Washington, District of Columbia, United States • Founded in 1877 • Trust Project news partner since
The Washington Post is a U.S. daily newspaper published online and in print for a national audience.
The mission of The Washington Post is defined in a set of seven principles written by Eugene Meyer, who bought the newspaper in 1933. Under those principles, the first mission of a newspaper is to tell the truth as nearly as the truth may be ascertained.
The Washington Post says what it prints shall be fit reading for the young as well as for the old. It stresses its duty is to its readers and to the public at large, and not to the private interests of its owners.
The Washington Post aims to avoid conflicts of interests and the appearance of conflicts of interest whenever possible, commit itself to fairness in its storytelling, respect taste and decency by avoiding profanities and obscenities unless their use is essential to a story, and to separate its news content from its opinion content with the intention of keeping facts separate from opinions.
The Washington Post is owned by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com.
The Washington Post aims to report stories by engaging a variety of voices as interviewees and first-person writers. The publication strives for its staff to reflects a range of backgrounds and life experiences, and says it seeks feedback from all who would give it.
The publication aims to correct errors as quickly and as clearly on possible for material published online and in print. When a correction runs, whether it's a clarification or editor’s note, readers will be told what was wrong and what is correct.
Under its policy, granting anonymity to a source is not done casually or automatically. In many cases, sources will be unwilling to reveal information about corruption in their own organizations, or high-level policy disagreements, for example, if disclosing their identities could cost them their jobs or expose them to harm. Still, reporters are encouraged to press sources to go on the record as the publication prefers named sources to unnamed sources. When anonymity is granted, the publication will strive to tell readers as much about the source as possible and why their identity has not been disclosed.
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