Welcome to Ask The Post, a new venue for our digital readers to engage with Post journalism and the journalists behind it.
The Post newsroom has long believed one of its key functions is to hold those in power accountable for their actions. It is a tradition that didn’t just begin with our much heralded Watergate coverage, even though that did cement the Post’s role in Washington, and is a tradition that hasn’t waned since.
Part of that accountability is also holding ourselves accountable, to our own standards as well as to those of our readers.
We have always encouraged feedback and conversations at the Post. It began in the non-digital era, with Letters to The Editor, which continues to be a robust forum that has garnered increased space in the newspaper.
In 2009, we added the emails of all writers to their articles in print. More recently, we have added an online Corrections/Suggestions form as well as set up an email address for readers to engage with us. And the Post’s Ombudsman continues to offer readers an independent avenue in our newsroom.
Earlier this month, the Post made public its Digital Guidelines that are now permanently available at the bottom of our homepage. These guidelines for digital publishing are meant to guide Washington Post journalism as we deliver news and information in a rapidly changing media environment and we wanted to share them with our readers. This is what the Ombudsman had to say about the standards in a recent column and what readers had to say in an online chat with two key editors.
Today, we are formally unveiling Ask The Post, which is yet another venue for you to ask us questions, learn more about The Post and its staffers, and tell us what you think of our Front Page each day. And, in keeping with the interactive world we live in, readers can vote on the question they most want answered.
We live in a very competitive world and, at the end of the day, we are also a business with financial, legal and regulatory obligations, so it is quite possible we won’t be able to answer every question that you ask us. But we will try to be as transparent as we can be about our journalism and how we do what we do in the newsroom.
Speaking of competition, I want to welcome colleagues at HuffingtonPost who, Wednesday, launched HuffPost DC, a new offshoot of the news and commentary site that will focus on the DC metropolitan area. Read Paul Farhi’s article in today’s Style section on the launch.
Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to the conversations here.