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World’s Most Boring Internal Memo

boring.jpg If there were awards for Most Boring Internal Memo at a publication, this one from WaPo might get a Pulitzer in that category. Reading this was like trudging through mud, but if you care to, be my guest. The long and short of it (after I took a quick nap at phrase 20) is that a variety of obscure changes are happening at WaPo. For instance, Editor Tim Curran moves to Weekend editor with his “strong” news judgment. And watch out. He will, at times, “wield a scalpel”.

Bolded are some of the better phrases so you don’t die through it.

“Staff News: Universal News Desk 2.0 editing team To build on our successes and resolve a few outstanding issues, we’re modifying the structure of the Universal News Desk. The changes are designed to focus our editing firepower on our two core missions — boosting the growing online news operation and creating an even stronger newspaper. Tim Curran will be moving to a newly created position as the Weekend/A Section Editor, a dual role that will take advantage of Tim’s strong news judgment and his ability to pull together complex threads into authoritative and compelling stories. His leadership on the universal desk has been crucial to its success, and his sophisticated understanding of politics has improved our stories day after day. As Weekend editor, Tim will work closely with UND Enterprise Editor Steve Reiss, as well as with the originating teams, to make sure our Sunday and Monday newspapers have timely and sophisticated enterprise and are competitive on big news stories. He will run the newsroom every Saturday, taking over from R.B., and on alternate Sundays. As A section editor, Tim will be responsible for ensuring that the section is as strong as possible, wielding a scalpel when necessary to keep stories crisp and the mix correct. He will work closely with the presentation team and will edit when needed. Vanessa Williams will become the B Section editor, deciding what goes in the Metro section and how stories are played. A creative and sharp-eyed editor with a deep knowledge of local issues and communities, Vanessa will work closely with the presentation team and the Local originating editors and will jump in to edit when it makes sense. Eric Rich will become Day Topics Chief, supervising a team of five other editors. The Day Topics team will be focused on editing stories and blog posts from early in the morning until about 6:30 p.m., handling the increasing number of bloggers and reporters focused on the Web, as well as breaking news by all reporters and enterprise stories ready to go up on the Web during the day. This team will be at the heart of our effort to become the leading online news site. These editors will also flag for Tim and Vanessa the Web stories and blog posts that should make it into the newspaper. Eric’s deft editing, high energy, management skills and strong Web instincts make him the obvious person to lead this important effort. The team will consist of Anne Bartlett, Victoria Benning, Gene Fynes, Liz Ward and one more editor to be named soon. Each is a seasoned editor with important specialties: Anne in politics, Gene and Victoria in local news and Liz in Foreign. Those specialities [SIC] will be valuable, although the editors will work as a team, handling whatever the story of the moment is, much as our overnight and early morning teams operate. Vince Bzdek has been invaluable as the UND Night editor, tracking big stories, pushing copy flow and working with Jon Wile and others on the look and feel of the paper, making numerous improvements to the paper each night. He has agreed to add to his portfolio, alternating on Sundays with Tim Curran and filling in for him as A Section Editor on days when Tim is off. Vince also will direct an A section Night Topics team of Scott Butterworth and Mike Shepard, that will work closely with the night operations of Style, Local and Sports. Mike and Scott are strong night editors, and we will rest well knowing they are in charge of national, world and business news in the evenings. We are excited by this new lineup and eager to move forward. We plan to put this structure in place by May 24. Sandy R.B. April 27, 2010.”

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Davis Named WaPo’s Deputy Political Editor

WaPo announced today Marcia Davis will be the paper’s new deputy political editor, working under political editor Tim Curran.

From the memo: “Marcia is one of the newspaper’s most imaginative and passionate editors, and will add fresh ideas and a vibrant spirit to our coverage of national politics.” Full memo after the jump.

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For WaPo Big Wigs, A Special Buffet


Each election night at the Washington Post, a big buffet spread is provided to staffers, many of whom stay up late and work hard while the results roll in. It’s not only a tradition, but a fairly democratic one at that: Staffers like the fact that everyone from Don Graham on down gets a plate and waits in line and it can provide for some fun encounters.

But lots of Posties are grumbling about what they saw on Election Night: A separate buffet held in the office of National editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran that struck many as a bit exclusive and elitist. Other seen snacking with Rajiv: Post political editors Tim Curran and Bill Hamilton.

News From Post’s Political Team (And Garance Franke-Ruta Gets Hired)

From an internal memo, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries just weeks away, we’re growing our National campaign team, with help from an amazing array of talent from just about the entire Post newsroom.

