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WaPo Beefing Up Tech Policy Coverage

WaPo says it plans to launch a new tech policy blog called The Switch at the end of the month.

Considering lawmakers move slower than dialup when it comes to tackling the intersection of public policy and tech, more coverage in this area probably isn’t a bad thing, though WaPo is a little late to the game. They’ll be competing with the more established Hillicon Valley blog in addition to a swath of tech reporters at Politico (not to mention that Roll Call’s Gautham Nagesh does a pretty good job with tech reporting, too).

From the announcement this morning: “Post tech writer Tim Lee will anchor the blog with support from new hires Andrea Peterson and Brian Fung,” the paper said. The three regular bloggers will also be joined by occasional contributions from Cecilia Kang, Craig Timberg and Hayley TsukayamaWaPo’s current tech reporters.

More from Poynter on the new blog.

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Politico Reporter Blows Embargo, Pew P.O.’D

Newly hired Politico reporter Tony Romm apparently didn’t think the embargo meant him earlier this week, when he blew right through the Pew Center’s embargo rules on a study on broadband use – an annual study that is reportedly highly anticipated. Politico published the story one day before the embargo was supposed to be lifted, causing upheaval among reporters around town who had been working on long-term pieces.

Pew wasn’t thrilled either.

In fact, Pew was upset, as it was described to FishbowlDC. But, funny, when we asked Pew, notoriously sensitive about its PR, if it was upset about the broken embargo, the researcher who wrote the report, Aaron Smith, declined to comment, saying the affair had been handled internally and was over. Smith, however, did apologize in an e-mail obtained by FishbowlDC, saying Politico was supposed to honor the embargo rules like everyone else.

The embargo from Pew was clearly stated: “Pew Internet: new report on home broadband adoption (for Thursday a.m. publication”). To even obtain this e-mail, reporters had to write to Pew to confirm they’d respect the embargo.

Romm had no comment when we made the request over e-mail this morning. But on Wednesday, the day he broke the embargo, he expressed remorse on Twitter: “I have done more harm than good today, and I’ve only been at work for 29 minutes. This can’t go well.”

WaPo‘s Cecilia Kang alludes to “another outlet” breaking the embargo. Read about it after the jump…

> Update: A comment from Dan Berman, editor for Politico. “POLITICO mistakenly broke the embargo on the home broadband report yesterday. Tony has apologized to Pew and we consider the matter closed,” Berman said through a spokesperson.

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