed its thrice-weekly web show "Politico Live" on hold while retooling the format. The decision to reformat “Politico Live” comes as The Washington Post staffs up its own web video operation. Link | Add comment
WashPo's Katherine Weymoth Made $2.4M In 2012
Washington City Paper, Mar 28, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT
The Story Behind WashPo's Fact-Check App
PBS MediaShift, Mar 26, 2013, 8:27 AM EDT
The Washington Post is creating an algorithm to augment its fact checking of political speeches. How might it work? And do we want it to? Link | Add comment
WashPo Launches Expanded iPad App
NetNewsCheck, Mar 25, 2013, 8:17 AM EDT
The new app will include continuously updated news from The Washington Post, a replica of the print newspaper, live video, photo galleries, sports scores, search functionality and offline reading. Full Story | Comments (2)
Murrey Marder, Early McCarthy Skeptic, Dies At 93
Teh New York Times, Mar 21, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT
WashPo Seeks Blogger For Style Section
Poynter, Mar 21, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT
WashPo Is Building A Paywall With A Big Hole
Forbes, Mar 20, 2013, 7:44 AM EDT
Jeff Bercovici on The Washington Post's plan to exempt government employees from its new paywall: The group "represents a large loophole for a paper situated in the nation's capitol. More than 20% of District of Columbia residents work for the federal government, as do 12% of workers in Maryland and Virginia." Link | Add comment
Washington Post To Launch Metered Paywall
NetNewsCheck, Mar 18, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT
The new digital subscription plan will allow readers access to 20 stories per month before they hit the paywall. The home page and section fronts will continue to allow unlimited access. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo’s New Native Ads: Slippery Slope?
NetNewsCheck, Mar 14, 2013, 6:33 AM EDT
The Washington Post
last week rolled out BrandConnect, its new sponsored content effort. While the newspaper sees it as a potential new revenue stream, the effort, also called native advertising, is full of potential ethical pitfalls. Full Story | Comments (3)
WashPo Names Doug Feaver Reader Representative
The Washington Post, Mar 7, 2013, 3:29 PM EST
WashPo Managing Editor John Temple Exits
Huffington Post, Mar 6, 2013, 2:58 PM EST
John Temple, the former Rocky Mountain News editor and publisher who joined The Washington Post as managing editor last year, will leave his post on March 22. Link | Add comment
WashPo Rolls Out Sponsored Content Effort
NetNewsCheck, Mar 5, 2013, 8:14 AM EST
The Washington Post
today launched "BrandConnect," a new feature that will let marketers create content throughout the newspaper's site and on its homepage. CTIA-The Wireless Association will be the first advertiser to use the feature. Full Story | Add comment
WaPo's New Ombud Sounds Like Cust. Relations
NPR, Mar 4, 2013, 3:40 PM EST
Pexton Signs Off As WashPo Ombudsman
The Washington Post, Mar 4, 2013, 5:36 AM EST
WashPo To Pick New Reader Representative
The Washington Post, Mar 1, 2013, 4:48 PM EST
Homicide Watch, WaPo And Race In Reporting
Columbia Journalism Review, Mar 1, 2013, 2:59 PM EST
Homicide Watch’s greatest contribution to crime reporting is a “just the facts” service that is part AP reporting style and part database feed, whose basic premise is that if someone is murdered in your city, it’s a story. Clay Shirky compares the site's murder coverage with a similar Washington Post effort and shows how much race affects reporting. Link | Add comment
Pexton Could Be WashPo's Last Ombudsman
The Washington Post, Feb 18, 2013, 12:01 AM EST
WashPo Lays Off 50 On Valentine's Day
Fishbowl DC, Feb 15, 2013, 3:30 PM EST
The Washington Post on Thursday laid off as many as 54 employees. The Mobile Product Management and IT Project Management departments were the hardest hit, according to a report from Fishbowl DC.
Link | Add comment
WaPo Runs With Parody Site's Sarah Palin Story
Politico, Feb 12, 2013, 3:48 PM EST
WashPo Polls Users On Paywall Plans
Washington Business Journal, Feb 8, 2013, 9:44 AM EST
The Washington Post Co. is taking a step toward paid Web content, surveying its users on potential packages. The survey, which includes standard questions about users' reading habits, also asks, "How much would you pay to read the Washington Post online?" Link | Add comment
WashPo Names Merida Managing Editor
NetNewsCheck, Feb 4, 2013, 3:33 PM EST
Kevin Merida will be responsible for The WashingtonPost's news and features coverage, as well as the Universal News Desk. He joins Managing Editor John Temple. Full Story | Add comment
Twitter Among Cos. Targeted By Hackers
Associated Press, Feb 4, 2013, 7:19 AM EST
The social media company late last week announced that it was among the U.S. companies that have recently been victims of cyberattacks, saying that hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users. Full Story | Add comment
Report: Chinese Hackers Hit WashPo In 2012
Krebs On Security, Feb 1, 2013, 3:34 PM EST
The Washington Post was among several major U.S. newspapers that spent much of 2012 trying to untangle its newsroom computer networks from a web of malicious software thought to have been planted by Chinese cyberspies, according to a former information technology employee at the paper. Link | Add comment
WashPo Explores Sale Of Its Downtown HQ
The Washington Post, Feb 1, 2013, 3:06 PM EST
The Washington Post Co. executives are considering relocating the company from its 63-year-old headquarters in downtown Washington, exploring the sale of the building. Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth made the announcement in an email to staff Friday morning, saying the goal was “to give us a more modern, bright, open and efficient building that better supports and advances our mission into the future.” Link | Add comment
WashPo's Truth Teller And Robot Journalism
PandoDaily, Jan 30, 2013, 4:00 PM EST
David Holmes on The Washington Post's real-time fact-checking app Truth Teller: "The biggest advantage of robot fact-checkers, and one the Post has capitalized on with Truth Teller, is that ability to work in real-time. An algorithm can comb through Congressional Budget Office studies or public records much faster than a lowly human journalist." Link | Add comment
WashPo Launches Real-Time Fact Check App
NetNewsCheck, Jan 29, 2013, 1:17 PM EST
The new Truth Teller app was developed with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund and will combine video and audio extraction with a speech-to-text technology to search databases of facts and fact checks. Full Story | Add comment
Despite Twitter Ruling, Photo Laws Still Messy
PaidContent, Jan 17, 2013, 7:59 AM EST
Jeff John Roberts on this week's ruling that forces The Washington Post to pay for publishing photos it found on Twitter: "The court ruling is a victory for the photographer but will do little to clear up a brewing legal storm over who has a right to photos posted on social media. Consider the ironic mess we’re in: on one hand, news companies depend on Twitter and other sites for news pics — but on the other hand, they sue if other people use their own photos." Link | Add comment
Judge: News Orgs Wrongly Used Twitter Pics
Reuters, Jan 16, 2013, 7:06 AM EST
Agence France-Presse and The Washington Post infringed on the copyrights of photographer Daniel Morel in using pictures he took and posted to Twitter in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan ruled. Link | Add comment
WashPo Unveils Inauguration Coverage Plans
NetNewsCheck, Jan 15, 2013, 8:42 AM EST
the Washington Post is planning a number of ways for readers to follow Inauguration Day events and activities, including live video and news coverage, maps, an event guide and interactive tools. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Dumps Its Food Section's Blog, Jan 11, 2013, 9:44 AM EST
WashPo Launches Capital Insight Polling Service
NetNewsCheck, Jan 8, 2013, 12:56 PM EST
WashPo To Launch Online Political Video Ch.
