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Katie Zezima to Cover White House for WaPo

WaPo announced yet another addition to their online political team today. Katie Zezima has been brought on the cover the White House. National Editor Cameron Barr, Deputy National Editor Anne Kornblut and Politics Editor Steven Ginsberg said in their announcement that Zezima will be “the online leader of our coverage during the day,” and will be expected to break news, profile West Wing personalities, and pen analytical pieces. She will also be part of WaPo‘s digital strike force -a group of reporters within the paper who respond to breaking political news.

Zezima comes from the Associated Press, where she was on the Chris Christie beat. She has also spent spent several years working for The New York Times in Boston, and was a 2011-2012 Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan.

Her first day will be March 17th.

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WaPo Digital Revamp Continues: Taylor Swiped from BI; Rucker Promoted

WaPo has promoted Philip Rucker from White House correspondent to national politics reporter and has hired Adam Taylor away from Business Insider to contribute to its “WorldViews” foreign affairs blog.

Taylor had been an editor at BI since 2010. His addition to “WoldViews” is part of WaPo editor Marty Baron‘s plan to develop “verticals,” or areas of specialization, within the WaPo website to allow readers to browse content by subject matter.

Rucker’s promotion comes after 8 years of writing for WaPo, and in a memo from Cameron Barr, Anne Kornblut, and Steven Ginsberg announcing the move, he is described as a reporter who “files often and at all hours for our digital platforms, and  an enthusiastic user of social media.”

Both hires are in keeping with Baron’s efforts, announced Wednesday, to prioritize “digital transformation” at the paper. In recent weeks, WaPo has also given gossip column “Reliable Sources” as stronger digital presence, adding two young writers (Emily Heil and Helena Andrews) and a staffer to produce online video. They’ve also hired National Journal‘s Adam Kushner to start up an online magazine and tasked Jim Tankersley with heading a data-driven digital initiative focused on policy analysis.

All these changes come as WaPo repositions itself to compete with a number of new digital news ventures including Walter Mossberg‘s and Kara Swisher‘s Re/code, Nate Silver‘s new FiveThiryEight, and the as-of-yet untitled effort announced Sunday by former Wonkblogger Ezra Klein.

Robert Costa to WaPo

costaRobert Costa, the National Review reporter whose blow-by-blow reporting on Republican squabbling during the government shutdown earned praise from all corners of the media universe, has taken a job as National Political Reporter at The Bezos Post. Costa has been serving as the Washington Editor at National Review and before that worked at the Wall Street Journal. New York magazine dubbed him the “Golden Boy of the Shutdown” for his reporting, and he’s also been recognized for his coverage of the fiscal cliff negotiations and the 2012 presidential campaign. Editors Cameron Barr, Anne Kornblut and Steven Ginsberg made the announcement in a memo to staff today. Costa starts work on January 6.

WaPo Debuts ‘Truth Teller’

We’re always weary when WaPo comes up with a new technological feature. It forces us to ask ourselves, how many seconds until our computer crashes? But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s a new year. They’ve got a new Executive Editor, Marty Baron. Let’s hope we don’t have to put the IT department on speed dial.

Today WaPo today launches its prototype of “Truth Teller,” a news app that promises to fact check speeches in “near real” time. The model is made possible through Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund. They say it’s a step toward creating an app that can be used during live speeches and discussions. For instance, the current focus is on the looming debate over tax reform. “Users can play videos from President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner and other politicians and instantly see which statements are true, false or misleading,” says a release.

The origins of Truth Teller involve Politics Editor Steven Ginsberg, who heard a politician give a stump speech filled with errors. “He wondered if there could ever be a way to instantly verify what a politician says. Live fact-checking can provide incredible insight to journalists and audiences alike, and we are excited to start the process of creating something as unique and valuable as Truth Teller,” said Cory Haik, WaPo‘s Executive Producer of Digital News, in a statement.

Our first attempt to visit Truth Teller turned up an almost entirely blank screen with an apology. Uh oh. “Oops! Google Chrome could not find” But nothing a little cutting and pasting couldn’t handle. Explore Truth Teller here.

Of course, the prototype is not without its technical difficulties… Read more

WaPo Puts Own Fact Checker to the Test

In a somewhat goofy but endearing exercise, WaPo tests their own Fact Checker today with a special in-house edition of Glenn Kessler‘s The Fact Checker. This is, by far, the most creative internal memo we have seen to date out of WaPo. And trust us when we say we read memos that bore us to tears. They bring in Pinocchio to help. They also introduce Kessler’s new assistant, Josh Adam Hicks, who comes to the position highly recommended. Who wouldn’t hire him? He once worked as a fruit picker in New Zealand.


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Dear WaPo: Your Memos Are Snoozefests

WaPo has two exciting promotions. Unfortunately they were announced in one very boring memo. Steven Ginsberg is the new national political editor and Rachel Van Dongen is deputy political editor and will oversee the PostPolitics site. Ginsberg is a “creative thinker” with an “entrepreneurial spirit.” Van Dongen is “energetic,” and “politically savvy” and brings “considerable experience” to the job. She is formerly an editor and reporter for Roll Call, CQ, The Economist and Christian Science Monitor.

Congratulations to Ginsberg and Van Dongen!

See the memo, but get caffeinated before you do. It’s soundbite-ridden, wordy and we’re now napping…

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WaPo’s Ginsberg Moves from Local to Nat’l Politics

WaPo announced yesterday that Local Politics Editor Steven Ginsberg will become the deputy national political editor.

From the memo:

Steven is one of the newsroom’s most entrepreneurial editors, and we look forward to tapping his creative mind as we continue to strengthen our national political coverage in print and online. Steven brings with him a fountain of ideas for our PostPolitics site, and a successful run shepherding the local political report, including last year’s stellar coverage of the Virginia gubernatorial campaign.

He is known as a patient editor who helps develop reporters, and someone with a keen digital sensibility and an eye for visual journalism. He will be no stranger to National. He served as deputy politics editor during the 2008 presidential campaign, and was part of our core National editing team in the early months of 2009.

Since coming to The Post as a copy aide in 1994, Steven has been a local and state government reporter, covered transportation, and was an assignment editor on the old Virginia desk.

Please welcome him back to National as soon as he makes the transition.

Kevin Marilyn Wes