It’s a Miracle: WaPo Writes an Interesting Memo

This is only the first of its kind that we’ve seen, but WaPo may be turning over a new leaf (as pictured here) in their internal memos — in that maybe they will now be readable and remotely interesting. The news today is that Ted Mellnik, a “seasoned” computer-assisted reporting specialist, is joining the Graphics Department.

They weren’t kidding about “seasoned”: He has 30 years experience at the Charlotte Observer. Also, if you want to know anything on kayaking, sailing or soccer, he’s your guy.

See the memo…

We are happy to announce that Ted Mellnik, a seasoned computer-assisted
reporting specialist, is joining the Graphics department. Ted had worked at
the Charlotte Observer for 30 years.

Ted’s inner-city crime mapping, “Taking Back our Neighborhoods” was a
finalist for the Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service in 1996. In 2007,
his foreclosure work on “Sold a Nightmare” won a Polk Award and was also a
finalist for the Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service. Ted did pioneering
data analysis on the 1990 census and has continued to lead the field in
census coverage. He has been a national leader in the field through the
former Knight Ridder chain and IRE’s National Institute for Computer
Assisted Reporting, NICAR.  Specializing in explanatory maps, interactive
applications, investigative data work, live web searches, census analysis,
real estate, crime, death records and schools, Ted brings a wealth of
skills for making our newspaper, online and mobile presentations smarter.

He is also a go-to man for questions on soccer officiating (licensed),
sailboat racing (accomplished), western North Carolina (raised), coastal
kayaking (afloat), statistics (calculated) and web programming (evolved).
He spent the last year at University of Michigan and various sites abroad
on a Knight Wallace fellowship.

He arrives June 20. Please welcome him with us.

Hannah   Laris   Karen