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Posts Tagged ‘Deborah Howell’

HuffPost Editor Spotted in WaPo Newsroom

jav-1.jpgCurious readers were wondering what Jose Antonio Vargas, the Tech and Innovations editor of HuffPost, was doing in the WaPo’s newsroom today.

A WaPo insider informed: “He was going to the Deborah Howell memorial with his former colleagues.”

Previously Vargas was a national political reporter for The Washington Post.

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Washington Mourns Loss of Former WaPo Ombudsman

90774-1.jpgOver the weekend, the Washington D.C. journalism community learned that WaPo’s former ombudsman Deborah Howell died after being struck by a car while walking across a street in New Zealand. Howell was 68.

Reaction to her death has been intense and emotional.

The coverage has been full of stories of the woman WaPo’s Dana Priest called “a junkyard dog” in the workplace and a woman who “so clearly embraced outside the workplace.”

Read more of Priests’ memories.

Read WaPo’s obituary on Howell.

Politico’s Michael Calderdone detailed the emotional weekend tweets about Howell in his column. The Associated Press story published a heartening story about Howell’s impact on journalists.

Alexander Makes Debut as WaPo Ombudsman

Andy Alexander made his debut as ombudsman in today’s WaPo. Alexander was previously the Cox bureau chief and replaces Deborah Howell.

In his first piece, Alexander promises to read every email, listen to every call and be a “translator” for readers, explaining news-gathering to the public and conveying readers’ concerns to the newsroom. “If I do my job well, readers will be empowered, and The Post will be more accountable, trusted and essential.”

After the jump, Alexander’s memo to WaPo staff, circulated the end of last week.

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Morning Reading List, 12.23.08

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Good morning, Washington. What DC grocery store (company, not location) is featured above? Think you know? Email us with your best guess. AND: Join us after the jump to find out if you guessed our last contest correctly.

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Morning Reading List, 12.15.08

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Good morning Washington. What DC street is featured above? Then email us with your guess and we’ll publish the correct guessers in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List.

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Morning Reading List, 12.09.08

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Good morning, Washington. What DC street is this? Email us with your best guess and we’ll include correct guessers in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List.

Good morning Washington.

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Howell’s Out, Alexander’s In As WaPo Ombudsman

Boy, what a long, strange trip it’s been these past few years…

But Deborah Howell‘s term as ombudsman of the Washington Post is up soon and, today, Katharine Weymouth announced that Cox Newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, Andrew Alexander, will be the paper’s ombudsman for a two-year term beginning on Feb. 2.

Full internal memo, obtained by FishbowlDC, after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 11.24.08

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Good morning, Washington. What DC restaurant uses these grape-adorned wine glasses? Think you know? Email us with your best guess. AND: Join us after the jump to find out if you guessed our last contest correctly.

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Howell: WaPo Was Biased Towards Obama

(Drudge is currently pointing this out to readers)

From Washington post ombudsman
Deborah Howell:

    The Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts.

    My assistant, Jean Hwang, and I have been examining Post coverage since Nov. 11 of last year on issues, voters, fundraising, the candidates’ backgrounds and horse-race stories on tactics, strategy and consultants. We also have looked at photos and Page 1 stories since Obama captured the nomination June 4.

    The count was lopsided, with 1,295 horse-race stories and 594 issues stories. The Post was deficient in stories that reported more than the two candidates trading jabs; readers needed articles, going back to the primaries, comparing their positions with outside experts’ views. There were no broad stories on energy or science policy, and there were few on religion issues.

Morning Reading List, 11.04.08

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Good morning Washington. Enjoy the day, win or lose. You deserve it.

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