Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:12:00 ESTMy fourth-floor office looks out over the main entrance to The Post. I often glance across 15th Street and see tourists taking photos of the newspaper's iconic nameplate. For so many, The Post has a reputation for journalistic excellence. Will it endure?
Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:22:00 ESTIn the digital age, speed can be the enemy of accuracy when a big news story breaks. The Post and other news organizations were reminded of that last weekend while rushing to report the shootings just outside Tucson.
Fri, 07 Jan 2011 18:41:00 ESTRead the online comments accompanying any story on immigration and you get a taste of the impassioned public debate over what to do about those who may be unlawfully in the country unlawfully. For news organizations, there's a secondary discussion heating up over what to call them.
Fri, 31 Dec 2010 17:00:00 ESTThe holiday season is supposed to be a time of happiness, but there has been little cheer from readers upset about a chronic Post problem: a lack of quality control.
Fri, 17 Dec 2010 20:48:01 ESTPost readers constantly complain about the excessive use of anonymous sources in the newspaper. But the problem is even worse online.
Fri, 10 Dec 2010 21:42:00 ESTMost weather forecasts offer an air-quality index. But a "Hair Quality" index to tell you if winds will tousle your tresses? Or a "Golf Comfort" meter for those heading to the fairways? Or an alert when weather changes might trigger a stink-bug invasion?
Fri, 03 Dec 2010 18:07:01 ESTHard-hitting stories in The Post typically generate strong reader reaction. But the response to one last Monday ["Obama administration gives billions in stimulus money without environmental safeguards"] focused less on the content and more on who provided it.
Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:49:00 ESTA recent Post story said that of the $1.3 million the D.C. Salvation Army collected during its annual Red Kettle fundraising drive last year, about $667,000 came from outside local Giant supermarkets.
Fri, 19 Nov 2010 20:49:01 ESTReader scrutiny is elevated when Post coverage affects The Post itself.
Fri, 12 Nov 2010 20:07:01 ESTAs online journalism evolves, Post needs to share its standards.
Fri, 05 Nov 2010 19:44:00 EDT"As I look out here today, I can see we have over 10 million people," Jon Stewart joked to the crowd on the Mall at last weekend's "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear."
Fri, 29 Oct 2010 20:36:01 EDTThe headline read: " Ex-Marine convicted in abduction, rape ." The first paragraph said: "A former U.S. Marine was convicted Friday of abducting and raping a University of Maryland graduate student whom he then left for dead in a secluded, wooded area on a cold February morning."
Sun, 24 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhen you're reading a Post review online, click on a highlighted book title and you'll likely be directed to Amazon.com, where you can purchase it instantly. It's convenient for readers. But is it costly to credibility?
Sun, 17 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTNearly a decade ago, during a planning retreat at a posh coastal hotel in Florida, Post newsroom leaders heard an upbeat assessment of the paper's expanding local coverage. Jo-Ann Armao, then the top editor for local news, described an "extraordinary transformation" of the Metro desk into a...
Sun, 10 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT"Non Sequitur" is a popular comic that runs daily in about 800 newspapers, including this one. But the "Non Sequitur" cartoon that appeared in last Sunday's Post was not the one creator Wiley Miller drew for that day.
Sun, 03 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe Post has stringent newsroom policies governing paid speeches by its journalists. Honoraria or expense reimbursement may be accepted only if there is no reasonable suggestion that the money would influence Post coverage. Supervisors must approve speaking invitations.
Sun, 12 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTIf you care about Tuesday's primary elections in the District, you've benefited from The Post's wall-to-wall coverage of the fascinating race for mayor and contests for D.C. Council.
Sun, 05 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTLast week, Post sportswriter and columnist Mike Wise was suspended for a month after he jokingly fabricated a news scoop and published it to his Twitter account. Did the punishment fit the crime?
Sun, 29 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTA single major error can damage a news organization. But incessant lesser ones can be more harmful. Like a cancer, they gradually destroy credibility and eventually sever the organization's bond of trust with its audience.
Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTConcerns that The Post is concealing its self-interest are unfounded.
Sun, 15 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTPost managers, from the top down, regularly remind the newsroom that coverage must have a "for and about Washington" focus. So when a large brawl broke out in the Metro system on a recent Friday night, it seemed a perfect chance to show local readers that The Post is their indispensable source for...
