Scott Vance promoted to deputy managing editor at Washington Post

postAs Washington Post deputy managing editor, Scott Vance will be responsible “for driving our daily news coverage online and in print,” says executive editor Marty Baron.

“The move is aimed at bringing more cohesion to the journalism we produce, on all platforms, from the beginning of the day to night’s end. ….We believe that merging digital and print news decision-making under Scott will only heighten our ability to quickly focus newsroom resources on the most important targets.”

Vance has been the Post’s news editor since 2009.

Read Baron’s memo after the jump.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Martin Baron
Date: Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 9:31 AM
Subject: staff news
To: NEWS – All Newsroom

To all:

We are pleased to announce that Scott Vance will become deputy managing editor, with responsibility for driving our daily news coverage online and in print. The move is aimed at bringing more cohesion to the journalism we produce, on all platforms, from the beginning of the day to night’s end. Scott will oversee the news decision-making operation in “the Hub,” which Scott affectionately calls “the Circle of Trust,” and work closely with coverage leaders to ensure that we are competitive and vibrant throughout the day.

Scott is one of our most trusted newsroom leaders, whose wise judgment and collegiality are observable during news meetings and through countless interactions that lead to the comprehensive report we provide readers daily. Scott comes to this new responsibility with a wealth of experience and the broad respect of colleagues: He spent nine years as a Metro editor, was national security editor during the height of the Iraq war, and helped to run the National staff as a deputy to two assistant managing editors. He spent two years as the assistant managing editor overseeing the news desk for our Web site in Arlington during the pre-merger days. Since 2009, Scott has been The Post’s news editor, a position that has put him at the center of our biggest breaking news efforts. Before joining The Post in 1995, Scott spent a decade as a reporter and editor at The Detroit News.

As D.M.E., Scott will report to Managing Editor Kevin Merida and help us continue to meld our digital and print ambitions. He will make sure that our intraday needs for news and enterprise are met and that we build coverage throughout the day and into the newspaper. He will be joined in that effort by Barbara Vobejda and Eric Rich.

Barbara will take on an enhanced role as news editor, reporting to Scott and sharing responsibility for running the day and leading our news meetings. She will give special attention to work that needs lifting, and help ensure that our journalism gets sharpened as the day goes on, with a particular focus on assembling the front page. Barbara is one of our most admired editors and a favorite of reporters, who value her cool disposition under pressure and her ability to improve their work.

Since coming to The Post in 1984, Barbara has been a reporter and editor on the Metro, National and Investigative staffs. Following the 2012 election, she was named A1 editor.

Eric, who also will report to Scott, will take on the title Universal Desk editor and continue to supervise the topic editors and homepage team. Eric will remain involved in editing and programming the homepages and will assume new duties related to workflow and design issues. Eric is known for his keen news sense and deadline editing skills, and he has been crucial to the transformation to a more digitally-driven newsroom. Since joining The Post in 2004 as a federal court reporter, Eric has been a Metro editor, topic desk chief and UND deputy editor.

We believe that merging digital and print news decision-making under Scott will only heighten our ability to quickly focus newsroom resources on the most important targets.

Marty Kevin

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