An “Opportunity to Transform Journalism”

Leonard Downie, Jr., executive editor of the Washington Post is taking an “opportunity to transform journalism for a new era.” This, of course, means some drastic changes to his newsroom:

  • Shrinking the newsroom staff
  • Tightening up the paper’s news hole
  • Cracking down on story length & publishing story length guidelines for the staff, along with ways to adhere to them
  • Moving a number of reporters from general assignment positions to more specific assignments and beats