WaPo announces plans to increase investigative journalism staff

WaPo announces plans to increase investigative journalism staff
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The Washington Post announced Thursday that it would hire nearly a dozen investigative journalists to supplement existing teams and expand the Post's existing investigations unit.

In a press release, the Post's editors said the expansion would include five additions to the Post's investigative unit and five other investigative journalists to other beats in the newsroom, including foreign policy and climate change.

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“The Post has a long and distinguished history of groundbreaking investigative journalism,” said executive editor Martin Baron in the press release.

“This expansion is very much in that tradition, and it accentuates one of our newsroom’s greatest assets," he continued. "Our goal is to further strengthen an already robust Investigative Unit and to continue distributing investigative firepower throughout the newsroom.”

The move comes following a similar expansion of the Post's investigative unit in early 2017, according to the blog post, which resulted in a Pulitzer Prize for work the team did later that year exposing sexual assault allegations against Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSessions hits back at Trump days ahead of Alabama Senate runoff Judge allows Roy Moore lawsuit over Sacha Baron Cohen prank to proceed Senate outlook slides for GOP MORE, a Senate candidate from Alabama.

The newspaper joined earlier this year with longtime competitor The New York Times when editors at the two papers denounced a move by the Trump administration to seek the extradition and prosecution of Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeGlenn Greenwald calls charges against Assange a threat to journalistic freedoms Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology Justice Department announces superseding indictment against Wikileaks' Assange MORE, founder of Wikileaks, under the controversial Espionage Act.

Baron cited the Post's work in uncovering the Pentagon Papers at the time as a reason why journalists should support Assange, who is accused of publishing classified documents leaked by a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst, Chelsea ManningChelsea Elizabeth ManningHillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology Justice Department announces superseding indictment against Wikileaks' Assange Overnight Defense: National Guard activated to fight coronavirus | Pentagon 'fairly certain' North Korea has cases | General says Iran threat remains 'very high' after US strikes MORE.

“Dating as far back as the Pentagon Papers case and beyond, journalists have been receiving and reporting on information that the government deemed classified. Wrongdoing and abuse of power were exposed," Baron said in May.

"With the new indictment of Julian Assange, the government is advancing a legal argument that places such important work in jeopardy and undermines the very purpose of the First Amendment," he added.