The Washington Post was founded in Washington, DC, on December 6, 1877. A major daily newspaper specializing in national politics, The Washington Post (often referred to as TWP or WaPo) developed a reputation as one of the leading American political journalism institutions. TWP covers national and global news, politics and national security, business and technology, arts and entertainment, sports, and local and regional news. Sections include a range of topical areas -- education, climate and environment, science, health, immigration, and more.TWP's investigative journalists (set up as a permanent reporting unit in 1982 under Bob Woodward) cover a range of issues of national and international importance, and opinion columnists focus on politics, economics, culture, international news and other topics.
In 1996, The Washington Post Company launched its online website washingtonpost.com, featuring content from the print edition (including original authored content and syndicated articles) as well as enriched interactive content accompanying articles and breaking news updated throughout the day.1TWP's separate online and print operations were merged in 2009. Following the purchase of the The Washington Post by Jeff Bezos in 2013, WP Company LLC expanded news and investigative coverage as well as content diversification, including audio and video content, podcasts, live streaming and events, and branded content (WP Brand Studio).
For internal publisher news and press releases, see: washingtonpost.com/pr/
Retrospective Content and Archiving
The online archive of content available through washingtonpost.com extends back to at least 2005 (publisher representatives describe accessible content as "a rolling 15 years"). However, it appears selected earlier content is accessible to users, particularly investigative journalism content related to Nixon and Watergate dating back to 1968. Search features do not enable limiting to specific date ranges (see below), so the extent of this content is unknown.
While the entire scope of TWP content including its rich multimedia resources is only available in the online edition, several commercially available databases do include article and page-image content from the print edition of The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com.
- Factiva - Full-text (article only) access from January 1, 1984-present; online content from 1/1/2007.
- Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic) - Full-text (article only) access from January 1, 1977-present; online content from 2000.
- ProQuest Newsstream - Full-text (article only) access from January 1, 1987-present; online content from 5/21/2016.
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers - searchable/browseable content from printed publication (including news articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, etc) spanning 1877-2002.
- ProQuest Recent Newspapers (formerly ProQuest Digital Microfilm) - searchable full-page images covering 2008-recent (3 month embargo on current content).
TWP representatives report content is also available via EBSCO and Cengage.