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Reuters editor in chief Adler on its first Pulitzer


Reuters editor in chief Steve Adler sent out the following statement on Monday:

We are thrilled that Jason Szep, Andrew R.C. Marshall and team have been recognized by the Pulitzer Prize committee for their important work. For two years, Reuters reporters have tirelessly investigated terrible human-rights abuses in a forgotten corner of the Muslim world, bringing the international dimensions of the oppressed Rohingya of Myanmar to global attention. We are immensely proud that this high-impact series was selected as Reuters’ first-ever Pulitzer Prize win for text reporting.

The photo is of enterprise editor Michael Williams, Adler, and Reuters staff at a toast in honor of the win in the Reuters New York newsroom.

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Reuters hires new Fed reporter


Reuters Washington bureau chief Marilyn Thompson and Washington economics editor Tim Ahmann sent out the following announcement on Monday:

We are pleased to announce that Howard Schneider, who until recently was at the Washington Post, will join us on April 21 to help lead our Federal Reserve coverage. Howard has been covering international economics for the Post for the past four years with stories ranging from trade and the euro zone crisis to the International Monetary Fund and U.S.-China economic relations. He has extensive experience in both economics and international affairs.

In more than 25 years at the Post, he has led coverage from Jerusalem, Cairo and Toronto, and has served as both economics editor and local business editor. He started at the Post as a Metro staff writer, and has taught journalism and writing. He is currently working towards a Masters in applied economics.

He will join Michael Flaherty, whose appointment was previously announced, in leading our Fed coverage from Washington. The appointment brings our U.S. central bank reporting team up to full strength and positions us to deliver the insightful coverage our clients demand.


Down year for Pulitzers in business journalism


The number of Pulitzer Prize winners Monday that revolved around business and financial journalism fell in 2014.

There appears to be two Pulitzers this year for a business and financial topic, and two finalists. In 2013, there were three Pulitzer Prizes handed out for business and financial journalism, and three finalists in business and financial journalism.

In the investigative reporting category, a Pulitzer was awarded to labor and environmental reporter Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C., for his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts.

In the editorial writing category, a Pulitzer was awarded to the editorial staff of The Oregonian, Portland, for its lucid editorials that explain the urgent but complex issue of rising pension costs, notably engaging readers and driving home the link between necessary solutions and their impact on everyday lives.

In the national reporting category, The Wall Street Journal was a finalist twice.

Nominated finalists in this category were John Emshwiller and Jeremy Singer-Vine of The Journal for their reports and searchable database on the nation’s often overlooked factories and research centers that once produced nuclear weapons and now pose contamination risks; and Jon Hilsenrath of The Journal for his exploration of the Federal Reserve, a powerful but little understood national institution.

Read about all of the winners and finalists here.

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WSJ real estate reporter Wotapka joins PR firm


Dawn Wotapka, a real estate reporter for The Wall Street Journal who left the paper last month, has joined a New York-based public relations firm.

She will be an associate vice president at Rubenstein Associates, a 60-year-old Manhattan-based agency.  Wotapka will work in the firm’s expanding real estate practice headed by Steve Solomon.

“With her great knowledge and understanding of the real estate industry and how it works, Dawn is a terrific addition to our multi-faceted practice,” stated Solomon, in a statement.  “We, as well as many of our clients, are excited to welcome her aboard.”

For the past seven years, Wotapka covered a variety of real estate beats, including home builders, residential developers and owners, and student housing operators, and monitored corporate earnings and SEC filings for both the Journal and the Dow Jones Newswires.  Most recently, she wrote cover stories and helped with multimedia features for “Mansion,” the Journal’s weekly luxury real estate section.

Prior to joining the Journal, Wotapka was a real estate reporter for Long Island Business News, and before that, covered government and transportation for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

During her career, she won a 2007 “Ace” award for her coverage of WCI Communities; an award from the NY State Society of CPA’s for her 2009 series “Lurking in the Balance Sheet” and an honorable mention for “Best Body of Work” from NAREE in 2011.  She is credited with two front-page “A-Heds”, considered the Journal’s highest quality prose.

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FT Business Book of the Year contest accepting entries


The Financial Times Business Book of the Year contest is now accepting entries.

This annual award aims to identify the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics. The judges will give preference to those books whose insights and influence are most likely to stand the test of time.

The winner will receive an award of £30,000, and shortlisted authors will receive £10,000 each. A shortlist of up to six titles will be announced in early autumn, and the winner will be announced at an award dinner on Nov. 11, 2014 in London. Submissions are invited from publishers or bona fide imprints based in any country.

Titles must be published for the first time in the English language, or in English translation, between Nov. 16, 2013, and Nov. 15, 2014. There is no limit to the number of submissions from each publisher, provided they fit the aim of the award. Titles from all genres are eligible, but anthologies will not be considered. There are no
restrictions of gender, age or nationality of authors.

Authors who are current officers, employees or contractors of the Financial Times Group or McKinsey, or the close relatives of such officers, employees or contractors, are not eligible.

By submitting an entry for the award, publishers agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that failure to comply with them may result in disqualification.

To apply, go here.

Fortune cover seeks freelance producers

by is looking for two full-time freelance producers for May and June, with the opportunity to join our team as a full-time staffer.

