I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be starting a new role here at The Washington Post, news about which was just sent to the newsroom:
We are excited to announce that Greg Linch will be moving into a new hybrid technology / newsroom role starting June 1. Since coming to the Post in December 2010, he has desk-pedaled his way across a few sections.
Greg began by producing for the health, science and environment team. Those months rekindled a childhood interest by feeding and growing his natural curiosity about the world. He then put both halves of his journalism-political science double major to use during a short stint with the politics team before starting an exciting year working with the foreign and national security desks.
All the while he’s been improving his technical knowledge with the ultimate goal of doing better journalism, such as creating a few handy tools and helping to make some production tasks more efficient. That’s no surprise, of course, considering the two start-ups he previously worked on — one for college media when he was at the University of Miami and one that made tools for newsrooms before he joined the Post.
At the Post we have section producers who primarily work in a CMS and engineers who build news applications, but nothing in between. Greg will pioneer an experimental role to straddle web production and web development — a special projects and applications producer position that will focus on more technical and medium to long-term projects and solutions.
We see Greg as a person who can look beyond standard journalism forms to help develop technology that pushes the boundaries of storytelling alongside the newsroom. He will partner with editors and technologists to conceive and create tools that engage users with our journalism; current examples of apps in development include a polling interface and our new live blogging platform. He will work with the entire newsroom, from producers to reporters to designers to find places where development can come together to create new technology that serves our users and our journalism.
Greg will spend the first 3 – 6 months of this new role training exclusively with engineers: honing his development skills. After he completes this initial embedding in web development, he’ll be working in the newsroom through Cory Haik and be deployed on projects within news and alongside the embedded engineering group run by Washington Post Chief Architect Greg Franczyk.
Update: The world producer role has been filled.