I am the Editorial copy chief at The Washington Post. I direct a staff of seven multiplatform editors; collectively, we edit, fact-check, headline, publish and promote some 50 articles daily. That material includes op-eds, columns, editorials, blog postings and letters to the editor.
Our work goes well beyond the traditional role of a copy editor. We also line-edit blog posts, produce web pages, design print pages, select photos for print and online play, research tricky points of fact and monitor online performance — all tasks that, in the Post newsroom, are disseminated among specialized teams. We always pursue the highest quality, since Post readers expect that even instant reaction will be insightful and error-free.
I have been at The Post for more than 10 years, as a copy editor and an assignment editor in the National, Metro and Style departments. As national and foreign night editor, I played a major role in our coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, especially through our groundbreaking campaign blog The Trail and on primary and national election nights.
Before joining The Post, I worked as a reporter and then a copy editor for newspapers large and small in Texas, Washington state and Nevada. (More information about my professional background is at LinkedIn.)
Along the way, I have become familiar with publishing through numerous platforms (CCI, DTI, Quark XPress, Atex) and content-management systems (Methode, Movable Type, WordPress), and I work equally well in Mac or PC environments.
The most expedient way to reach me is via Twitter @mrbutterworth.