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Vancouver Sun revamps business section


Harold Munro, editor in chief of the Vancouver Sun, writes about changes to its business section.

Munro writes, “You’ll notice the absence of a separate BusinessBC section today. Our Monday focus shifts to the popular Asia-Pacific page, now incorporated into the first section of your paper.

“Business coverage will be emphasized with deeper coverage in larger sections Tuesday through Saturday. The expanded BusinessBC section will include several new spotlight pages and you’ll see a weekly theme for each day, among them Mining, Energy and Small Business. The accompanying graphic highlights many of these new daily business features.

“Our goal is to provide more news and analysis about the people, companies and issues fuelling our vibrant Metro and Northern B.C. economy.

“In addition to the spotlight pages, our experienced team of Vancouver-based business reporters and columnists will bring you regular coverage of B.C.’s technology innovators, trends in residential and commercial real estate, agriculture and gardening, fisheries, the ethnic business community, tourism and much more.

“As part of our revamped Business section, columnist Shelley Fralic will write a weekly column on retail or, more specifically, her spendthrift ways as an unrepentant shopper under the appropriate label, Consumed.

Read more here.

CNBC seeks producer


CNBC is seeking a producer who will be responsible for working with Executive Producers, Senior Producers, Producers and Production Associates to help produce projects for Strategic Programming and Development.

Projects may include both taped and live segments, shows for broadcast and online.

Essential Responsibilities:
- Book and write segments for daily and weekly programs
- Write daily segments for digital programs
- Develop industry contacts for potential guest bookings
- Research market reports

- Knowledge of INews, Volicon, Stratus, Storm and Deko
- Minimum two years of experience on live programs

To apply, go here.


CNBC seeks desk producer


CNBC is looking for a desk producer to Produce stories for CNBC’s daily live Business Day programs.

The person will work directly with CNBC correspondents to find and interview sources, develop visual elements and shoot and cut footage for live reports and edited packages. Find background information on a wide range of business, financial news stories, using a variety of sources such as the Internet, newspapers, and magazines. Assist reporters in the studio or field as required. Contribute to and social media when requested.


A Bachelor’s degree and working knowledge of financial and/or business news, political news, and hard news content and at least 3 years television production experience.
Strong knowledge of Microsoft office and newsroom systems including iNews.

To apply, go here.

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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.