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July 2014 Marks Highest Trafficked Month for WashingtonPost.com

The month of July 2014 marked the highest trafficked month ever for WashingtonPost.com, surpassing October 2013 when the Post reported on the government shutdown as the previous high.

An announcement from executive editor Martin Baron, managing editor Kevin Merida and managing editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz sang praises “in every corner of the newsroom and with our partners in engineering.”

“We delivered deep, insightful coverage of the shootdown of MA 17 and the war in Gaza,” Baron, Merida, and Garcia-Ruiz said in the announcement. “We delighted readers with accounts from the middle stages of the World Cup and covered every angle of the Silver Line opening and the McDonnell run-up and trial. We offered readers authoritative ledealls when those stories warranted them, fast-paced live blogs and a stream of videos, graphics, photos, and standalone posts for each. We broke news on everything from the NSA to a local teen sexting case.”

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Kerry Lauerman to Join The Washington Post as Senior Editor for Mobile Initiative

G3jOYgYtA day shy of a year of tweeting his leaving Salon.com to lead new startup site The Dodo, The Washington Post announces Kerry Lauerman will join the outlet as a senior editor, leading a new mobile initiative.

On June 5, 2013, Kerry announced he was leaving Salon.com where he served as editor-in-chief. He spent 13 years at the website, serving as its culture editor, Washington bureau chief, and founder of Open Salon. Prior to joining Salon, he was an editor at Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, and Forbes ASAP, which ceased production in 2002 after ten years of covering the digital economy.

In an announcement this morning, Senior Editor of Digital News Cory Haik, Executive Editor Marty Baron, Managing Editor Kevin Merida and Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, said that, “Kerry’s strong editing skills, the vast range of his experience, and his time spent building new products and luring new readers make him especially well-equipped for an initiative focused on the fast-growing mobile readership. Kerry brings to our mobile ambitions the perfect blend of innovation and journalistic chops, as well as a collaborative spirit.”

Kerry will start July 7 and will report to Haik.

WaPo Names Managing Editor

WaPo announced today that Emilio Garcia-Ruiz has been named managing editor. According to a release, he will be responsible for digital initiatives and operations, video, the presentation departments of photo, graphics, and design, and the multiplatform editing desk.

He was previously WaPo‘s digital strategy editor. He began working for WaPo in 1987 as a night copy editor in Sports. He left in 1990 and spent 11 years at the Orange County Register, LAT and St. Paul Pioneer Press. He returned to WaPo in 2001 as assistant sports editor.

“As editor for strategic projects for the past two and a half years, Emilio has been immersed in our digital efforts across all platforms,” said Marty Baron, Executive Editor, in a long, meandering, boring quote. “He was instrumental in bringing the embedded developer team to the newsroom, a move that helped The Post emerge as an industry leader in innovation, releasing more than a dozen new digital products in the past year. He also brings to this position deep and impressive experience as a journalist and a newsroom leader, a background that has allowed him to work intimately with photography, design, graphics, and the full range of editors and reporters. ”

Garcia-Ruiz Gets Fancy New Title at WaPo

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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WaPo Town Hall Tonight

<img alt="MX418-C.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/MX418-C.jpg" width="150" class="alignleft" hspace="3" vspace="3"/WaPo hosting Town Hall, 6p.m. – 8 p.m. tonight in Rene Forum Room-Largo Student Center at Pr. George’s CC. To RSVP: email jonesdj@washpost.com.

These “Town Halls” are held monthly. They are an opportunity for local editors to mix it up with readers in locations around D.C. WaPo has held them in the past and started them again this year.

> Update: Posties scheduled to participate include:
editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, columnist Robert McCartney, reporter Hamil Harris, and reporter Avis Thomas-Lester.

Brauchli Announces Major WaPo Changes

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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Morning Reading List, 12.29.08

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What Do Posties Think Of The “Downie Leaving” Rumor?

Earlier: “Downie: Gone?!?

We asked some:

  • “I have no idea if the rumor is valid, but Jaffe’s analysis sounds about right , in that I think there would be a newspaper rebellion if any of the comedians mentioned got the nod. The only person who would I think might be welcomed…. is the much beloved Gene Robinson.”

  • “Yeah, there’s buzz, but frankly no one knows whether it’s rooted in any actual fact or event — or if it’s just cafeteria-table speculation that begins to sound like an actual rumor once it’s made a couple rounds through the echo chamber. Here’s my prediction: Len will retire before he turns 70, and Jaffe will then write a story saying ‘as I first reported…’”

  • One Postie hears that one possible plan (admittedly far-fetched) involves David Ignatius taking over for a brief time (remember, he was executive editor of the International Herald Tribune), until Emilio Garcia-Ruiz is ready to ascend from his AME/Sports gig. This Postie also hears that nobody is talking about Phil as Len’s successor and seconds the notion that the paper might outside for a new editor. UPDATE: This Postie also thinks Marilyn Thompson could be a dark horse Downie replacement.

  • “One can hold two thoughts that are not mutually inconsistent: That Len Downie is one of the great editors, and journalists, of his generation. And that it is time for the Washington Post to have a new executive editor. Everybody in the room, myself included, has immense respect for Len. But it may well be time to have an ultimate boss who understands more deeply that what determines the future of the Washington Post is not what stories appear on any given day’s front page, or whether the nut-graf and that killer quote make it in before the jump. Rather, it depends on the ability of the staff to generate content that draws readers online, especially readers who will spend a lot of time on the site.

    “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.”

  • “Definitely there’s been speculation but it’s hard to say how real it might be. I don’t think anyone thinks that he will be around 5 or even 10 years from now. But to take this buyout? Change is definitely coming, though. I hope it will work out for the best.

    “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.”

  • One tipster says:

      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.

  • Downie, Bennett Announced “An Editing Change for the Sunday Newspaper”

    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.