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Washington Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell Dies

howell.jpgDeborah Howell, who was one of the first women in America to head up a major news organization with her work at the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, died Friday evening in a car crash in New Zealand where she was vacationing. She was 68.

Though this unfortunate accident happened while we were on vacation, we’d like to point you in the direction of the myriad of writers who shared their personal memories of Howell — who also worked as a reporter and editor at The Minnesota Star and most recently served as ombudsman for The Washington Post — this weekend, from former Star editor Tim McGuire‘s remembrance to Jeff Jarvis‘ memorial blog titled “The Death of Curious Mind” on BuzzMachine.com and The New York TimesDavid Carr‘s memories of Howell as “the editor everyone should have had.”

Through these memorials — and many others made by colleagues and friends over the past few days — Deborah Howell will be remembered as both a pioneer for women in the field, as well as a great coworker, boss, journalist, editor and friend.

Read More: The death of a curious mind –BuzzMachine

Deborah Howell, prominent editor, killed in car accident –Star Tribune

My tortured journey to becoming Deborah Howell’s friend –Tim McGuire

The Editor Everyone Should Have HadNew York Times

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Election ’08: Even in Hindsight the Media Loved Obama More

539w.jpgThe Monday morning election quarterbacking continues. Perhaps you won’t be surprised to hear that, according to those who write about such things, the media did not perform well. Over at the Washington Post the resident ombudsman Deborah Howell says that despite all its good coverage the paper came up short.

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.

Also? Howell thinks WaPo was a little too much in the tank for Obama.

The op-ed page ran far more laudatory opinion pieces on Obama, 32, than on Sen. John McCain, 13…Stories and photos about Obama in the news pages outnumbered those devoted to McCain. Reporters, photographers and editors found the candidacy of Obama, the first African American major-party nominee, more newsworthy and historic.

Top McCain campaign adviser Mark Salter couldn’t agree more!

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