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New Job Posting: Deputy Editor, Morning Mix

The Washington Post is looking for a deputy editor for our new digital news offering, The Morning Mix. The ideal candidate will be a top-notch copy editor, able to work on tight deadlines to improve copy and write savvy, engaging digital headlines. We are also looking for someone with solid news judgment who can serve as back-up for Fred Barbash, the Morning Mix editor, in directing a staff of six reporters and visual editors to produce compelling, web-enhanced copy. Hours for this position would be Sunday-Thursday, 1 a.m. to 9 a.m.

If you’re interested, please contact Jesse Lewis at jesse.lewis@washpost.com or Tracy Grant at tracy.grant@washpost.com by March 28.

Applicants will be asked to complete an editing test.

The Post Wins Two 2014 ASNE Awards for Distinguished Writing

The American Society of News Editors has awarded The Washington Post two prizes—one for nondeadline writing and the other for local accountability reporting.

Eli Saslow is a co-winner with The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in the nondeadline category for a riveting collection of his work last year. The ASNE judges said: “Eli Saslow’s stories demonstrated how powerful great narrative writing can be. His articles in The Washington Post covered the human toll of poverty and hunger, a family’s loneliness in the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting and how learning to use guns is just a matter of growing up in some parts of America. All great stories, all great story-telling. Judges found the reporting and writing in this collection moving and revealing about the state of our culture.”

Debbie Cenziper, Mike Sallah and Steven Rich are winners in the local accountability category for their outstanding investigative series, “Homes for the Taking,” which exposed abuses in the tax lien system in the District. The judges said: “The team wove together the hard-edged analysis with deft storytelling about the families affected by this longstanding practice. The stories spurred both community outrage and immediate action from district officials, who canceled the sale of tax liens and initiated immediate reforms to the process.”

The Post also had two finalists: Michael Williamson for his photos on hunger in America, and the Local reporting staff for its breaking news coverage of the Navy Yard shootings.

Read ASNE’s announcement here.

Kate Tobey promoted to Lead Producer

Announcement from Andrew Pergam, senior editor, Video; Alice Rhee, senior producer of shows; Jon Forsythe, deputy editor, Video; and Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, assistant managing editor:

We’re pleased to announce the promotion of Kate Tobey to the role of Lead Producer for the segment team in the video department. She will direct the team producing videos that help illustrate and explain the news.

Kate is a skilled producer, talented journalist and trusted colleague.  She joined the Post’s video team in the summer of 2012 and helped launch The Fold and developed some of its original video segments. She also helped produce the Post’s first live election night video coverage and reported live from the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing. She’s done some time in front of the camera, too, filling in as host for The Fold and co-anchoring the “News in 59 Seconds.”
Kate went on to help build up visual production concepts for PostTV’s In Play and segments teams, where she produced a number of creative visual “explainers” (including Kliff Notes, a video series breaking down the Affordable Care Act with Sarah Kliff). During her time here, she has managed to explain a variety of complex topics in two(ish) minutes—from the Volcker rule to the farm bill to the crisis in Ukraine. 

Before coming to the Post, Kate worked at the Investigative Reporting Workshop and CBS Evening News in Washington. She’s also spent time in the government consulting world and in the private industry working on video/digital strategy. 

Please join us on congratulating Kate on this new role.

Sam Martin joins Post News Logistics Team

Memo from Liz Whyte, director of News Logistics:

We’re pleased to announce that Sam Martin has joined News Logistics.  Sam, who comes to us by way of the copy aide station, is known to many of you already as he filled in ably on many news desks over the last year.  He has been helping us out as well with our endless supply of desk moves and learning more about our technical systems along the way.  We’re glad to add him to our team where he’ll be key to our support for mobile devices and a number of other cool things we’re working on.

Sam attended The Art Institute of Washington and previously worked in the data center at Montgomery College.  When he’s not here solving all of our problems, he enjoys playing the guitar, drawing and cooking.  Please come on by and say hello.

Universal News Desk Staff News

Memo from Eric Rich, Universal News Desk editor, and Anne Bartlett, Topics editor:

As many of you already know, Day Topic Team editor Liz Ward has decided to retire, and is easing into this new phase of her life by working part-time.