Sun, 08 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTNearly 23 years ago, The Post's Metro section reported that Joseph P. Unice, a chief deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service, had been charged with indecent exposure at a Woodbridge McDonald's. But The Post never reported what happened next.
Sun, 01 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTEvery few years, The Post takes another stab at slowing the erosion of Sunday circulation. But the latest attempt, quietly gaining steam in recent months, has assumed special urgency. Whether it succeeds will have a major impact on Post efforts to return to profitability. And for readers, that will...
Sun, 25 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTIt's normal for readers to react after The Post runs a big story. But many weighed in before last week's publication of "Top Secret America," the three-part series detailing the enormous national security buildup since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks . After word spread through government...
Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTThursday's Post reported about a growing controversy over the Justice Department's decision to scale down a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party . The story succinctly summarized the issues but left many readers with a question: What took you so long?
Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTIn a past era, there was little need to share marketing information with The Post's newsroom. Profits were high. Circulation was robust. Editors decided what they thought readers needed, not necessarily what they wanted.
Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTConfusion on when writers can offer their views.
Sun, 27 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe Salahis. Had enough? Anne Martin of McLean has. She's one of many readers who complained recently after The Post offered still more coverage of Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the White House dinner crashers who have become famous for trying to become famous.
Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTReaders who can't relay a news tip will go elsewhere.
Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTToo often it seems The Post grants anonymity at the drop of a hat.
Sun, 06 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe period around Memorial Day is especially difficult for those whose loved ones have died in combat. For Larry Mace of Winchester, grief has been accompanied by lingering anger at The Post.
Sun, 30 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTHow did The Post miss 700 protesters on a Chevy Chase lawn?
Sun, 23 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTPost TV critic Tom Shales can be cutting, and he didn't spare the knife in his recent review of the new PBS public affairs program "Need to Know ." Declaring it a "monstrosity" and a "specious wheeze," he then turned on "semi-competent anchors" Jon Meacham and Alison Stewart for their "fawning,...
Sun, 16 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTRecently released figures showing a sharp drop in Post circulation have prompted two predictable reader responses: angst and glee.
Sun, 09 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTIf you've been following the murder of D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts through various local media, you know that he was gay. But if you've been tracking the case only in the news pages of The Post, you're reading that fact for the first time right now.
Sun, 02 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTSeveral days before publishing last Monday's front-page story on prospects for releasing John W. Hinckley Jr. from a mental institution , The Post sought to capture an up-to-date photo of the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981. The assignment fell to veteran Post photographer Gerald...
Sun, 25 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe lead story in last Sunday's Post offered a revealing look at ties between the coal mining industry and federal officials who regulate it . The Post reported that more than 200 former congressional staffers, lawmakers and federal regulators have become coal lobbyists, consultants or top...
Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTIt didn't take long for cynics to weigh in after Monday's announcement that The Post had won four Pulitzer Prizes .
Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTAllegations of spitting and slurs at a Capitol protest warrants more coverage.
Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTAnonymous online commenting has always been rowdy and raucous, especially when public figures are the targets.
Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTTwo years ago, The Post's top editors were warned in a memo that they needed to expand newsroom diversity "or suffer the consequences."
Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTAccusations The Post abandoned neutrality covering gay marriage.
Sun, 14 Mar 2010 00:00:00 ESTIn the struggle for access to public information, The Post has always fought hard for its readers. Through jawboning with government agencies or taking them to court, the newspaper has a well-deserved reputation for successfully battling to disclose documents.
Sun, 07 Mar 2010 00:00:00 ESTReaders sometimes suspect Post journalists of conspiring to boost or bash the reputations of people in public life. In reality, any large newsroom is so chaotic that there are days when you wonder if editors and reporters could organize a one-car caravan.
Sun, 21 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTHow to increase your chances of getting published in The Post.
Sun, 14 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTThe historic storms required Herculean efforts to serve readers.
Sun, 07 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTMany staffers have lacked clear guidance on how to revise online content.
Sun, 31 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTThe road to matrimony can be rocky, and it certainly was for Chris Whitney and his new bride.
Sun, 24 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTThe Post's decision to publish images from Haiti is an attempt to convey reality through the visuals.
Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTWhen it comes to typos and syntax, retired English teachers and armchair grammarians delight in playing "Gotcha!" with The Post. They are regular (and often good-natured) correspondents, pointing out everything from misplaced modifiers to homonym errors.
Sun, 10 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTSince the new year, The Post's integrity has come under withering assault from those claiming it took special-interest "propaganda" and passed it off as a news story. That's false, but The Post is paying the price for a glaring lack of transparency with its readers.