NetNewsCheck, Jan 3, 2013, 3:11 PM EST
The Washington Post
in the summer of 2013 will launch a new service that will include up to 30 hours of programming, featuring Post journalists and commentators. The content will be available on desktops, mobile devices and selected connected TV devices. Full Story | Add comment
'Frictionless Sharing' Is An Instructive Failure
Poynter, Dec 26, 2012, 8:00 AM EST
The Washington Post  and The Guardian earlier this month pulled the plug on their Facebook social reader apps. "The primary reason for the retreat of frictionless sharing is that the numbers just weren’t sustainable," writes Poynter's Jeff Sonderman. Link | Add comment
Media Ignored Murdoch Bid To Shape Election
Guardian, Dec 21, 2012, 7:35 AM EST
The story of Rupert Murdoch's unsuccessful attempt to steer General David Petraeus into running for president in 2012 has been largely ignored by U.S. media outlets. "The tone of the media's reaction was set from the beginning by [The Washington Post's] own tin-eared treatment of this huge story: relegating it, like any other juicy tidbit of inside-the-beltway media gossip," writes Carl Bernstein in The Guardian. Link | Comments (1)
WashPoShuts Door On Celebritology Blog
The Washington Post, Dec 18, 2012, 3:32 PM EST
WashPo Signs With Syndicator NewsCred
PaidContent, Dec 18, 2012, 8:23 AM EST
The Washington Post
is the latest publisher to join NewsCred, a syndication service that is licensing a growing stable of titles. For the Post, the deal represents a revenue stream and a strategic opportunity. Link | Add comment
Marty Baron's Plan To Save WashPo
The New Republic, Dec 17, 2012, 4:15 PM EST
Marty Baron’s arrival as executive editor at The Washington Post is, or least ought to be, an opportunity for the newspaper to revalue its regional franchise for what it is: the paper’s principal source of strength in a ferociously competitive national and global media environment. Link | Add comment
WashPo Pulls Plug On Its Social Reader
Social Times, Dec 17, 2012, 5:34 AM EST
The Washington Post
is in the process of replacing its reader in Facebook with an independent website that supports social sharing through a Facebook login. The Post and U.K. newspaper The Guardian discontinued their Facebook social readers last week. Link | Add comment
WaPo Looks Like A Dinosaur, But It's Evolving
Gaurdian, Dec 11, 2012, 8:00 AM EST
Looking For Profit In Public-Interest News
Columbia Journalism Review, Dec 11, 2012, 8:00 AM EST
Commentary: Paywalls and Pay Strategies
Why Newspapers Are On A Paywall Push
The New York Times, Dec 10, 2012, 6:10 AM EST
David Carr: "The subscription model represents a moment of truth for publishers, who are owning up to the fact that they will be operating as smaller businesses, with smaller audiences. Charging the most loyal, motivated readers is way of a battening down the hatches and saying, 'Let’s see what kind of newsgathering our tribe of readers will support.'" Link | Add comment
Are WashPo, Daily Beast Paywalls Too Late?
Forbes, Dec 7, 2012, 3:04 PM EST
Jeff Bercovici: "If [The Washington Post] waited longer than it should have to think about charging, Newsweek/[Daily] Beast almost certainly waited too long." Link | Add comment
Report: WashPo Likely To Erect Paywall In '13
NetNewsCheck, Dec 7, 2012, 7:03 AM EST
The Washington Post
is likely to end its holdout against a paywall in 2013, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The Journal quoted “people familiar with the matter” who said that the Post would likely roll out a metered paywall next year — “no earlier than next summer” — along with an increase in its newsstand price. WSJ subscribers can read the full report here. | Add comment
CEO: WaPo Looking At Every Kind Of Paywall
NetNewsCheck, Dec 3, 2012, 3:30 PM EST
Washington Post
CEO Donald Graham, who has in the past said that the newspaper would eschew paywalls, today during the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference admitted that the newspaper was examining different models to see if any would work for the Post. "We are obviously looking at paywalls of every type. But the reason we haven’t adopted one yet is that we haven’t found one that actually adds to profits,” Graham said. Full Story | Add comment
Marty Baron Shouldn't Listen To David Carr
About Editing And Writing, Nov 30, 2012, 3:09 PM EST
Jack Limpert has some advice for incoming Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron: "Don’t listen to David Carr. Don’t try to be The New York Times." Link | Add comment
Digital DMA: Washington, D.C.
Post Shifts Could Alter Paper's Digital Course
NetNewsCheck, Nov 29, 2012, 6:43 AM EST
A recent reshuffling in the Washington Post's executive suite has brought former Boston Globe chief Marty Baron into the fold and opens the door for the possibility that the Post will adopt the Globe's two-site strategy. WaPo remains the DMA's top online site, but competitors have been busy, with political pureplay Politico climbing over the market's TV sites to take a firm hold of second place. Full Story | Comments (1)
Commentary: Paywalls and Pay Strategies
Paywalls: A Short-Term Fix, Not A Solution
eMedia Vitals, Nov 27, 2012, 4:32 PM EST
Rob O'Regan: "The bottom line is that most if not all successful digital publishing models require a blend of advertising revenue and paid content. ... Innovation is exactly what newspaper (and magazine) publishers need. They can continue to put band-aids on their bleeding business models and outdated infrastructures, or they can spend more time experimenting with new ways to monetize their content and their audience." Link | Add comment
WashPo's Graham Sells $6.7M Of Facebook Shares
The Washington Post, Nov 27, 2012, 3:33 PM EST
Washington Post Needs A Paywall, Now
Columbia Journalism Review, Nov 26, 2012, 2:53 PM EST
With a spotlight cast on the Post leadership, Dean Starkman brings up what he sees as another blunder at the venerable newspaper: failure to build a payroll around its digital content. The newspaper operations lost $60 million in the first three quarters of the year, making it "the American newspaper industry’s poster child for the folly of clinging to a free digital strategy," Starkman says in his blog on the press business. Link | Add comment
What Caused Brauchli-Weymouth Breakup?
The Washington Post, Nov 21, 2012, 2:01 PM EST
Will Baron Bring Globe Strategy To WashPo?
