Just saw this interesting document from the Washington Post which defines their principles for dealing with journalism on the Web. The good news is that the leaders of this legendary newspaper have clearly thought about this issue and seem willing to evolve to fit the changing demographics and habits of their readers. Jeff Jarvis thinks their list falls one short, but I see it as a sign of progress. The editors of the Post clearly believe their online sibling is critical and complementary to the newspaper, and brings a host of benefits to the process of news gathering and distribution. The document explicitly acknowledges the tension between the online and print sides of the house, which adds to its credibility and relevance of the post. A final note: the principles confirm the values and standards of the Post reach across to the online version. Seems obvious, but in the brave new Web 2.0 world some are too eager to ignore or jettison critical traditions in the name of progress.

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