Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post. He brings to the Post a large fortune and a track record for creating crowd-pleasing technology. I can just imagine him adding a Wish List to the Post's website.
On the new WaPo Wish List, each of us can list our wishes for the new and improved Washington Post. Below are some of my wishes. Please share yours in the comments.
Alan's WaPo Wish List:
- More fact checking when quoting politicians
- More quotes from labor economists relative to financial analysts
- Admit blogs are columns (or are they articles?)
- Admit columns are blogs (I am very confused)
- Don't call opinion pieces news (unless it's the opinion of a decision maker)
- Cover the substance of elections more than the horse race
- Don't let your homepage default to my regional news
- Categorize all quotes from Representatives Louis Gohmert and Steve King as Fiction
- Make it easier to find school and work closings during inclement weather
- Show side-by-side lists of articles that WaPo editors think are important and those most popular among readers (so we can see how far apart they are)
- Show page views and unique readers for every article on the article page
- Don't confuse objectivity with equal coverage
- BRING BACK THE INDEPENDENT OMBUDSMAN (a Readers' Representative that just answers readers' questions and reports to the Editorial Page Editor cannot effectively represent the reader)
- Create a @WaPoOmbuds twitter channel that follows back so people can opt to send Ombudsman a DM
- Create a WaPo Ombudsman Facebook page
- Give the Ombudsman a staff to truly engage with and represent the readers' interests
There you have my WaPo Wish List. I know it is a little Ombudsman heavy, but the O-man is the original social networking journalist, so it seemed like a no-brainer.
Now, add your Wishes to the WaPo Wish List in the comments (below). I am sure Jeff Bezos will read them. ;-)
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