Columbia Journalism Review, Nov 21, 2012, 7:05 AM EST
Marty Baron presided over The Boston Globe's decision to launch a paid site to complement the free Could he do the same at The Washington Post? "I would be delighted to offer any observations that I have about our experience here at the Globe … I imagine that I will be a participant in a wide range of discussions about the digital future of The Washington Post," Baron said. Link | Add comment
How WashPo's Baron Can Avoid Disaster
GigaOM, Nov 19, 2012, 7:09 AM EST
Mathew Ingram offers up some advice to The Washington Post's new executive editor Marty Baron (pictured) on paywalls, innovation and digital first: "While Marty Baron's appearance at the Post isn't fraught with the same amount of tension as former BBC director Mark Thompson's arrival as the new CEO of The New York Times, he clearly has a tough climb ahead of him — the Post's circulation has been crumbling, and its financial picture is fairly dismal as well, and getting worse by the day." Link | Add comment
Marcus Brauchli’s Impossible Task
Columbia Journalism Review, Nov 15, 2012, 3:46 PM EST
Ryan Chittum on Marcus Brauchli's move from executive editor of The Washington Post to a VP role at the company: "At base, this isn’t about personalities: revenue losses of the sort the Post is experiencing will strain any relationship. It’s about a misguided strategy that trumps every other problem the Post has and will continue to dog the company no matter who’s editor." Link | Add comment
The Newsonomics of thin ice
Big News Orgs Find Motivation In Struggles
Nieman Journalism Lab, Nov 15, 2012, 3:21 PM EST
Ken Doctor on the unstable foundations of some of the largest news organizations, including the BBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Financial Times: "This week, events on both seaboards of the Atlantic displayed anew just how thin the foundations on which many major news operations operate are. With each crack comes a new sense of mortality and, thankfully, motivation." Link | Add comment
Weymouth: Brauchli Chose To Step Down
Poynter, Nov 14, 2012, 3:02 PM EST
Katharine Weymouth, publisher of The Washington Post, said that Marcus Brauchli, the paper's executive editor, made the decision to step down. The Post yesterday named Marty Baron, editor at The Boston Globe, to take over the role. Link | Add comment
Marty Baron Named WashPo Executive Editor
NetNewsCheck, Nov 13, 2012, 12:23 PM EST
Marty Baron, editor of The Boston Globe, was named executive editor of The Washington Post. Baron will assume his new post on Jan. 2, 2013, replacing Marcus Brauchli, who will start a new role as a VP of The Washington Post Co. Full Story | Add comment
Could WaPo Go More Local If Brauchli Exits?
Poynter, Nov 13, 2012, 8:19 AM EST
Marcus Brauchli, executive editor of The Washington Post, is rumored to be leaving the paper. His exit could shift the Post's focus to more local coverage of Washington, D.C. Link | Add comment
Election 2012
News Orgs Up Traffic, Experiment On Election
Nieman Journalism Lab, Nov 9, 2012, 3:10 PM EST
The New York Times
, The Washington Post and others saw record numbers for mobile traffic. Others, such as CNN, used election night to experiment with their design. Link | Add comment
WashPo Reports Higher Earnings In Q3
The Washington Post, Nov 5, 2012, 7:23 AM EST
The Washington Post Co. reported sharply higher earnings in the third quarter of this year, bolstered by cable television profits, political and summer Olympic Games advertising on its local television broadcast stations, and a one-time accounting benefit. But the company’s flagship newspaper continued to lose circulation and print ad revenue at a steady pace. Link | Add comment
Election 2012
WaPo Readies Digital Election Day Coverage
NetNewsCheck, Oct 31, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT
The Washington Post
's online and mobile coverage of Election Day will include live video from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., live analysis from Post journalists and geo-tergeted election results. Full Story | Add comment
Study: WashPo Top Paper Among DC Insiders
NetNewsCheck, Oct 28, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT
A new survey from research firm Erdos & Morgan found that The Washington Post's print newspaper and website were the favored news sources among government leaders. Full Story | Add comment
Report: WashPo Close To Replacing Brauchli
Forbes, Oct 17, 2012, 6:36 AM EDT
Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth is said to be interviewing candidates with a goal of replacing Marcus Brauchli, the newspaper's executive editor, after the election. Link | Add comment
Election 2012
Election Gives Papers Test Ground For Video
Nieman Journalism Lab, Oct 11, 2012, 7:20 AM EDT
This year's election season is giving The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post ample opportunity to experiment with video. The challenge is not to just reinvent television. Link | Add comment
WashPo Rolls Out 'The Fold' Nightly Newscast
NetNewsCheck, Oct 4, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT
The 15-minute newscast will feature breaking news and in-depth analysis and is designed specifically for Google TV by The Washington Post’s newsroom and WaPo Labs. Full Story | Add comment
Election 2012
WashPo Rolls Out New Features For Debates
NetNewsCheck, Oct 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT
The new features will launch prior to the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 and include a live video show, a tracking tool that lets you agree or disagree with the candidates and a post-debate video player that presents social media sentiment. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Reporter Wins MacArthur Grant
The Washington Post, Oct 2, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT
WashPo Buys Hospice Firm Celtic Healthcare
The Washington Post, Oct 2, 2012, 7:27 AM EDT
NYT, WashPo Team Up On Elections Dbase
Nieman Journalism Lab, Sep 26, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT
Senior developers from The New York Times and The Washington Post are looking for volunteers to help collect more than 10 years of federal elections data from each state. With their help — and $200,000 in Knight News Challenge funding — Serdar Tumgoren and Derek Willis are working on creating a free, comprehensive source of official U.S. election results. Link | Add comment
ONA 2012
Editorial, Sales Collaboration Key To Future
NetNewsCheck, Sep 22, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT
Photo: Lewis Sommer
Journalists steeped in the tradition of separating sales from editorial must cross over to a new paradigm if online news is to thrive in the future, according to speakers Saturday at the Online News Association's annual conference in San Francisco. The idea isn't to sell out, but rather to generate the kinds of revenue-generating ideas that can fund a strong journalistic tradition, even at small organizations. Full Story | Comments (3)
WaPo Labs, Post Make 'Talent Exchange', Sep 20, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT
WashPo Co. Names SurveyMonkey CEO To Board
Bloomberg, Sep 14, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT
AppCheck: The Issue Engine by The Washington Post
WaPo Campaign 2012 App Goes Social
NetNewsCheck, Sep 4, 2012, 6:36 AM EDT
The Washington Post
's new desktop app, The Issue Engine, combines an ever-refreshing guide to coverage of this year's presidential campaign with a feature that boosts engagement by allowing readers to endorse the views of one candidate over another on each issue. Full Story | Add comment
Washington Post Invests In Education Tech Site
All Things Digital, Aug 29, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT
Executive Session with Jim Brady
'Thunderdome' Takes Shape At Digital First
NetNewsCheck, Aug 27, 2012, 6:40 AM EDT
Digital First Media Editor in Chief Jim Brady talks about the fundamental transition underway in Journal Register Co.'s news gathering operation. News aggregation and centralized production of big national stories as well as health, travel and education feature wells are adding heft to papers' websites while letting the papers focus on what they do best: local news. There is also a centralized data journalism team and a SWAT team of producers who can double down on big breaking stories. Full Story | Comments (2)
WashPo Ironically Dings ‘Give-It-Away-Free’
Columbia Journalism Review, Aug 24, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT
Ryan Chittum on The Washington Post's story about Facebook giving away its product for free: "There's all kinds of irony about the Washington Post slapping a company for a 'give-it-away-free approach' that has hurt share prices." Link | Add comment
WaPo Launches Twitter Feature For iPad App
NetNewsCheck, Aug 23, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT
The new app, "The Forum," available on the WP Politics App for iPad, identifies, organizes and presents content from the most influential political voices on Twitter. Full Story | Add comment
Mike Sallah Is 1st WaPo Hire With Ford Foundation $
Poynter, Aug 23, 2012, 7:38 AM EDT
WashPo Relaunches Mobile Website
NetNewsCheck, Aug 20, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT
The Washington Post on Monday began a rolling launch of its new mobile website, which is scheduled to be completed in time for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Full Story | Add comment
A 20-Year-Old Vision Of The Future Of News
Mark Potts, Aug 20, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT
Mike Potts recalls a 20-year-old memo from Washington Post managing editor Robert Kaiser that started the newspaper down the digital road: "We were learning quickly how digital media differed from print. We still had no real idea of how we would deliver these whizbang products to anybody—the Internet wasn't really ready for primetime yet and our mutimedia visions bumped up against a pre-broadband reality." Link | Add comment
WashPo's Aims For Real-Time Fact-Checking
Poynter, Aug 8, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT
The Washington Post is aiming for real-time fact-checking with its TruthTeller project, which was given new life when the Knight Foundation announced that TruthTeller was one of five media innovation projects to receive funding as part of its new Prototype Fund. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Digital Rev Rises 8% In Q2
