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Sorry, you can’t read that

Reading up on the 2006 Pulitzers, like any good journalist can’t help doing, I got curious about one of The Washington Post’s four Prize-winners, a three-part series about attempts to bring democracy to Yemen. So I go to The Post and type “yemen” into the search box, and what do I get? Nothing.

That is, I get about 10 stories about today’s Pulitzer announcement, and I get one little stray blurb thing “About the Series,” but NOT the series itself.

The Journerdism blog has three recent posts about this and related problems (here and here and here) — the basic idea is that search, among other things, is much better at other sites, and as a result, newspaper sites just seem bad, slow and clueless in comparison.

Yes, search is one more thing that newspaper Web sites really ought to study. Usable URLs would be nice too.

In my cart at Amazon.com: The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture, by John Battelle. Required reading this summer.

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