The Washington Post has created a Standards desk to protect the integrity of news reporting and support Post journalists. Meghan Ashford-Grooms of Kaiser Health News and Carrie Camillo, the deputy editor of the Talent Network, will be The Post’s standards editors. According to WePo, “Meghan will focus her efforts on updating, explaining and enforcing existing newsroom policies and creating new policies that offer clear guidance on Post standards and ethics. Carrie will be the lead editor on issues of language and taste, will oversee the corrections policy, and will work closely with the multiplatform editing desk.
“Together, the two editors will create a robust training program on newsroom standards, especially for new hires. They will oversee takedown requests and be the newsroom’s first address for questions about speaking engagements, freelance proposals and other matters where staff members are uncertain about our professional standards or ethical responsibilities. The two editors also will be involved in the newsroom’s most complicated stories and projects, providing editing support at any step of the process.
“Meghan, pronounced ME-gun, is currently deputy copy chief at Kaiser Health News. She was previously a senior editor and copy chief at FiveThirtyEight and a copy editor and reporter at the Austin American-Statesman. She also spent a few years of her career outside of a newsroom (but she always came running back) as a senior editor at the Urban Institute and a policy analyst at the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island.”
Regarding, Camillo, WaPo states that she is “one of the newsroom’s most beloved editors, who celebrates 20 years at The Post this month, brings strong editing skills, deep newsroom connections and wide-ranging interests to this new position. She is currently deputy editor of the Talent Network, but she has been running the operation on her own for most of the past year while Talent Network Editor Susan Levine was dispatched to the Foreign desk. Carrie is particularly proud of her efforts to recruit journalists from underrepresented communities for the Talent Network and to encourage greater coverage of communities of color.”
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