NetNewsCheck, Aug 3, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT
The Washington Post Co.'s online revenue, primarily from and Slate, hit $26.3 million for the quarter. The increase was not enough to offset an overall revenue drop of 5% for the company. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Launches Crowdsourcing Platform
The Washington Post, Aug 2, 2012, 7:52 AM EDT
The Washington Post has launched "Crowd Sourced," a new platform that allows the newspaper's journalists to interact with readers on current events. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Gets $500K Ford Foundation Grant
Poynter, Jul 31, 2012, 7:46 AM EDT
Why WashPo Will Never Have A Paywall
GigaOM, Jul 19, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT
Mathew Ingram: "The Washington Post CEO [Donald Graham's] inclination leans far more towards experimentation with new media formats and platforms than it does towards backwards-looking efforts like paywalls." Link | Add comment
Graham: Why Paywall Won't Work For Post
Fortune, Jul 18, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT
Donald Graham, CEO of The Washington Post, speaking at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference, told attendees that because 90% of the paper's audience is outside of the Washington area — but that the paper itself has only local distribution — so the premise simply doesn't make sense. Link | Add comment
VP Laura Evans Leaves The Washington Post
Politico, Jul 18, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT
London Olympics
WashPo, Socialcam Team For Olympics
NetNewsCheck, Jul 9, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT
The newspaper will team up with social video app Socialcam to let reporters capture on-the-scene interviews and live moments, and let readers share sights and sounds from the Games. Full Story | Add comment
What’s Going Wrong (And Right) At WashPo
Poynter, Jul 9, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT
Rick Edmonds: "The Post's changing fortunes do exemplify a melancholy state of affairs mid-year for the newspaper industry:Even a company with unusual financial strength, doing rapid, well-funded and varied digital innovation is not posting positive numbers." Link | Add comment
WashPo's Amanda Zamora Joins ProPublica, Jul 5, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT
WashPo Won't Retract Romney 'Outsourcing' Story
Politico, Jun 27, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT
Managing Editor Elizabeth Spayd To Exit WashPo
Politico, Jun 22, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT
WaPo's Weymouth Could Get $15M In Stock Awards
Washington City Paper, Jun 12, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT
WashPo Buyout Memos Depict Rosier Times
Fishbowl DC, May 30, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT
WashPo Reaches 1M Twitter Followers
The Washington Post, May 30, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT
The Washington Post on Tuesday announced that it has reached 1 million followers on the microblogging service. In celebration, the Post published an interactive photo featuring the faces of some of its Twitter followers and a list of its top retweeted stories. Link | Add comment
WashPo's Digital Head Leaves For Vid Startup
Poynter, May 24, 2012, 8:24 AM EDT
Katharine Zaleski, The Washington Post's executive director of digital news, will be leaving the newspaper and joining Planet Daily, the video start-up founded by Huffington Post co-founder Ken Lerer and former CEO Eric Hippeau. Link | Add comment
Attorney Plots To Get WashPo’s Wemple Fired
Fishbowl DC, May 23, 2012, 8:19 AM EDT
Second Street: Social Still Key Deals Driver
BIA/Kelsey, May 22, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT
Are Deals still being driven by shares, posts, likes and other social media features in an era of Groupon and Living Social Super Bowl ads? Yes, definitely, according to Second Street Media, which held a webinar with The Washington Post last week to discuss social media and deals strategies. Link | Add comment
Anti-Paywall Stance Will Hurt WashPo
Columbia Journalism Review, May 11, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT
Dismal earnings, dividends and share buybacks, as well as an anti-paywall stance are hurting The Washington Post's prospects for the future of the newspaper and the company as a whole. Link | Add comment
WashPo's SocialCode Hires Digg Developers
NetNewsCheck, May 10, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT
The Washington Post subsidiary, which provides social media advertising and intelligence, hired several members from the news aggregator Digg. Full Story | Add comment
Newspapers Pin Hopes On Annoyed Readers
SF Weekly, May 9, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT
Dan Mitchell on "frictionless sharing" apps: "it's not that people don't like to share news stories — it's the forced sharing that's the problem. If we want to share a Washington Post news story that we've read, we will. It's not hard — you just paste in the link. What we don't want is to have everything we read to be automatically broadcasted to all of our friends." Link | Add comment
Paywalled Aggregator Ongo Closes Doors
Nieman Journalism Lab, May 9, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT
The year-old subscription aggregation startup Ongo — backed by The New York Times, The Washington Post and Gannett (at a reported investment of $4 million each) — struggled to find a way to charge readers who have free alternatives. Link | Add comment
Secret Meeting Has Washington Post Buzzing
Adweek, May 7, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT
WashPo Q1 Ad Revenue Continues To Slide
The Washington Post, May 4, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT
Print advertising at the flagship newspaper plunged 17% compared to a year earlier to $52.7 million, with declines in general, classified and preprint ads. Despite increases in online readership, online revenue — primarily from and Slate — fell 7% to $24.2 million. Link | Add comment
WashPo Sunday Circ Drop Not That Steep
Poynter, May 2, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT
Andrew Beaujon: "At first glance, The Washington Post's numbers reported Tuesday morning in the Audit Bureau of Circulations' March report look grisly: Of all the Top 25 papers in the report, The Post has the steepest drop in average Sunday circulation, down 15.66 percent. ... Back away from the windows! It’s not that bad." Link | Add comment
Report: WashPo Acquires Digg Tech Team
All Things Digital, May 1, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT
The newspaper has acquired the social bookmarking site's technology team, but is not purchasing the entire company. Digg will remain up and running after the purchase while its management figures out how to take advantage of its brand name and traffic. Link | Add comment
As News Goes Mobile, Will Text Alerts Vanish
Nieman Journalism Lab, Apr 27, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT
The Washington Post this week ended its text messaging news alert service.  It wasn't so long ago that newsrooms delivering text alerts were providing a cutting edge service for an on-demand audience. People still appear to want news and information on-demand — if text messaging is tapering off, it likely illustrates that distribution preferences are evolving. Link | Add comment
The Sad Fate Of An Aggregation Serf
The Awl, Apr 25, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT
WashPo Fails A Young Blogger
The Washington Post, Apr 24, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT
Patrick Pexton, Washington Post ombudsman on Elizabeth Flock, the Post blogger who resigned over issues of plagiarism in aggregated content: "The Post failed her as much as she failed the Post." Link | Add comment
Election 2012
How Bloomberg Broke WaPo Santorum Story
Huffington Post, Apr 11, 2012, 6:17 AM EDT
When Rick Santorum dropped out of the GOP presidential race Tuesday, Bloomberg TV host Emily Chang and Bloomberg news editor both tweeted the news, citing The Washington Post. The only problem was that there was neither a Post report available online nor a reporter from the Post breaking the news on Twitter. Link | Add comment
WashPo Rolls Out Syndication Sevice
NetNewsCheck, Apr 2, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT
The newspaper announced the launch  of its Washington Post News Media Services unit, which combines content from The Washington Post Writers Group, The Washington Post and Bloomberg News, as well as Slate, The Root and Foreign Policy. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Names John Temple Managing Editor
NetNewsCheck, Mar 29, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT
Temple, a former editor and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News and founding editor of the Honolulu Civil Beat, will act as The Washington Post's senior digital editor and run several of the paper's sections. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Ombud's Paywall Analysis Is Faulty
Columbia Journalism Review, Mar 28, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT
Ryan Chittum on Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton's column on The New York Times paywall about the possibility of a paywall at the Post: "You can't compare nine months of circulation-revenue changes to 12 months of ad-revenue changes and then say the former 'didn't even cover the decline in the latter.' That's like giving somebody a 100 meter headstart in the 400 meters and then talking about how the laggard couldn't even compete, even though they ran faster than the rest of the field." Link | Add comment
Commentary: Election 2012
Why Twitter Won’t Predict The 2012 Election
Talking Points Memo, Mar 26, 2012, 7:57 AM EDT
Kyle Leighton and David Taintor on using social media to measure the pulse of the presidential campaign: "Claims that legitimate followers and retweets are “indicative of growing grass-roots support,” are likely too close for comfort, in the same way that lawn signs are no indicator of a winner. After all, rating the intensity of one candidate’s supporters means nothing if a rival’s supporters cast more votes." Link | Add comment
Is A Paywall Coming To Washington Post?
