Washington Post’s Amanda Zamora joins ProPublica

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.

Read ProPublica’s release. The Post memo is after the jump.

Date: July 5, 2012 10:28:21 AM EDT
To: NEWS – All Newsroom
Subject: Staff News: Amanda Zamora

We are sorry to report that National digital editor Amanda Zamora will be leaving The Washington Post to join ProPublica as senior engagement editor. Amanda has been an indispensable leader of our election coverage, amping up our daily performance, improving our social engagement and helping to create a new vision for how we report and present political news and analysis.

Amanda Zamora

Her ideas span our coverage, from adding a video series to The Fact Checker to improving how we present results on election nights. Her innovations will carry forward as well — a new and improved live blog, the bulk of our online convention coverage and other upcoming projects will be a realization of her vision.

Amanda’s departure ends about seven years at The Post, spread over two stints. She started in 2002 in what was then our Austin bureau and in 2003 became a Metro producer at Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive, before working on the foreign and investigative desks. Amanda returned to The Post in 2010 and, as engagement editor, helped build our first dedicated social media team. At ProPublica she will be in charge of expanding social media, crowd-sourcing and distributed reporting efforts. Her last day will be July 20. We will try to make do until she returns for a third tour.

We are exploring ways to fill Amanda’s role immediately and for the long term.

Kevin
Cameron
Steven

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