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WP Investigations team honored with Global Editors Network 2014 Data Journalism Award

From Investigative Editor Jeff Leen:

A Washington Post team has won a prestigious international data journalism award for exposing a predatory system of debt collection that allowed private investors to take homes from the poor over small tax debts.

The Global Editors Network announced Thursday that the Post team had won the 2014 Data Journalism Award for Best Data-Driven Investigation for the series, “Homes for the Taking.” The team consisted of Debbie Cenziper, Michael Sallah, Steven Rich, Ted Mellnik, Emily Chow, Laura Stanton and Michelle Williams.

The 2013 series documented how the District government placed liens on tax delinquent properties and then sold the liens to investors, who added fees and foreclosed on some of the properties over original debts as small as $44. Wide-reaching reforms followed the publication of the series.

The global data awards, sponsored by Google and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, were announced at network’s global summit in Barcelona. The network’s membership represents media groups from more than 80 countries.

See the full list of winners.

Post honored with two Murrow Awards

From Deputy News Video Editor Jonathan Forsythe:

I’m thrilled to report that The Washington Post has won two 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards — including the top award for overall excellence among national online news sites for the second year in a row! This is a tremendous honor recognizing our entire team’s work over the year.  (Take a look back at the entry to see how we captured 2013:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL83ZyU4rEA&feature=youtu.be)

We were also awarded the Murrow in the Feature Reporting category, with the memorable love story of Shelley and Bill. The video was shot and produced by Brad Horn and paired with Ellen McCarthy’s great Magazine story on the mentally disabled couple who got married despite their parents’ wishes.

Full list of winners from the RTDNA website here

Michael Cavna honored by SPJ DC Chapter for Arts Criticism

Washington Post Comic Riff’s blogger Michael Cavna was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Washington, D.C. Chapter at their annual Dateline Awards competition. Cavna won an award in the “Arts Criticism” category for his essay THE TRIAL BALLOON: O teachers, after a banner year for graphic novels, don’t ban these books.

From the judges: “What an extraordinary experience for readers to witness art criticism in the form the ‘art’ was originally created. Enough to convince any naysayer of the value of graphic novels in the classroom.”

See the full list of winners.

Job opening: Sports editor/producer

The Washington Post Sports Department is looking for a night producer/editor who will play an integral role in developing, engaging and expanding our audience across all platforms. The ideal candidate will be as facile with Twitter as they are with Post style and line editing. Multi-tasking is not a plus, it’s a requirement – a typical night on our desk could entail editing 6-8 blog posts, front-end editing on breaking news stories, working with columnists to discuss angles and approaches, back-end editing on 2,000-word enterprise pieces, editing photo galleries, making sure our best stories get promoted on social media, and debating story placement on D1 with designers while tweaking headlines with slots.

We are looking for an editor with one foot in the fluid digital moments of a given night – a sense for what it trending, what might catch fire and go viral, what might be worth holding onto for scheduling the next morning – and one foot grounded in our printed product to help produce our award-winning section every morning. We want someone as comfortable on the rim as they are producing stories for the Web, and willing to explore new, unique ways to do so. 

We value people who can work both independently and in a group setting. Our night desk is a collegial crew driven by journalism and a passion for sports. The ability to work with others is a necessity.

The hours for this position would typically be 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. It’s a sports desk, so there will be weekend work.

Interested candidates should contact Matt Vita matthew.vita@washpost.com , Matt Rennie matthew.rennie@washpost.com, Micah Pollack micah.pollack@washpost.com or Tracy Grant tracy.grant@washpost.com by June 27.

Job opening: High School Sports Reporter

The Washington Post Sports Department is seeking an experienced, driven reporter with a passion for feature writing and enterprise to join its high school reporting staff. The Post covers about 230 public, private and charter high schools in an area rich with athletic talent, focusing on breaking news and going beyond the traditional game story to engage a devoted readership.

Successful candidates will be energetic, aggressive reporters who understand the value of high school athletics in the community and seek to deliver feature stories and enterprise that tackle area-wide and national issues related to high school athletes. They will be comfortable covering games on tight deadlines and equally adept at elevating stories to provide a broader perspective. The ability to develop sources across a diverse demographic area is key as is the capacity to explore new angles on the important issues facing high school athletes, coaches, administrators and parents. Creativity, social media savvy and an eagerness to continue to make the Post the top destination for in-depth coverage of one of the country’s most spirited high school sports scenes are equally important.

If interested, contact Matt Brooks matt.brooks@washpost.com  Matt Vita matthew.vita@washpost.com or Tracy Grant tracy.grant@washpost.com by June 27.

Job openings: Designers (2)

The Washington Post has two immediate opening for designers on its Design team. These designers will be working on deadline in a fast-paced environment throughout the newsroom — from the A-section to Metro to Style and other weekly sections.

