The mission of The Washington Post is defined in a set of principles written by Eugene Meyer, who bought the newspaper in 1933. Today they are displayed in brass linotype letters in an entrance to the newsroom. (His gender references have been supplanted by our policy of inclusion, but the values remain).
The Seven Principles for the Conduct of a Newspaper:
- The first mission of a newspaper is to tell the truth as nearly as the truth may be ascertained.
- The newspaper shall tell ALL the truth so far as it can learn it, concerning the important affairs of America and the world.
- As a disseminator of the news, the paper shall observe the decencies that are obligatory upon a private gentleman.
- What it prints shall be fit reading for the young as well as for the old.
- The newspaper’s duty is to its readers and to the public at large, and not to the private interests of its owners.
- In the pursuit of truth, the newspaper shall be prepared to make sacrifices of its material fortunes, if such course be necessary for the public good.
- The newspaper shall not be the ally of any special interest, but shall be fair and free and wholesome in its outlook on public affairs and public men.
Ideas transforms us. Be creative and curious. Be willing to fail and keep learning. Be responsibly reckless. Experiment often. Think big and invent the future.
Speed matters. Have a bias for action and a dedication to quality. Have the flexibility to turn on a dime. Be willing to disagree, commit and keep moving. Sense the urgency and act.
Ownership drives success. Own your results. Have the mental toughness and teamwork to push through obstacles. Make a judgment call and be right a lot. Take responsibility and deliver.
Forbes named Washington, D.C. the #1 city for women in technology in 2017 and The Washington Post is part of that. We often hire women in technology and our Engineering team reflects that at all levels!
The Washington Post’s culture is centered around shaping ideas, redefining speed, and taking ownership as we’ve evolved into a media and media technology company.
The case for a product mindset to save news, media companies need to borrow at least one page from the Silicon Valley playbook: obsessing about product. That’s the formula now in place at The Washington Post, nearly two years into the ownership of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. -Shailesh Prakash, CIO