Raju Narisetti has resigned as Washington Post managing editor and to become Wall Street Journal Digital Network managing editor. || Read the Dow Jones press release.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING IN THE POST NEWSROOM (EMAIL FROM AN INSIDER):
An actual quote from somebody who despises him: “Ding dong the witch is dead.”
[Narisetti] is not a beloved figure in the newsroom, at least among those he did not hire. There is a feeling among old-timers and younger staff members with backgrounds in print that he has sullied the brand with many of his ideas and initiatives.
You can short-hand all of his sins/crimes against our journalism and brand as ‘dancing bears.’
“Other highlights would include the implementation of Methode, our universally despised new CMS, which he brought in, and this.
I welcome the departing managing editor’s response, of course, and comments from other people at the Post. Email me, or post in comments.
(Note: WP’s Paul Farhi was quoted on my site yesterday and I know some people will think I turned to him again for his observations. They’re wrong; this is not from Farhi.)
From 2010: Post writers and editors expect Narisetti to be a short-timer
UPDATE: This email comes from a former WSJ employee who didn’t want to be named:
I worked for more than a decade at Dow Jones and WSJ combined, and I am a huge fan of Narisetti. The fact that he is returning to WSJ actually makes me (at least briefly) sorry not to be there anymore — though this is not a reflection on Kevin Delaney, of whom I am also a fan.
Raju is a smart, thoughtful, energetic presence. I can’t speak for an entire organization, but I suspect his return will be widely welcomed in the WSJ newsroom. I can certainly vouch for a handful of former colleagues who have worked directly with or under Raju and like and respect him as much as I do. (It sounds like perhaps the folks at WaPo are struggling — as are journalists everywhere — with the pace of change and the huge questions hanging over the future of newspapers — and Raju has taken the brunt of the resulting resentment).
THE FAREWELL MEMO:
Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
Subject: Staff Announcement: Raju Narisetti re-joins the Wall Street Journal
To: NEWS – All Newsroom
To the Staff:
I am sorry to announce that Raju Narisetti is resigning as Managing Editor of The Washington Post, effective Feb. 1. He will be moving to New York to re-join the Wall Street Journal.
Raju has accomplished much in the three years since he came to the Post from Mint, a business newspaper and website he founded in India. He was closely involved in the redesign of our print edition in 2009; oversaw the selection and installation of Methode, the content-management system we use to edit and produce our news products; and has taken a leading role in the integration of our print and digital staffs and operations.
But that understates dramatically his role. Raju has helped to build an extravagantly talented digital team and provided much of the vision and strategy that enabled The Post to become one of the most innovative and
successful digital-news operations anywhere. Read More