We are looking for producers who are detail-oriented, organized, and able to manage multiple production assignments during a very busy workday. Experience working in WordPress and other content management systems is a must, and we’ll give extra consideration to applicants with experience in business news.

To apply, go here.

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Bloomberg View hires El-Erian as daily columnist


Bloomberg View announced Monday that Mohamed A. El-Erian is joining the opinion and analysis site as a daily columnist covering economic developments, policy and financial markets.

“Mohamed is one of the world’s most highly-regarded financial and economic observers — and he’s also a wonderful writer,” said David Shipley, the senior executive editor of Bloomberg View, in a statement. “We’re thrilled that he’s going to be sharing his insights with our readers on a daily basis.”

El-Erian’s first Bloomberg View column, The Dangers of Policy Drift, appears today and concludes that the annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank were unsurprisingly a “wasted opportunity” considering that “the global economy desperately needs better steering.”

El-Erian is chief economic advisor at Allianz SE and the author of “When Markets Collide,” a bestseller that won the 2008 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year.

He is chairman of President Obama’s Global Development Council, a Financial Times contributing editor, and the former CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University, having completed his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University.


Dallas Morning News revamps biz coverage


Bob Mong, the editor of the Dallas Morning News, writes Sunday about changes in the paper’s business coverage.

Mong writes, “On Tuesday, we introduce a redesigned Business section with a cleaner look and expanded content. A year in the making, the section is the work of a team of journalists and lots of good ideas from our readers.

“Look for a retooled markets page aimed at being more helpful to investors. Renamed Your Portfolio, you will find it more analytical and forward thinking. Readers also asked for bigger type, and Your Portfolio delivers.

“Readers also asked us to expand business and economic reports from around the nation and world. Beginning Tuesday, readers can find this new approach anchored on Page 2.

“We also are reintroducing Economy and You on Page 3 six days a week. This page features Kiplinger, one of the best sources for pocketbook advice. Michelle Singletary’s personal finance column will appear in Economy and You twice a week. I expect both to be hits.

“Sunday’s Business section features expanded space. ‘Your Sunday Business section will be fatter,’ noted business editor Dennis Fulton. ‘We’re keeping everything you say you like about the old section, plus newly expanded reports on personal technology and entrepreneurs.’”

Read more here.


The WSJ and the Medicare data


Erik Wemple of The Washington Post writes about the role of The Wall Street Journal in obtaining the release of data about how much Medicare was paying doctors across the country.

Wemple writes, “Colleen Schwartz, a spokeswoman for Dow Jones & Co., tells the Erik Wemple Blog, ‘If it weren’t for the Journal’s efforts to overturn the injunction, the public would not have this information.’

“Injunction? Indeed: Settle in for a wild government-records story, one that dates back to the time that the Department of Health & Human Services was known as the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW). In March 1977, HEW helped out the public by releasing information identifying physicians that had received Medicare reimbursements of $100,000. The department was getting ready to make public more data about Medicare when the Florida Medical Association and some physicians sued to stop the release of information. They prevailed: In October 1979, federal Judge Charles R. Scott issued a permanent injunction against disclosing ‘any list of annual Medicare reimbursement amounts, for any years, which would personally and individually identify those providers of services under the Medicare program who are members of the recertified class in this case.’

“And for the most part, there the matter stood for decades. In 2009, the Wall Street Journal, along with the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) began trying to chip away at the records denial, as outlined in this court document. Following the submission of a Freedom of Information Act request by CPI, the parties reached a settlement with HHS to access something called the ‘Carrier Standard Analytic File,’ essentially a bunch of Medicare data that hadn’t ever seen sunlight. The Wall Street Journal used the information as the basis for a celebrated 2010 series on Medicare; it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, which commended the publication for ‘its penetration of the shadowy world of fraud and abuse in Medicare, probing previously concealed government databases to identify millions of dollars in waste and corrupt practices.’

“The Wall Street Journal wasn’t done, however. In January 2011, Dow Jones filed suit to kill the entire injunction, the better to open access to the whole trove of Medicare reimbursement data. It pushed the clear public interest in the disclosure, noting that Medicare ‘has grown twenty-fold in nominal dollars, and nearly three-fold as a percentage of the total federal budget’ since the 1979 injunction. The May 2013 ruling in the case read in part, ‘Intervenor Dow Jones & Company, Inc.’s Motion to Vacate Permanent Injunction (Doc. 56) is GRANTED.’”

Read more here.

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Mainebiz names new editor


Peter Van Allen, a veteran business reporter and editor, will become editor of Mainebiz in early May.

A story on its website states, “Publisher Donna Brassard announced in a press release that Van Allen previously worked as a reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal and business editor at the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J., and the Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind.

“‘Peter has a strong business news background with a small-town sensibility that fits our culture here at Mainebiz,’ Brassard said in a statement.

“Van Allen will succeed Carol Coultas, who in April took a job as business editor at the Portland Press Herald.

“‘As editor of Mainebiz, I am coming into a long legacy of solid business journalism and an engaged base of readers,’ Van Allen said. ‘In the coming weeks and months, I hope to get out and meet as many people in the business community as I can.’”

Read more here.