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is a daily newspaper based in Washington, D.C. It is the United States’  as of 2012 and its  as of 2011.

The paper was and was in the hands of the Meyer-Graham family from 1933 to 2013, when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos . Under the Grahams, the paper was owned by , whose chairman and CEO was Donald Graham. The company, which is  and was renamed after the sale,  the Kaplan education business, the Slate Group, a cable division, six local TV stations, a hospice firm, and a , and is an in the religious site FaithStreet.

While the Post is also a local newspaper, it has specialized in national politics, developing a reputation as one of America’s leading political journalism institutions, particularly since its coverage of the in the 1970s. It has won more than 50 Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other prestigious journalism awards since then. The Post has also, however, periodically received for not emphasizing its local coverage enough, and for .

During the last several years, the Post has faced some financial difficulties, making and . Though The Washington Post Co. remains profitable its newspaper division in 2009 and 2010, and questions around its Kaplan unit, which of its overall revenue, . In 2013, the company into an independent polling group doing poll research for outside clients. The Post has an events division called Washington Post Live, launched in 2011, that hosted 20 to 30 events per year as of 2014.

The Post employed an ombudsman from the early 1960s, through 2013, when it  in favor of a “reader representative” who solely .

Shortly after Bezos bought the paper, The Post , including the addition of numerous new jobs, revamped sections, and a new breaking news desk. Within four months, it had .

Digital media efforts

The Post launched its website in 1996 as a separate operation from its print product, with offices in Virginia. For 13 years, the two newsrooms operated in what some called  before  on Jan. 1, 2010. In 2014, the Post in New York called WPNYC.

, the Post’s parent company acquired Slate, the online magazine, from Microsoft. The Post and Slate split when Jeff Bezos bought the paper in 2013.

The Post was among the first U.S. news sites to conduct , and it also  for online news video in 2006. It has also made significant investments in since then.

The Post  in 2007 with LoudounExtra.com, a site devoted to Loudoun County, Virginia. The site . In 2009, its creative team having left the Post, Loudoun Extra .

In September 2009, the Post issued a set of  emphasizing neutrality and objectivity by its reporters and editors. The guidelines were met with mixed reaction, some questioned the objectives, some  and the , others .

In 2014, The Post  with The New York Times and Mozilla to create tools to improve online commenting systems. The program was funded by a $3.89 million grant from the Knight Foundation.

In 2009, the Post , a blog that experiments with new narrative forms in its reporting and presentation.

The Post  popular liberal blogger Dan Froomkin in June 2009, though it has , including Greg Sargent and Ezra Klein, to contribute to its website. Klein’s Wonkblog launched a image-based microsite called Know More in 2013, though Klein in 2014 after the paper rejected his proposal of a standalone explanatory journalism site. The Post under a different staff and a data- and topic-driven sister site to Wonkblog called Storyline later that year.

The Post’s breaking-news blogging and aggregation initiative, blogPOST, in 2012 when one of its bloggers after being caught plagiarizing. The site was accused of pushing its young reporters too hard to blog quickly without enough guidance.

In April 2010, the Post launched a redesigned politics section that emphasized social sharing and interactivity and was . Shortly thereafter, the paper also started a network of user-created political blogs. The Post in 2014 meant to showcase opinion outside the paper’s staff writers.

The Post has a division called that , including . As of 2013, it , with 42 full-time employees working in the web video division. PostTV began partnering with news video aggregator Watchup in 2014.

The Post  in March 2010: It initially charged $1.99 per year but about a year later. In November 2010 the Post , and in March 2012 it , which is free to download and use but costs $2.99 per month for full access. It relaunched its main app and included a replica of the print newspaper in 2013; at that point, the app was still free, but set to become paid as the company launched a paid-content plan later that year.

In April 2011, , a news aggregator that mines users’ Facebook data to deliver personalized content. Later that year, the Post became one of the first news organizations to  inside Facebook — drawing  in its first two months — and also released an . (It to a standalone site in 2012.) It has used the Trove technology to experiment with . Trove was split from the Post in its sale to Bezos in 2013, and in 2014, Trove (now owned by Graham Holdings Co.) .

In 2013, the Post to highlight socially trending content.

The Post called Crowd Sourced in August 2012. It also collaborated with The New York Times beginning that year on a database of election results, relying in part on volunteer help.

The Post was in 2012 to develop Truth Teller, a for audio and video content. The prototype  and such as the Texas Tribune in 2014. The Post also partners with the Medill School at Northwestern and the Knight Foundation to .

The Post in June 2013, with free access for print subscribers as well as students, educators, and government and military employees. Digital subscriptions were set at $9.99 and $14.99 per month. In 2014, it expanded free access to its website and apps to subscribers of with which it partnered, including Digital First’s papers and the Dallas Morning News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Before 2013, the Post had been one of the most prominent American newspapers to forgo an online paywall, with its executives they  to launch a paywall for their online content.

The paper’s lack of a paywall has at times been controversial: Former editor Marcus Brauchli with publisher Katharine Weymouth over what he saw as insufficient revenue generation from the Post’s website, and critics had  to adopt a paid-content approach.

The Post has through a program called BrandConnect that lets advertisers write their own content for the site. In 2013, it , which allows organizations to pay to post commentary in response to the Post’s opinion content. In 2013, The Washington Post Magazine was after because of concerns raised by advertisers.

Salons scandal

In 2009, Post officials circulated to offer lobbyists exclusive off-the-record meetings, or “salons,” with government officials and Post reporters and editors for a cost of up to $250,000. The meetings were to be held at the home of Post publisher Katharine Weymouth. The plans were soon after Politico reported on them.

The proposal was met with strong criticism from within the Post and elsewhere in the industry. The Post’s “an ethical lapse of monumental proportions,” Weymouth to the Post’s readers, and an . Two months later, the marketing executive who helped organize the salons .

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