Who needs a newspaper ombudsman?
A paper that looks into a matter close to every journalist's heart - getting it right. It's not a big study (just 28 interviews), but the results won't shock anyone in any newsroom. There is no agreed upon method for journalists to check facts, which may not be a good thing.
Patrick Pexton retired as the ombudsman for the Washington Post last week. A couple of weeks before that, he wrote his last column. In it, he says there are rumblings that the Post won't replace him, and he makes the case for the importance of an ombudsman.
Read the column. Then go here
to see what the publisher of the newspaper decided.