Post Movement

The Post announced yesterday a “Style Announcement and Job Opening,” that “Elissa Silverman Moves to D.C. Political Beat”, that “David Nakamura to Cover D.C. Mayor” and that there are “Job Openings: Food Editor and Food Writer” (one bit of fallout from the decision to kill the Daily Source: the food staff has to be reloaded, since almost everybody took the buyout). Full announcements when you click below…

Also, “The Washingtonian magazine is seeking an experienced, organized, creative Photo Editor. Outstanding communication skills, positive and flexible attitude, and team spirit are a must for our busy photo department. The person will work closely with Design, Editorial, and Web personnel to plan, research, and generate photography for the award-winning monthly publication and Web site. The Photo Editor will manage the photo department, which includes a staff photographer and a full-time photo assistant; set up photo shoots; hire and negotiate rates with photographers and stylists; obtain stock images; edit film; and oversee and maintain the photo budget. The magazine’s goal is to become more visual in the next year, and the Photo Editor can play a major role in creating stories–both short and long–that are visually driven.”

Style Announcement and Job Opening

We’re pleased to announce that Martha Wright, who has distinguished herself in Style as a smart, creative and enthusiastic copy editor and occasional page designer, is shifting to full-time page design as an assistant news editor (still attached to Style, of course, which is why we’re so pleased.) Remember the mud-splattered Style front showcasing a story on ATV racing? That was Martha’s concept, handmade mud and page design.

This move is part of an ongoing reorganization of our layout and design staff that began when Michael Bolden moved to the magazine and now must factor in Jim Forrest‘s decision to take early retirement at the end of the year. More to come later.

Now, Style is looking for a top-notch copy editor to replace Martha. Style copy editors’ fun is by no means limited to playing musical chairs. They work with some of the best features writers in the biz and make them look even better. They have a vast knowledge of the diverse subjects Style covers, and look up what they don’t know; they know how to fix something when it needs it and how to leave it alone when it doesn’t; they write great cutlines and headlines on deadline (“A Couch Tom Cruise Won’t Jump On: Actor Lambastes Psychiatry on ‘Today'”was Martha’s); and they play well with others. Night and weekend work involved.

Metro News
Elissa Silverman Moves to D.C. Political Beat

We are pleased to announce that Elissa Silverman will join the Metro staff as a D.C. politics reporter.

Elissa has been writing about city issues and the political races since March, when the Business desk allowed us to borrow her for a few months. Already her stories have covered a range of topics, from overviews of the 2006 election and the candidates to the controversy over Howard University’s proposal to build a new hospital. To every assignment, she has brought passion, energy and insights that help readers understand the District’s political landscape and the motivations of the key players.

Before joining the Business staff in 2005, Elissa was a reporter and political columnist for City Paper, where she consistently broke news and demonstrated her talents for developing and cultivating valuable sources.

After the District elections, Elissa’s responsibilities will include finding fresh ways to show how well politicians and the policies they create address the concerns of residents in rapidly changing city neighborhoods.
cia Slacum Greene

Metro News
David Nakamura to Cover D.C. Mayor
We are pleased to announce that David Nakamura will cover the D.C. Mayor’s office, replacing Lori Montgomery, who will be moving to the Business staff in the autumn.

For the next few months, David will be busy with the District’s election coverage. When the new mayor takes office in January, he will take on the critical job of following the creation of an administration that will tackle challenges and establish policies that will determine the city’s direction in the post-Anthony Williams era.

David is a hard-charging and talented beat reporter whose scoops and enterprise work have made him a regular on A1. He has owned the baseball beat, dominating coverage of the political controversies surrounding the return of Major League Baseball to Washington, including the city’s marathon debates over financing a new stadium. Before taking on that assignment nearly two years ago, David broke the story about excessive lead levels in the District’s drinking water. Over a period of months, he and a team of Metro reporters wrote more than 200 stories about the lead crisis. The stories won the 2005 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting.

David began his career at the Post in 1994 as a sports reporter, and joined the Metro staff in 1997. He has covered education in Maryland, District agencies and the D.C . Council, and has been involved in major regional and national stories. In 2003, he was the only reporter to interview the tractor operator who seized a corner of the National Mall and paralyzed part of downtown Washington for 47 hours with the threat of a bomb. We saw David get a scoop while standing in a hallway outside a baseball meeting that was closed to the media. We can’t wait to see what he does when the new mayor is reluctant to talk.

Job Openings: Food Editor and Food Writer

We are eager to select a new editor of the Food section. We are seeking an experienced food journalist with a passion for the topic, a strong vision for coverage and a creative, collaborative approach to editing. This person will lead a small, dedicated staff devoted to making Food essential reading for those who care about cooking, entertaining and dining out. Building on what we learned in the Source process, this editor will make changes that bring Food into a new era at The Post, working as part of an expanded world of service journalism.

A strong candidate has emerged for this position, but we are interested in talking to all who share a love of food, have experience covering it as either an editor or writer and have smart ideas about our journalism.

This editor’s first task will be hiring a writer to join Bonnie Benwick, Walter Nicholls and Leigh Lambert on the Food staff. There is no preferred candidate for the writing job. The ideal applicant would be both a graceful writer and an enterprising reporter. Clips should include examples of stories that surprise, that delight, that tell us something about food we didn’t know, but are now glad we do. The job pace will likely be swift; this reporter will need to stay ahead of local trends, handle breaking news, get into the region’s food scene and write cover-worthy features for the weekly Food section. Online chats, radio spots and other multimedia gigs come with this territory.