Washington Post unveils new social media policy after newsroom battle

The Washington Post reportedly unveiled an up to date social media policy for its journalists on Thursday – days after a newsroom dustup over a retweet culminated within the suspension of politics reporter Dave Weigel and the eventual firing of reporter Felicia Sonmez.

The Jeff Bezos-owned information outlet issued the recent steerage in an inside memo to staffers – reminding reporters that personal social media posts and accounts “inevitably reflect upon The Post’s reputation and credibility,” the report mentioned.

“Post journalists should not feel compelled to engage or broadcast on social media platforms, except for those whose roles explicitly require it,” the memo mentioned. “Post journalists who choose to use these platforms will be expected to do so responsibly.”

“A Post journalist’s use of social media must not harm the editorial integrity or journalistic reputation of The Post,” the memo added.

The policy famous that Washington Post reporters must be conscious of “our collective responsibility to protect that integrity and reputation” and included a reminder to be extra conscious of the potential impression of their retweets and likes.

Sonmez, who covers politics for the Washington Post, defied management's edict to cease tweeting about colleagues.
Sonmez, who covers politics for the Washington Post, defied administration’s edict to stop tweeting about colleagues.
Twitter / @feliciasonmez

The Daily Beast was first to report particulars on the memo. The Washington Post didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

Chaos struck the Washington Post’s newsroom earlier this month after Weigel retweeted a put up by a consumer who wrote “Every girl is bi. You just have to figure out if it’s polar or sexual.”

The retweet drew a livid response from Sonmez, who publicly slammed Weigel for sharing the tweet, which she thought-about sexist, in addition to the newspaper’s management for his or her dealing with of the incident. Weigel apologized and was suspended with out pay for a month.

Dave Weigel
Dave Weigel was suspended with out pay for sharing a sexist joke.
Twitter / @daveweigel

Sonmez continued to publicly rip the Washington Post and have interaction in arguments with colleagues in a days-long Twitter tirade. The outburst finally resulted in her firing.

Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee had earlier indicated that the outlet deliberate to replace its social media policy.

Another supply of newsroom drama occurred Washington Post options editor Dave Malitz reportedly lost a promotion shortly after web reporter Taylor Lorenz tweeted {that a} miscommunication together with her editor had resulted in a mistake in one in all her articles.

“Last Thursday, an incorrect line was added to a story of mine before publishing due to a miscommunication with an editor,” Lorenz tweeted on June 4.

Washington Post executive editor Sally Buzbee angered staffers when she rescinded a promotion offer to an editor days after he was criticized by star reporter Taylor Lorenz.
Washington Post government editor Sally Buzbee angered staffers when she rescinded a promotion provide to an editor days after he was criticized by star reporter Taylor Lorenz.
The Washington Post by way of Getty Im

“I did not write the line and was not aware it was inserted. I asked for it to be removed right after the story went live.”

While the Washington Post denied that Lorenz’s tweets impacted any resolution by administration, some staffers reportedly confronted Buzbee in regards to the resolution to rescind Malitz’s promotion.

Taylor Lorenz
Taylor Lorenz is a Washington Post reporter protecting the web.
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The Washington Post’s up to date memo reportedly included a passage about addressing “personal grievances” on Twitter.

“It is not appropriate to use your social media account to air personal grievances with an individual or to mention a company in a way that could be construed as unwarranted criticism or seeking favor or special treatment,” the memo mentioned.

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