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Newhouse’s Bureau Chief Ready for Post Onslaught

The Post today updates its selection of Deborah Howell as its new ombudsman: Deborah Howell, the current Newhouse News Service D.C. bureau chief.

She will have an office in the paper’s fifth-floor newsroom, a weekly column on the paper’s editorial page and a two-year contract with a possible one-year extension by mutual agreement, the Post said.

“She is particularly good at looking at journalism from a reader’s point of view,” Exec Editor Len Downie said.

The current ombudsman, Michael Getler, explained that the “large” job has changed as people are increasingly apt to just dash off an email. He said he receives hundreds of e-mails, 15 to 20 telephone calls and a letter or two each day.

(Newhouse News, if you’re not familiar with it, is an excellent and off-the-beaten-track news organization. This ASNE article, from Howell’s early days there, explains why its take is a little different.)

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