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Brent Lang

Lang joins Variety from The Wrap

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Entertainment journalist Brent Lang has joined Variety as a senior film and media reporter in New York to cover all aspects of the movie business as well as other media, breaking news stories and writing features for Variety.com and the weekly magazine.

A story on Variety states, “Lang will report to Claudia Eller, Editor-in-Chief, Film, and will work closely with Variety’s team of reporters worldwide. Lang, who maintains strong relationships with top executives and talent throughout the Hollywood community and financial sources on Wall Street, will also contribute to Variety.com’s video interviews and appear on major news outlets to discuss industry issues.

“‘I have been an avid fan of Brent’s work for some time and am thrilled that he will be joining us,’ said Eller. ‘Brent brings a deep knowledge of the movie business and keen analysis to all of the stories he produces.’

“For the past 4½ years, Lang worked as a senior reporter at TheWrap.com, covering film, television, theater and other aspects of media.

“At TheWrap, he broke stories on the collapse of Oscar-winning visual-effects studio Rhythm & Hues; the true cost of the ‘Twilight’ franchise; tensions between Hollywood studios and Chinese film authorities; and the process that major studios undergo before greenlighting movies.”

Read more here.

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A new model for business journalism

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Paul Glader, a journalist and King’s College professor, writes about how business news organizations should change how they cover issues, people and companies.

Glader writes, “Leading in the new era of business journalism means  re-evaluating the aftershock-focused model of how business newspapers and magazine cover issues, people and companies. It means, as a news organization, to turn on the headlights rather than to rely on the rearview mirror. It also means creating new models of collaboration and conversation within a newsroom. Hagerty writes:

    “One weakness in the WSJ coverage, I think, was that the housing/mortgage markets and the Wall Street bond market were covered by different groups of reporters. That meant we didn’t write as much as we should have about the incredible and very risky growth of the Wall Street mortgage securities market in the years leading up to the crisis. Wall Street investment banks were not only underwriting rapidly rising amounts of mortgage securities and inventing complicated new types of mortgage investments; they also were moving into the business of making home loans to consumers via brokers. We wrote about this trend from time to time, but we weren’t sufficiently focused on that angle.”

I wrote back to Hagerty saying, “You make a strong case for collaboration between groups of reporters. Has the WSJ figured out ways to do this better now? Or is it impossible?”

Hagerty: In general, I think WSJ reporters are pretty good at collaborating. Editors need to look out for opportunities to encourage even more of that. Too often editors only get galvanized once there is a crisis.

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Bloomberg Government seeks online editor

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Bloomberg Government is seeking an Online Editor with strong editorial experience, digital production skills and knowledge of the U.S. government to join our web team.

She/he will be involved with daily publishing and must have a strong background in news editing and newsletters. Experience with e-mail distribution software, traffic analytics, HTML and various content management systems are essential.

A professional background in and knowledge of U.S. government policy is vital. The successful candidate will be responsible for producing multiple early morning newsletters under tight deadlines. She/he will work closely with a colleague based in London and other members of our online team as well as newsroom editors, reporters and analysts.

Additional daily responsibilities include:
- Handle news selection, production and quality assurance on multiple daily newsletters
- Write concise headlines and story synopses
- Make editorial decisions about story selection and positioning
- Examine government databases and external news sources to find relevant supplemental links
- Track performance of site and newsletters through analytics
- Write and edit blog posts or short narratives for push products
- Conduct site-wide quality control checks
- Build out stories and special website features to offer dynamic user experiences

To apply, go here.

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Memphis daily seeks business reporter

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The Commercial Appeal is looking for a seasoned business reporter. Show us investigative clips, clear stories that bring meaning to the numbers and breaking news reports. While social media, blogging and video abilities are requisites, we prize solid reporting and writing that stands out in a city with vigorous competition for business news.

In 1841, when Memphis was only 20 years old, Col. Henry Van Pelt produced the first edition of The Appeal in the wooden shack where he lived. Printing it weekly on single sheets of paper, Van Pelt began an institution that 167 years later is the major voice of the Mid-south.