The Washington Post, Mar 26, 2012, 7:29 AM EDT
Patrick Pexton, ombudsman for The Washington Post, says that, at least for the short term, there will be no paywall for the newspaper. The Post needs to accomplish two goals before putting up a paywall: Attract more readers and improve its information technology systems. Link | Add comment
Can WashPo Be Saved From Lack Of Vision?
Vanity Fair, Mar 8, 2012, 3:28 PM EST
Despite The Washington Post's history of swashbuckling journalism, its business strategy has been deeply conservative. Can the heirs to Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee's legacy — Graham's son Don, the chairman and CEO; her granddaughter Katharine Weymouth, the publisher; and executive editor Marcus Brauchli — save the Post from a lack of vision? Link | Add comment
AppCheck: Washington Post Social Reader
WashPo App Nets Younger Demo Inside FB
NetNewsCheck, Mar 6, 2012, 6:37 AM EST
The Washington Post’s new Social Reader Facebook is an experiment in building a new type of engagement, and while it isn’t being monetized, it is paying off with Internal metrics track every nuance of user behavior and deliver loads of reader data. Full Story | Add comment
Vanity Fair: Is WashPo National Or Local?
Poynter, Mar 1, 2012, 8:02 AM EST
A new Vanity Fair profile of The Washington Post outlines the newspaper's struggle to define itself as either a local paper, some of whose readers happen to run the country, or a national newspaper. Link | Add comment
Warren Buffett: Don't Give Away Content
Forbes, Feb 28, 2012, 7:54 AM EST
AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama
Warren Buffett, who recently purchased the Omaha World-Herald, during a CNBC interview Monday said that newspapers with free websites — such as The Washington Post — are cannibalizing their revenue: "Newspapers have been giving away their product at the same time they're selling it, and that is not a great business model. So when they put papers up on the internet and you get it free, you're competing with yourself." Link | Add comment
Election 2012
WashPo Tests Paid Content In Political App
NetNewsCheck, Feb 27, 2012, 11:56 AM EST
The Washington Post's new iPad app WP Politics, featuring campaign and election news and information, will include premium content that can be accessed for $2.99 per month. [Updated] Full Story | Comments (1)
Online Mag Slate Gets Its Own Ad-Sales Force
Advertising Age, Feb 24, 2012, 3:38 PM EST
In late November, the magazine went on a hiring spree for sales and marketing talent that has resulted in 13 new employees and a dedicated sales force for Link | Add comment
WashPo Fourth Quarter Earnings Down 22%
The Washington Post, Feb 24, 2012, 3:15 PM EST
The Washington Post Co. reported Friday fourth-quarter 2011 net income of $61.7 million, or $8.03 a share, down 22% from $79.0 million or $9.42 a share a year earlier as its Kaplan education division and flagship newspaper operations continued to shrink. Link | Add comment
WashPo Rolls Out Personalized News Section
NetNewsCheck, Feb 24, 2012, 2:35 PM EST
The newspaper's new personalized news service, "Personal Post," delivers content based on users' reading history, or readers can choose a starter stream from various topics. Full Story | Add comment
NY Times Letter To The Editor
Newspapers Need To Serve Nich Auds
The New York Times, Feb 20, 2012, 7:40 AM EST
Rachel Davis Mersey, an assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, in response to The New York Times story "A Newspaper, and a Legacy, Reordered": "Newspapers aren’t in trouble because the digital space is more competitive. Newspapers are in trouble because they have defined their missions as being everything to everyone." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Recasts For A Digital Future
The New York Times, Feb 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EST
The Washington Post faces the same problems as other daily newspapers, whose revenue has sunk as the Web and the tough economy have sapped advertising. But unlike most other papers with national aspirations, the Post serves a purely local print market, and now the paper is looking to remold itself by fostering an entrepreneurial, digital culture while remaining true to its heritage. Link | Add comment
How Donald Graham Fumbled WashPo
Forbes, Feb 8, 2012, 3:18 PM EST
Jeff Bercovici: "In early 2005 Chairman and CEO Donald E. Graham, tipped off to the then embryonic social networking site by an employee whose daughter was at Harvard, approached Zuckerberg about making an equity investment. Within days the two had a handshake deal for a $6 million infusion. But when Silicon Valley venture firm Accel Partners offered to buy in at a higher valuation, Zuckerberg got cold feet. Graham could have pressed him to honor his verbal contract or at least made a counteroffer. Instead, he encouraged the 20-year-old to follow his heart. Zuckerberg went with Accel." Link | Add comment
WashPo Rolls Out Social Reader App
NetNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2012, 6:34 AM EST
The Washington Post has rolled out a mobile version of its Social Reader for Facebook for iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and Kindle Fire. Full Story | Add comment
Washington Post Crosses Into TV Territory
The Washington Post, Feb 6, 2012, 7:16 AM EST
Patrick Pexton, Washington Post ombudsman: "Video is becoming an increasingly significant, and profitable, part of the digital content offered by the Post and other news sites. You’ll be seeing more of this in 2012 and beyond. No, the Post won’t be a full-service TV station, at least not for now, but a well-equipped video-production suite already sits adjacent to the main Post newsroom, and the department is hiring more video journalists and producers in the coming weeks and months." Link | Add comment
Facebook IPO
Facebook, Graham Have Been Very Close
Forbes, Feb 3, 2012, 2:35 PM EST
Facebook's IPO filing also revealed just how close the relationship between the social network and founder Mark Zuckerberg's friend Washington Post Co. CEO Donald Graham is. Graham, who has been a member of Facebook's board since 2008, holds 1 million shares of Facebook stock. Link | Add comment
WashPo Wants Reporters In On Comments
Nieman Journalism Lab, Feb 2, 2012, 12:40 PM EST
The Washington Post is encouraging its reporters to be active on the comment threads of their own stories to help reinforce trust among readers. Link | Add comment
Netflix, WashPo Bought $8M In Facebook Ads
The Wall Street Journal, Feb 2, 2012, 8:28 AM EST
The Washington Post last year bought $4.2 million in Facebook advertising — and $9.6 million over the past three years — and Netflix purchased $3.8 million in ads on the social network in 2011. Link | Add comment
Narisetti: 'I Would Have Tried To Move Faster'
Nieman Journalism Lab, Jan 23, 2012, 3:04 PM EST
Raju Narisetti, outgoing Washington Post managing editor — leaving to head The Wall Street Journal's digital efforts — is proud of the newspaper's digital improvements, and says the next phase of innovation will be integrating tech and content: "I think that's going to be the defining characteristic of successful media companies. Can you create engaging news experiences that create loyalty and engagement?" Link | Add comment
WSJ Taps WashPo's Narisetti As Digital Chief
NetNewsCheck, Jan 20, 2012, 1:58 PM EST
Raju Narisetti, managing editor at The Washington Post, will move to The Wall Street Journal to become managing editor of the Journal's Digital Network. He replaces Kevin Delaney, who left the Journal earlier this week to lead The Atlantic's new business site. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Lets FB Users 'Subscribe' To Staff
10,000 Words, Jan 20, 2012, 8:34 AM EST
The Washington Post Thursday announced that it is allowing its readers to subscribe to the newspaper's reporters and writers using Facebook's "Subscribe" feature. Link | Add comment
