Washington City Paper Reporter Volunteers as Washington Post Ombudsman
march 4, 2013 04:00 pm
Photo by Darrow Montgomery/Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper
staff writer Will Sommer has named Will Sommer as the next ombudsman of the Washington Post
publisher Katharine Weymouth announced last week that the paper would eliminate the position
after 43 years and appoint a "reader representative" in its place. When the Post
first announced it was considering the move, a former ombudsman lamented
, "From the outset, the role has been to provide readers with access to an independent agent empowered to investigate charges that The Post
has not lived up to its high journalistic standards."
, independent agent in the truest sense, who will volunteer his services pro bono:
Starting today, I am your new Washington Post ombudsman. Concerned about a potential plagiarist? Mad about the Post's search engine? Something about Ezra Klein just rub you the wrong way? Email me at email@example.com, or call me at 703-594-9142. (It's a 703 number because the Post these days feels a lot like a suburban paper.) Check back for my first column later this afternoon.