During the Civil War, the pro-Confederate paper chose to print its pages in exile rather than endure silently the Union occupation of Memphis. The paper moved first to Mississippi and then to Alabama and Georgia before Yankee soldiers destroyed its equipment. Within six months, Editor Benjamin Dill had returned to Memphis and started The Appeal again.

The Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878 devastated Memphis and reduced the Appeal’s staff to two, but the newspaper continued to publish, earning the nickname “Old Reliable” from its grateful public. In 1923, The Commercial Appeal won its first Pulitzer Prize for efforts against the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. The newspaper received its second Pulitzer in 1994, this time for editorial cartooning by Michael Ramirez.

With the advent of the Internet, The Commercial Appeal launched commercialappeal.com as its news and information website, and host of specialized coverage including the University of Memphis sports, Memphis Grizzlies, Whining and Dining, the State of Q (Memphis-style barbecue), Faith in Memphis and Going Green. The website is the most popular local news site in the Memphis market.

In recent years, The Commercial Appeal’s coverage has received numerous awards including the General Excellence Award for best newspaper in Tennessee by the Tennessee Press Association in 2009 and 2010.

To apply, go here.

Stephanie Ruhle

Bloomberg TV’s Ruhle: Why I called foul on investment manager

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Bloomberg Television anchor Stephanie Ruhle posted a response Wednesday on Daily Beast/Women in the World to an interview yesterday with prominent investment manager Cliff Asness, who said on live TV, “You’re giving me that look that I get when I talk to women about quant stuff.”

Ruhle wrote:

By saying “quant,” the implication was that I was ill equipped to follow Cliff’s sophisticated (quantitative) market analysis because of my gender. Now Cliff is one of the smartest investors in the world. The truth is that he outpaces people of all sexes, creeds, and colors when it comes to numbers. But he had singled me out—the woman sitting across from him on live TV—for a bit of gentle ridicule.

This kind of thing happens a lot to women at work. Usually it’s just a clumsy riff on old ideas of what’s gender-appropriate. If you believe that in 2014 men are still consciously fighting to keep a grip on their hegemony, then I suppose you could hear these kinds of comments and focus on the damage they do. They might make you angry, and that’s valid.

I happen to know Cliff, and the truth is he just made a dumb joke at a moment when his mouth and brain weren’t connecting. Which means the relevant issue isn’t the damage done, but the proper response. For me, in the moment, it was to stop the interview and call him out, with as much humor as possible, for a comment even the most ancient chauvinist knows is out of date. And to his credit, Cliff apologized and blushed and made all the proper gestures and noises a moral person should make when they’ve done something stupid. In the end, we both laughed.

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Chris Hamby

Labor/environmental reporter Hamby to join BuzzFeed

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Labor and environmental reporter Chris Hamby, who earlier this week won a Pulitzer Prize for the Center for Public Integrity, is leaving that organization to join the investigative team at BuzzFeed.

Johana Bhulyan of Capital New York writes, “Hamby, who will be based in Washington D.C., is otherwise in the news today as C.P.I. engages in a public argument with ABC News over credit for the Pulitzer, awarded to a three-part, 25,000-word series on coal miners who were deprived of benefits for the treatment of deadly black lung disease. The third part of the series involved a collaboration with ABC News that resulted in a ‘Nightline’ segment. (Pulitzers are typically only awarded to work in print and text-based work.)

“The project, ‘Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine,’ was an intersection of Hamby’s beats as a C.P.I. staff writer: environment and labor. But Buzzfeed editor in chief Ben Smith doesn’t expect Hamby to continue covering those specific topics for the site.

“’[Environment and labor] are certainly places he has really deep roots,’ Smith told Capital. ‘He spent the last year covering the [coal miners], but his style is to dig very, very deep into a specific thing. We’re excited to see what his next thing is.’

