Washington Post Gears Up For 2014, 2016 Elections

The Washington Post has reorganized the paper's political staff in anticipation for upcoming elections.
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The Washington Post announced several changes Wednesday that editors say will better position the paper "for the coming elections and accommodate the continued growth of our staff," according to a staff memo.

Chris Cillizza will expand The Fix into a new digital storytelling site that Post editors say will be "bigger, better" and "less tied to the news." The revamped Fix, they write, will provide engaging analysis and make "people think differently about what they thought they knew about politics." The Fix, which recently added two staffers, will soon add a couple more.

The Post announced several other editorial moves tied to Washington and campaign coverage. Terence Samuel will become Washington editor, overseeing Congressional and White House coverage. And Dan Eggen will shift to the newly created role of Campaign editor, overseeing 2014 and 2016 coverage.

The full memo, with even more newsroom moves and deadline changes, is below:

Staff News: New Deadlines, New Organization for the Politics Team

We're excited to announce several major changes on the National Politics staff that will better position us for the coming elections and accommodate the continued growth of our staff.

The most notable change is that we are instituting two new deadlines for enterprise - geared to informal Sunrise and Noon editions - and shortening turnaround times for breaking news files. At the same time, we will work to improve the presentation in print of the best of what we do on our digital platforms.

To fulfill this evolving mission and meet the demands of the political calendar, we are rearranging the editing structure.

Terry Samuel, who has led our top-notch coverage of Capitol Hill, will become Washington Editor, with responsibility for the White House and Congress. Dan Eggen will bring his enthusiasm and deft editing skills to the newly created role of Campaign Editor, which will put him in charge of our coverage of 2014 and 2016. Vince Bzdek, who makes everything happen on the politics desk, will become Day Editor, with an expanded organizational role that includes overseeing what elements of our digital report become part of our mobile and print products. Peter Wallsten will continue to be a force as Enterprise Editor. And we are in the process of hiring an additional editor who will lead coverage on the blogs, especially Post Politics and GovBeat.

We're also very excited to announce changes to The Fix that will make it even more of an indispensable destination for fans of politics.

Leading the way, as always, will be Chris Cillizza -- a journalistic pioneer whose prescience has been affirmed every time someone else tries to imitate what he started with The Fix. Chris will again set the pace with a bigger, better site that is less tied to the news, provides sharp, engagingly presented analysis and makes people think differently about what they thought they knew about politics.

Aaron Blake, who has done stand-out work on Post Politics, will help direct and edit coverage on The Fix, while continuing to author his own analysis of politics through data. Two new stars of The Fix -- Jaime Fuller and Philip Bump, who both bring witty, improvisational and sophisticated approaches to political reporting -- will continue to grace the blog. The Fix is also in the process of hiring two additional reporters.

Post Politics will take on a revived mission as the primary destination for news and expertise from across the political staff. Post Politics will be anchored by Sean Sullivan, who will continue his excellent coverage of congressional campaigns; Katie Zezima, who has already made a mark on the White House beat; and Wesley Lowery, who has added depth and breadth to our coverage of Capitol Hill. Those, however, are not the only bylines that will fill the blog. We expect the entire political staff to regularly contribute news, intrigue and expertise from their beats.

We're happy to announce the addition of a pair of developers to the politics staff. Matt Nelson and Peter Pezon will focus their considerable talents on creating a series of sharp and revelatory features, along the lines of The Monkey Cage's recently launched Election Lab, which they helped build.

Masuma Ahuja will take on an expanded role as the primary liaison between the politics team and the developers, and work with the design and development teams to envision and build our midterm and 2016 efforts.

We have already begun implementing many of these changes; they will go into full effect July 21.

This is an extremely exciting moment for the National Politics staff. These steps will add momentum to efforts long underway and enable the best political staff in America to move with all due haste toward fulfilling our substantial ambitions.

Cameron Anne Steven

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