'WaPo' Debuts Daily Health Newsletter, 'NYT' Runs Kids-Only Print Section

The Washington Post this week launched a daily morning health care newsletter called The Health 202.

The Health 202 is a guide to the health debates and how the proposals on each side which would impact Americans across the country, stated Rachel Van Dongen, editor of PowerPost, a section that launched in 2015 to cover the inner workings of D.C. It is anchored by The Daily 202 morning newsletter.

The Health 202, which is named after the Washington, D.C. area code, will be overseen by health-policy reporter Paige Winfield Cunningham. It will contain a mix of analysis, original reporting and aggregated stories, as well as social media posts and video.

Stories range from “Trump needs to take Health Policy 101” to “Republicans redefine what it means to ‘fix’ Obamacare.”

The newsletter is the first to debut as part of PowerPost’s expansion. Two more newsletters will join Health Care 202 and The Daily 202, covering the finance industry and economic policy, and energy and environmental policy.



In addition, conservative-leaning The Washington Examiner has also debuted its their own health-care newsletter, called Daily On Healthcare. It is run by managing editor Philip Klein, as well as senior health-care writer Kimberly Leonard and health care reporter Robert King. The newsletter will hit every weekday at noon.

Separately, The New York Times will run a print section devoted to kids in the Sunday, May 14 edition of the newspaper.

The section, which has an editors’ note at the top that reads, “this section should not be read by grown-ups,” will be edited by New York Times Magazine’s special projects editor Caitlin Roper.

According to a statement, the kids section is “loosely inspired” by the NYT newspaper, with stories organized into National, Arts, Science, Travel, Sports, Opinion and Food pages and a mix of features, illustrations, photography and how-tos for kids.

Stories will include how to write a newspaper story, win an argument with your parents and make the best homemade slime.

A kid-focused version of The Times’ Truth is Hard” brand campaign will debut with the section. The words “The truth is kids…” are repeated multiple times, followed by phrases such as “...want to be part of the conversation” and “...are smarter than you think,” ending with the line “The truth is kids can handle the truth.”

This is is the third special print-only section produced by The New York Times Magazine. In August, the paper ran an excerpt of “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead, which went on to win the National Book Award. In December, it debuted its Puzzle Spectacular devoted to different puzzles.

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