Press Releases

News about the Arc Publishing platform from the public relations team at The Washington Post.

The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing enters German media market with new client MADSACK Media Group

Arc Publishing, the industry-leading platform-as-a-service business from The Washington Post, today announces it will license technology to MADSACK Media Group, entering Europe’s biggest media market and spotlighting Arc’s increasing global appeal among publishers.

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The Washington Post wins three WAN-IFRA North American Digital Media Awards

The Washington Post won three World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) North American Digital Media Awards, including the award for Best News Website or Mobile Service. The Lily, the year-old women-focused publication from The Post, took home the award for Best Lifestyle, Sports or Entertainment Website or Mobile Service. The Post also received honors for Best Data Visualization for “365 Days of President Trump’s false or misleading claims.”

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Arc Publishing signs Advance Local

Arc Publishing, The Washington Post’s fast-growing platform-as-a-service business has signed Advance Local, one of the country’s largest media companies which reaches millions of people in major markets across the U.S. Arc will power technology for Advance’s many sites, including NJ.com, NOLA.com, AL.com and Cleveland.com, among others.

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The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing signs Boston Globe Media Partners

Arc Publishing, The Washington Post’s software-as-a-service platform, today announces a deal with Boston Globe Media Partners to power technology for the company’s flagship brand, The Boston Globe. With 26 Pulitzer Prizes, The Globe is one of the country’s preeminent news sources and is the largest news organization in New England.

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The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing signs magazine publisher Bonnier Corp.

Arc Publishing, The Washington Post’s fast-growing platform-as-a-service, has signed Bonnier Corp., one of the largest niche magazine publishing groups in America. Arc will power technology for the company’s more than 30 multichannel magazine brands, which include Field & Stream, Popular Science, Saveur, and more. “This year, we continue to invest heavily in adding new tools and features that publishers across the spectrum, including brands, broadcasters and magazines, need to optimize their digital presence,” said Scot Gillespie, CTO at The Post.

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The Washington Post, Lenfest Institute, and Philadelphia Media Network Announce News Technology Alliance

The Washington Post, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Philadelphia Media Network (PMN) have created a new technology partnership designed to accelerate digital innovation at the Philadelphia Inquirer and other metropolitan newspapers around the country. Under the agreement, The Post’s Arc Publishing platform – a state-of-the-art content-management system widely considered among the world’s best – will help power the digital future of Philly.com, which includes all content from the Philadelphia Inquirer and its sister newspaper, the Philadelphia Daily News.

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The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing signs Le Parisien

The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing has signed an agreement with Le Parisien to power the publication’s digital presence. Founded by the French underground during World War II, Le Parisien is known outside Paris as Aujourd’hui en France (“Today in France”) and is one of the largest newspapers in the country, reaching more than 20 million monthly unique visitors and with the largest general national news daily print circulation of more than 320,000.

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The Post’s Patrick Cullen and Jason Bartz to speak at AWS re:Invent 2017

The Washington Post’s Patrick Cullen, chief architect for The Post’s technology platform, and Jason Bartz, technical architect, will speak at AWS re:Invent, the annual conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community. Cullen will be part of a panel discussion on the state of containerized application development and deployment trends. Bartz will showcase how The Post uses Amazon ECS to run Arc Publishing, The Post’s fast-growing software-as-a-service business.

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The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing enhances site performance, speed for partners

Canada’s The Globe and Mail and Argentina’s Infobae have seen significant increases in traffic, engagement and site speed since migrating to the Arc platform. The Globe and Mail has taken advantage of the flexibility and speed Arc enables on customers websites, allowing them to cut site load time in half and drastically increase engagement of their users, with a 115% higher recirculation rate. In just a year, with a faster site, quick-loading progressive web application and aggressive editorial expansion, Infobae has more than doubled their audience, growing from 18 million monthly unique visitors to over 45 million today.

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The Washington Post and Arc Publishing win WAN-IFRA Digital Media Awards

The Washington Post and Arc Publishing, The Post’s fast-growing software-as-a-service business, took home top honors at WAN-IFRA’s North America Digital Media Awards last night. The Post won for Best News Website and Arc was named Best Innovation New Product, a testament to the superior technology built by The Post and the view that great journalism should be supported by great technology...

