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FTAdviser seeks reporter in London

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FTAdviser, the Financial Times’ specialist online publication aimed at financial advisers, is seeking a new Reporter to join its expanding team.

Having grown traffic substantially over the past three years, we are looking to expand the online reporting team to continue to develop our audience by contributing to our outstanding editorial output.

The reporter will be expected produce a range of content for the website, including daily breaking news, authoritative news analysis and in-depth blogs and features.

Content may also appear in the three print sister titles within the Financial Times Retail Finance department, all of which are published online on FTAdviser.com – Financial Adviser, Investment Adviser and Money Management.

The role is based in the Financial Times building at One Southwark Bridge, London.

To apply, go here.

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WSJ seeks social media editor for Money & Investing

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The Wall Street Journal is seeking a social media editor to lead the social efforts of the Money & Investing section.

This person would be responsible for managing multiple social accounts and for developing strategies to raise the profiles of reporters and editors in the section. This person would also make social media a large part of an expanded online product covering the business of Wall Street and financial markets.

The editor would also be responsible for enhancing our audience-engagement efforts and for tracking metrics. The editor would be an integral part of our breaking news team and work closely with news editors. The ideal candidate will have a journalism background and online experience, including a strong social media presence.

The person will demonstrate in-depth experience working on social media platforms, an understanding of digital analytics and an ability to train others on best social practices. The social media editor should be passionate about, and a good understanding of, all aspects of finance and markets.

Please attach a resume, cover letter and three to five published clips to your online application.

To apply, go here.

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Dow Jones seeks private equity reporter in New York

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Dow Jones and Co. seeks a private equity reporter in New York.

Responsible for developing exclusive content for daily and monthly publication. Produce several exclusive deal stories each week as well as research and write longer analytical trend articles related to complex industry topics, including financial deal terms and capital structures utilized in private equity deals, trends in healthcare investing and the impact of evolving regulation on private equity investment.

Responsible for contributing to regular supplements that Dow Jones publishes on specialized topics, such as the private equity secondary market or private equity partnership terms and conditions. Required to moderate discussion panels of industry leaders for our conferences.

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, or a related field plus five years of experience. Requires broadcasting experience and experience covering the global banking industry. Requires expertise in international markets and the ability to report on them. Requires journalistic research, writing, and editing skills.

The job is 35 hours/week. Must also have authority to work permanently in the U.S.

To apply, go here.

 

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WSJ seeks tech columnist in San Francisco

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The Wall Street Journal seeks an incisive columnist with a keen eye, wit and reporting powers to bring voice to coverage of Silicon Valley and technology writ large.

As with all good columnists, the successful candidate will bring a strong point of view, penetrating insight, lively writing and a nose for news. We’ll expect a variety of items and topics, combined with an active intraday, multimedia and social media presence.

The position is based in the Bay Area.

To apply, go here.

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WSJ seeks tech news editor in San Francisco

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The Wall Street Journal is looking for an aggressive editor for its growing technology bureau in San Francisco.

This role will heavily focus on intraday news and insight; we want someone who gets what needs watching, what needs doing and what can be ignored. We’re looking for a strong editor who can help reporters elevate their copy, from the simplest blog posts to fuller stories.

To apply, go here.

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Covering Bank of America and using the term fraud

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Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of the New York Times, writes Monday about the paper’s recent coverage of Bank of America’s earnings and why the story did not use the word “fraud” to describe some of its woes.

Sullivan writes, “Some Times readers wrote to me about it, pointing out that there was more to the story. They hadn’t forgotten what happened, it seemed. Jamison Wilcox, for example, noted in an email that he was “dismayed to see the term ‘legal costs’ given a vague and euphemistic meaning – and repeated in a headline – as a short replacement for the specific identification of monies paid out … as a legal consequence of wrongful conduct by a corporation or bank.”

“I asked the business editor, Dean Murphy, to respond.

“Mr. Murphy told me in an email that the language was appropriate:

In all of our coverage of banking troubles, including those involving Bank of America, we make a concerted effort to be precise in the language we use to describe the various allegations and prosecutions. While we understand the desire of some people to pillory a bank at every opportunity, we are in the business of reporting the facts in a straight and accurate manner. In reporting Bank of America’s quarterly performance, we summarized the issues clearly without engaging in overheated language.