The Design team is responsible for the design of the newspaper and its magazine, and contributes to the Post’s digital apps and long-form enterprise design. These positions will be heavily involved in print, but every designer on the staff is also designing for digital products. Designing for projects and even A-1 will be expected.

The ideal candidates must have the ability to design print and digital projects which are bold, surprising and energetic, while balancing navigational clarity and section pacing and adhering to The Post’s standards of accuracy and news judgment. Proven skills with photo journalism, graphics and typography are essential. We place a premium on collaboration and expect designers to be catalysts for creativity. Our designers are expected to be self-starters who add value to stories using alternative formats, to articulate reasons for design decisions, and to take initiative in planning processes to make The Post’s pages as strong as possible.

The positions will include evenings and weekend work and at least four years of publication experience is required. Experience with Eidos Methode or digital design a plus. Proficiency in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator is required. Digital experience is preferred.

If interested, please contact Design Director Greg Manifold, Deputy Design Director Chris Meighan or Senior Editor Tracy Grant by June 27.


Job opening: Wizards Reporter

The Washington Post sports department is looking for a new reporter to cover the Washington Wizards. This is one of the highest-profile beats in Sports, and that profile may increase if the team continues its improvement. Ideal candidates will be willing to work long hours covering an 82-game regular season (41 of them on the road), as well as the off-season. They will be lively, clean writers who can write informative analyses, features and game stories on deadline, break news on trades, injuries and other developments, and grow the audience for the Wizards Insider blog. They should be active on social media and enjoy interacting with fans and readers.

If interested, contact Matt Vita matthew.vita@washpost.com , Dave Larimer  David.Larimer@washpost.com, Matt Rennie matthew.rennie@washpost.com or Tracy Grant tracy.grant@washpost.com by June 27.

Job opening: Editorial Copy Editor

The Washington Post Editorial Department is looking for a versatile copy editor who enjoys dealing with a variety of subjects and can satisfy our wide-ranging responsibilities.

Our copy desk handles op-eds, blog postings, letters to the editor, editorials and columns, preparing them for publication in print and online. We then go beyond traditional copy-editing duties by designing and publishing our own print pages (17 a week) and handling our own web production.

The successful candidate must be able to shift speedily and smoothly among these roles, always with a bias toward prioritizing online publication. She or he will have outstanding editing skills and a knack for writing lively headlines. Because everyone on the desk takes a turn as slot and fills in occasionally as letters editor and op-ed editor, experience directing colleagues effectively and collegially and working directly with the public is useful.

This position will include daytime and evening hours and, on occasion, working weekend days. (Our desk is staffed 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and reduced hours on weekends.)

To apply or for more information about the position, contact Scott Butterworth (scott.butterworth@washpost.com), Fred Hiatt (fred.hiatt@washpost.com) or Jackson Diehl (jackson.diehl@washpost.com) no later than June 24.

The Post seeks a features producer

The Washington Post Features staff is looking for a producer/editor/writer who will play a crucial role in expanding the audience for all features content across the fourth floor, explore unique ways stories can be told digitally, and create dynamic daily content.

All candidates should be multi-taskers with digital savvy, strong writing and editing skills, and an enthusiasm for the wide range of topics covered in Features (arts, entertainment, lifestyle and cultural stories as told through blog posts, dailies, short- and long-form enterprise).

Duties will include: Creative and sometimes experimental web production, content creation and promotion across sections, working with visual and multimedia elements to complement daily content, contributing to the Style Blog and helping to develop and maintain a dynamic social media strategy, editing articles and blog posts.

Interested candidates should contact Liz Seymour (liz.seymour@washpost.com), Mitch Rubin (mitch.rubin@washpost.com), David Malitz (david.malitz@washpost.com) or Tracy Grant (Tracy.grant@washpost.com) by June 9.

Job Posting: Deputy National Political Editor

The Washington Post is seeking a deputy national political editor to join our growing team. We’re looking for someone with the ambition and ability to strengthen our digital journalism and dramatically broaden its reach.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The new editor will be directly responsible for the vision and execution of Post Politics and GovBeat, which are at the core of our daily digital report, and help shape the direction of our other political and government blogs. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of politics, a strong sense for what online audiences crave and the ability to drive coverage in a fast-moving and competitive news environment. The editor will oversee two teams of dedicated reporters; just as importantly, she or he will deploy a combination of ideas, charm and authority to solicit frequent contributions from the full political staff.

Working closely with the other members of the politics desk, the successful candidate will help lead the strongest group of political journalists in the country as we complete the adoption of a digital-first metabolism and mindset. 

Interested candidates should contact Steven Ginsberg (steven.ginsberg@washpost.com), Anne Kornblut (anne.kornblut@washpost.com) or Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com) by June 13.