August 28, 2009
/ by inVocus Staff
Washington Post streamlines newsroom
This past spring, Washington Post managing editor Marcus Brauchli announced that the newspaper’s print and online operations would combine and operate in one location, simplifying the editorial process through the creation of a new universal news desk.
The reorganization continues this week as reporters and editors move to temporary desks at the Post’s headquarters at 15th and L Streets in Northwest Washington, D.C. “The construction on the fifth floor is meant to create a newsroom that reflects the structure of the work flow,” said Washington Post communications director Kris Coratti. Temporary desks are expected to last a few months in order to make way for the central universal news desk and for staffers moving from the Virginia office. However, phone numbers will remain the same during construction.
Other recent changes at The Post include the demise of its hyperlocal LoudounExtra.com Web site last week, which launched in 2007 and catered to residents of Loudoun County in Virginia. Local news coverage for that area will continue as the Post develops local news features in print and online. Coratti told inVocus that fall would bring the launch of “a far more robust version” of the county-specific Extras that are currently published in the paper each Thursday. Likely to be called “Local Living,” these sections will be zoned by county.
Keep an eye on the Post as it transitions, as staffers may be changing roles. For example, business editor Terri Rupar will take over as homepage night editor on Sept. 1. A Washington Post staff member could not confirm whether Rupar’s position would be filled, or if her duties would be distributed.
— Lisa Rowan
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