Washingtonpost.com Managing Editor Resigns

FishbowlDC has learned washingtonpost.com Managing Editor of Multimedia Tom Kennedy resigned today, effective February 13th.

The memo sent out at the Post is after the jump.

I regret to announce that Tom Kennedy has decided to leave washingtonpost.com. Tom, who is recognized throughout the industry as a pioneer in multimedia journalism, joined the Web site in 1998 and quickly began to transform the way we approached visual journalism. In the first year, he laid out a vision to experiment with video and audio storytelling as well as make full use of still photography coming from Post newspaper photographers and wire services. Over time, Tom built a visual journalism program that became the envy of the industry and established benchmarks for video quality in a variety of forms. His accomplishments are too many to name, but among them are leading his team to multiple local and National EMMY nominations and awards, a Peabody award, four successive Murrow awards, two Cine Golden Eagle awards, and many video editing and shooting awards in the NPPA and White House News Photographers Association. Several members of his team were named Video Editors of the Year and one was designated video journalist of the year. His team’s work has also been honored in the Society of News Design, Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year, Batten Award and Online Journalism Award competitions. Beyond his influence on his team, Tom has been a mentor, coach and partner to dozens of editors and producers interested in using multimedia to further their storytelling. I personally owe him a debt of gratitude for his guidance during my early forays into multimedia a decade ago. We will miss Tom dearly. His last day will be Feb. 13. Stay tuned for party details. Ju-Don