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Sticking to the mission: Providing readers with important biz news

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Gwen Moritz, the editor of Arkansas Business, writes about the publication on its 30th anniversary.

Moritz writes, “A lot of things have changed in the past three decades, many of them for the better. In October 1990, Arkansas Business switched to weekly publication. Better technology has radically improved what we can do on the printed pages of Arkansas Business. Our design is better; our paper stock is better; we have color ink on every page. The ads are better (and classier).

“For almost half of Arkansas Business’ existence, since 2000, we have been able to augment our award-winning print publication with daily e-newsletters and a website on which we post developments as they happen. To engage our readers only once every two weeks, or even only once a week, seems as painfully retro as that macho hot-tub guy’s curly perm and luxurious mustache.

“But what Arkansas Business is and what it does have not changed very much. Arkansas Business is still ‘reporting exclusively on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership,’ to quote an introductory article in the first issue, dated March 19, 1984. And that’s what this 30th anniversary issue sets out to remind you: that, through the years, Arkansas Business has stuck to its mission of providing its readers with the most revealing, most memorable, most important business news available in Arkansas.”

Read more here.

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FT’s Brittan retiring after almost 50 years

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After almost five decades at the Financial Times, economic commentator Samuel Brittan is retiring.

In a rare video interview, Brittan sat down with FT editor Lionel Barber to reflect on the biggest stories in the period, and his time at the newspaper.

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Quartz hires new website developer

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Quartz editor in chief Kevin Delaney sent out the following staff hire announcement on Monday:

Micah Ernst starts today as our product engineering director. He comes from Time, where he was manager of web development and oversaw the recent relaunch of Time.com. Micah has led development of projects there including Time.com’s earlier responsive design and a Google Glass photo app for Life, and has deep experience in the Javascript and WordPress technology powering qz.com.

Micah earlier worked as a developer for marketing and academic organizations, and has an IT degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. While a student, he won the Verizon Fios Grand Tournament videogame competition, coming in first out of more than 6,000 players. One of Micah’s colleagues at Time reached out to me last week to praise him and say “You made the right choice.” Follow him on Twitter at @micahwave

With Micah’s joining, we’re reinforcing our top-notch engineering team and its ability to do more industry-leading work. We’re looking to quickly fill our expansion developer slot, and accelerate progress on projects including the qz.com refresh and new Quartz products.

Please join me in welcoming Micah.

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WSJ economics team adds two reporters

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Wall Street Journal economics editor Neil King sent out the following staff announcement on Monday:

We’re pleased to announce two big additions to the Journal’s expanding economics team: Nick Timiraos, Journal housing reporter extraordinaire, and Josh Zumbrun, until just weeks ago Bloomberg’s crack Fed reporter.

The two Hoyas bring a wide array of skills to our econ team at a critical moment for the U.S. economy. They’ll play key roles in our coverage across all platforms, including our upcoming expansion of Real Time Economics on WSJ.com.

Nick, who is wrapping up his service on the housing beat while already rooted in DC, joined the Journal in 2006 as an intern in his native L.A. and did a stint for us on the 2008 campaign trail. He went on to earn his stripes as the nation’s top housing reporter, covering developments across the sector, including housing-finance policy.

Josh, who grew up on a hog farm in Indiana, has covered vast terrain in a decade of D.C. reporting. He started on the Metro and Style desks at the Washington Post, where he pioneered the practice of—and the term—hypermiling. (He’ll explain.) He went on to excel in covering the economy and the Fed, first at Forbes and then Bloomberg. His resume notes his service as a Citgo gas station attendant and a cook at Hot Stuff Pizza.

Nick and Josh also happen to be pals. They even followed each other — Josh went first — as editors of The Hoya, Georgetown’s premier campus newspaper.

 

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CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen is always learning

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Randall Kenneth Jones of the Naples Daily News in Florida profiles Tyler Mathisen of CNBC.

Jones writes, “Prior to joining CNBC in 1997, he was a respected, award-winning writer, senior editor and top editor for Money magazine.

“However, once again, Mathisen parlayed his ongoing education and developing communication skills into a new role as money editor of ‘Good Morning America’ from 1991-97, thus placing him behind the keyboard and in front of the camera.

“In the words of Phil Beuth, former president of ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘Tyler projects amazing credibility — in double and triple doses.’

“Schurenberg adds, ‘He is a master of directing energy.’

“As should be the goal of any journalist — but may be the reality for a select few — Mathisen advises: ‘Never believe you are the smartest man in the room — always be willing to learn something new.’

“Today, the much heralded Mathisen co-anchors CNBC’s ‘Power Lunch’ and ‘Nightly Business Report,’ an award-winning evening business news program for U.S. public television.”

Read more here.

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North of Boston Business magazine launches

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The parent company of the Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass., has launched a quarterly business magazine called North of Boston Business.

Kelly Burch of the Eagle-Tribune writes, “North of Boston Business magazine, which debuted this month, features business profiles, advice columns, trend and technology stories, and an array of useful information for people who do business in the North of Boston area.

