The Future of Data Journalism at the Washington Post

By: Edirin Oputu | Columbia Journalism Review

When blogger and commentator Ezra Klein joined the Washington Post in 2009, he was 25 years old and barely known outside beltway policy circles. But Wonkblog, the economic and domestic policy coverage site he founded, quickly took off and catapulted Klein to national acclaim. Now, with Klein himself taking off for a new venture, Vox at Vox Media, the Post is trying to figure out: Is it possible for lightning to strike twice?

Almost immediately after Klein’s January departure, the paper announced plans for a new site led by economic correspondent Jim Tankersley. The still-unnamed project will incorporate data-driven analysis and visual storytelling to discuss major economic issues, such as the status of women in the workforce, Tankersley said.

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