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Changes continue at the Washington Post

Changes Ahead Freeway Road SignThe news industry was shocked when the Graham family announced they were selling the Washington Post last year, marking the continued decline of the family-owned newspaper. And yet, over the last year, the paper has begun to shine under the reign of Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder who purchased the paper last August.

The changes at the Post continued to unfold this week, with WashingtonPost.com reporting  that the Post would be partnering up with the University of Maryland’s, The Diamaondback and Columbia University’s, The Columbia Daily Spectator. Under this partnership, the two student papers have access to the Post’s enterprise story templates. The templates provide the students with the means to provide visually modern pages that are quick-loading. “The Post is building some of the most innovative technology in journalism right now and we plan to license these products to other journalism organizations, so this is a first step in that direction,” Shailesh Prakash, CIO and vice president of technology at The Post, told WashingtonPost.com.

Meanwhile, the Post has a couple of new faces within its ranks, including Missy Ryan, who joined the paper as a Pentagon reporter; Chris Mooney, who will join the paper as an environmental and climate change reporter next week; John Woodrow Cox, who joined the local enterprise team late last month; and Isabelle Khurshudyan, who is covering high school sports in Montgomery County. Zachary Goldfarb, while not a new face, was promoted to policy editor on the financial desk. Last month, inVocus reported on much of this growth seen at the paper, with the paper launching new sites and blogs, including American Answers, PostEverything, Storyline, Get There and TheMost.

All these changes have New York Times’ David Carr murmuring about a revival of the storied newspaper’s greatness: “Nothing in God’s creation is ever as good as it once was, but The Washington Post is coming pretty close,” he recently wrote.

Carr went on to note that the quality of journalism has increased, citing stories the paper has covered, including security lapses at the Secret Service and the scandal concerning National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Carr credited not only Bezos for bringing the expansion and digital smarts, but also Martin Baron, who joined the paper as editor in 2013.

“I think The Post is a very confident newsroom right now,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, told Carr. “They pick the right stories, throw a lot of reporters at them and go after them hard. That’s a well-led newsroom.”



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