Pexton: Innovation Needs More Focus
PressThink, Jan 11, 2012, 8:33 AM EST
Patrick Pexton, ombudsman at The Washington Post, says that more thought needs to be put behind newspaper innovation and the focus should still be on the journalism: "If a Web innovation adds another million unique visitors per month, but that’s done at the expense of five fewer local reporters, then the net effect on the Post’s revenue, for now, is negative." Link | Add comment
Zuckerberg, Graham: Facebook Friends
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 11, 2012, 7:27 AM EST
Donald Graham, the 66-year-old CEO of The Washington Post, and 27-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have bridged the age gap — as well as the gap between old and new media — to form an unlikely friendship that has each serving as a mentor to the other. Wall Street Journal subscribers can read the full story here. Link | Add comment
Innovating Too Quickly Is Not The Problem
GigaOM, Jan 10, 2012, 8:22 AM EST
Mathew Ingram on The Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton's column suggesting that the Post is innovating too fast: "The last thing the Post (or any newspaper, for that matter) needs to worry about is whether it’s moving too quickly. If anything, the pace of change in media is speeding up rather than slowing down." Link | Add comment
Editor: I Wish Post Had 'Too Much Innovation'
Poynter, Jan 9, 2012, 6:53 AM EST
The Washington Post managing editor Raju Narisetti on the paper's ombudsman Patrick Pexton's column suggesting that the Post is innovating too fast: “As someone who has led Post’s digital content initiatives over the past three years, I actually wish it were true that we have too much innovation at the Post.” Link | Add comment
Election 2012
News Orgs Embrace Social Data In Coverage
Poynter, Jan 4, 2012, 7:39 AM EST
News organizations, including The Washington Post, ABC News and Google News, are turning to social media data in creative ways as they launch new sites and apps for 2012 election coverage. Link | Add comment
Election 2012
WashPo Rolls Out Candidate Tracker App
NetNewsCheck, Jan 3, 2012, 1:41 PM EST
The newspaper's new @MentionMachine app monitors Twitter and the Web to track what people are saying about the 2012 presidential candidates. Full Story | Add comment
Election 2012
WashPo Launches 'She The People' Blog
NetNewsCheck, Jan 3, 2012, 7:20 AM EST
The Washington Post's new women’s blog anchored by veteran political reporter and Politics Daily founder Melinda Henneberger will feature writers from across the the political spectrum and offer news, analysis and opinion on the 2012 presidential election and beyond. Full Story | Add comment
WaPo Publisher Memo Has No Mention Of Brauchli
Jim Romenesko, Jan 2, 2012, 6:47 PM EST
WUSA Site Removes Story With 'Post' Copy
Poynter, Dec 27, 2011, 7:31 AM EST
Gannett-owned Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate WUSA has removed a story from its website after learning that portions of it were taken directly from a Washington Post item on the same subject. Link | Comments (1)
Brauchli Tries To Reassure WashPo Journos
Huffington Post, Dec 21, 2011, 7:41 AM EST
Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli earlier this month hosted a discussion to mine ideas for using the paper's past to improve its future. The paper is also trying to ease newsroom concerns that its digital strategy has diverted attention from traditional journalistic values. Link | Add comment
WashPo's Rachel Van Dongen Joins Politico
Huffington Post, Dec 19, 2011, 3:19 PM EST
WashPo Adds Facebook Subscribe Button
NetNewsCheck, Dec 8, 2011, 5:15 PM EST
The Washington Post Thursday added the Facebook Subscribe button to its site, allowing users to easily connect to the newspaper’s reporters and columnists on the social network. “Many readers look to The Post for our reporting and provocative commentary. With the click of a button, users can seamlessly get updates to their Facebook walls from some of the journalists behind Post stories,” Raju Narisetti, The Post’s managing editor, said in a statement. | Add comment
Guild: WashPo Forcing Out Employees
NetNewsCheck, Nov 22, 2011, 2:51 PM EST
WashPo Social Reader Stays Sticky After Deletion
All Things Digital, Nov 14, 2011, 2:04 PM EST
WashPo Writer Criticized For Retweet
The Washington Post, Nov 9, 2011, 3:58 PM EST
Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin caused a stir when she retweeted a controversial tweet by Emergency Committee for Israel board member Rachel Abrams. Link | Add comment
Quarterly Report
Washington Post Q3 Digital Rev Down 14%
NetNewsCheck, Nov 4, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT
Online display advertising for the the company's digital units — primarily and Slate — was down 17% during the third quarter, while classified ad revenue fell 5%. Full Story | Add comment
Survey: WashPo Top Source For Gov Leaders
NetNewsCheck, Oct 31, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT
A new survey from Erdos & Morgan found that The Washington Post was the top newspaper among government leaders and opinion leaders. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Launches News Site Focused On Small Biz
The Washington Post, Oct 24, 2011, 1:01 AM EDT
Washington Post: No Paywalls In The Plans
Politico, Oct 20, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT
Despite recent financial woes, The Washington Post has taken a firm stand when it comes to paywalls: Let The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, with their national distributions and elite readerships, charge their online customers at the door. We’re going to stay free. Link | Add comment
Election 2012
WaPo, Bloomberg Tap Social Media In Debate
Adweek, Oct 11, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT
Bloomberg and The Washington Post, cosponsors of the Republican “Economy Debate” taking place tonight, are drawing on other social networking services to provide data and promote audience participation — including LinkedIn and also also smaller companies Quora and Instagram. Link | Add comment
Politics Daily Founder Henneberger Joins WashPo
MediaBistro, Oct 6, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT
What If The Rankers Ranked Newspapers?
The Washington Post, Oct 5, 2011, 6:57 AM EDT
The Washington Post's Daniel de Vise comes up with a quick method for ranking newspapers and finds The New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times top the list. Link | Add comment
Hands On With New WashPo Android App
GigaOM, Oct 4, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT
Washington Post Launches Android App
NetNewsCheck, Oct 3, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT
The Washington Post today launched a free app for Android phones that will feature the newspaper's coverage of politics, international, finance and local news, as well as weather and traffic updates. Full Story | Add comment
Ingram: A Facebook App Is Not Innovation
GigaOM, Sep 30, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT
Mathew Ingram on the Facebook-integrated social reading apps launched by the Washington Post and The Guardian: One "aspect of these [app] launches that's troubling, and that's the pride so many publishers seem to take in having produced a Facebook app, as though it's the pinnacle of media innovation. Link | Add comment
Facebook, News Orgs Push Privacy Limits
Poynter, Sep 30, 2011, 7:34 AM EDT
The "frictionless sharing" made possible by Facebook's new partnerships with news organizations raises questions about privacy and the meaing of online sharing. Link | Add comment
WashPo's Graham Touts New Social Reader
All Things Digital, Sep 29, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT
Washington Post chairman Donald Graham was at Facebook's F8 conference last week to show off the newspaper's new Social Reader app for Facebook.
