The Washington Post Continues to Expand Its Newsroom With 11 Tech Positions

Newsroom ramps up team on the West Coast

Many of the jobs will be based in WaPo’s San Francisco bureau. Illustration by Dianna McDougall

The Washington Post is expanding its number of staffers covering technology, with new positions to be added to the editorial team on the West Coast and in D.C.

The tech team is the latest part of WaPo’s newsroom to expand following additional investments in recent years to its politics, investigative, digital operations and audience teams.

“It’s hugely gratifying for us to be growing, and, fortunately, we’re doing well, and we’re reinvesting our resources in journalism,” said Martin Baron, executive editor of WaPo.

The tech team will expand from 14 journalists to 25. Many of the jobs will be based in WaPo’s San Francisco bureau, which is getting a new video studio and a staff increase from its two tech reporters and one editor.

The new positions will include a range of beats from consumer electronics to robots to artificial intelligence. WaPo will also hire two new tech video editors.

One reporter will be based out of Seattle, of course—home to Amazon, which WaPo owner Jeff Bezos owns. Not that Bezos has weighed in on Amazon coverage—or coverage of any kind, Baron said.

“I have just observed no difference in our coverage of Amazon or their response to us. We don’t get many scoops, but we don’t get pushback or criticism,” said David Cho, business editor of The Washington Post, later adding, “Amazon doesn’t exactly open up to the media that often.”

Seattle’s significance in the tech world is “too massive now to ignore,” Cho added. WaPo has previously relied on a deep network of freelancers out of Seattle to assist with Amazon-related news and other Seattle-based tech stories.

Highlights from the tech coverage will be recapped in the WaPo’s tech-themed newsletter, Tech 202, which was announced at the end of July.

Other media companies have looked to expand tech staffers, including most recently CNN, which announced earlier this month that it would sunset CNNMoney, replace it with CNN Business and open a San Francisco office. The Atlantic also opened bureaus in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

WaPo aims to be an all-encompassing resource for readers seeking tech coverage, from the business audience to tech enthusiasts, unlike other sites which seem to cater to one or  the other, Cho said.

“The Post is trying to be more of a one-stop shop,” he said.

The Washington Post made headlines recently after its chief revenue officer, Jed Hartman, abruptly exited the company earlier this month. Kate Davey, vp of revenue strategy, is serving as interim chief revenue officer.

@SaraJerde Sara Jerde is publishing editor at Adweek, where she covers traditional and digital publishers’ business models. She also oversees political coverage ahead of the 2020 election.