We are delighted to announce that her successor as the team’s foreign news expert will be Shibani Shah, whose work on foreign stories on the Multiplatform Desk has consistently impressed us, and whose background makes her an excellent fit for a team that requires wide-ranging editing and digital skills. In addition to her editing experience, Shibani brings to the team the knowledge of a Methode “super user” — she conducted training sessions when we first adopted the CMS, and patiently helped people throughout the newsroom as we learned it. Shibani joined the Post in 2007 from the Washington Times, and also previously worked at the Indian Express in Pune and Hyderabad, India.  She’s quite a linguist, speaking fluent Hindi and Gujarati, and some Telugu, French and Tamil. She lives in Greenbelt.

We want to also use this opportunity to publicly thank our friend Liz for her wonderful work over the years. Liz first came to work at the Post in 1986, and her tenure here has included stints in Book World, Outlook and the Foreign Desk. For seven years, she was the Post’s children’s book columnist. In the midst of all this, she took a nine-year break from the Post while she and her family lived in Japan, where she worked in the editorial department of the Japan Times. Liz is known throughout the newsroom for her dedication, impeccable professionalism and unfailing spirit. 

We understand why she now wants to spend more time with her family, including new grandson Charlie, and on her many interests — reading, travel and gardening, among others. But we will miss her.

Job posting: Multiplatform editors

The Washington Post is looking for energetic copy editors with a flair for headline writing, a strong understanding of language and style and a familiarity with SEO, linking and working on Web files. Our desk handles copy across news platforms, including print, Web, smartphone and tablet. In addition to editing stories and blogs, tasks include writing captions for photo galleries, crafting digital summaries and proofing interactive graphics and other Web projects.

The hours for these positions are generally 3:30 to 11 p.m. We are seeking candidates with at least five years of copy-editing experience at a mid- to large-market news organization. If you are interested, please contact Multiplatform Editing Chief Jesse Lewis (jesse.lewis@washpost.com) Deputy Multiplatform Editing Chief Courtney Rukan (courtney.rukan@washpost.com) or Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com).

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Diversity and Inclusion is essential to The Washington Post. It stimulates innovation, business growth and the connection to our community; which in turn ensures delivery of the best content, products, and services to our consumers.

WashPost Seeks Senior Graphics Editor

The Senior Graphics Editor for Interactive will be a leader in The Washington Post graphics group. The graphics team designs and builds smart, user-focused online graphics for a wide array of news topics, including politics, investigative and local. We’re looking for a quick thinker, creative problem solver, idea generator and strong team player to set a high bar for the design and execution of interactive information graphics and multimedia experiences.

Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to excel at designing and developing daily breaking news graphics as well as long-term, data-driven news applications. They should be able to design sophisticated experiences on deadline. Many of our projects are team-based, so the ideal candidate should love working with others and teaching and sharing ideas.

The ideal candidate has a proven ability to find effective solutions to complex problems and is constantly looking for opportunities to use developing technologies, pitch project ideas and learn new skills.

Knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript is required.  A thorough understanding of user interface design, typography, layout, and the use of color and visualization is mandatory. Experience developing responsively is a plus. 3+ years of experience preferred.

Interested candidates should contact Kat Downs at kat.downs@washpost.com or Tracy Grant at tracy.grant@washpost.com by March 14.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Diversity and Inclusion is essential to The Washington Post. It stimulates innovation, business growth and the connection to our community; which in turn ensures delivery of the best content, products, and services to our consumers.

Hiring for Design/Tech Team in NYC

Job openings for Lead Designer, UX Strategist, Information Architect, Interaction Designer (2 openings) and Front-End Developer/Designer listed below:

Lead Designer

The Washington Post is looking for a senior-level designer to join the NYC-based Design team. This person will focus on how best to communicate, design and deliver Washington Post content to our audience in a site wide redesign. He or she must have an expert understanding of designing intuitive site functionality, interaction, site architecture, user interfaces, and navigation.

As a Lead Designer, this person will manage (and help hire) a small team of interaction designers to craft elegant visual and experiential solutions to support the goals of the redesign. He or she will create storyboards, mock ups, and other artifacts or code necessary to guide development of beautiful, useful and consistent experiences.

