Washington Post unveils new social media policy to think before you post
Weeks after the very public online boost rocked the newsroom, Washington Post Management issued a new set of guidelines for the use of social media on Thursday. The main takeaway: Think before you post.
“Social media platforms can be useful as a reporting tool and enhance our ability to find new audiences, but it’s important to remember that the social media accounts run by Washington Post reporters…inevitably reflect the reputation and credibility of The Post,” began the internal memo emailed to staffers on Thursday and obtained and reviewed by The Daily Beast. “Post-journalists should not feel obligated to engage or post on social media platforms, except for those whose roles explicitly require it. Postal journalists who choose to use these platforms will have to do so. responsible manner.
According to the new guidelines, “a Post reporter’s use of social media must not harm the editorial integrity or journalistic reputation of The Post.” With the great power of a “blue tick and additional subscribers,” comes “our collective responsibility to protect that integrity and that reputation,” newspaper officials reminded staff members.
The memo specifically mentioned being more mindful of retweets, likes or shares – no doubt a reference to political journalist Dave Weigel’s retweet of a sexist post that got him suspended and kicked off a week of drama in the newspaper.
Liz Seymour, the Job’s deputy editor for news operations and planning, thanked staffers in an email for “all their help and feedback” received in drafting the policy, which went into effect on Thursday. It came three weeks after editor Sally Buzbee said the paper would update its social media policies – policies that ultimately led to Weigel’s suspension and the firing of political journalist Felicia Sonmez. .
“Your thoughts and suggestions have been essential to these efforts,” Seymour wrote.
Additionally, still in the wake of this month’s internal drama, the memo added that “it is not appropriate to use your social media account to express personal grievances with an individual or to mention a undertaken in a way that could be construed as unwarranted criticism or seeking favors or special treatment.
The Job did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its new policy.
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