Update: Washington Post’s “Political Browser’


Earlier on FishbowlDC: “Washington Post Launching ‘Political Browser’

Update on yesterday’s post: Political Browser is real, but it’s not Rachel Van Dongen’s project. So tell us Posties: What is this “new political internet venture” she’s trying to staff?

As we told you yesterday, the Washington Post’s Political Browser launched today. Check it out here. Full release after the jump.

    washingtonpost.com, an award-winning news and information Web site, today launches The Political Browser, a new section that brings together on one page the day’s most important political stories, videos, facts, statistics and photos from around the Web. The Political Browser creates a hub for readers to instantly find the top news driving the day’s political discussion selected by the Post’s political team.

    “This section is a source for readers to find the best of the Web’s political stories all in one place,” said Jim Brady, Executive Editor of washingtonpost.com. “But we’re not simply aggregating news. The Political Browser lets readers form a more personal relationship with our political team and see which stories they find the most insightful, provocative or funny.”

    Ben Pershing in The Takeaway updates readers throughout the day on the breaking news, viral videos and best scoops likely to shape the rest of the week’s political conversation. In the Political Browser’s Required Reading section, Washington Post reporters and editors pool together the most significant and insightful political stories of the day. Reporters and columnists including Dan Balz, Chris Cillizza, Anne Kornblut and Eugene Robinson provide a more intimate look into the reading lists that inform their reporting and writing in a feature called Staff Picks.

    The Browser points out the day’s worst campaign fumbles and funniest statements. At a glance, Vital Signs gives readers the most noteworthy numbers: which candidate is ahead, polling statistics and campaign finance information. Trench Warfare puts the best political commentary from the left and right of the blogosphere side by side. The video and photo feeds capture all of this news in action.

    The Political Browser will also cover the top news from the congressional and gubernatorial races across the country, paying close attention to what local media has to say in key districts. The Political Browser will continue through the inauguration and beyond, offering the top picks by the Post’s political experts.