Posts Tagged ‘Washington Post’

Newspaper gets big numbers with Yahoo! video

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The Washington Post is claiming 1 million viewers on some days for a daily political report it runs in video online.

The Fast Fix is 60 seconds of Beltway news from Chris Cillizza, managing editor of and author of the Post’s insider blog The Fix. The show is co-produced and co-branded by The Post and Yahoo!, and has been running since September.

“At 1 million daily views, the non-partisan political show has reached an audience the size of Rachel Maddow’s cable show on MSNBC,” according to Beet.TV.

“The success of The Fast Fix points to the opportunities for newspapers to team with big portals and destination sites  like Yahoo!,” Beet.TV says.

Washington Post gives in on 1A advertising

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The Washington Post will join the growing trend among American newspapers of running front-page advertising when it publishes a display ad at the bottom of 1A next Sunday, Michael Calderone writes in Yahoo’s The Upshot blog.

The Post previewed the move last Sunday with an A-section spadea – a single-fold advertisement wrapped around the section – sponsored by Capital One that covered half of the front and all of the back of the section in D.C.-metro editions. It was a first for the newspaper.

“[T]he Post has been something of a holdout from the general embrace of front-page newspaper ads, as advertising revenue has sharply dropped for all print publications in recent years,” Calderone says. “Several major newspapers now run front-page display ads, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times — with the latter paper starting to run front-page ads just last year.”

The Post’s first dip into the water will be a 2-inch high banner at the bottom of the page.

McClatchy newspapers, including The News & Observer in Raleigh and the Charlotte Observer, routinely run 1A ads across the bottom of the page, as well as removable stickers with advertising at the top of the front page.

For generations newspapers have avoided running advertising on the front page because doing so indicated the newspaper’s voice and identity, and thus its credibility, were for sale.

“But harsh economic struggles have forced newspaper companies to get more creative when it comes to generating revenue,” Calderone says. “And with its inaugural front-page ad scheduled for next Sunday, the Post is showing that it’s no exception.”

Everything, all the time

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Google has upped the ante for life in the fast lane, delivering “a page where breaking news, Twitter feeds, blog entries and other content automatically refreshes every few seconds,” the San Jose Mercury News says.

Google is not the first to offer real-time search, but it is “trying to go a step further by having the new results appear automatically, without refreshing the page,” says The Wall Street Journal’s report.

Real-time search began to roll out for users Monday and will become fully available to everyone by the end of the day [Tuesday],” the Mercury News says. “Google said the real-time capability … in the next several weeks will also include public status updates from Facebook and MySpace.”

By early 2010, Google plans to enable smart-phones to easily translate speech between languages.

But wait, there’s more …

Google also introduced Living Stories on Tuesday, which bundles newspaper articles about specific topics on a single page. “Complete coverage of an on-going story is gathered together and prioritized on one URL,” the Web site says. “You can now quickly navigate between news articles, opinion pieces and features without long waits for pages to load.”

So far, The New York Times and The Washington Post are the only papers participating. According to the Associated Press, which calls the service an “attempt to help out the ailing newspaper industry,” Google isn’t paying the newspapers to feature the content, and there aren’t any immediate plans to sell advertising alongside the material, said Josh Cohen, a Google product manager overseeing the project.”

Howard Kurtz, at The Post explains: “By grouping the stories … day after day under one Web address, the Times and Post could boost their Google rankings, which would tend to push those pages toward the top of the list when people search for that subject. After the Tuesday launch, the story pages will reside at Google Labs for an experimental period of two to three months, and revert to the papers’ own Web sites if all goes well.

“‘Over the coming months, we’ll refine Living Stories based on your feedback,’ Google says in a blog posting. If the format gains traction, Google plans to offer it to any interested newspaper, magazine or Web site, at no charge.”

In its report, The Times says, “The announcement of the “living stories” project shows Google collaborating with newspapers at a time when some major publishers have characterized the company as a threat.”

“The page you are taken toward is a rich multimedia experience, complete with a timeline outlining key events, a sidebar that breaks down coverage (for Afghanistan, it’s divided between Opinion, Casualties, U.S. Policy and other topics), and an RSS feed-like display of recent articles,” says Ben Parr at  “It’s clean and simple, but effectively explains key issues.”

And so it has come to this …

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

This is not what we’re about here, but some stories can’t be ignored: “Details are sketchy, but numerous witnesses [at The Washington Post] report that veteran feature editor Henry Allen punched out feature writer Manuel Roig-Franzia on Friday,” reports the Washingtonian. “The fracas took place in sight of Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli’s office. Brauchli rushed to separate the two. …

“It should be noted that Allen is nearly 70, but he served in the Marines in Vietnam. He also won a Pulitzer prize in 2000 for criticism. Both apparently came into play when Allen jumped Roig-Franzia.”

Allen apparently told another reporter, in response to an article handed in, “This is total crap. It’s the second worst story I have seen in Style in 43 years.” Roig-Franzia happened by and supposedly said, “Oh, Henry, don’t be such a cocks—–.”

“Veteran Style writers said they knew Allen wasn’t happy,” the report continues. “He had come up in Style’s heady days, when writers could wax for a hundred inches on the wonder of plastic lawn furniture or the true meaning of the Vietnam War Memorial. No more. Working part time on contract, Allen seethed over the lost art of long-form journalism.”