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WaPo.com’s Ju-Don Roberts Resigns

Managing Editor of WaPo.com to News Corp’s Beliefnet.com. WaPo memo below:

Sent: 06/05/2009 02:59 PM EDT
To: NEWS – All Newsroom
Subject: Message from Raju: Ju-Don Roberts

I am sorry to announce that Ju-Don Roberts is stepping down as managing editor of washingtonpost.com to take on an exciting new challenge outside the Post as senior vice president and executive editor of News Corp’s Beliefnet.com in New York.

It is a terrific, entrepreneurial opportunity for Ju-Don after 17 years at the Post in multiple roles, all of which she has admirably handled.

Ju-Don has lead the online coverage on some of the biggest breaking news stories of the last decade: the Sept. 11 attacks, the D.C. sniper and the Virginia Tech shootings. She’s also lead numerous award-winning projects, including Being a Black Man, which won more than a half-dozen awards, and Blue Wall of Silence, which former executive editor Doug Feaver described as the project that represented a watershed moment in the collaboration between the Web and print newsrooms. She also spearheaded the web coverage that helped the Post win the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news on the Virginia Tech shootings. Ju-Don’s terrific journalism skills, great instincts, upbeat personality and get-it-done mindset have been vital to WP.com’s operations and will be missed as we integrate our newsrooms.

Before joining the Post in 1992, first as an intern, Roberts worked at the Washington Times. She returned to the Post’s Metro copy desk in 1995 after a brief stint at the Charlotte Observer. She then moved to WP.com in 1999, serving in a variety of roles including editor of the Metro, Health, Education, Religion, KidsPost, Nation, Science sections; managing editor for features and projects and classified products; managing editor overseeing live online, newsroom operations, 24/7 newsdesk, copy desk, local, hyperlocal, multimedia, news video, business, sports, politics.

Ju-Don is on the board of the Online News Association and the digital task force of the National Association of Black Journalists. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and earned her BA from Howard University.

While I have only worked closely with Ju-Don for the past six months, I have known her for almost 15 years and will deeply miss her always wise and calm advice and leadership. I know this sentiment is shared by all of you who have worked with her at WP.com this past decade. More details on the exact timing of her departure and the many goodbye parties will come later.

Please join me in congratulating Ju-Don and wishing her resounding success in her new career.

Raju

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Ju-Don Roberts Named WaPo Universal News Desk Dep. Editor

Though our knowledge of the WaPo “Universal News Desk” is shaky at best, we are certain that Ju-Don Roberts will be the deputy editor. WaPo memo obtained by FBDC below:

We are pleased to announce that washingtonpost.com managing editor Ju-Don Roberts will be the deputy of the Universal News Desk, effective immediately.

Ju-Don oversees daily news operations at the web site and has played a key role in setting strategy for our web operations. Until wp.com moves downtown, Ju-Don will continue to manage the website while helping Sandy conceptualize and create a Universal news desk. Once the web operations move downtown, Ju-Don will also help oversee the Universal desk, which will become the editing nerve center of the new integrated newsroom.

Ju-Don’s management talents are well known. So too are her problem-solving skills and her knowledge of online news. She understands every facet of our web operation and how the Internet and Post journalism should intersect.

Prior to joining the digital team in 1999, she was an editor on the Metro copy desk. All this makes her an obvious choice for this position.

WPNI Staff News

From their internal notice:

    Growing and engaging our local audience remains one of washingtonpost.com’s highest priorities, and with that in mind we’ve asked Jonathan Krim to expand his current role. Jonathan will move upstairs into editorial to oversee the department’s overall local strategy. In this new role as Assistant Managing Editor for Local, Jonathan will manage our relationship with potential local partners, continue to oversee our LoudounExtra.com pilot and work closely with Rob Curley’s team on future hyperlocal products. The goal of this change is to put one structure around what Editorial is doing locally and to provide more resources for an area of the site that’s central to our future. Bob Greiner’s local news team will report to Jonathan, and Jonathan will report to Ju-Don Roberts.