Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe moves from Pentagon beat to enterprise team

Greg Jaffe

Washington Post Pentagon reporter Greg Jaffe is joining the National desk’s enterprise team. A staff memo says:

Since joining The Washington Post in 2009, Greg has produced vivid, often heartbreaking accounts of war and the costs that it inflicts on those at home. Under the guidance of National enterprise editor David Finkel and other editors, we expect Greg to take on a broad range of subjects as he crafts the intimate journalism that is one of The Post’s hallmarks.

The paper is now looking for “a nimble and aggressive reporter to follow in Greg’s footsteps on the military beat, one of the toughest and most rewarding in Washington.”

The full memo is after the jump.

From: Jennifer Crandell
Date: Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM
Subject: National News: Greg Jaffe moves to Enterprise, creating Pentagon vacancy
To: NEWS – All Newsroom

We are delighted to announce that Greg Jaffe will join National’s enterprise team, a move that will allow him to concentrate on the richly reported narratives that have defined his best work in writing about the military. Since joining The Washington Post in 2009, Greg has produced vivid, often heartbreaking accounts of war and the costs that it inflicts on those at home. Under the guidance of National enterprise editor David Finkel and other editors, we expect Greg to take on a broad range of subjects as he crafts the intimate journalism that is one of The Post’s hallmarks.

As a result of this transition, the National staff is seeking a nimble and aggressive reporter to follow in Greg’s footsteps on the military beat, one of the toughest and most rewarding in Washington. This person should be able to break news about the Pentagon from here and from conflict zones worldwide. With the war in Afghanistan winding down and the Iraq war over, she or he will help readers understand the changing face and mission of the U.S. armed forces.

The position offers the opportunity to work closely with Craig Whitlock and other members of the national security team so that we can inform readers about the internal debates that precede critical decisions and assess their implementation. One topic of particular interest will be working with colleagues from other desks to chronicle the inevitable conflicts and lobbying sparked by plans to reduce defense spending.

This is a critical beat on National, one that demands the full range of journalistic skills: voracious reporting, skilled analysis, sparkling writing and rapid, clear work on deadline. The perfect candidate will also be willing to travel to Afghanistan and other conflict zones. We will consider outside applicants, but our first hope is to fill this position from within the newsroom.

Greg will move to Enterprise when we fill his Pentagon beat.

Previous experience covering defense or national security is not necessary.

Those interested should contact Kevin Merida, Cameron Barr, Doug Frantz or Shirley Carswell by June 15. [Or July 15? — Romenesko]

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