Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth, with Don Graham (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth, with Don Graham (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

This week, The Washington Post announced the departure of Wonkblog chief Ezra Klein, a central part of the paper’s cerebral coverage of politics and policy in Washington. Lest anyone conclude that the paper isn’t bouncing right back, it released a memo this morning about filling the vacuum. Not only will it be announcing fresh hires, said the memo, but it’s also brewing up something new:

[W]e have plans to further expand our policy coverage and reach new readers beyond Wonkblog’s core audience. The new initiative, as yet unnamed, will harness one of the Post’s great historical strengths: storytelling. It will combine top-shelf writing, razor-sharp data analysis and rich human drama to explain and illuminate complicated public policy topics for our audience. The site will feature a steady stream of data-driven, narrative stories, with words, photographs and video; vibrant graphics that explain complex trends; and a variety of frontier-pushing approaches to engage readers in conversations about how to solve America’s biggest problems. In other words, we will tell stories through the voices of ordinary Americans, we will tell stories with numbers, and we will tell stories with our users’ help. (Bold text added)

Unnamed, huh? Golly, it sounds a lot like The Washington Post!

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.