The Post also took second place in the category of Best in Social Media Engagement for being the first national news publisher to launch on Reddit and Best Data Visualization for its coverage of the 2016 election.

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Arc Publishing introduces white label native app

Arc Publishing, The Washington Post’s fast-growing software-as-a-service business, now offers a white label native app which gives publishers a low-lift, turnkey solution for launching a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Canada’s The Globe and Mail is the first publisher to leverage the technology, unveiling their new app this week.
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The app incorporates best-in-class features, including a reader experience that’s been battle-tested in The Post’s newsroom, and can support a publisher’s specific requirements for advertising, subscriptions and analytics.

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The Washington Post releases ‘the web’s fastest advertising technology’

The Washington Post today announced the completed rollout of its speed focused advertising technology across the entire Post ecosystem, delivering an optimal ad experience for both brands and users. With Zeus, all advertising on The Washington Post—including mobile, desktop and apps—now loads in under two seconds. “We set out to create the web’s fastest advertising technology, and this near instant and frictionless delivery of ads is now our default ad experience,” said Jarrod Dicker, head of ad product and technology for The Post. “Zeus is truly an industry-first technology, and it has evolved as we’ve been developing a solution that can scale across our own site as well as partner sites through Arc.”

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The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing announces technology partnership with tronc, Inc.

Arc Publishing, The Washington Post’s fast-growing software-as-a-service business, has signed a technology partnership with tronc, Inc. to power digital publishing for its vast publishing portfolio, beginning with the Los Angeles Times.
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“This partnership will provide us with the capabilities that our reporters need to deliver award-winning journalism across all platforms and new tools that allow our marketing partners to connect with our growing digital audience,” said tronc CEO Justin Dearborn. “We look forward to collaborating with The Washington Post on additional technology initiatives that benefit our readers and advertisers.”

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The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing signs New Zealand’s largest media company

New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) becomes the newest international client of Arc Publishing, the state-of-the-art digital publishing platform built by The Washington Post that now serves over a dozen clients worldwide. NZME is one of New Zealand’s leading news organizations with a network of more than 80 media outlets, including iconic Kiwi brands such as The New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB. With the addition of NZME, Arc extends its operations and capabilities into the Asia-Pacific region, opening up a new market for growth...

“Our relationship with our audiences and advertisers is core to our business success. Delivering content and premium advertising opportunities to them every day is vital and the Arc Publishing suite will enable this to continue to happen,” said Boggs. “The impact The Post has seen globally over the last 12 months has been phenomenal, and we see great things coming from this partnership.”

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How The Washington Post built a publishing platform accidentally on purpose

The Elizabethan dramaturge John Webster gave one of his characters these immortal words: “There’s nothing of so infinite vexation/As man’s own thoughts.” Of course, he was lucky enough to live nearly 400 years before the first content management system was invented.
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Whatever the next 400 years may hold for journalists, Arc is here to stay. Much has happened in the nearly four years since Arc’s beginnings as a workaround to newsroom frustration. Arc has gone on to power websites around the world, with more to come, and Post engineers daily encounter a multiplicity of challenges more complex than anything the newsroom could have imagined in 2013.

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The Washington Post unveils ‘Paloma’ newsletter delivery platform

The Washington Post introduces Paloma, an email delivery system developed by Post engineers that gives the newsroom powerful tools for creating custom newsletters. Built using Amazon’s Simple Email Service (SES) platform, Paloma is a light-weight, fast platform that features an intuitive content editor, making it easy for reporters to compose text within the system and automatically embed social content, photos and videos...

Paloma was designed to work at the speed of news, giving reporters and editors a nimble editorial tool that accommodates different newsletter styles. Journalists can create custom templates for specific newsletters, allowing for a mix of curated content as well as content pulled in via feeds. Posts from social channels can be quickly added using only a link and Paloma’s responsive design ensures multimedia elements fit seamlessly alongside text.

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A sneak peek at Ask, the newest application from The Coral Project

Asking questions of readers and managing their answers will soon be easier for publishers of all sizes thanks to Ask, a new open-source software application that’s being developed by The Coral Project, a collaboration between The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Mozilla, funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation. By using Ask’s simple drag-and-drop interface, a reporter or editor can solicit feedback or personal stories from readers.

