The news media continues to expand into new realms that will potentially reshape and redefine the role of journalism.
“The Washington Post is seeking a managing editor for diversity and inclusion who, working closely with senior editors and our entire staff, will endeavor to ensure that those principles are incorporated into all aspects of news coverage and operations,” the news organization said Wednesday in a public release.
“This individual will join three other managing editors and the executive editor in holding the top positions in The Post’s newsroom,” the organization said.
“This a great and important gig, just posted,” Margaret Sullivan, who covers media for The Post, noted in a tweet Wednesday.
The newly created job appears to be a complex position that includes ensuring diversity in hiring and promotional decisions and leading in-house discussions on the coverage of race and identity.
“More inclusiveness in our coverage of people with different life experiences and perspectives; review of stories that involve sensitive subjects of race, ethnicity and identity; and listening to staff concerns on these issues and sharing them with others in the newsroom’s senior leadership,” The Post said.
The job also requires “a deep and distinguished background in news coverage” and “enthusiasm for spotting talented journalists” — and the incoming resumes will go directly to Post Executive Editor Marty Baron.
The news organization’s search follows a trend that emerged in the news media in 2017, prompted by a survey conducted by the American Society of News Editors that revealed that only 16% of journalists were minorities — and that that percentage was actually dropping. The Philadelphia Media Network was the first to create the position of “vice president for diversity and inclusion” in 2018, according to Editor & Publisher, an industry source.