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WaPo’s Coleman Elected ASNE President

In an email to staff this afternoon, WaPo congratulated Milton Coleman, who today was elected president of the American Society of News Editors.

Coleman is the first Post editor to hold the position in fifty years.

The memo said, “We’re pleased to share Milton’s vast experience and wisdom with ASNE and are confident he will advance the cause of good journalism.”

Congrats to Milton!

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WaPo Sets New Guidelines for Events

Yesterday afternoon, Marcus Brauchli notified WaPo staff that new guidelines for the newsroom’s participation in conferences and special events had been completed. Brauchli said:

The guidelines are important to upholding our journalistic independence and credibility, and when followed will help to ensure our integrity. They will be posted on The Source as part of our effort to overhaul and update our standards and ethics policies.

Created by Eric Lieberman and Milton Coleman, the guidelines were drafted in response to Katherine Weymouth‘s “Salon” debacle last summer.

See the memo after the jump.

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WaPo Ombudsman On “Salons”: “An Ethical Lapse Of Monumental Proportions”

WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander tackled the “salon” scandal in this Sunday’s paper. Alexander cites Charles Pelton, general manager of a new Washington Post Conferences & Events business, as a “key player in the controversy” and said that when the flier was disclosed, Marcus Brauchli and Katharine Weymouth “say they were stunned.”

While Brauchli and Weymouth say they should have realized long ago that the plan was flawed, internal e-mails and interviews show questions about ethics were raised with both of them months ago. They also show that blame runs deeper. Beneath Brauchli and Weymouth, three of the most senior newsroom managers received an e-mail with details of the plan.

Lower down, others inside and outside the newsroom were aware that sponsored events would involve news personnel in off-the-record settings, although they lacked details. Several now say they didn’t speak up because they assumed top managers would eventually ensure that traditional ethics boundaries would not be breached.

Neither Weymouth nor Brauchli can recall anyone raising concerns, although both say they wish someone had.

Alexander’s piece reveals that Brauchli weighed in with managing editors Raju Narisetti and Liz Spayd and deputy managing editor Milton Coleman. Both Narisetti and Coleman questioned using Weymouth’s house and committing to a beat reporter.

Brauchli tells Alexander: “When the publisher and the editor both appear to have signed off on an idea, I think it is perhaps true that a certain complacency sets in,” he said. For that reason, lower-level managers might be less inclined “to stand up and say: ‘Whoa, this is a bad idea.’”

Read Alexander’s piece in entirety here.

Also on this topic, CJR: Salons Under Scrutiny: Examining the ethics of sponsored, off-the-record events.

Weymouth Sets New Standards for WaPo Events v. Editorial Access

Internal memo from WaPo Publisher Katharine Weymouth in response to last week’s pay-for-play fiasco:

I hope you had a chance to read my letter in Sunday’s paper. I wanted to let you know that I’ve asked Eric Lieberman, our General Counsel, to review recent events to make sure that our business processes are consistent with, and will not in any way compromise, our journalism. Simultaneously, I’ve asked Marcus and Milton Coleman to codify parameters for Post newsroom participation in live events. As we continue to pursue new and promising lines of business, these measures should help us conduct our business activities effectively and appropriately.

Katharine

Morning Reading List, 10.08.08

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