“The language certainly isn’t overheated. In fact, nowhere in this article is there any straightforward mention of what really caused these legal troubles and costs.

“It says only this: ‘At the heart of the additional legal expenses was a $6.3 billion settlement that the bank announced last month to settle a lawsuit arising from troubled mortgage-backed securities it bundled and sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis.’ (The bank also agreed to buy back $3.2 billion in mortgage securities, bringing the penalties to $9.5 billion.)

“Bundles and troubles and costs, yes. Fraud accusations, not so much.”

Read more here.

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Prominent blogger Salmon leaving Reuters

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Felix Salmon, a well-known and prolific financial blogger for Reuters, is leaving the news organization, reports Ravi Somaiya of the New York Times.

Somaiya writes, “Mr. Salmon declined to release details of his new job when reached by phone on Monday, but in an email sent to colleagues he explained he was ‘off to do exciting things on the Internet.’ A familiar web presence to those engaged with his areas of interest, Mr. Salmon, 42, had been at Reuters for five years.

“He began his career with the first wave of web journalists, in 1999, and came to Reuters in 2009 from Condé Nast’s short-lived financial publication Portfolio, according to a biography he posted on his Reuters blog when he joined.

“Mr. Salmon was seen as a key player in Reuters’s strategy, known as Reuters Next, to build a consumer-directed news operation to go with its news wires and financial terminals. That plan was scuttled last year after the company’s chief executive said it had missed deadlines and exceeded budgets.”

Read more here.

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US News seeks investing writer

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The Money team at U.S. News & World Report is seeking a talented writer to create content for new college savings research and data projects with a specific focus on 529 plans. We’re looking for a flexible individual able to research, write and edit detailed descriptions of individual plans, as well as educational content associated with college saving investment products.

The ideal candidate will have a background in education, finance or business journalism, and experience writing for both sophisticated users of college savings plans (think financial advisors) and new parents exploring their savings options for the first time.

Digital media experience is a plus, as is an ability to learn and effectively use multiple online content management systems.

This is a part-time or full-time contract position (or independent contractor/freelancer if circumstances permit), with hourly rates determined by experience. Please send a resume, cover letter and three appropriate writing samples to nycujobs@usnews.com.

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US News seeks investing writer

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The Money team at U.S. News & World Report is seeking a talented writer to create content for our Investing research and data projects, including our Best Funds (http://money.usnews.com/funds) and recently launched Advisor Finder (http://money.usnews.com/financial-advisors) sites. We’re looking for a flexible individual able to research, write and edit content related to a variety of investments and related products including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and 529 plans.

The ideal candidate will have a background in financial or business journalism, experience writing for an educated audience of investors and a firm grasp of the current investing landscape.

Digital media experience is a plus, as is an ability to learn and effectively use multiple online content management systems.

This is a part-time or full-time contract position (or independent contractor/freelancer if circumstances permit), with hourly rates determined by experience. Please send a resume, cover letter and three appropriate writing samples to nycujobs@usnews.com.

Mike Elk

Labor reporter asks for contributions to prevent being laid off

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Mike Elk is an In These Times staff writer and a regular contributor to the labor blog Working In These Times.

Elk is trying to save his job by having people contribute to a GoFundMe account to keep from being laid off. So far, he has raised $765 of his $1,500 goal.

Elk writes:

On Friday evening, shortly after landing in Chattanooga to attend a meeting of injured Volkswagen workers, I got the news that all 5 of the unionized staff writers at In These Times, including myself, are getting laid off in June.

Layoffs don’t stop labor reporters from covering tough fights though. This is my third layoff – my second at In These Times. If my readers knew what my bank account looked like half of the time that I have been on out picket lines, they would be horrified.

However, this time if I am going to keep getting the scoops on the Volkswagen story, I am going to need your help as readers to do it. And if you give enough, you might even get a bottle of homemade Tennessee moonshine out of it.

Elk is a Pittsburgh native and labor journalist for In These Times. His investigative work has been cited on the front page of the New York Times and debated by Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters on ABC’s The View. Elk won a Sidney Award for his coverage of how corporations crafted legislation to exempt prison labor from U.S. minimum wage laws. A regular guest on MSNBC and Democracy Now!, Elk has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, and The Nation.

He lives in Washington, D.C. but is often on the road. On Monday, he was in Chattanooga covering the efforts of Volkwagen workers to unionize.