Rob Curley joins Washington Post.Newsweek Interactive

Posted on September 6, 2006 
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[from Sys-Con Media]
Converged-media visionary Rob Curley, 35, of “let’s stop making crappy news sites” will assume the new position of vice president of product development for WPNI.


He will lead a team dedicated to innovation in online news and technology.

WPNI currently oversees washingtonpost.com, Newsweek.com, and Slate, all recipients of numerous industry awards.

These properties, as well as WPNI’s BudgetTravelOnline.com, also have experienced rapid user and revenue growth.

Curley joins WPNI from the Naples Daily News where he directed new media and convergence.

Curley has become one of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning online news developers in the world. He has distinguished himself in the emerging new-media realm of hyper-local media convergence.

In 2001, the Newspaper Association of America named Curley its New Media Pioneer of the Year. Curley’s online development teams at the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World, the Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal and the Naples Daily News garnered numerous national and international online journalism awards from Editor & Publisher magazine and the Newspaper Association of America.

[Note: Adrian Holovaty, an LJWorld/Lawrence.com alumnus, and creator of ChicagoCrime.org has been working at WashingtonPost.com for a year]

Washington Business Journal reported that the
Washington Post has been looking to new media plays to rescue it from falling ad revenue and circulation at its newspaper division.

It recently tapped Newsweek editor Mark Whittaker, as editor-in-chief of New Ventures at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the publisher’s digital division that oversees its Websites, including Washingtonpost.com, Newsweek.com, Slate and BudgetTravelOnline.com.

Online publishing sales grew 36 percent last quarter, to US$25.3 million.

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