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WaPo Sunday Changes Are Puzzling

WaPo is making interesting (in other words, peculiar) changes to its Sunday features.

  • Several Sunday sections will now arrive on Saturday, but will still be called Sunday sections.
  • Arts & Style will be split into two sections called – hold on to your hats – Arts and Style.
  • The Arts section will have a “new emphasis on the Arts” (weird) including more book reviews and news pieces about museums, theater, and opera.
  • The Kidspost section, usually part of Style, will become a four-page pullout, because if there’s one thing kids like to do on the weekend, it’s read a newspaper.
  • Saturday Sunday Style will add two components: DealHunter, reporting on deals in local stores, and Web inSites (see what they did there?) to help adults who only read print newspapers learn what the Internet is.

WaPo‘s Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli and Sunday and Features Editor Kevin Sullivan hosted live chats today at noon to answer questions from subscribers. Many liked the changes, but some didn’t and that’s putting it mildly.

One reader asked the most obvious question: “If its published and delivered on Saturday, why do you continue to call it ‘Sunday’?”

Brauchli explained that “today” is the new “tomorrow”…

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WaPo’s Lally and NJ’s Englund to Moscow

Kathy Lally who was previously headed to the Middle East to cover Baghdad for WaPo is instead taking the role of Moscow bureau chief for the paper. She’ll be joined by National Journal‘s Will Englund who will cover Russia on contract for the Post beginning in October. This change in plans leaves an open spot for a Baghdad correspondent. The memo from Doug Jehl and Kevin Sullivan announcing the changes below:

We’re thrilled to announce that Kathy Lally, who had been bound for Baghdad, has agreed instead to become our next Moscow bureau chief. Her rerouting will install one of our most experienced and thoughtful Russia hands in this crucial post.

The tour in Russia will be Kathy’s third; she was there twice for the Baltimore Sun, beginning in 1991, before the breakup of the Soviet Union. (Her second tour ended as Vladimir Putin was consolidating his power after Boris Yeltsin bequeathed him the presidency.) She later become the deputy foreign editor at the Sun, moved to the Post in 2004 for a short fill-in on Outlook, and joined Financial as a deputy financial editor in 2005.

Kathy’s long experience in Russia will bring depth, perspective and authority to our coverage. She also brings judgment, insight and clarity to her work, along with a capacity to be intrepid, patient and wise. These qualities make her ideally suited to capture what promises to be a critical period in the complicated relationship between Russia, its former republics and the West.

Kathy is winding up her work on Financial, and we expect her to head to Moscow in early September. She’ll be joined there in October by her husband, Will Englund, her co-bureau chief in Moscow for the Sun, who will help to cover Russia on contract for the Post, after he finishes a tour as White House correspondent for the National Journal. Will is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a terrific writer and thinker; both Kathy and Will speak rusty but conversational Russian. We are lucky to have them both joining the foreign team.

The change means that we are once again searching for a new Baghdad correspondent for a one-year tour beginning this fall. We’re seeking a proven correspondent who can help our readers understand what the United States is leaving behind as it winds down a seven-year intervention in the heart of the Arab world. An ideal candidate would bring previous experience in Iraq along with a demonstrated capacity to write clearly about complicated subjects and to deliver high-impact news and enterprise stories on a major beat. Interested candidates should contact Doug Jehl, Kevin Sullivan or Peter Perl by July 19.

Doug and Kevin

Wildman Wins $10,000 Peter R. Weitz Prize

Sarah Wildman, who covers foreign politics and culture wars for Politics Daily, has won the Peter R. Weitz Prize for excellence in reporting on Europe. She won the award for a five-part series she wrote for Slate.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States has given her the award “for excellence and originality in reporting on Europe and the transatlantic relationship.”

Wildman won $10,000 prize for her investigation of the International Tracing Service, the world’s largest Holocaust archive in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Her five-piece series was published in Slate. It was called “riveting” by one judge, and records her journey to the ITS in search of information on a relative’s final year, entwining personal family history with the larger struggle to categorize, analyze, and understand Nazi records and survivor accounts.

She is reportedly working on turning the series into a book.
Wildman will receive the award in July at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the German Marshall Fund.

A jury of American journalists selected the winner: Kevin Sullivan of WaPo, Ted Diadiun of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle, Laura Rozen of Politico, and Dan Vergano of USA Today.

WaPo’s Anthony Faiola to London

WaPo memo naming Tony Faiola as new London bureau chief below:

We are pleased to announce that Anthony Faiola will become our new bureau chief in London, succeeding Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan. Tony’s high-flying journalism about the economic crisis in recent months will serve him well when he lands in a Britain that is looking a lot like the moribund pre-Thatcher days. His feature writing skills, versatility, curiosity and energy will be in constant demand as he grapples with a beat that zeros in on the Queen’s butler one moment, terrorism the next, and the Libor after tea.

As Tony has put it, his specialty is the societal telescope, the spy glasses for readers. In two previous tours abroad, Tony was a master at finding that anecdote or special moment that opens a window on the larger truth. Tony began his career at the Post in 1994, when he joined the Financial staff. He then spent more than five years as Buenos Aires correspondent, followed by tours in Tokyo and New York. Before coming to the Post, he worked as a financial writer and government reporter at The Miami Herald.

We hope to see Tony on station by Labor Day.

WaPo Seeks London Bureau Chief

David and Kevin, if no one at WaPo wants this gig, I’m all yours…

The WaPo memo announcing the open position:

This summer, Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan will be returning home after a remarkable overseas tour, including the last four years as our co-bureau chiefs in London. We are beginning the process of looking for a successor.

As Kevin and Mary so ably demonstrated, London is at the center of our global enterprise ambition. In recent years, they launched major reporting efforts on the digital revolution, on global trends in religion and spirituality, and on the burdens of women in the Third World. They jumped on breaking stories from terrorist attacks to the Danish cartoons to the economic meltdown. And they never ceased to entertain us with leading-edge coverage of culture and life from Buckingham Palace to Birmingham.

We are looking for a correspondent with proven enterprise skills, capable of a penetrating investigation one week and a Style centerpiece the next. We seek someone quick and fluid on news, agile with many different topics, and flexible enough to travel widely. Ireland is a regular part of the beat. We expect a correspondent to be ready to run for Heathrow — and destinations worldwide.

London is a major financial center, and at least in the near term, we envision this correspondent leading our coverage of the recession and its many ripples across the globe. The job demands relentless focus on major topics of the day, as well as an eye for the enlightening and surprising.

We would like to get a new correspondent on station in late summer.

Those who are interested, even in an exploratory way, should contact David Hoffman or Kevin Sullivan (after May 4) by May 11.

Kevin Sullivan Named WaPo Foreign Editor

WaPo has named Kevin Sullivan foreign editor, replacing Scott Wilson who recently joined the paper’s White House team.

Sullivan will move from London with his wife Mary Jordan, a WaPo foreign correspondent, and start in the new position in May.

WaPo’s memo after the jump.

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