Amanda Zamora leaves the Washington Post after seven years to become senior engagement editor at ProPublica. “At ProPublica she will be in charge of expanding social media, crowd-sourcing and distributed reporting efforts,” says the Post memo announcing her departure. Zamora, who leaves the Post on July 20, is currently National digital editor. She started in the paper’s Austin bureau.
From: Lamar Graham
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2012 5:25 PM
To: Ginger Gibson
Subject: Job opportunity at NJ.com
Hi, Ginger. I’m Lamar Graham, the new content boss at NJ.com. We’re planning a big and rapid expansion of our original coverage across New Jersey, including politics, in the very near future, and [Star-Ledger editor] Kevin Whitmer suggested we reach out to you. I’m looking for a top-flight political reporter – someone who knows NJ politics intimately, who has great reporting chops, who writes with intelligence and style, and who really gets and likes digital (including social media). Kevin says you’re the whole package. For the time being, this new hire would focus almost exclusively on Chris Christie – stick to him like glue, post about him multiple times daily, travel with him a good deal of the time, really capture him as a political figure and NJ personality. Later on, the role might broaden. Bottom line: I think there’s a real opportunity here to be an agenda-setter and a star. Interested in talking? I’m looking to move quickly. You can reach me via email or at either of the numbers below. Look forward to chatting. Best, LG
Gibson, who did not send me this email, tells Romenesko readers: “I’m very happy with my job at Politico. I’m not considering returning to The Star-Ledger or NJ.com.”
Freelance writer and Wall Street Journal extreme-sports correspondent Michael Ybarra, 45, was killed in a fall during a weekend mountain-climbing trip in the Sierra Nevada. Authorities were alerted on Monday when Ybarra failed to return from his trip on Sunday. His body was found on Wednesday.
The Journal put out this statement Wednesday night:
Michael Ybarra was an extraordinary journalist. In the best traditions of his profession he enlightened and engaged readers on a wide array of topics in clear, vivid prose. His passion for the outdoors was evident not only in his writing for the Leisure & Arts and Books sections — reviews and essays written with such verve you felt you were right beside him on a mountain face or in a kayak — but in the way he lived. We mourn his passing, and send our thoughts and prayers to his family.