 This person will:

  • Have extensive experience and understanding of editorial design and working with all facets of digital journalism
  • Create gorgeous, ground-breaking work while maintaining high standards for original concepts and detailed execution
  • Have an exceptional visual and typographic sensibility
  • Have the ability to create and shape effective user interfaces across platforms.
  • Expertise in design and markup for responsive design paradigms
  • Lead and participate in brainstorming creative concepts with the project team
  • Create wire frames and creating full-fledged visual designs for the redesign
  • Manage the design of all visual assets

The Design team is a group of highly collaborative, creative thinkers. We’re responsible for the rethink of washingtonpost.com on all platforms, the site’s overall architecture and its presentation of editorial templates.

This job will be based in WPNYC, the New York-based design and development office of The Washington Post. Candidates must supply links to work samples and/or a site portfolio.

If interested, please contact Sarah Sampsel at sarah.sampsel@washpost.com, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz at Emilio.garcia-ruiz@washpost.com or Tracy Grant at tracy.grant@washpost.com by March 25.

UX Strategist

The Washington Post is looking for a senior-level UX Strategist to join the NYC-based Design team. This person will focus on how best to communicate Washington Post content to our audience in a site wide redesign. He or she must champion usability on all platforms and for content-specific journalism products.

This position requires a human-centered approach, and the successful applicant will draw on principles of ethnography and cognitive science in their recommendations and designs.

This person will:

  • Work closely with the redesign product lead, designers and the newsroom on defining goals, features and capabilities for the site rethink
  • Work with research teams to establish quantitative and qualitative UX research programs for new features that will help establish best practices and a system for our content.
  • Create user testing plans
  • Work across design and engineering on overall usability and flawless execution throughout the process
  • Be responsible for wireframing and creating other deliverables that communicate logical and functional design and interfaces, user flows and information architecture
  • Work with an IA to prototype and illustrate how information should display and change as a user progresses through a task
  • Create technical flow diagrams for complex interactions

The Design team is a group of highly collaborative, creative thinkers. We’re responsible for the rethink of washingtonpost.com on all platforms, the site’s overall architecture and its presentation of editorial templates.

This job will be based in WPNYC, the New York-based design and development office of The Washington Post. Candidates must supply links to work samples and/or a site portfolio.

If interested, please contact Sarah Sampsel at sarah.sampsel@washpost.com, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz at Emilio.garcia-ruiz@washpost.com or Tracy Grant at tracy.grant@washpost.com by March 14.

Information Architect

The Washington Post is looking for an Information Architect to join the NYC-based Design team. This person will guide the definition of user behavior goals and work with the product team to help craft elegant solutions to meet those goals. He or she will focus on how best to communicate Washington Post content to our audience in a site wide redesign and represent usability on all platforms.

This person will:

  • Use research and competitive analysis tactics to establish best practices and a system for the content on Washington Post
  • Create a content inventory and site map
  • Work closely with product lead, research, engineering and the newsroom to produce a taxonomy of how content and products on the site should be classified
  • Work closely with the redesign team and product lead to establish goals for the redesign project
  • Develop personas and other necessary artifacts that aid in developing scenarios for the redesign
  • Work with UX director to prototype and illustrate how the information should display and change as a user progresses through a task
  • Create technical flow diagrams for complex interactions

The Design team is a group of highly collaborative, creative thinkers. We’re responsible for the rethink of washingtonpost.com on all platforms, the site’s overall architecture and its presentation of editorial templates.

This job will be based in WPNYC, the New York-based design and development office of The Washington Post. Candidates must supply links to work samples and/or a site portfolio.

If interested, please contact Sarah Sampsel, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz or Tracy Grant by March 25.

Interaction Designer (2 jobs for this posting)

The Washington Post is looking for an experienced designer to join the NYC-based Design team. This person will focus on how best to communicate and design our content to our audience in a site wide redesign. He or she must have a strong understanding of designing intuitive site functionality, interaction, site architecture, user interfaces, and navigation.

This person will work with a Design Lead & UX Strategist to help craft elegant visual and experiential solutions to support the goals of the redesign and also:

  • Create storyboards, mock ups, and other artifacts or code necessary to guide development of beautiful, useful and consistent experiences.
  • Have an exceptional visual and typographic sensibility
  • Have the ability to create and shape effective user interfaces across platforms.

 The Design team is a group of highly collaborative, creative thinkers. We’re responsible for the rethink of washingtonpost.com on all platforms, the site’s overall architecture and its presentation of editorial templates.

