Archive: June 2006

New Politics Features

Over the past few months, washingtonpost.com has added the following new features to our politics section. These features are designed to make our coverage of politics more useful to our readers by providing access to more information on elected officials and candidates, and by better explaining the political process. Updates to the Congressional Votes Database Launched last December, the Congressional Votes Database includes overall roll call vote totals and the individual voting records for all members of Congress dating back to 1991. On individual members' pages within the database, we've added official biographies and a link to a PDF version of each member's annual financial disclosure statement (senators and congressmen are required to list all their assets and investments). The disclosure statements are also available via an index page that lists each member of Congress who has filed a statement. Other additions to members' pages include links to recent Washington...

By Washingtonpost.com Editors | June 26, 2006; 4:43 PM ET | Comments (20)

post.com Wins Local Emmy, Murrow Award

washingtonpost.com has been the recipient of two major awards in the past few weeks. First, video journalist Ben de la Cruz became the first washingtonpost.com staffer ever to win a local Emmy Award. Ben won "Best Public/Current/Community Affairs Program or Special" for his "Homeless in D.C." series. This award came in one of the most hotly contested categories in the competition, with 22 entries. Only one other category had more entries. Here's a full list of winners. Earlier this week, washingtonpost.com was awarded an Edward R. Murrow Award for "Best Non-Broadcast Affiliated Website. " It's the third straight year we've won that award, handed out by the Radio and Television News Directors Association. The projects entered in this contest were: -- Affordable Housing, by Ben de la Cruz. -- A Life Lived in 4/4 Time, by Christina Pino-Marina. -- Katrina Coverage. -- Following the Money in Afghanistan, by Christina Pino-Marina...

By Jim Brady | June 23, 2006; 11:40 PM ET | Comments (18)

Ignatius, Zakaria Launch 'Experiment' in Global Journalism

More than two dozen prominent international commentators will tackle global issues in a collaborative blog that launched this morning in washingtonpost.com's Opinions area. PostGlobal will be moderated by Washington Post Columnist and Associate Editor David Ignatius and Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria. Each week, they will pose at least two questions to the feature's panel of experts based in more than two dozen countries. Responses from the panel -- and from users who choose to join the conversation -- "will reflect what the world thinks about important issues more quickly and completely than would those of any single commentator," Ignatius and Zakaria write in a description of PostGlobal. Among the panel members: Bill Emmott, the London-based author and former editor of The Economist; Hu Shuli, editor of Caijing, China's leading business publication; and Shekar Gupta, editor-in-chief of The Indian Express in New Delhi. PostGlobal will also feature assessments of the...

By Hal Straus | June 14, 2006; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (11)

Comments on Articles

Over the next several weeks, we'll begin allowing comments on articles from registered users of washingtonpost.com. To allow for us to get into the rhythm of moderating this new feature, we will roll this out on a few sections per week. Within the next few weeks, we hope you'll see this functionality on articles in the Sports, Arts & Living, Metro, Travel and Health areas. As of today, users can comment on sports articles. Readers have been able to publish comments on most of our blogs for more than a year now, and we've found -- as we hope you have -- that most of what's been posted is interesting and informative. The addition of this feature is another step in the direction of breaking down the wall between readers and journalists. We expect article comments to enrich the experience of using the site, both for those who post and...

By Washingtonpost.com Editors | June 1, 2006; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (99)

 

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