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Washington Post launches energy and environment section

The Washington Post’s long-anticipated energy and environment section anchored by former Mother Jones correspondent Chris Mooney launched Thursday.

In the section’s inaugural post, Mooney laid out his ambitions, noting that coverage of environmental issues has “never mattered more.” The Post will aim its coverage at “consumers, policymakers, executives and scientists” and turn its eye toward both international and domestic news.

We are now upping our environmental focus and launching this new coverage to bridge the gap between the urgency of environmental and energy problems and a public that too often finds them mystifying, off-putting, daunting and dizzying.

When The Post announced Mooney’s hire in October, the paper forecasted the rollout of “a standalone blog” that would feature work from environment and energy writers across the newsroom.

The Post’s investment in environmental coverage mirrors a similar move made late last year at The New York Times. In September, Adam Bryant told Poynter he had been appointed environment editor for the paper, and that The Times was adding more reporters to cover the topic. Read more

from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1BLVIkH

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