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Infobae now powered by The Washington Post’s Arc Technology

"The Washington Post announces it has added Argentine publisher Infobae as a partner of Arc Publishing, making it the largest international outlet to use The Post’s technology. Infobae’s completely relaunched site, which progressed rapidly from conception to launch in a matter of months, showcases the publisher’s focus on digital experimentation and commitment to producing high-quality journalism for readers. Arc technology will power Infobae’s ambitious digital plans to accelerate capabilities for mobile, video, social and distributed platforms and position them for continued growth."

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The Globe and Mail becomes largest North American media outlet to use The Washington Post’s Technology Platform

"Today, The Globe and Mail announces that they will become the largest North American media outlet to adopt The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing technology, with efforts to transition The Globe to the new platform starting immediately. Designed and built by The Washington Post, Arc Publishing is a flexible technology platform specifically built for digital storytelling that handles stories, rich media, apps, video and personalization, optimizing them for deployment to different channels."

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Arc Publishing Technology powers new Alaska Dispatch News site

The Washington Post’s digital publishing platform, Arc, now powers Alaska Dispatch News, the Anchorage-based daily which covers news, politics and culture in the country’s most northern state. Alaska Dispatch News is part of Arc’s rapidly growing client base which includes Willamette Week, Paraguay’s La Nación and Santa Fe Reporter as well as other clients which will be announced as they come online in the coming months...

Alaska Dispatch News focuses on issues that concern Alaskans, including a changing economy, climate change, the oil and gas industry and life in Alaska. The publication, which was formed in May 2014 by merging digitally-native Alaska Dispatch with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anchorage Daily News newspaper, is dedicated to statewide news, public service journalism and offering a variety of opinions and perspectives for their readers.

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The Washington Post introduces “Fuse,” new technology for ads across all Post platforms

When a user swipes on the promotional unit powered by Fuse, the ad unit opens pre-cached and immediately within the application to reveal a full-screen, dynamic experience. Users can then swipe or click to return to where they were in the editorial article, creating a seamless transition between the advertising and editorial experience. Following the industry standard, a Fuse ad is identified by a lightning bolt in the top right corner of the promotional creative to denote an instantaneous load.

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“Trust,” the first app from The Coral Project, debuts

The Trust app aims to scale the moderation of user-generated contributions by focusing on the user’s history of contributions in addition to moderating individual contributions themselves. Through Trust, publishers can categorize users in two ways: persistent tags (examples: this user is a medical doctor; this user’s comments have been featured in an article) and dynamic lists — groups that allow publishers to tee up groups of users based on their contribution history. For example, if a publisher wanted to find new users in the politics section who prompted conversation without violating the site’s discussion policy, they could use this recipe: Total comments = less than 10; total replies received = more than 5; comments deleted = 0.

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New feature aims to get distracted or inactive users to engage further with Washington Post content

Here’s how it works: when a mobile user is rapidly swiping past content or not interacting with it at all, we will deliver a “Re-Engage” unit that recommends content based on the user’s interests identified through our proprietary Clavis personalization system. The unit also leverages Bandito’s testing capabilities."

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The Washington Post unveils new real-time content testing tool Bandito

"The Washington Post unveils Bandito, a custom-built, real-time content testing tool that allows Post editors to experiment with how a story is presented on The Post’s site. Bandito lets editors create multiple experiences for a story, varying the headline, blurb, and thumbnail photo for articles that appear on The Post’s site. Once a test goes live, Bandito detects which version readers prefer and automatically serves that version more frequently."

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The Washington Post’s new “InContext” promotional unit automatically matched with relevant editorial content


The native ads, called “InContext,” were created by a team of Post engineers focused on personalization and feature pre-selected quotes from WP BrandStudio stories. Proprietary technology enables the units to appear on story pages with contextually relevant Post editorial content, dramatically improving efficiency and the amount of time that would be required to pair the ads manually.

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New Washington Post promotional unit integrates editorial content to deliver a tailored ad experience

"Using proprietary technology, “PostPulse” is a promotional unit that pulls in Post editorial content around a certain topic as well as a brand’s message. The data-driven technology, called Clavis, then identifies users that would be interested in that content and recommends an experience that’s most relatable to them."

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