City Paper is not for tourists
More re-org at the upper reaches of the Washington Post: Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli today puts in his own layer of top lieutenants, announcing that longtime newsie Liz Spayd and Raju Narisetti, formerly of India’s Mint newspaper and the Wall Street Journal, would serve as a dual managing editors.
Details from the Post memo:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—January 13, 2009—The Washington Post today named Elizabeth Spayd and Raju Narisetti as Managing Editors of The Washington Post. Both will report to Executive Editor Marcus W. Brauchli.
Ms. Spayd and Mr. Narisetti will share responsibility for The Post’s award-winning journalism, whether in print, online and on mobile devices, and they will lead the integration of The Post’s print and online newsrooms.
Ms. Spayd, who has been editor of washingtonpost.com since 2007, will oversee the gathering, editing and production of news. Her brief will include political, general, business, foreign and metropolitan news, as well as The Post’s news desk and the print newspaper’s day-to-day production.
Mr. Narisetti, founding editor of India’s Mint newspaper and a former deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, will oversee departments including Style, The Washington Post Magazine, Weekend, video, design and photography. He will be responsible for washingtonpost.com’s day-to-day operations and guide strategy and innovation in technology and interactivity.
“Liz is an enormously talented and respected journalist at The Post, having most recently guided our highly successful online edition and before that a National staff that won four Pulitzer Prizes during her tenure,” Mr. Brauchli said. “Raju has vast experience at the forward edge of news design and technology, in addition his tremendous accomplishments as a newsroom leader in the U.S., Europe and Asia. I can’t think of two better people to lead us through the myriad challenges we face, while protecting our top-notch journalism and staying at the forefront of digital innovation.”
Ms. Spayd, 50 years old, joined The Washington Post in April 1988 as an assistant editor overseeing national business coverage. She became a Metro reporter in 1991, and a few years later moved to Outlook. For nearly a decade, she worked on the national staff, as social policy editor, then national editor and later was named assistant managing editor of the department. She supervised coverage of national elections, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, she became washingtonpost.com’s editor.
Mr. Narisetti, 42, was most recently editor of Mint, a national business paper launched in India in February 2007. Mint’s New Delhi newsroom was created as a fully integrated, print and online operation, a pioneer among newspapers globally. Until June 1, 2006, Mr. Narisetti was Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe as well as a Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal in the U.S., where he also held overall responsibility for European and Middle East/Africa coverage. Before that, he was deputy national news editor of the Journal, where he started as a reporter.