Answered By: Michael Trocchia
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2023     Views: 331

JMU has a school-sponsored membership to the Washington Post. All students, faculty and staff can create accounts for unlimited access to the Washington Post on a web browser or on mobile/tablet apps.

To activate your JMU Washington Post account, follow the steps below from either on campus or while connected to JMU Libraries using SSL VPN (if off campus). Once your JMU account is activated, you will not need to be on campus or connected to JMU Libraries to access content. If you currently pay for a personal subscription, please find special instructions at the bottom of this page.*

How to sign up for your Washington Post account:

1. Visit

2. Select Sign In in the upper right-hand corner

3. Select the Sign up link in the lower right-hand corner to register a new account.

4. Enter your JMU email address and choose a password (this will not change your JMU password and it should be different from your JMU password). Click Create Account. 

5. Once you've been directed to the home page, click on your name in the upper right-hand corner. Click Account Settings. 

6. Make sure your email address is Verified. (An automated confirmation email will have been sent to your email for you to verify. If you did not receive that email, click Unverified to be sent a verification email.)

7. Select My Subscription and click Activate digital subscription.

8. Your name should appear on the upper right-hand corner. Your subscription is now active and ready for use. 

*How to activate the free digital access provided by James Madison University, if you currently pay for a subscription:

1.       Turn off your paid subscription.

2.       Visit your ‘Account Settings’ page through this link. Use your JMU email to log in.

3.       Select your username in the top-right corner of the screen.

4.       Select the “My Account Settings” option.

5.       Make sure your email address is Verified. If not, select "Unverified" to be sent a verification email.

6.       Select My subscriptions

7.       Select Activate free digital access

Note: JMU also has access to the Washington Post through a few databases. View our FAQ on how to use Factiva, one of our databases, to browse, search, or share articles from the Washington Post

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