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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.

Memo continues after the jump…

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Scott Vance Joins Washingtonpost.com

From the Post’s internal announcement:

    We are delighted to announce that Scott Vance will be joining Washingtonpost.com as Assistant Managing Editor for News. This is one of the most vital roles at the website, one that will place Scott in the critical position of overseeing our news operation and how we present our journalism on the homepage.

    We expect Scott to help lead both our newsrooms as we continue to make the transition into a world where more and more people are turning to the web first, both for breaking news and for a trenchant take on what that news means. Scott’s broad depth of experience, having worked on national, local and foreign policy matters in his long career at the paper, makes him an ideal choice to lead our news operation here.

    He will oversee a news desk staff of about 20 people, and shepherd our efforts to dominate the coverage of the day, whether it involves the work of the Post’s newsroom, videography, interactive graphics or lively discussions. That will mean working closely with other key editors both at the website and at the paper to ensure our coverage is timely, dynamic, competitive and innovative.

    We are also counting on Scott to be a crucial partner in helping navigate change at The Post’s newsroom. Scott will work with the Continuous News Desk at the paper, as well as its top section editors to collaborate with them in determining what their staffs can do to best suit the needs and interests of a web audience.

    Scott is a proven leader, with impeccable news judgment, an unflappable temperament and endless energy and ideas for improving coverage. For the past year, he has been the National editor, overseeing the editors and reporters on one of the newsroom’s busiest staffs. Before that, he was the National Security Editor, where he drove our Washington coverage of the Iraq war, of Abu Ghraib, and of the Pulitzer prize winning work of his writers.

    Before joining National, Scott was the Virginia editor, a job that pulled him into local politics, weather, sprawl and traffic. He joined The Post after more than a decade spent as a reporter and editor at the Detroit News.

    Now, he’s ready for a new frontier. He’ll start at Washingtonpost.com as soon as we can release him from his current post.