The Washington Post

Why we will continue to call them the Redskins in news stories

(Ray K. Saunders)

The Washington Post editorial board said Friday it will no longer use the word “Redskins” when referring to Washington’s NFL team.

However, the nickname will continue to be used in news stories about the team, including posts on this blog.

[Related story: Post’s editorial board will not use the “Redskins" nickname.]

[Editorial board opinion: Why we will no longer use the nickname.]

Executive editor Marty Baron explained the separate policies in a Post news report on the editorial board’s decision:

“The Post’s newsroom and the editorial page operate independently of each other,” Baron said. “Standard operating policy in the newsroom has been to use the names that established institutions choose for themselves. That remains our policy, as we continue to vigorously cover controversy over the team’s name and avoid any advocacy role on this subject.”

Some Post columnists, including Mike Wise, have chosen not to use the team’s nickname in their stories.

Have a Redskins question? Send an e-mail to with the subject line “Mailbag question,” and it might be answered on Tuesday in The Mailbag.

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