Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, WaPo’s Sports editor turned Metro (a.k.a. Local) editor 17 months ago, will no longer lead the Metro team. According to an internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC, Garcia-Ruiz is being moved into a seemingly-fancy and “important new role” as Editor for Strategic Projects. We’re not sure if the shift is actually a promotion but the Post has not yet named his replacement. According to the email, management plans to look both internally and externally to fill the vacant editor seat. The new job description is outlined in the memo after the jump.
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This morning the following memo was sent to WaPo staffers from managing editor Marcus Brauchli, announcing major reorganization changes, including changes to personnel, coverage groups and the universal news desk.
Effective May 1st, Kevin Merida has been named National Editor, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz named Local Editor and Sandy Sugawara named Editor of the Universal Desk. Also, when WaPo‘s print and online desks merge, Scott Vance will become News Editor.
Brauchli will hold a town hall meeting today at 2pm to address any staffers’ questions.
To the staff:
Today, we are beginning a reorganization to create newreporting groups, streamline editing desks and anticipate the impending integration of our print and digital news operations.
The changes reinforce our longstanding belief in great reporting and writing as the vital center of The Post’s journalism. We want to empower journalists and encourage them to work across departments and platforms. In addition, we want to simplify the handling of words, pages, images and new media, building on the prescient move to “two-touch” editing under Len and Phil. Decisions about space and play must happen faster, both in print and online, and in a way that pulls together our now-separate newsrooms. A single editor ultimately ought to be able to oversee all versions of a story, whether it appears in print, online or on a BlackBerry or iPhone. Space in the newspaper and editing firepower in general should be allocated based on a day’s news priorities, not a predetermined formula.
These changes will alter the way we do things, but they will not affect the commitment to journalistic depth, authority and excellence that has defined The Post. Just the reverse: We think these steps will help us to adapt more easily to the economic and technological challenges that face us, while preserving the best of our traditions and values.
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Earlier: “Downie: Gone?!?”
We asked some:
“As for who might take over the job if Len does move on, I wouldn’t be nearly as dismissive as Jaffe is about Phil Bennett’s chances. Phil understands these challenges as well as anyone, and has been doing yeoman’s work trying to enact them. Other possibilities are Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, the sports editor, who has been more successful than any other section editor at turning his reporters into multi-media machines. Liz Spayd is a possibility due to her time at, and understanding of, the web. And a dark horse could be David Ignatius, the columnist and former International Herald Tribune editor, for his strong strategic sense. Jaffe’s notion that Dean Baquet might be in the running is baloney. No way the Grahams would go outside the Post.”
“I agree about the lack of potential candidates. Lots of people who could jockey for No. 2 but not a lot for No. 1. Internally, the most likely candidates would be Phil, Emilio and Susan Glasser.”
It’s amazing to us at The Washington Post that Len Downie has not yet sent out an email to the staff addressing not one, but TWO stories discussig whether he will depart, and why he stonewalled the City Paper in an interview.
Of course, we simply noticed that Downie returned Erik Wemple’s call but not Jaffe’s. What up with that?
UPDATE: The same tipster says…
I hear that Emilio is not a contender for executive editor. David Ignatius is definitely on the list. Marilyn Thompson — who used to be the editor of a very good paper in Kentucky — would be a dream.
Below is an internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC sent from Len Downie and PHil Bennett:
After a decade as a senior editor, Jill Dutt is moving to Beijing this summer to join our team of correspondents in China. Jill will be succeeded as weekend editor by Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, who will oversee the Sunday newspaper while continuing to shape our daily journalism as AME/Sports.
Jill was drawn back to reporting by the chance to witness China’s transformation at close range, a process she had helped The Post chronicle from her position as AME/Financial. As we noted when she left Financial late last year, Jill has been a force for innovation as an editor at The Post. During the last six months, she has supervised changes in the Home, Food and Health sections and run the Sunday and Monday papers. She has infused the weekend papers with energy and broad appeal, and has sponsored projects in the weekly sections such at Recipe Finder on wp.com. Jill and her family will be moving next month to Beijing, where she’ll continue her language training until reporting to the Foreign Desk as part of our coverage of the 2008 Olympics. Jill will be changing her byline and Post email to her married name, Jill Drew.
We’ve asked Emilio to advance our efforts to make the Sunday paper essential reading — newsy, surprising, useful and a showcase for some of our best investigative and enterprise journalism. The Sunday newspaper remains our most important of the week, a phenomenon that reaches hundreds of thousands of additional local readers. It is our biggest forum for new ideas and richest canvas for innovation. Emilio has made Sports a model for exploring new forms and creating interaction between print and online journalism. Although his principle responsibility will be decisions about A1, we expect Emilio to help us think about how to make the entire Sunday paper an evolving model of impact, service and beauty that we can draw from every day of the week.
Emilio will start his new role on the second weekend in September. Asking him to take on these added responsibilities was reasonable only because of the proven abilities of Deputy AME/Sports Matt Vita, who has agreed to pick up an increasing share of the daily supervision of the Sports department. From this weekend through Labor Day, the weekend papers will be supervised by a rotation of senior editors.