The Washington Post announced plans to grow PowerPost today, the publication’s section focused on covering the tangle of Washington influence on and in government.
PowerPost’s flagship newsletter, The Daily 202, will be joined by three more newsletters that will cover healthcare policy, the finance industry and economic policy, and energy and environmental policy. The expanded array of newsletters will be accompanied by an expanded PowerPost team, with a search now open for positions that include a deputy editor, researcher and three reporters who will lead the new newsletters.
“We expect a huge amount of activity in these areas, underscoring the need for smart, nuanced reporting and sophisticated analysis that can be delivered directly to the people who care most about them,” said PowerPost editor Rachel Van Dongen in a statement. “Like the Daily 202, these newsletters will cut through the noise to distill the most essential information of the day, explaining incremental developments, offering big picture analysis, and looking ahead at what’s to come in these policy areas.”
As 2016 was whittled down to its few remaining days, Post publisher Fred Ryan announced a coming hiring spree. Since then, the paper has announced over 40 open positions, including spots on a newly created rapid-response investigative team and 30 openings in its video team.
The significant staff increase in its video team is accompanied by ambitious plans for the Post’s video efforts that include more breaking news video, a new Fact Checker video feature, VR and original programming for the Opinions section.