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New WaPo Ombudsman Takes a Sunny Stance

WaPo‘s new ombudsman Patrick Pexton has only written one column, but so far, at least in comparison to his predecessor Andy Alexander, he’s emanating optimism.

As Alexander was largely sharp in his criticism of The Post, Pexton’s first article is glowing in its praise of the paper’s Egypt coverage. He starts with the story of WaPo photographer Linda Davidson, who was detained and interrogated in Egypt while attempting to take pictures of a Cairo morgue.

Pexton writes: “The Post‘s coverage of the turmoil in the Middle East has been exemplary because people like Davidson are risking their lives to bring readers the images and words of revolution.”

To his credit, he acknowledges the positive nature of his first column: “I’m sure some readers will worry that my first column as the Post‘s ombudsman is positive. But I think good work should be praised. Emulation of the good improves a publication as much as avoidance of the bad, about which I’ll have plenty of occasion to write.”

A note: WaPo‘s Ombudsman Blog still very much belongs to Alexander. The masthead features his picture despite his leaving the position last month and the tagline of the blog still says “Andrew Alexander gives voice to reader concerns about The Post.” The blog hasn’t been updated since January. Get on it, WaPo.

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News From Post’s Political Team (And Garance Franke-Ruta Gets Hired)

From an internal memo, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries just weeks away, we’re growing our National campaign team, with help from an amazing array of talent from just about the entire Post newsroom.

    Starting Sunday we’ll launch Candidates Week — eight days examining the front-runners in each party. Terrific and insightful profiles for each came from a team of great writers from around the paper — Sally Jenkins, Eli Saslow, Sue Anne Pressley Montes, Joel Achenbach, Mike Ruane, Kevin Merida, Liz Clarke and Michael Leahy – while photographers Melina Mara,Linda Davidson and Preston Keres barnstormed the country in search of the candidates and produced stunning black and white portraits. Style’s Robin Givhan has deployed her withering gaze on How the Candidates Look, joining our Dana Milbank on What They’re Saying, Michael Dobbs as the Fact Checker, John Solomon on Things You Didn’t Know about the candidates and Dan Balz, Mike Shear and Anne Kornblut on How They’re Running. Helping us put it all together into one smart package have been editor Lynda Robinson,generously on loan from the magazine, and Justin Ferrell, Outlook’s designer.

    We are also making two additions to the national politics team to help us navigate the mad dash through the most intense primary season yet for a presidential campaign. Starting Monday, Steve Ginsberg of the Virginia staff will join us on a temporary basis to help politics editor Tim Curran plan and execute coverage. Steve is an accomplished editor with a gift for organization that we can surely use. He comes to us through the good graces of Bob McCartney, who had already lent us two of his best writers for candidate profiles.

    We’ve also created an exciting new joint venture with washingtonpost.com: a national web politics editor/producer through the election to help us deal with the increased volume of news on the web and to help us take The Trail in new and innovative directions. It will be filled by Garance Franke-Ruta, who has made a name for herself as a keen observer of politics and its intersection with the web from her perch as a writer at the American Prospect and on her own blog, thegarance, which she will suspend when she arrives here. She will also begin work with us Monday.