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What’s Up at WaPo.com: Border Blogging, Hall of Fame, Facebook Connect

Border Blogging:
WaPo Mexico Bureau Chief William Booth and Emmy Award-winning video producer Travis Fox will post stories and video interviews as they crisscross the boarder from El Paso/Ciudad Juarez to San Diego/Tijuana and talk with a variety of people from ordinary area residents to U.S. Border Patrol Agents in “Journey Along the Border.” Their accounts from the week-and-a-half trip will be available here.

Hall of Fame:
The Fix Politics Hall of Fame will showcase their reader’s selections for the nation’s best politicians of all time. Users can submit nominations through the comments section of Chris Cillizza‘s The Fix blog, or by contacting Chris through Twitter . Chris will take the three most popular nominees and post a case for and against them and users can vote to decide whose presence in the hallowed halls is beyond debate.

Facebook Connect:
WaPo became one of the largest major news sites to launch Facebook Connect, integrating the Facebook Platform throughout washingtonpost.com. Users will be able to easily share content with their friends and login to the site using their Facebook user name and password.

Facebook users can also fan The Washington Post by going to their Facebook page.

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William Booth To Mexico

From an internal Washington Post announcement, obtained by FishbowlDC:

We’re pleased to announce that William Booth will become our next correspondent in Mexico City, succeeding Manuel Roig-Franzia, who is returning to the newsroom.

As its peripatetic pop culture correspondent, Bill chronicled the bonfire of vanities for Style, spending time on the couch for revealing profiles of a dizzy Jennifer Aniston and an angry Arnold Schwarzenegger; filing you-are-there reports from the Oscars, Cannes, Sundance; and detailing the travails of jailbird Paris Hilton.

Bill joined the national staff as a science reporter, where he was a pioneer in translating research on global climate change into daily journalism. He served as bureau chief in Miami, writing about the lingering battles over civil rights in the South and a Florida transformed by immigration, crime and a category 5 hurricane. As bureau chief in Los Angeles, he covered the burning of the forests, the meltdown of the electrical grid and the cinematic rise of the Governator.

On loan to foreign, he did war-time reporting tours in Haiti, the Balkans and Iraq.

Born in New York City, Bill grew up in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Bill began his career as a business correspondent in Tokyo, was a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, a Vannevar Bush fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a staff writer at Science magazine.

After some intensive Spanish training, Bill will be making the move to Mexico this fall. He is married to Anne-Marie O’Connor, a veteran Latin America correspondent and currently a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, who is finishing a book for Knopf about a notorious Nazi art theft case.

What Washington Reporters Could Learn From Cannes

From William Booth:

    Seriously, the Washington press corps has something to learn from my Cannes colleagues.

    Fashion tip? Some of the reporters here wear short shorts and high heels. Their questions get answered. Also, today we spotted a guy with a press credential around his neck, and his shirt completely unbuttoned, like Fabio. And it worked for him. Henri Behar, the French journalist and film critic who emcees the official news conferences, favors two earrings, scarves and the occasional headband. And you know what? He rules. Funny, informed, and as fast on his feet as a cobra if a cobra had feet.

    And wouldn’t it be nice if at news conferences, you reporters in Washington could begin by first telling Hillary or Rudy or Mitt (it’s customary to address talent by their first names) how much you admire their work?

    Hacks back home: Try it! Here’s an example: “Barack, loved the books. Just loved them. That scene where you go back to Kenya . . . on a journey of self-discovery . . . ” Here reporter clutches chest and sighs. “Now, we’re seeing your health care proposals. They’re amazing. Simply amazing.” Here all the reporters in the room nod their heads and mouth the word amazing. “So what I’m wondering is, how do you do it?”