New digital tool aimed at extending the reach of Post coverage; Makes it easier for editors and freelancers to connect and collaborate on story assignments

The Washington Post Talent Network, built in-house on a new technology platform, is a new tool for Post editors that enables top freelancers across the nation and around the world to cover breaking news for The Post and to pitch and create enterprise stories online and in print. The Talent Network represents a new model for covering far more subjects in far more places, allowing The Post to draw systematically and efficiently on the impressive journalistic talent in locations where it does not have full-time staffers.

The Talent Network will serve all departments at The Post, and all freelance assignments ultimately will be managed through the system. The system is expected to eventually include a full range of journalistic talent and specialties as well as journalists based overseas. Veteran editor and reporter Eva Rodriguez is rejoining The Post from Politico to become editor of the Talent Network.

The Washington Post Talent Network arose out of a project pursued by Anne Kornblut, then deputy national editor and now associate editor, as part of a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. (See her video introduction here) The platform was developed by Jeremy Gilbert, the newsroom’s director of strategic initiatives, in collaboration with Greg Grieff and Jessica Witmer, from The Post’s engineering department.

Key features of The Washington Post Talent Network include:
• Freelancer profiles, detailing professional experience and expertise and including work samples. Freelancers can import information from LinkedIn to save time and effort.
• Story pitching, allowing freelancers to tailor ideas to every department and for individual editorial initiatives, including blogs.
• Assignment posting, letting freelancers consider stories we wish to pursue.
• Location tracking, ensuring editors know freelancers’ primary work locations, allowing quick deployment for breaking news.

Starting today, freelancers can build their own profile — including uploading clips — and request access to the network. Visit the Talent Network to get started.