Raju Narisetti leaving Washington Post to return to WSJ

MediaWire Memo | Dow Jones
After three years at The Washington Post, managing editor Raju Narisetti is returning to The Wall Street Journal as managing editor of the Journal’s Digital Network. Narisetti worked at the Journal for 13 years before stints at Mint and the Post, where he’s been leading digital efforts. Narisetti recently defended the pace of the Post’s innovation against charges from ombudsman Patrick Pexton that the news organization was moving too quickly. In a piece for Forbes.com in June, Narisetti wrote, “there has never been a better time to be a journalist for The Post.” Post editor Marcus Brauchli tells the staff, ”Nobody will miss him more than I”;  Dow Jones Editor-in-Chief Robert Thomson says, “Raju is wired, and we are jazzed.” (Memo follows.)

To the Staff:

I am sorry to announce that Raju Narisetti is resigning as Managing Editor of The Washington Post, effective Feb. 1. He will be moving to New York to re-join the Wall Street Journal.

Raju has accomplished much in the three years since he came to the Post from Mint, a business newspaper and website he founded in India. He was closely involved in the redesign of our print edition in 2009; oversaw the selection and installation of Methode, the content-management system we use to edit and produce our news products; and has taken a leading role in the integration of our print and digital staffs and operations.

But that understates dramatically his role. Raju has helped to build an extravagantly talented digital team and provided much of the vision and strategy that enabled The Post to become one of the most innovative and successful digital-news operations anywhere.

The evidence is in the numbers: The Post’s online traffic has risen sharply in the last two years, with our page views in December up 45% from a year earlier, the number of visitors to our site up 14%, and the time each visitor spends on our site more than double what it was a year ago (according to comScore) – making 2011 our best year ever. We are a leader in the use of social media for delivering news and drawing readers to our site. Our video traffic has tripled in the last two years and our mobile visits doubled in the last year.

One of Raju’s signal successes, though, has been that these accomplishments aren’t his alone, but are the result of the inspiration and genius of many people. He has ensured we have the best engagement and social-media experts, the best SEO team, the best digital designers, and a newsroom capable of adapting rapidly to the fast-changing habits of our fast-growing audience. We have, in short, the people, the technology, the journalism, the metabolism and the creative spirit to build on our successes. And we will ensure that we remain focused; those people who have been reporting to Raju will for now report to me.

We will miss Raju greatly, and nobody will miss him more than I, having worked with him over a dozen years, first at the Journal and more recently here.

Please join me in wishing him every success and thanking him for his many invaluable contributions to The Post.

Marcus

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