Job change

Written by Adrian Holovaty on August 3, 2005

It's public. After two-and-a-half awesome years at the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World, having had the opportunity to help build amazing sites such as, and, I'm moving on.

I've accepted a position at The Washington Post, where I'll be Editor, Editorial Innovations for The Post has been my favorite news organization for as long as I've been in journalism -- indeed, since I read All the President's Men in high school -- and I'm just thrilled to be able to contribute to it.

My job at the Post will be a bit of a "mad scientist" thing: I'll be working with the staff to come up with new site features and various innovations that push the boundaries of how journalism is done online. The folks there are very open to new, exciting ways of presenting information.

This is gonna be cool.

And I'll continue to work from Chicago, as I've done over the past year for the Journal-World.

Of course, it'll be hard to leave the Journal-World and the great people there. That company is one of the few media companies I've seen that has a genuine interest in journalism and innovation above profits and short-term goals. Fortunately, I'll still be quite involved with them via our soon-to-be-released open-source Web framework, Django, on which I'll continue to have just as much say. (If I didn't, I'd go crazy, because I don't know how I'd live without the baby I've nurtured over the past two years.)

Finally, because I'm leaving the Lawrence operation, that leaves an opening for a Web developer. If you're a talented Python programmer with extensive experience doing Web development, we're interested in talking to you. Immediately. Check out this old writeup of mine for my full pitch. Great company, great town, incredible people. And you'd get to work with Django full-time!

Frankly, I'd be content working for the Journal-World for many years to come, but I just couldn't pass up an opportunity at the Post. Whoever gets this job will be very lucky. And happy.

Contact me at with your resume and links to what you've done. (The resume is a formality; the links are more important.)


Posted by Ian Bicking on August 3, 2005, at 9:52 a.m.:

Wow, that sounds like a really cool position. Congratulations!

Posted by Rob on August 3, 2005, at 2:22 p.m.:

Congratulations, Adrian!

Even though you're working from Chicago, I'd imagine you'll be in town more often now for meetings and such. Let's grab dinner at Pizzeria Paradiso again!

Posted by Craig on August 3, 2005, at 3:28 p.m.:

Way too go, Adrian. Looking for to see what you'll dream up over at the Post.

Posted by Catherine on August 3, 2005, at 3:34 p.m.:

wow, that's amazing - congratulations. and kudos to the post for developing that position.

Posted by Simon Willison on August 3, 2005, at 3:48 p.m.:

Congrats Adrian! And to anyone thinking about the Journal-World job: go for it. Amazing people, great town, fantastic job. I worked there for a year and loved every minute of it.

Posted by Derek Willis on August 3, 2005, at 5:12 p.m.:

We're lucky to be getting you, Adrian! I do wish we could have given you the actual title of "Mad Scientist," but alas some things aren't as easy as others.

Posted by Mike D. on August 3, 2005, at 6:05 p.m.:

Congrats dude! I love that title. You are going to be doing some cool stuff. If only you were around in the Nixon days, you could have written an app to plot Woodward and Felt's movements through the city via Google Maps.

Posted by gch on August 3, 2005, at 7:42 p.m.:

Adrian, I think you'll soon be working with a friend of mine. He started, a localized blog for the DC area, and recently was hired by the Post to work on the local stuff for the Post's Express. He has very strong ideas on the merger between traditional media and the web, so I definitely think the two of you should talk sometime. You can read more here.

Congrats again, and good luck!

Posted by Julie on August 4, 2005, at 7:09 a.m.:

That's awesome Adrian, congratulations! I'm so happy you're out there always pushing to change the world for the better... you rock :)

Posted by Lucas on August 9, 2005, at 10:32 p.m.:

Congratulations on The Post job. Sounds like one of those wildest dreams, brought to you by Oprah -- Chicago's other famous person.

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