The rapid-response investigative team that Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan described to Politico last month is now official, and is hiring.
The eight-person team will include an assignment editor, five investigative reporters, a database reporter and a graphics reporter and will be part of the Post’s larger investigative unit. It will be collaborative in nature and work with other Post departments on stories. In its first year, there will be an emphasis placed on a close relationship with the national team.
For all members of the rapid-response team, the objective will be to conduct investigations and produce work around those investigations with quick turnaround times—as in days, rather than weeks or months. Because of the “high metabolism” turnaround requirement, much of the work will be based on digital sources.