“‘The feedback has been tremendous,’ said Publisher Karen Andreas. ‘Our business community deserves a publication like this, one that highlights achievements, innovation, problem solving, leadership. I have already heard from several CEOs who have agreed to contribute columns, and the feature story ideas are endless.’

“In the first issue of the magazine, the publication profiled 10 businesses to watch during 2014. These ranged from Abiomed, a cardiac implant manufacturer based in Danvers that has over 400 employees globally, to M.K. Benatti, a family-owned jeweler in Newburyport.”

Read more here.

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Forbes extends brand to airport newsstands

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Emma Bazilian of Adweek writes about how Forbes is licensing its name to airport newsstands.

Bazilian writes, “Through a partnership with Paradies, which owns and operates a variety of different airport and hotel stores (including CNBC and New York Times branded shops), Forbes has already opened its first newsstand in Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and will soon open three more in Washington Reagan and Washington Dulles airports. Along with the usual newsstand and convenience store fare, the shops will feature TVs streaming content from the Forbes video network and interactive touch-screen computers on which customers can browse Forbes.com. Throughout the year, the newsstands will run in-store promotions around various Forbes editorial franchises.

“‘Airports have always been strong outlets for magazine sales, and the traveling public has an affinity for what we publish,’ Forbes Media svp, consumer marketing and business development Nina LaFrance told Adweek. As for why Detroit was a good fit for the first-ever Forbes newsstand, LaFrance explained, ‘We’ve done a lot of coverage on [the] Detroit market in past and it’s a significant hub for business travelers.’

“Forbes has been getting into some unusual brand extensions over the past year—take, for instance, the Forbes Media Tower in the Philippines or the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University in Iowa—but this latest one seems right in line with the company’s magazine roots.”

Read more here.

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WSJ names new Chesapeake reporter

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Kirsten Danis, the Northeast editor of The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following announcement last week:

We are very pleased to announce a new hire in US News.

Award-winning investigative reporter Scott Calvert joined us this week as the mid-Atlantic regional reporter, a new position covering Maryland, Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia. He will be based in Baltimore as part of the Northeast U.S. team.

Scott comes to the Journal from the Baltimore Sun. He covered the Iraq invasion in 2003 while embedded with the 101st Airborne and spent three years in South Africa as the paper’s last foreign correspondent. More recently, he led investigations that found widespread problems with property tax breaks and speed camera tickets in Baltimore. Before joining the Sun, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times and Concord (N.H.) Monitor. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he lives in Baltimore with his wife Tricia and their young daughter.

And since everyone asks: He claims no relation to George Calvert, First Lord Baltimore.

Please join me in welcoming Scott to The Wall Street Journal.

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Unlikely data nuggets fuel Quartz stories

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Ben Cardew of The Guardian writes Sunday about Quartz, the business news site from The Atlantic.

Cardew writes, “But for Quartz, the Atlantic’s mobile-first business news site, the term denotes the kind of unlikely data nugget behind several of its biggest stories, part of a recipe that has helped Quartz to 5 million readers in just 18 months.

“And it isn’t stopping there: Quartz co-president Jay Lauf says the company has 10 million users in its sights after beating initial audience predictions, while Quartz is projecting a 300% rise in ad revenue this year. Summer 2014 will see Quartz expand internationally, with the launch of an Indian edition in June that will include region-specific content.

“Quartz was launched in September 2012 by Atlantic Media, parent company of highbrow US magazine the Atlantic, a 157-year-old title recently described by the New York Times as ‘the intellectual’s monthly.’ In 2010 the Atlantic returned to profit thanks to a modern-thinking, digital-first approach, including the dismantling of its online paywall in January 2008.

“Quartz aroused considerable interest with its combination of a mobile-first approach, an editorial ethos based on ‘obsessions’ – essentially a changing lineup of newsworthy topics rather than traditional news beats – and a business model that eschewed a paywall and banner ads in favour of free access and native advertising from a small number of bluechip companies.”

Read more here.

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Changes coming to Sunday Wall Street Journal

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David Crook, the editor of The Sunday Wall Street Journal, writes about changes coming to the content that runs in metro dailies across the country.

Crook writes, “We’re happy to announce that veteran financial journalist Jonathan Clements is returning to Sunday Journal, where he will write weekly on investing and personal-finance issues.

“Longtime readers will remember Jonathan’s no-nonsense, down-to-earth advice was a mainstay of the Sunday Journal until his departure in 2008. New readers are certain to find Jonathan’s column a refreshing antidote to the blather that passes for investment advice on television, the Web and, too often, in print. Jonathan’s column will run online at MarketWatch.com.

“Here are some other changes to watch for:

“Carolyn T. Geer is refocusing her every-other-week Investing Basics column, personalizing it with stories from her own family along with stories from her friends and acquaintances, readers and, from time to time, even some boldface names.

“Anne Tergesen, who has long been writing an abbreviated retirement-related Encore item, will now write a full column, alternating with Tom Lauricella.

Jennifer Waters, who has been writing a monthly Personal Business column devoted to answering reader questions about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other government benefits, will now write every other week. Her column will be called Your Benefits. Starting Out, Health Costs and Careers will continue to appear on weeks when Your Benefits doesn’t run.”

Read more here.