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WaPo Buyout Memos Depict Rosier Times

WaPo‘s internal memos on reporters taking the buyout are starting to trickle in. When you see the number of years these journalists spent there, it’s downright depressing. Also a downer is the fact that “caking” is a verb at WaPo. FishbowlDC has obtained several of these memos. To be sure, the numbers are much larger than the memo count suggests.

Some journalists haven’t left yet. Some didn’t get farewell memos. Their choice? It’s tough to say. But whatever the case, all memos are glowing and some don’t bear a single mention of the buyout. Instead, they highlight the writer leaving the profession and moving on to any number of greener pastures. They mention an “infectious laugh” or a “stellar legacy” and a “quintessential jack of all trades.” More heaps of praise: “tireless energy,” or “amazing attitude” and a “fire in his soul.” The memos depict the departures in a Stepfordesque light, as if this wasn’t bad news.

This afternoon there’s cake for Jon DeNunzio, who has worked at WaPo for 17 years. His memo does mention the buyout, saying, “Please join us near the Engagement Desk and the News Hub at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to say farewell to Jon DeNunzio, interactivity editor. And, alas, buyout taker.”

Other departures with memos include the following: James Grimaldi (12 years, they’ll be “caking” for him later this afternoon and cocktailing with him tonight), Joanna Hernandez (moving on to be Director of Career Services at City University in New York), Nathan Willis (seven plus years, moving on to Motley Fool’s as an editor), Robert Pierre (19 years, has often been the “conscience” of the Post, moving on to be a consultant) David Hilzenrath (25 years, headed to Project on Government Oversight, a.k.a. POGO), and design employees Marty Barrick (27 years) and Tony Knott (12 years).

All memos in full after the jump…

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DeNunzio To Post.Com: The Announcement

FishbowlDC reported last Wednesday that Jon DeNunzio is heading to to become its sports editor.

On Thursday, Jim Brady sent out this announcement:

    I’m pleased to announce that Jon DeNunzio will become’s new sports editor in the coming weeks. Jon comes to us from the newspaper, where he’s been the high school sports editor since March 2000. Jon brings great passion and energy to everything he does, and his vast experience with local sports will help tremendously as we focus more intently on local pro, college and high school teams and continue to test the waters on hyperlocal.

    Jon will have a big task ahead of him, stepping into the shoes the late Bill Grant filled so well for so many years. Bill’s incredible work ethic, exacting standards and ability to teach and grow his staff are all things to be emulated, and, knowing Jon as well as I do, I know he’ll be up to the task.

    Jon graduated from the University of Virginia in 1991, but his experience covering high school sports dates from his early days in college, when he would cover the Fluvanna County Flying Flucos and just about any other high school team that the Charlottesville Daily Progress saw fit to assign to him. After graduation, Jon worked for the Daily Progress and the Potomac News in Woodbridge, Va., before coming to The Washington Post in 1994.

    At The Post, Jon has reported and edited stories on high school, college and professional sports. In his time as high school sports editor — which requires coverage of more than 300 Washington area high schools — he’s managed a prep staff made up of five full-time reporters, four editors and more than 20 part-time employees and freelance reporters. Jon also currently edits The Post’s local and international soccer coverage, and was a key contributor to our Road to the World Cup blog last summer.

    I’m still working on an exact start date and hope to have that nailed down this week.

    More sports news coming in a few minutes…



DeNunzio Heading To

FishbowlDC has learned that Postie Jon DeNunzio is heading over to to become its sports editor.