“Smith said he has been an admirer of Hamby’s work for quite a while, calling his series on mining ‘unbelievable.’ ‘It’s the best reporting I’ve seen in my life,’ Smith said.

“Hamby, who previously worked for the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, was approached by Schoofs about working for Buzzfeed a few months ago and the two began serious talks in mid-March.”

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Mossberg and Swisher talk about Re/Code founding

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Former Wall Street Journal reporters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher spoke Tuesday night on the “Charlie Rose Show” about the founding of their new technology news site Re/Code.

“All of our reporters are terrific and know their stories will hold until we get the right sourcing,” said Mossberg.

Added Swisher: “We are moving journalism into the next phase of journalism bringing along the old standards that are good and leaving behind the ones that aren’t, at the same time embracing new delivery systems.”

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Obit writer leaving WSJ for Bloomberg

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Stephen Miller, the obituary writer for The Wall Street Journal, is leaving the paper.

He will join Bloomberg News on April 28 to write obituaries.

“It was great working at the Journal,” said Miller in an email to Talking Biz News. “I’m looking forward to working with the obits team at Bloomberg News. Coming up on two decades in obits, I still find the form a fascinating challenge so it was great to find a new place to practice.”

In an email to the staff, Miller wrote:

“GoodBye! The Journal of Contemporary Obituaries” was a ‘zine and website I founded in 1996. It morphed into Remembrances, which in 2006 became the WSJ’s first regular obituary feature. Something like 1000 corpses later, it is time for another transition. I thank all the fine editors and writers I’ve worked with here.

Miller had been with the paper since 2007. Before that, he was the obituaries editor of the New York Sun for five years.

Miller has a degree from Oberlin College and also worked at Mizuho Capital Markets for six years.

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Bloomberg seeks economic data reporter in Mexico City

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Bloomberg News is seeking to hire an Economic Data Reporter in our Mexico City office to assume current and expand economic data coverage.

The successful candidate will extract economic data from press releases in English, Spanish and Portuguese under real-time deadline pressure and survey economists ahead of indicators. The candidate will need to be fast and accurate in taking data and turning it into table-based stories for our clients, working closely with other reporters and editors to help with our news coverage.

The person in this role must have a minimum of one year of experience covering or working with economic indicators. This individual must also be fluent in Spanish and English. Fluency in Portuguese is a plus. The ability to use Excel spreadsheets, including familiarity with VBA and macros, is required. Analytical skills are also a must to be able to tie together the themes and trends of the data being covered.

Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- Minimum of one year of experience covering or working with economic indicators
- Understanding of economics to determine what data releases are important enough to cover and what data within those releases should be emphasized
- Ability to use Excel spreadsheets, including familiarity with VBA and macros, is essential- Experience working in a real-time news environment
- Ability to write introductions and headlines for economic data tables in English and Portuguese is a plus
- Fluency in Spanish and English is essential.

To apply, go here.

Justin Smith

Ensuring that Bloomberg remains a premier news source

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Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful in New York Media 2014.

The Reporter wrote:

Why they matter: In July, Bloomberg’s luring of Smith, 44, from his former post as Atlantic Media Group president was considered a major coup. The exec, who has a reputation as an aggressive digital innovator, was widely credited with righting the ship at Atlantic, which became profitable in 2010 after operating in the red for years. Among his key initiatives was the creation of groups combining business and editorial staff with the goal of coming up with new ideas, spawning The Atlantic Wire and Atlantic Cities websites.

Proudest accomplishment this year: In March, Smith unveiled a six- pronged strategy he says will ensure Bloomberg remains the premiere news source for the world’s most influential people. “Getting two thumbs up from Mike Bloomberg and our CEO Dan Doctoroff” on the plan was a milestone, says Smith.

Goal for next year: Launching online destinations beyond Bloomberg.com and Businessweek.com and investing in digital video. Smith and his team will “tap into the entrepreneurial spirit that built Bloomberg LP,” based on the “owner’s insistence on long-term perspective,” Smith has said of Bloomberg.

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