Link | Add comment
Facebook Pulls News Orgs Within Its Walls
Poynter, Sep 26, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT
With changes announced last week, Facebook aims at making a major transition from a content discovery and sharing engine to a platform for the consumption and distribution of content. Link | Add comment
Donohoe: WaPo Social Reader 'Unnerves Me'
Michael Donohoe, Sep 26, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT
RealNetwork's Michael Donohoe on the drawbacks of The Washington Post's new Social Reader: "The Washington Post Social Reader app unnerves me. ... We are what we read, and sometimes we need to explore topics and subjects that need to stay in the private realm. Link | Add comment
f8 Conference
Exec: News Sites' Future Has 'Social Element'
Huffington Post, Sep 23, 2011, 7:22 AM EDT
Washington Post Co. CEO Donald Graham on the newspaper's Facebook partnership: "For me, I think in the future, good news sites -- and we're going to be one -- are going to have a social element. And here's the first chance to prove that. Here's the first chance to develop something special. Here's the first chance to see how important this is." Link | Add comment
f8 Conference
WashPo Unveils New Social Reader App
NetNewsCheck, Sep 22, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT
The newspaper's new social reader, unveiled during the F8 developer conference today, will be completely integrated with Facebook. Full Story | Add comment
WaPo Teaches Reporters Importance Of Links
Fishbowl DC, Sep 22, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT
Management at The Washington Post is instructing its reporters on the importance of linking stories today. Executive editor Marcus Brauchli wrote in an officewide e-mail: "Links are the signposts of the Internet. Without them we lose readers." Link | Add comment
Kaplan Woes Spell Trouble For WashPo, Slate
Adweek, Sep 12, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT
With the revenue of Washington Post Co.-owned education unit Kaplan down 15%, the unit's troubles seem to be affecting the company’s journalism brands, including the closing of Washington Post local bureaus and layoffs at Slate. Link | Add comment
WashPo Launches Policy Feature Wonkblog
NetNewsCheck, Sep 12, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT
The new feature is an outgrowth of Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein's policy column and will combine reporting and analysis on economic and domestic policy. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo Exec: Old, New Media Are Different
Poynter, Sep 9, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT
Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth draws a big, bold line between “old media” like the Post and “new media” such as blogs and citizen journalists. But the new “tools” of online journalism don’t change who journalists are, what journalism is or how the Post does it, Weymouth said Wednesday at the Knight-Batten Awards symposium in Washington, D.C. Link | Add comment
WaPo On Right Track With Efforts On Social Media
The Buttry Diary, Sep 6, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT
WashPo Closing All But Two Local Bureaus
Politico, Sep 2, 2011, 7:50 AM EDT
The Washington Post has decided to let the leases lapse on all but two of its local bureaus -- Richmond, Va., and Annapolis, Md. -- over the next three years, in a bid to save money on real estate while keeping reporters. The closures do not signal a rollback of local coverage. Link | Add comment
QR Codes Help 6 News Orgs Drive Traffic
Poynter, Sep 1, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT
Executives at  six newspapers -- the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, the Florida Times-Union, the Palm Beach Post, The Washington Post, the Vancouver Sun and the Orlando Sentinal -- have found innovative ways to use QR codes to drive traffic to news content. Link | Add comment
Root, WashPo Launch Black-Focused Site
NetNewsCheck, Aug 26, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT
The new channel in the newspaper's PostLocal section, The Root DC, will feature news and other content with an African-American perspective. Full Story | Add comment
Brauchli: No Plans For A WashPo Paywall
NetNewsCheck, Aug 12, 2011, 7:57 AM EDT
Washington Post editor Marcus Brauchli, speaking at the Asian American Journalists Association convention in Detroit, said the newspaper won't be putting up a paywall any time soon, according to Poynter's Jim Romenesko. "We are quite content being the largest free premium newspaper online," Brauchli said. | Add comment
WashPo, Verge Team Up On Tech Content
ABC News, Aug 11, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT
The Washington Post and SB Nation's forthcoming tech blog The Verge have struck a deal that will share tech reporting and content. Link | Add comment
Ex-Engadget Editor Topolsky Gets WashPo Column
Business Insider, Aug 10, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT
WaPo, Bloomberg Team On Web Biz Section
World of Print, Aug 5, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT
The Washington Post this week introduced a new co-branded and redesigned online business section in a partnership with Bloomberg, which combines The Post's expertise in national politics and policy with Bloomberg's business news and data. Link | Add comment
Quarterly Report
Washington Post Online Rev Drops 13% In Q2
NetNewsCheck, Aug 5, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT
A 13% decrease in online revenue and a 12% drop on the print side contributed to a 10% overall drop in revenue for the newspaper company in the second quarter of 2011. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo's Pizza Daily Deal Takes Off
NetNewsCheck, Jul 19, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT
A daily deal for a free Papa Johns pizza from The Washington Post's Capitol Deal site garnered 30,000 customers within its first three hours. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo's Trove Hits Windows Mobile Units
NetNewsCheck, Jul 13, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT
The Washinton Post Co.'s Personalized news service Trove has launched a new mobile application for Windows Phone and Windows 7 tablet devices. Full Story | Add comment
Washington Post Jobs Web Site Hacked
Poynter, Jul 8, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT
Why Is WashPo's iPad App Still Free?
Poynter, Jun 28, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT
When The Washington Post released its iPad app in November, the company said it would be free until mid-February. That date passed more than four months ago, yet the app and content are still available for free in the iTunes Store. Link | Add comment
WashPo Plays 'Roulette' To Generate Rev
Poynter, Jun 21, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT
Ken Babby, The Washington Post's chief revenu officer, says the newspaper is going after a mix of “short-term cash and long-term value” and likens the pursuit to roulette: "“The roulette wheel epitomizes how many choices we have.” Link | Add comment
WashPo Disputes Drudge's Influence
Huffington Post, May 17, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT
The Washington Post is disputing last week's PEJ study that claimed some 15% of the paper's traffic comes by way of the Drudge Report. According to The Post, only 2.5% of its referrals come from Drudge. Link | Add comment
TBD's Wemple Joins The Washington Post
The Buttry Diary, May 12, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT
Erik Wemple, editor of the embattled, is leaving the Washington, D.C.-area site to become a media criticism blogger for The Washington Post. Link | Add comment
WashPo Print Declines Offset By Online In Q1
NetNewsCheck, May 6, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT
Newspaper revenue was down slightly at Washington Post Co., as an 8% drop in print advertising revenue was nearly offset by 8% rise in online publishing activities, primarily and Slate. Overall, profit fell 67%, dragged down by the company's education division. Full Story | Add comment
Facebook Launches Content-Sharing Tool
Poynter, Apr 26, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT
The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post added a "Send" button to their sites today, enabling users to privately send stories to their Facebook friends, Facebook Groups or to an individual e-mail address. Link | Add comment
WashPo Launches Personal News Aggregator
NetNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT
The Washington Post Co.'s New Web site aggregates news from across subjects to create a customized news experience that factors in a reader's likes and dislikes. Full Story | Add comment
Woodward: I believe In Newspapers' Future
The Daily Herald, Apr 14, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT
Washington Post assistant managing editor Bob Woodward, speaking at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., reiterated his claim that ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt is to blame for the decline of the news industry. Woodward also said he believes in the future of newspapers, but that it may take an almost-catastrophic decline in the business before people realize how important they remain. Link | Add comment
WashPo 'Live Tweets' Battle At Fort Sumpter
The Washington Post, Apr 13, 2011, 7:57 AM EDT
WashPo Programmers Add Value To Site
The Atlantic, Apr 7, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT
The Washington Post has a small group of developers "embedded" in the newsroom who build news apps and tools that help journalists relay information to readers. Link | Add comment
Newsonomics of WashPo's Reader Dashboard
Post Examines How News Is Consumed
Nieman Journalism Lab, Apr 7, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT
Author Ken Doctor: "The [Washington] Post is starting to get a handle on its core customers, as the news business increasingly groks -- witness much paywall strategy -- that those core readers are the building blocks of the new business, while Google-fed fly-by traffic is paling in value." Link | Add comment
WaPo, JRC Make It Easy To Report Errors
Poynter, Apr 5, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT
5 Teachable Lessons From WashPo's Mistake
PBS MediaShift, Mar 31, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT
Earlier this month, The Washington Post accidentally published online a draft version of a story, which included detailed editor's notes. But the newspaper's mistake offers some important journalism lessons. Link | Add comment
Media Cos Send News Reader Zite C&D Letter
All Things Digital, Mar 31, 2011, 7:38 AM EDT
The Washington Post, AP, Gannett, Getty Images, Time, Dow Jones and several other media companies sent a cease-and-desist letter to iPad news reader app Zite over copyright concerns. Link | Add comment
WashPo Ombudsman Defends Redesign
Editors Weblog, Mar 29, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT
After a rash of angry e-mail messages from readers, The Washington Post's ombudsman Patrick Pexton issued a letter explaining the Web site's $7 million changes implemented March 11. Link | Add comment
WaPo Reporter Named Biden Communications Aid
Broadcasting & Cable, Mar 18, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT
WaPo Opinion Redesign Leans Left And Right
Gawker, Mar 17, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT
As part of its redesign,'s opinion section now features "Left-Leaning" and "Right-Leaning" tabs that allow readers to select the viewpoint of their choice. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Apologizes For Plagiarism
NetNewsCheck, Mar 17, 2011, 7:58 AM EDT
The Washington Post this week issued an apology for two stories that appeared on its Web site and in its print edition that contained "substantial material" copied from The Arizona Republic. The stories by Post reporter Sari Horwitz were about Jared Lee Loughner, the man who was indicted for the January shooting spree that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Two paragraphs in a March 4 story were lifted from the Republic, and 10 paragraphs of a March 10 story were taken from the Arizona paper. "It is The Post’s policy that the use of material from other newspapers or sources must be properly attributed. The Post apologizes to the Arizona Republic and to its readers for this serious lapse," the paper said. The Post has suspended Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. | Add comment
Bob Woodward: Google Killed Newspapers
Poynter, Mar 16, 2011, 7:51 AM EDT
The Washington Post's Bob Woodward, in an interview with Poynter's Mallary Jean Tenore, said that he likes iPad's, dislikes social media and that Google killed newspapers: "There's going to be something we're going to miss in journalism that will be very regrettable. I hope the young people who have developed Facebook and Google will say, 'We need to fix the information system and we need to get information to people that's well-researched and investigated.'" Link | Add comment
WaPo Redesigns Site To Boost Participation
RTT News, Mar 14, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT
The Washington Post Monday said that it has redesigned its Web site to further reader engagement with Washington Post journalism and showcase  multimedia content. Full Story | Add comment
WaPo Tumblr Explores Journalism's Future
Mashable, Mar 11, 2011, 7:12 AM EST
The Washington Post launched @innovations, a Tumblr blog meant to showcase the news organization's digital features and discuss the changing media landscape. Link | Add comment
WashPo Video Chief:
Sponsorship Essential For Web Vid Success, Mar 2, 2011, 3:37 PM EST
Integrated sponsorships are essential to the success of original news on the Web, said Steven King, editor of video for The Washington Post, at the Beet.TV Video Journalism Summit. Link | Add comment
WashPo Profit Falls In Fourth Quarter
Reuters, Feb 23, 2011, 9:48 AM EST
Cillizza: Journos Should Serve Buffet Of News, Feb 8, 2011, 3:16 PM EST
Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post political editor, blogger and video personality, at last week's Beet.TV Online Video Journalism Summit at The Post said journalists need to try as many things as possible, similar to a Las Vegas buffet. Link | Add comment
News Orgs Get Creative With DocumentCloud
10,000 Words, Feb 8, 2011, 7:22 AM EST
News organizations are using the the information found in public document collector DocumentCloud in many different ways. WNYC, ProPublica, The Washington Post, the Las Vegas Sun and PBS NewsHour come up with some of the more creative uses. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Offices Lose Power Briefly
Fishbowl DC, Feb 7, 2011, 3:36 PM EST
WashPo's 'Fast Fix' Nears 1M Users A Day, Jan 31, 2011, 8:10 AM EST
"The Fast Fix" a daily, 60-second daily video update on Beltway news featuring The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has exceeded online viewership of 1 million on some days, according to Yahoo. At 1 million daily views, the non-partisan political show has reached an audience the size of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show on cable. Link | Add comment
WaPo Stuff Angered By Paper's Webcast
Fishbowl DC, Jan 20, 2011, 3:38 PM EST
WaPo Launches Facebook Branding Agency
PaidContent, Jan 19, 2011, 2:49 PM EST
The Washington Post Co. is entering the “integrated marketing” space with the launch of SocialCode, which it bills as a full-service branding agency. But unlike the recent efforts by rival newspaper publishers such as Gannett and Tribune to create standalone marketing units that are a step away from the main content product, WaPo’s effort is strikingly niche: SocialCode, housed within the Slate group, is devoted solely to helping marketers advertise themselves on Facebook. Link | Add comment
Wonkbook's Ezra Klein On Millennials:
Today's Tech Opportunities Are Unique
Huffington Post, Dec 7, 2010, 2:48 PM EST
Graham: WaPo Won't Be Paywall 'Pioneer'
MediaPost, Dec 7, 2010, 8:00 AM EST
The Washington Post will not rush into a paid content model. Washington Post Co. CEO Donald Graham at the 38th annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York said the company will watch how The New York Times performs as it institutes fees next year, and how the Times of London succeeds with its current effort: "We're not going to be pioneers on those experiments, but we'll be watching everyone ... we're quite willing to be followers on this front." Link | Add comment
WashPo Taps Jennifer Rubin For Conservative Blog
Yahoo News, Nov 23, 2010, 2:16 PM EST
Local Market Profile: Washington
WashPo Still King, But New Sites Storm Gates
NetNewsCheck, Nov 11, 2010, 8:34 AM EST
In the nation's capital local digital mediascape is dominated by The Washington Post, but several challengers are closing in. Among them is Allbritton Communications, owner of the ABC affiliate in town. It first launched, a fast-paced political news site that's developed a national reputation, and then followed that up with, a hyperlocal venture. Full Story | Add comment
Washington Post Introduces iPad App
The Washington Post, Nov 8, 2010, 1:56 PM EST
The Washington Post today debuted its new app for Apple's iPad. The app allows users to read top stories from the Post, view aggregated content and interact with integrated social network features. Link | Add comment

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