Journalist-LiveHi there! We’re /u/washingtonpost. More specifically, we are seven journalists who work at The Washington Post and who post (or lurk!) on reddit often for work and personal use. Ask Us Anything!
May 17th 2017 by washingtonpost • 45 Questions • 965 Points
Ask us (almost) anything about how we do our jobs, the journalism industry, how we use reddit, or what The Post will be doing with our user profile. Or just chat with us about reddit and the internet -- we love both things as much as you do.
Here’s who's answering questions today, and what they cover:
- /u/GenePark: Gene Park, social media editor and /u/washingtonpost mod
- /u/aohlheiserWaPo: Abby Ohlheiser, Internet culture reporter
- /u/b_fung: Brian Fung, technology reporter, focusing on telecommunications, Internet access
- /u/cingraham: Chris Ingraham, Wonkblog reporter who writes about drug policy and all things data
- /u/e_izadi: Elahe Izadi, pop culture reporter for the Style section
- /u/grotty_planet: Jessica Stahl, editor of social, search and communities (and podcasts!)
- /u/twpinoy: J.J. Alcantara, designer in our products team
We’ll be replying as this account, but we’ll clearly mark who’s saying what. Now let’s talk. Ask us anything!
Proof: Group selfie of six of us
And here's Chris who works out of the office.
UPDATE: It's 3 p.m.! But we're having so much fun we'll keep answering a few more questions, and even check back later today too.
Thanks to everyone for the great questions and conversations. We all had a ton of fun and we definitely want to do this again. And swing by the /u/washingtonpost profile and let us know what you'd like to see! /u/GenePark will now post an AMA request thread. Let us know who you'd like to talk to.
EDIT: How rude of me. Forgot to thank r/IamA for being such gracious hosts.
lol I feel like it sounds like we all coordinated these answers, but I swear we didn't!
Agreed, Chris is the worst. Have an upvote, Philip.
One way to think of it is to split it between stuff targeted at WaPo fans (your user profile) versus general reddit users. If you're doing AMAs that are general interest, you want to share it with all of reddit. If you're doing links to content roundups, looking for feedback, looking to talk in detail with fans, then the user profile page fits better.
You nail it. We're definitely taking that route for now. Here's hoping more folks find out about our user profile! If you know of any others that have a great user profile presence I'd love to see them. I'm sure we'll be seeing more in the coming weeks. - /u/genepark
What was your favorite event that you've covered?
The presidential debate last year was really cool. I've never worked at an event at that scale before. It was such a trip to see thousands of journalists from all over the world crammed into a tiny little auditorium on a university campus (UNLV in my case) all speaking different languages and covering the same thing.
I also loved covering E3 (twice!) as a games journalists like a decade ago. Can't wait to see what's announced this year! - /u/genepark
Awesome! I'm doing both those things already in my 1st year in college, glad to see I'm on the right track.
One other thing I'd suggest: don't be shy about reaching out to professional journalists, especially in your area, to grab coffee and pick their brains. Journalists, in my experience, can be very open to mentoring. -Elahe
Has a post or comment on reddit ever given you the idea for a story?
Very often for me. Examples:
It's like an Apple store in here. Tons of natural light, lots of wooden surfaces, glass everywhere.
Oh! Good question. For me, it started with an interest in writing and developed from there into a passion for trying to present a clear, accurate picture of the world to readers, based on solid reporting and in a way that serves to enlighten and elevate understanding. I've covered different beats in my time (police, Congress, arts, etc.), and one of the best parts of being a journalist is you get to learn about new, vastly different things every day. -Elahe
How similar or dissimilar is the Zoe Barnes character from House of Cards to reality?
I had to stop watching "House of Cards" halfway through the first season because her character was so annoying and upsetting to me. I found it to be a very inaccurate portrayal of being a female reporter on the Hill, which I was at the time. Marin Cogan wrote a great reported piece about this: https://newrepublic.com/article/112486/psycho-sexual-ordeal-reporting-washington