Sun, 03 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTLast year was one of the most tumultuous in The Post's 132-year history. The staff was depleted by more early-retirement buyouts. There was upheaval in the newsroom, which was organizationally and physically restructured. Print and online operations, hitherto separate, were integrated. The newspaper...
Sun, 20 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe Post received a journalism award last week, but it won't be displayed alongside its Pulitzer prizes. The paper was given the 2009 "Correction of the Year" award by Regret the Error , a Web site that tracks media mistakes and mea culpas.
Sun, 13 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe Post recently announced plans to close its remaining domestic bureaus in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Are the foreign bureaus next?
Sun, 06 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe Post's internal policies say that when readers point out mistakes, the response should be "prompt." But too often, reporters and editors move at a snail's pace to correct errors.
Sun, 29 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTYou're reading The Post online, something strikes you as interesting, and you'd like to offer some feedback to a top editor. So you start searching for a name, an e-mail address, a phone number . . . anything.
Sun, 22 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTIn a typical week, the Post's food critic spends 40 hours eating.
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTA review in a major publication such as The Post can influence whether a new book sinks or soars. So when Post book editors assign a review, they look for writers who are knowledgeable and unbiased.
Sun, 08 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe Post needs to explain why anonymous sources should be believed.
Sun, 01 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EDTExamining Post writers who have a potential conflict of interest.
Sun, 25 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTReaders lament the paper's new look.
Sun, 11 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTOnce a week, the KidsPost page carries a dozen or more photos of area children with their names, birthdays and hometowns. To the youngsters and their parents, it's exciting to be featured in a newspaper read by friends, relatives and hundreds of thousands of others.
Sun, 04 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTA newspaper typically gets applause when it tightens its ethics policies. But there were some loud boos when The Post recently implemented newsroom guidelines governing the use of social media.
Sun, 27 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe health-care debate is raging. The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating. There's fresh concern about domestic terrorism.
Sun, 20 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe Post should pay attention to conservative media.
Sun, 13 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTWhy the Post has published as many stories on the team as it has on health-care reform.
Sun, 06 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe Post recently featured a story by reporter Monica Hesse that ran on the front of the Style section while she was on vacation. The day before returning, she logged on to check e-mails -- and wept.
Sun, 30 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTReaders want health-care primers, not prognostications.
Sun, 23 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTA job loss, a wife's angry comments and a journalistic question for The Post.
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTReporters admit to not following internal anonymous source guidelines.
Sun, 09 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTThere were apologies instead of applause when the lights dimmed on "Mouthpiece Theater" last week. The experimental satirical video series, featuring Post staffers Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza, ended its 16-episode run amid controversy and regret.
Sun, 02 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTDid you catch the news about the golfer who died of a stroke? How about the librarian who checked out? Or the math teacher whose number was up?
Sun, 26 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTPost reporters are being asked to probe deeper and be wary of new techniques.
Sun, 19 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTStyle section copy editors recently received an e-mail from a supervisor asking for ideas on when The Post should provide clickable links within online stories to retail Web sites.
Sun, 12 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe Washington Post's ill-fated plan to sell sponsorships of off-the-record "salons" was an ethical lapse of monumental proportions.
Sun, 05 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTSmall mistakes take a huge toll on credibility.
Sun, 21 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe head of the District's public schools snubs the Post's education reporter.
Sun, 14 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTPost journalists agree that quality will suffer as the newspaper falls on harder times.
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTWhy The Post decided to publish a crime narrative online only.
Sun, 31 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTStakes are high when the government asks The Post to kill a story.
Sun, 24 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTDana Milbank and Ari Fleischer square off over an out-of-context quote.
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe Post doesn't deserve congratulations, but it is starting to address its mistakes.
Sun, 19 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTMore than 750 calls, e-mails, and letters were heard. The comic strip is back.
Sun, 12 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe Post owes readers an explanation for decreased Baltimore baseball coverage.
Sun, 05 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe public should have access to The Post's ethical and journalistic standards.
Sun, 29 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTFasten your seatbelts: the reduction and reorganization of the newspaper isn't complete.
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTSending a correction request to The Post can be like sending something into a black hole.
Sun, 15 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTCould Washington's leading newspaper do more to expose government secrets?
Sun, 08 Mar 2009 00:00:00 ESTHow newspapers can cultivate future readers.
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