Washington Post announces expansion of tech coverage
The Washington Post announced plans Thursday to expand its technology coverage, adding 11 new positions for reporters, editors and videographers.
The initiative will mean significant growth for The Post’s San Francisco bureau, where two technology reporters and one editor are now based. The bureau also will now house a video studio. Positions also will be added in Seattle and Washington, D.C.
In addition to the 14 journalists who already focus all or most of their time on technology coverage, the new positions for reporters, editors and video journalists bring the total to 25 – an 80 percent increase. These positions contribute to an already expanded business section that has doubled its staff over the past five years, with greater coverage in areas ranging from economic policy to the business of entertainment.
“This investment represents a major enhancement of our already distinguished business coverage and a recognition that technology deserves concentrated attention,” said Martin Baron, executive Editor of The Post.
The new positions include:
- Consumer electronics reporter
- Artificial intelligence and algorithm reporter
- Seattle-based technology reporter
- Tech culture reporter
- Automation and future of transportation reporter
- Technology-in-our-lives reporter
- Breaking-news technology and business reporter
- Technology policy editor
- Deputy technology editor
- Two technology video producers/editors
“The technology industry – with its dramatic impact on every individual, every industry and the political arena – is at the center of a profound national debate,” said David Cho, business editor of The Post. “We aim to cover developments in the industry and the broader societal issues with vigor, deep insight and high impact.”
The Post previously announced that it will launch the Tech 202 newsletter, anchored by Cat Zakrzewski, which will focus on the intersection of Washington and Silicon Valley.
Beyond the technology expansion, The Post’s business section will hire an additional Washington, D.C.-based breaking-news reporter.