A trio of appointments at the Washington Post

At the Washington Post, Carlos Lozada moves from Outlook editor to enterprise editor. Ariana Cha becomes digital editor for special projects, working as Lozada’s deputy. A Post memo also announces that Barbara Vobejda, now a deputy national editor, becomes A1 editor.

Read the memo after the jump.

From: Marcus Brauchli
Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 3:41 PM
Subject: A new enterprise team
To: NEWS – All Newsroom

Colleagues, we’re delighted to announce a trio of appointments that will
sharpen our focus on high-impact journalism.

Carlos Lozada, whose broad intellect and acute understanding of our era has
defined Outlook since 2009, will become Enterprise Editor. In that new
role, he will be charged with shaping and elevating our journalism across
the newsroom. Ariana Cha, an accomplished former foreign correspondent who
now handles the digital side of our business and economy operation, will
become Digital Editor for Special Projects, working as Carlos’ deputy. And
Barbara Vobejda, a deputy national editor of immense talent and renowned
cool, will become our new A1 Editor, filling a post that has been vacant
since the departure of Steve Reiss last year.

These jobs are vital to our journalistic mission. We’re asking Carlos to
collaborate with section editors and enterprise teams across the room, to
make sure our big projects achieve all they should. He will bring people
together to conceptualize and launch new enterprise work, and he will be a
critical second read on major stories. Above all, Carlos will serve as a
gatekeeper: he should be involved on the takeoff on any significant
enterprise and he’ll be a crucial voice in deciding what lands when and
where. We want him to set a high bar. He’ll roam widely, dipping into all
subjects and areas. In some cases he’ll edit enterprise stories himself; in
most cases he will join forces with editors on our various staffs. Carlos
will also be involved in the daily news discussions as time permits,
seizing opportunities to create short-term enterprise that key off the flow
of news. He’ll join our senior management team and report to Liz Spayd.

Carlos has had a terrific run at Outlook. During his tenure, Outlook has
published a wide range of provocative and important pieces on subjects as
varied as Obama’s solitude, Brett Favre’s text messages and the war in
Afghanistan; took on responsibility for nonfiction book reviews and
coverage; and created popular short features such as Five Myths, Worst Week
in Washington and Spring Cleaning. He even brokered the first Woodward and
Bernstein joint byline in 36 years. A graduate of Notre Dame and Princeton,
Carlos has also served as The Post’s national security editor and economics
editor. Before joining us in 2005, he was a Knight-Bagehot fellow at
Columbia University, and managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, which
he helped lead to the 2003 National Magazine Award. He will start his new
role at the end of October.

Ariana will be charged with developing digital dimensions to our biggest
journalism and initiating or guiding ambitious digital-only journalism
projects across the room. The range of our talents is wide—from video and
photography to interactive graphics and coding—and Ariana will work with
every department to ensure we’re building out smart, original and engaging
digital projects. We want Ariana to help us pioneer new forms of
journalism. Some of her work will connect with what Carlos is doing, some
will be uniquely digital. As with Carlos, we’re asking her to work the
whole room, to collaborate with section editors everywhere to produce
interesting, original work. She’ll also help to manage the newsroom’s
content partnerships.

A graduate of Columbia University with a degree in computer science, Ariana
joined The Post in 1999 and has distinguished herself in a variety of
roles. She’s proved her skills as a digital journalist in our national
economic staff since she took on an editing role there in 2010 doing
everything from breaking news to helping to launch Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog to
managing our strategic relationship with Bloomberg News. She has been a
business reporter, including a stint in California covering Silicon Valley,
and a foreign correspondent in China and in Baghdad. In every job she’s
had, she’s shown an extraordinary ability to spot, report, craft and
deliver great journalism. She will report to Carlos.

Barbara will handle stories headed to the front page of our print edition.
She’ll work closely with Scott Vance to focus on stories likely to end up
on A1, then communicate what she’s looking for and what we need to ensure
that our front page every day not only is bracing, relevant and engaging,
but takes account of what readers may know from other sources during the
day. She will be available to work with editors and reporters early in the
process, helping to guide stories aimed for the front page.

Barbara is one of the most versatile editors in the newsroom, a clear
thinker during crises and adept at organizing coverage and seeing around
corners. In more than 25 years at The Post, Barbara has been a reporter and
editor on the Local, National and Investigative staffs. As a
Local/Investigative editor, she oversaw major projects on the D.C. schools,
corruption in the administration of Prince George’s County executive Jack
Johnson, and a series on D.C. landlords, which won the Goldsmith Prize for
Investigative Reporting. As a deputy national editor, she has run our
coverage of campaign finance, as well as the Supreme Court and the Justice
Department. She joined the political team this year to help manage our
coverage of the 2012 presidential election, focusing on accountability,
voting and money stories. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University
of Colorado and a master’s from Georgetown University, and spent a year on
Capitol Hill in an American Political Science Association fellowship for
journalists. She previously worked at the Honolulu Advertiser and the
Newburyport, Mass., Daily News. She’ll work for Scott Vance.

Please join us in congratulating Carlos, Ariana and Barbara on their new
roles.

Marcus
Liz
John
Shirley

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