A Note From the Publisher of washingtonpost.com

In the short time of the internet's existence, the concept of what can be done on the web has changed dramatically. Once just a new venue for duplicating online what we did in print, radio or television, the last few years have seen this new medium come into its own with its own art, technique and language for distributing news and information.

The constancy of news has made the web a perfect forum for finding new ways to tell stories. washingtonpost.com has been a leader in that regard. And as a result, it has become one of the most popular sites for news in the world.

Washingtonpost.com's success is due in large part to the excellent journalism and the great brand of The Washington Post. But that achievement could also not have been realized without the vision of The Washington Post Company chairman Don Graham, who has consistently committed the resources that has allowed our talented staff the freedom to innovate and test the boundaries in all areas of publishing on the web. And in case you haven't noticed, under the leadership of Jim Brady, our Executive Editor who joined us in earlier this year, the site embodies that spirit of innovation - from the 20 or so blogs we launched so far this year, to a new City Guide to a whole host of other new features.

You too have played an important role. More and more this medium is defined by how individuals choose to use it. And the more we have listened, the better the site has become.

That's what this new blog is about. It's a way to let you know what changes and innovations are in the works, in terms of news and information and also advertising on the site. And it's a way to give you a glimpse into what happens behind the curtain at an online news operation. In short, what we do, how we do it and why.

Most importantly, there is room for you to comment and participate in the conversation. We look forward to hearing from you.

I can be reached at caroline.little@wpni.com

By carolinelittle |  November 21, 2005; 8:08 AM ET  | Category:  Content
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Though I got up at 5am everyday to take a nice walk to the newsstand next to starbucks in Union Station to buy my daily Washington Post and that other popular paper from that city-state to the north, the web access has proven invaluable for quick access, archives of recent past journalism, and a great way to quickly make a point in a debate with your friends by referencing the source of your facts so you don't come off merely as a "pedant" or "pseudo-intellectual."

Plus, when you know what's going on, you can feel like you have more control over your life because you are involved -- just knowing makes you involved. Political responsibility comes from this access to the news. Which is why the web access is helpful, especially to those who live outside of the DC area and who have no access to the paper copy. It would be irresponsible NOT to have free web access for everyone.

If it's being discussed, it's being discussed the best in the WaPo. And the web enables the whole world to learn a little about the Post's historical significance in American politics, history, and culture. It's a Washington and an American institution: The Washington Post.

Posted by: a washington intern | November 25, 2005 11:11 AM

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