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Kerry Lauerman to Join The Washington Post as Senior Editor for Mobile Initiative

G3jOYgYtA day shy of a year of tweeting his leaving Salon.com to lead new startup site The Dodo, The Washington Post announces Kerry Lauerman will join the outlet as a senior editor, leading a new mobile initiative.

On June 5, 2013, Kerry announced he was leaving Salon.com where he served as editor-in-chief. He spent 13 years at the website, serving as its culture editor, Washington bureau chief, and founder of Open Salon. Prior to joining Salon, he was an editor at Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, and Forbes ASAP, which ceased production in 2002 after ten years of covering the digital economy.

In an announcement this morning, Senior Editor of Digital News Cory Haik, Executive Editor Marty Baron, Managing Editor Kevin Merida and Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, said that, “Kerry’s strong editing skills, the vast range of his experience, and his time spent building new products and luring new readers make him especially well-equipped for an initiative focused on the fast-growing mobile readership. Kerry brings to our mobile ambitions the perfect blend of innovation and journalistic chops, as well as a collaborative spirit.”

Kerry will start July 7 and will report to Haik.

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WaPo Debuts ‘Truth Teller’

We’re always weary when WaPo comes up with a new technological feature. It forces us to ask ourselves, how many seconds until our computer crashes? But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s a new year. They’ve got a new Executive Editor, Marty Baron. Let’s hope we don’t have to put the IT department on speed dial.

Today WaPo today launches its prototype of “Truth Teller,” a news app that promises to fact check speeches in “near real” time. The model is made possible through Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund. They say it’s a step toward creating an app that can be used during live speeches and discussions. For instance, the current focus is on the looming debate over tax reform. “Users can play videos from President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner and other politicians and instantly see which statements are true, false or misleading,” says a release.

The origins of Truth Teller involve Politics Editor Steven Ginsberg, who heard a politician give a stump speech filled with errors. “He wondered if there could ever be a way to instantly verify what a politician says. Live fact-checking can provide incredible insight to journalists and audiences alike, and we are excited to start the process of creating something as unique and valuable as Truth Teller,” said Cory Haik, WaPo‘s Executive Producer of Digital News, in a statement.

Our first attempt to visit Truth Teller turned up an almost entirely blank screen with an apology. Uh oh. “Oops! Google Chrome could not find www.truthteller.washingtonpost.com.” But nothing a little cutting and pasting couldn’t handle. Explore Truth Teller here.

Of course, the prototype is not without its technical difficulties… Read more