Pravda says farewell to L'il Debbie; lambert sheds a single tear [not]
Meet the new ombudsman. Let's just hope they're not the same as the old ombudsman.
I'm told it's a thankless job. To readers, the ombudsman often is seen as an apologist for the paper. To the newsroom, the ombudsman is the dreaded investigator from internal affairs.
But that's what Ben Bradlee, then the executive editor, had in mind when he created the position in 1970. He wanted an honest broker who would listen to readers and scold the newsroom* when necessary.
You can communicate with me in three ways. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave a message on the ombudsman's line at 202-334-7582. Or write to me, care of The Post, at 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.
Each day, I'll relay your questions and concerns directly to Post reporters and editors. The goal is to get answers and resolve complaints. Many issues you raise will be addressed in my Sunday column. In coming months, there will be more opportunities to interact through online forums on washingtonpost.com
Good. Let's see how it goes. I mean, I don't really read Pravda for news anymore, but it's always good to listen to the Village talking to itself, and that's certainly a worthy goal in and of itself, and well worthy of First Amendment protection. The best of luck!
NOTE * Actually, it's not the newsroom that's the problem; it's the ownership. Unfortunately, we can only get at the newsroom, so they bear the brunt.