    Starting Sunday we’ll launch Candidates Week — eight days examining the front-runners in each party. Terrific and insightful profiles for each came from a team of great writers from around the paper — Sally Jenkins, Eli Saslow, Sue Anne Pressley Montes, Joel Achenbach, Mike Ruane, Kevin Merida, Liz Clarke and Michael Leahy – while photographers Melina Mara,Linda Davidson and Preston Keres barnstormed the country in search of the candidates and produced stunning black and white portraits. Style’s Robin Givhan has deployed her withering gaze on How the Candidates Look, joining our Dana Milbank on What They’re Saying, Michael Dobbs as the Fact Checker, John Solomon on Things You Didn’t Know about the candidates and Dan Balz, Mike Shear and Anne Kornblut on How They’re Running. Helping us put it all together into one smart package have been editor Lynda Robinson,generously on loan from the magazine, and Justin Ferrell, Outlook’s designer.

    We are also making two additions to the national politics team to help us navigate the mad dash through the most intense primary season yet for a presidential campaign. Starting Monday, Steve Ginsberg of the Virginia staff will join us on a temporary basis to help politics editor Tim Curran plan and execute coverage. Steve is an accomplished editor with a gift for organization that we can surely use. He comes to us through the good graces of Bob McCartney, who had already lent us two of his best writers for candidate profiles.

    We’ve also created an exciting new joint venture with a national web politics editor/producer through the election to help us deal with the increased volume of news on the web and to help us take The Trail in new and innovative directions. It will be filled by Garance Franke-Ruta, who has made a name for herself as a keen observer of politics and its intersection with the web from her perch as a writer at the American Prospect and on her own blog, thegarance, which she will suspend when she arrives here. She will also begin work with us Monday.

The Post’s National Desk

A number of you have written in confused about how Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s recent promotion affects the Washington Post’s National Desk. To help you out, here’s the pecking order, in order of rank:

    1. Susan Glasser, AME/National

    2. Bill Hamilton (National politics editor) and Rajiv Chandrasekaran (National Editor). Rajiv will oversee all other national coverage more generally, including national security, Supreme Court, science, the Post’s bureaus, etc.

    3. Tim Curran (National politics editor) and a half dozen other assignment editors.

    4. Lowly reporters.

What’s the difference between Tim and Bill? Curran has the same job that John Harris had before he left last winter. Curran is responsible for running the coverage day in and day out (assigning and editing political stories). Hamilton is a rank above Tim and oversees politics coverage more generally, focusing broadly on enterprise, deeper stories, longer-term planning, etc.

Roll Call’s Mitchell Announcement

From the release:

    Roll Call, the award-winning Congressional newspaper, today announced that Deputy Editor Charlie Mitchell will become the editor next month when Tim Curran leaves Roll Call for the Washington Post.

    Mitchell will lead a strong staff of experienced editors and reporters, including Managing Editor David Meyers and Ben Pershing, who is being elevated to the role vacated by Mitchell. In his new role, Pershing will take on the responsibility for managing the day-to-day coverage of Capitol Hill, while Meyers will expand his role to work with Roll Call Group’s

    “These moves position Roll Call to continue to provide market-leading
    coverage of Congress,” said Laurie Battaglia, publisher of Roll Call. “I could not be more pleased with the depth and strength of our entire editorial team.”

    Mitchell, an 18-year veteran of Congressional reporting, joined Roll Call as deputy editor in December 2006. He previously served nine years at National Journal’s CongressDaily, including six years as a senior editor and three years as managing editor. He has written extensively on Congressional leadership battles, political campaigns, lobbying and ethics, and campaign finance. He co-authored National Journal’s “Week on the Hill” feature, has written about campaign finance reform and other issues for the magazine and founded and co-authored CongressDaily’s “Outside Influences” lobbying column. Prior to joining National Journal Group, he spent eight years as a
    reporter, editor and publisher for Inside Washington Publishers.

    Pershing joined Roll Call in December 1997 and currently serves as senior editor, with responsibility for managing coverage of the House. Meyers joined Roll Call in August 1996 and has served as managing editor since January 2003.

Tim Curran Leaves Roll Call For Post

From the Post’s internal announcement:

    We are thrilled to announce that Tim Curran, editor of Roll Call newspaper, will join the National desk as the new politics editor. We expect Tim to play a key role in directing our 2008 campaign coverage both in the paper and on the website, and he will join Dan LeDuc and Eric Pianin in working with us both to generate high impact political enterprise stories and to develop the In The Loop page as the place to go for insight in how Washington works.

    Tim brings to us a decade of experience running Roll Call’s trademark combination of hard-hitting congressional and campaign coverage. Under his stewardship, Roll Call transformed into a dramatically expanded, four day a week newspaper known for breaking big stories and winning the Dirksen Award for distinguished congressional coverage three consecutive years. We’re looking forward to Tim bringing those same sensibilities here, along with a talent for working closely with reporters.

    A native of South Carolina, Tim grew up in Virginia and graduated from the College of William and Mary. Tim will start his new job here in February.