Editor steps down at The Washington Post
November 13, 2012
The rumors are true. The Washington Post is getting a new editor.
Marty Baron, currently editor of The Boston Globe, will take over as executive editor on Jan. 2 following weeks of speculation that he was in line for the job.
He succeeds Marcus Brauchli, the former editor of The Wall Street Journal, who joined the Post in 2008. Brauchli will stay on with the post as a vice president, with his new duties including evaluating new media prospects for the paper.
Liz Spayd, the managing editor of the paper, had already been scheduled to leave, but she will stay on through the new year to help with the transition.
Today’s shakeup was not a huge surprise. Katharine Weymouth took over as publisher in 2008, and recently she’s hinted at some dissatisfaction in the Post’s coverage, particularly its local coverage.
Papers have been targeting their coverage more and more at the local level, seeing this as one area where the internet and other media are ill-equipped to compete.
Many large metropolitan papers such as The Post, which are feeling the biggest circulation and advertising hits, have cut back their national staff to focus instead on local reporting.
Poynter also reports that there had been tension between Brauchli and Weymouth over the latest round of budget cutting, a never-ending cause of stress in the newspaper industry.
The paper recently offered its fifth round of buyouts in eight years.
Brauchli joined The Post three months after being forced out at The Journal when Rupert Murdoch purchased the paper. He was Weymouth’s first major hire, succeeding Len Downie Jr., who had held the top spot in the newsroom for 17 years.
Under Brauchli’s leadership the Post’s online and offline newsrooms merged, but he and Weymouth also endured a huge dustup after proposing (and later kyboshing) a series of off-the-record salons to lobbyists, offering them the chance to hang out with Post reporters and editors at a huge price.
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