This job will be based in WPNYC, the New York-based design and development office of The Washington Post. Candidates must supply links to work samples and/or a site portfolio.

If interested, please contact Sarah Sampsel at sarah.sampsel@washpost.com, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz at Emilio.garcia-ruiz@washpost.com or Tracy Grant at tracy.grant@washpost.com by March 25.

Front-end Developer/Designer

The Washington Post is looking for a Design Technologist to join the NYC-based Design team. This person will focus on developing prototypes and front-end designs to support the sitewide rethink of the Washington Post’s web platforms. He or she must have a strong understanding of developing responsive site functionality, interactions, and user interfaces.

This person will work with a Design Lead and other members of the product team on brainstorming ideas, prototyping concepts and using their technical expertise to help inform the most effective and efficient design solutions.

 This person will:

  • Possess a strong understanding of coding best practices and work closely with the redesign team on how these apply to new concepts
  • Work closely with the redesign and engineering team to communicate and identify needs within the CMS to support the frontend
  • Have strong visual and interactive design skills in a responsive environment and possess a clear grasp of typography, layout, color, motion, and behavior.
  • Have expertise in client-site web development with HTML, CSS, Javascript and modern JS libraries such as: jQuery, Backbone, and templating libraries.
  • Experience with HTML5 audio & video, as well as server-side languages, such as PHP, Ruby and Node.

The Design team is a group of highly collaborative, creative thinkers. We’re responsible for the rethink of washingtonpost.com on all platforms, the site’s overall architecture and its presentation of editorial templates.

This job will be based in WPNYC, the New York-based design and development office of The Washington Post. Candidates must supply links to work samples and/or a site portfolio.

If interested, please contact Sarah Sampsel at sarah.sampsel@washpost.com, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz at Emilio.garcia-ruiz@washpost.com or Tracy Grant at tracy.grant@washpost.com by March 25.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Diversity and Inclusion is essential to The Washington Post. It stimulates innovation, business growth and the connection to our community; which in turn ensures delivery of the best content, products, and services to our consumers.

The Washington Post To Create WPNYC, a New York-Based Design and Development Office

The Washington Post today announced WPNYC, the New York-based design and development office of The Washington Post that will be led by Director of Digital Strategy Sarah Sampsel and Principal Architect Greg Franczyk. The Post’s plan to expand its footprint in New York City includes adding more than a dozen employees across design and technology.

New positions will include designers, strategists, information architects, as well as experts in user experience, prototyping and development. The team will be focused on the future of The Post’s web platform and creating a faster, more reader-focused product.

“New York is an epicenter in the design world and we are excited to be able to tap a whole new crop of talent,” said Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, Managing Editor of The Washington Post. “Their job is really to rethink the web and make our site more dynamic, flexible and easy to use.”

To support these new initiatives we will be creating new technology positions, some of which will also embed directly with the sales team. These employees will look at how to create new and different ad experiences, as well as solving for problems such as viewability.

“We believe that the future of advertising sales is about the integration of engineering and ad innovations,” said Kevin Gentzel, Chief Revenue Officer at The Washington Post. “This is a real opportunity to evolve the industry and create advertising experiences our readers want to engage with.”

“Having software engineers directly embedded within our sales team creates an environment that fosters rapid invention,” said Shailesh Prakash, Chief Information Officer at The Washington Post. “We have seen great success by embedding a fast moving engineering team directly in the newsroom, and now we want to foster that same environment of accelerated innovation by embedding engineering within Sales in dynamic and vibrant New York City. If you are a software engineer looking to work in a fast-paced, innovative environment and make an impact in the media industry, we want to talk to you.”

Join The Fix and Post Politics

The Washington Post is seeking an energetic, experienced political reporter to join the team that produces The Fix and Post Politics. The ideal candidate will have smart, original ideas and a desire to tell them in visually innovative ways.

We are looking for someone with an unending curiosity about the people and policies that shape today’s political conversation. He or she will approach every day thinking about how to lead that conversation, whether through text, graphics, images, tweets, GIFs or other ways of telling stories and engaging readers. A sense of humor wouldn’t hurt.

Please send a resume, links to your five best stories and a sample for what you would do for The Fix on any given day to steven.ginsberg [at] washpost [dot] comchris.cillizza [at] washpost [dot] com or tracy.grant [at] washpost [dot] com by March 14.