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In the wake of all kinds of talk about a shrinking newsroom, the Washington Post is announcing an opening!

Metro News
Opening for a Columnist

Exciting news: The Metro section is looking to add a columnist.
We want a columnist who becomes a must-read feature in the paper and on the Web. We want a columnist who can offer a compelling and provocative read twice a week, who is an exceptional reporter, voiced writer and deep thinker. We want a columnist who has a lot to say and really looks forward to saying it.
This describes all of our columnists now, of course. Each of them brings a different sensibility and report to our section. This is an opportunity to add something new. We want to hear your vision for that— be it traditional or nontraditional, roving or from your desk, character-driven or comment-driven. The column could be aimed at singles or families, emotion-oriented or consumer-oriented, the voice of a professional or of Joe or Jane the Plumber. That is, what kind of columnist would add the most to the Metro section at present? What new adventures on the Web could it bring? This is an opportunity to invent something new online and in print.
To apply, please contact Bob McCartney (4-6849), Lynn Medford (4-6340), R.B. Brenner (4-7461) or Peter Perl (4-6188) by Jan. 12. Also, please plan to submit three sample columns and a memo laying out your vision for the column and the Web by Feb. 3.