Joins Wonkblog and The Switch to round out policy coverage; New hires to be announced

The Washington Post today announced it plans to launch a new initiative focused on explaining the real-world impacts of public policy led by Jim Tankersley, one of the top writers and thinkers on economic issues. The project, as yet unnamed, will launch in spring of 2014.

“The new initiative 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 policy topics for our audience,” said Greg Schneider, Business editor at The Washington Post. “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 with real people, we will tell stories with numbers, and we will tell stories with our users’ help.”

The Post will be hiring a staff of new writers and data experts to join Tankersley as the project’s core contributors,

and will also feature contributions from current staff members throughout the newsroom such as Eli Saslow, Monica Hesse and David Fahrenthold.  

The new project will join Wonkblog and The Switch, adding to The Post’s in-depth coverage of policy matters, which also includes other policy-oriented blogs like GovBeat and WorldViews. Schneider said The Post also plans to grow Wonkblog and The Switch, and addressed questions about the future of Wonkblog.

“We will be making new hires and adding fresh voices to maintain Wonkblog as the premier destination for the fastest, smartest coverage and analysis of policy in Washington,” added Schneider.