NPR merges digital news and visuals teams

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NPR is reorganizing its digital news and visuals teams into a single unit, according to an email to staff Friday from NPR Managing Editor Sara Goo.

The new structure “will enable staff to better collaborate and … grow skills that will open up new career paths,” Goo wrote. It will also provide staff with “clearer points of contact for our digital work,” she said.

The reorganization involves several personnel changes, including the appointment of Keith Jenkins as director of digital content, a new position reporting to Goo. Jenkins was previously director of visual journalism, leading the video, photo and news apps and graphics teams.

Desiree Hicks will continue to oversee the digital relationship with radio shows while taking on a new role as the primary editor of Cover Stories, a new project launching this spring to identify “magazine-quality, visually-driven” stories for She will report to Jenkins.

Nicole Werbeck was promoted to senior supervising editor and is overseeing the photo and social/engagement teams. Amy Morgan was promoted to senior engagement editor. Laura Beltrán Villamizar was hired as projects picture editor.

Other moves include a title change for Constance Miller, who is now supervising editor for digital development. Renee Klahr will move from digital production on Hidden Brain to Miller’s team.

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