Josh Paunil
Josh Paunil
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Since April of 2017, I’ve worked at The Washington Post on the Emerging News Products team. Currently, as a multiplatform editor, I primarily work on the Select app to expand national and global readership. Previously, I was an Eagles beat reporter for Philadelphia magazine. My news stories were cited by national outlets, including ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and I frequently appeared on TV and radio shows, including CBS Philly and BBC Radio.

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In my current role, I help generate ideas and approaches to new projects and features and regularly review metrics to identify reader trends. I choose, prioritize and spotlight the most important and interesting Post coverage and take advantage of the differentiating qualities of the device the reader is using.

Occasionally, I’ll determine whether The Post should send alerts to app users in breaking news situations. I also collaborate with others in the newsroom, including designers and engineers, and have contributed to the Post’s partnerships with Apple News, Amazon Echo, Facebook, Flipboard and MSN.

I co-created a weekly sports feature that was typically the most-read item in sports on the day it ran in the app and was occasionally among the most-viewed stories across The Post in Apple News. For The Post’s “Lily” site, I wrote a 5,000-word profile on a transgender woman about love, loss and identity.

Before joining The Post, I covered the Eagles for two seasons. As one of the magazine’s two beat writers, our coverage generated around 1.25 million page views per month. I traveled to every game, all major offseason events and even spent a few days in Bismarck, North Dakota for the 2016 draft.

My personal Twitter account’s following jumped by around 7,000 people — or 500% — and I helped increase our Facebook page’s likes by more than 50%. I regularly spearheaded the search, recruitment and hiring of our intern and coordinated coverage with our intern, other beat reporter and photographer.

 

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