The Washington Post is launching a weekly newsletter to highlight its most valuable comments

At a time when the number of news organisations shutting down their comments in favour of social media seems to be growing, The Washington Post is putting more effort into making the most of these spaces and highlighting valuable contributions from its readers.

Starting immediately, The Post will be sending a weekly newsletter called ‘Read these comments’, which aims to showcase the most thoughtful conversations from across washingtonpost.com every Friday.

“We really try to treat the comments section here as our own social network that we can control,” Tessa Muggeridge, newsletter and alerts editor at the Washington Post, told Journalism.co.uk.

“We recognise there are a lot of problems with comments on the internet, but there’s also an incredible amount of positive discourse that is sometimes buried and hard to find.”

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