WPombudsmanJan23 - NEWS | LOCAL | POLITICS | SPORTS |...

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NEWS | LOCAL | POLITICS | SPORTS | OPINIONS | BUSINESS | | GOING OUT GUIDE | JOBS | CARS | REAL ESTATE | SHOPPING Can The Post regain its legacy of excellence? By Andrew Alexander Sunday, January 23, 2011; My fourth-floor office looks out over the main entrance to The Post. I often glance across 15th Street and see tourists taking photos of the newspaper's iconic nameplate. For so many, The Post has a reputation for journalistic excellence. Will it endure? I've pondered that question while crafting this column, my last as ombudsman. So, too, have many of the tens of thousands who e-mailed or called during my two-year term as the readers' representative. A dominant theme has been that The Post's journalistic quality has declined. It's a view I share. I've written before that The Post on its worst days is better than most newspapers on their best days. In print and online, it retains immense influence through journalism that can frame public discourse. And it still produces stunningly ambitious work, such as last year's " Top Secret America " project on the huge national security buildup and the " Hidden Life of Guns " series tracking firearms used in crimes. Priced lower than most competitors, the newspaper is a bargain. But it has become riddled with typos, grammatical mistakes and intolerable "small"
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