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Making business news and information light and approachable


San Francisco Chronicle designer Christopher T. Fong chatted with Matt Petty, creative director of the San Francisco Business Times, which launches their redesign today. Petty joined the weekly business publication in December 2013 after spending 13 years with the San Francisco Chronicle as art director and, most recently, head of design for an S.F. marketing/advertising firm, Dial House.

Here is an excerpt:

What are some of the successes?

I think our biggest success is the cover, which has a cleaner presentation. It really gives us an opportunity to showcase the stories in that week’s issue in a more compelling way.

The typography is such a big improvement, both in readability and aesthetics, that it really sets the stage for some great design to happen.

I’m especially pleased with the way our new “The List” section looks. We do weekly lists about different business sectors. The new design really makes the dense amount of information feel light and approachable.

The executive profile page is not only a great read, but we’re now shooting the subjects with staff, so photography can shine here. In general, we’re giving more room to the photography. We have a talented crew, consisting of Spencer Brown and Paolo Vescia, who are great and creative portrait photographers as well as accomplished photojournalists.

Read more here.

San Francisco Business Times

Telling the story behind the headlines


Mary Huss, the publisher of the San Francisco Business Times, writes about the redesign of the paper.

Huss writes, “This is much more than a redesign. It is a re-imagination of our news products and our organization, how we report and deliver the news, and how we connect with you, our reader.

“Because news doesn’t happen on a weekly cycle, we are a digital-first newsroom. Reporters break news when it happens rather than waiting for the print edition. If you’re not subscribing to our free daily e-news editions every day of the week, you are missing out on important breaking news and developments.

“The weekly edition allows us to add context to the most important breaking stories and tell the story behind the headlines. Our weekly edition will continue to be premium content, paid for by subscribers who get first access to lists, cover stories, profiles of entrepreneurs and leaders, leads and reporters’ takes on the people, trends and transactions that shape the main news of the week.

“Our re-imagined newsroom has brought new roles and job descriptions. Every reporter blogs, finds important new sources through social media, and is expanding skills in video and visual storytelling.”

Read more here.

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Bartiromo speaks to Forbes about leaving CNBC


Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo reveals why she left CNBC, how she deals with critics in the social media age and how she defines success in an interview with Moira Forbes of Forbes Women posted Friday.

“I had been at CNBC for 20 years, and I loved every minute of it,” said Bartiromo. “But my decision to leave was two-fold. No. 1, I felt like audiences were changing, and I needed to change. After 20 years, I needed to start thinking about alternatives.

“The issue I had at CNBC was that it was constantly focusing on the short-term…I felt like viewers wanted more.”

Bartiromo also talks about the surprise reaction of some people when it was announced she was joining Fox.

She later said, “I want to constantly learn. I want to become better.”

Watch the video here.


Deadline Club names business reporting finalists


The Deadline Club, the largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, announced the finalists in the 2014 Annual Awards Contest, representing excellence in journalism from newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the internet.

There were more than 90 judges and a record 547 entries.

Here are the finalists in the business journalism categories:

Business Feature

  • Steven Bertoni and Caleb Melby, Forbes, “The Sad Lecherous Rent-a-friend life of the King of all Fun Stewie Rah Rah”
  • Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair, “Goldman’s Greek Tragedy”
  • A.C. Thompson and Jonathan Jones, ProPublica, “Life and Death in Assisted Living”

Business Investigative Reporting

  • Katherine Eban, Fortune, “Fortune: Dirty Medicine”
  • Jeff Gerth and T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, “Overdose”
  • Scott Paltrow and Kelly Carr, Reuters, “Unaccountable”
  • Jessica Silver-Greenberg, The New York Times, “Fleecing the Vulnerable”

See all of the finalists here.


Elizabeth McIntyre

Crain’s Cleveland names McIntyre its new editor


Elizabeth McIntyre is the new editor of Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Jay Miller of Crain’s Cleveland writes, “She replaces Mark Dodosh, who joined Crain’s as managing editor in June 1985 and was named editor in October 1988.

“‘Anyone who has worked alongside Elizabeth knows she is a fountain of ideas, a brilliant editor and a leader who inspires a staff like no one I know,’ said John Campanelli, Crain’s publisher and editorial director.

“McIntyre, who starts today, April 14, had been vice president of communications and public relations at the National Association of College Stores in Oberlin. She said she is looking forward to returning to a newsroom.

“‘I finally realized that I still have ink running through my veins,’ she said in a telephone interview. ‘When this opportunity presented itself, it was such a fabulous opportunity to work with a staff at Crain’s, who are extraordinary journalists, and to partner with John Campanelli, who I greatly admire as a journalist and a person.’

“Campanelli and McIntyre worked together at The Plain Dealer for more than a decade.”

Read more here.

Inside Tucson Business

Inside Tucson Business is sold to newspaper chain


Wick Communications Thursday announced a deal in principle to sell Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business to 1013 Communications, a Colorado-based newspaper chain, for an undisclosed amount.

A story on the Inside Tucson Business website states, “Wick CEO Tom Yunt made the announcement to employees at a company-wide staff meeting, saying the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of April. About 25 people work for both newspapers. Wick is retaining its ownership of the Daily Territorial, which publishes mostly legal notices.

“Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The purchasing company last week announced it had purchased the Marana News, Foothills News, Desert Times and their related websites from Tucson West Publishing, Inc. a division of News Media Corporation.

“The company also owns the Explorer newspaper in Oro Valley.

“Its Arizona Local Media group includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning East Valley Tribune, the Daily News-Sun, Glendale Today, Peoria Today, Surprise Today, Ahwatukee Foothills News, Clipper Marketplace and U and Your Home in Phoenix, together with the Arizona Interactive Media Group. The company also publishes 40 newspapers in Texas through Star Local Media in Dallas and its Houston Community Newspapers group.”

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Cavuto of Fox Biz: Happy Anniversary, CNBC


Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto, who was on CNBC when it began airing in April 1989, writes about the early days of the business news network.

Cavuto writes, “If only I knew then all the folks who doubted that channel would ever make it. I might never have made that leap this day a quarter-century ago.

“Back then, many thought a business network wouldn’t last.

“Yet today, no fewer than three do. CNBC, Bloomberg, and the one you might have heard me mention now and then, FBN?

“Oh, you don’t get Fox Business?

“We bust on each other, but we are all a part of each other.

“The same money mosaic. A bigger mosaic. Now, a more crowded mosaic now, even louder mosaic now, but the same mosaic now.

“The sum of so many legendary parts we cannot believe have parted like Louis Rukeyser and Ray Brady and Mark Haines all gone. But I like to think all still very much in our DNA.”

Read more here.

Jonnelle Marte

WaPo hires Marte from Marketwatch


Washington Post business editor Greg Schneider and Sunday business editor Kelly Johnson sent out the following announcement on Thursday:



We’re delighted to announce that Jonnelle Marte will join the Financial staff to create and run a new blog on wealth and retirement. Jonnelle comes to us from MarketWatch, where she is the lead writer for the tax blog and writes often about the economy and the impact of the health care law on employers and consumers. Before MarketWatch, Jonnelle wrote for the Wall Street Journal Sunday, often on employment and consumer trends, and held internships at the Boston Globe, Detroit News and Miami Herald.

She graduated in 2008 from Florida International University, double-majoring in chemistry and political science. Jonnelle is a policy junkie who excels at writing for the ordinary consumer, from testing out the fastest way to send money electronically (Square Cash, hands down) to spelling out “10 things Social Security won’t tell you” (such as the way it penalizes dual-earning households). As one of her former editors said, “It’s hard to find people who get excited about taxes, bonds, policy, economics… But Jonnelle does!”

We can vouch for that — Jonnelle wrote two great memos about how to set up the new blog before we could even ask for them. She’ll work closely with Kelly Johnson and help develop personal finance features for Sunday Business. Jonnelle starts May 5, and the new blog will follow soon after.

Danielle Paquette

WaPo hires Paquette for biz news desk


Washington Post business editor Greg Schneider made the following announcement on Thursday:

We’re excited to announce that Danielle Paquette is joining the Financial staff as part of the new data/storytelling venture. Danielle is a rising star in narrative journalism. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism, and while there she took top honors from the Hearst National Writing Competition in 2011 and was named student journalist of the year for 2012 by the Indiana SPJ. She worked for the Tampa Bay Times for a year after college and has most recently been a staff writer for L.A. Weekly.

Danielle is a natural storyteller with a strong instinct for narrative and an eye for detail. On the cops beat in St. Petersburg, she would make an ordinary domestic shooting incident read like a scene from a crime novel. Then she would follow up weeks later and tell the story of the victim, the relationship gone bad, the road to recovery. She found the emergency responder who fell in love with the stabbing victim, the porn starlet who just wanted a farm in New Hampshire and, in a piece that helped her win the national collegiate award, the street preacher’s teenage daughter who faced down her peers.

We were impressed by Danielle’s writing and won over by her drive and enthusiasm, and we expect her to play a key role in making the data/storytelling project a must-read every day. Please join us in welcoming her when she starts May 5.

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Debtwire seeks reporter


Debtwire ABS, part of the Mergermarket Group, has an immediate opening based in either New York or Ft. Lauderdale for a financial journalist capable of helping our readers identify high-yielding investment opportunities in burgeoning corners of the commercial and residential real estate industries.

The selected candidate will collaborate with our innovative CMBS, RMBS and ABS reporting team.

This is a new beat. We are looking for an individual with a minimum of three years experience to trail-blaze coverage of several non-traditional, yet fast-growing sectors. We place a premium on identifying investment opportunities for our readers, and expect coverage to focus on what investments yield and how readers can get in on the action.

If you have a successful track record of breaking news on debt asset financing, we want to hear from you. Preference will be given to candidates who have covered CMBS, RMBS, ABS, commercial or residential mortgage lending or leveraged corporate finance. Experience covering bank or non-bank lending is also valuable. We place a premium on a demonstrated ability to cultivate sources on both the sell- and buy-side.

Clips should demonstrate exclusive stories developed from proprietary sources that break news other organizations have not reported. Coverage of publicly available reports, press releases or after-the-fact analyses of widely-known events will not get you far with us. The key is to show that you can identify investment opportunities before they are widely known.

Please send your resume, cover letter and clips demonstrating experience in the subjects outlined above to: