From this point forward, the Washington Post newsroom pledges to start buzzing long before, like, noon each day. More reporters and editors, says Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, will start coming in earlier.
The reason for the switch? Check out the memo after the jump.
Memo from top Post editors:
On July 1, the first phase of our newsroom restructuring begins.
For many of you, the rhythms of the newsroom will change. More editors and reporters will come in early. The morning news meeting will start at 10 a.m. We expect more stories to be filed and posted between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This wave of changes will help us to accomplish several things. We’ll increase the amount and quality of the content we make available to our readers during the most heavily trafficked time of day on our web site. We’ll set deadlines and story-length expectations earlier. We’ll be able to plan graphics and visual elements better.
The central elements of our newspaper section fronts also will get settled earlier, ideally by 3 p.m. for features and non-breaking news. We’ll want to see the first drafts of non-breaking story tops in contention for A1 by 4 p.m. The A1 meeting will occur between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Our story budget system is being tweaked to reflect the new structure. It will be organized by reporting groups, not by the old AME structure. It is important that everyone budget stories as soon as they are assigned, and that the budget include delivery times, graphics, photos and other elements.
The Universal News Desk will come together over a series of weeks. By July 1, all topic editors will be sitting on the 4th floor, which will be the temporary home of the desk until the 5th floor construction is completed, probably in the fall. The topic editors’ hours will be staggered, with some coming in the mid-morning, some midday and some later in the afternoon. Day Editor Sara Goo will oversee desk operations from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Night Editor Vince Bzdek from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Layout editors and copy editors should be moved to the 4th floor, soon after the topic editors. When the Home Page operation moves downtown, Trey Johnson will run the newspaper after 10 p.m.
The Home Page operation and web producers and editors on the Universal desk will move from Arlington to downtown in a few weeks. At that point, this first large step in the newsroom reorganization will be done.
Many thanks in advance for all your cooperation and patience with these changes.
Marcus Liz Sandy