Not surprisingly, there is apparently mixed reaction in the newsroom to Spayd’s charge, with some excited about the change and others reluctant to leave their current editorial homes.

Like many papers, the Post is also experimenting with new models for getting specialty content. Last year, it signed a content-sharing agreement with Grist, a Seattle-based nonprofit online environmental news site that also provides content to several other Web sites.

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Cristine Russell is a CJR contributing editor and the president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and a senior fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is a former Shorenstein Center fellow and Washington Post reporter.