Billionaire Amazon owner Jeff Bezos' Washington Post is to create 'breaking news' hubs around the world, in a push which adds roles in Sydney and Seoul.
The new hubs in Asia and Europe - staffed by reporters and editors - will leverage the time difference to cover unfolding US and global stories during nighttime hours in Washington.
It has also announced a new foreign bureau in Sydney, and another in Bogotá, bringing its international footprint to 26. It follows creation of a Europe-based role focussed on covering global conflicts.
The Post says it will be able to operate "energetically and rapidly 24 hours a day and seven days a week", with a particular emphasis on the live coverage of major stories.
"The Post intends to ensure that its readers everywhere can rely on a full, timely news report at any hour, including rich, multi-faceted coverage during the critical early-morning window in North America," it says.
A total of 19 jobs are being created between London and Seoul. Each hub will include four breaking-news reporters and two breaking-news editors, and will also include a visuals editor, an audience editor and at least one multiplatform editor.
New postings for Sydney and Bogotá are part of a broader expansion in 2021 that will increase overall staffing by 44 journalists to 1010, the most ever. Deeper coverage of personal technology will see eight reporters and editors added to a technology team which has grown in recent years to 19 journalists, and four staffers are being added to the audience team, enhancing the Instagram presence. Two newsroom expansions this year have added 14 to visual journalism and 11 to national affairs around race and identity.
The paper quotes executive editor Marty Baron (pictured) that they are "hugely excited to be expanding so dramatically.
"Readers will get journalism that is richer, deeper, faster, more wide-ranging and more innovative. It signals overwhelming confidence in The Post's future."
The Post has been on a roll in recent months, through its own push for digital subscriptions - reported to have tripled to almost three million since 2016 - and through its tech subsidiary Arc Publishing.
Arc, which has just expanded into Mexico with the signing of El Financiero, claims its technology serves 1400 sites in 23 countries, reaching more than 1.5 billion unique monthly. Its Zeus advertisement monetisation tools are being applied to increase viewability, and create a marketplace of premium publishers to rival digital giants.
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