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Reynolds Center seeks director of training


The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University seeks a director of training at the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism to plan, deliver and facilitate business journalism training in the U.S. and abroad. The director will administer the daily operations of the Reynolds Center.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience and knowledge of business and economics journalism and delivering professional training at a high level.

This position is funded from external sources and may end if funding is no longer available.

Essential Duties

  • Plan and deliver Center training programs, including webinars, stand-alone workshops and conferences;
  • Oversee planning and delivery of graduate business certificate program;
  • Assist in development and execution of strategic direction for the Center;
  • Develop new opportunities and delivery mechanisms for training and revenue generation;
  • Develop partnerships with media organizations and interest groups to deliver training;
  • Identify outside trainers when necessary and provide coaching to ensure quality delivery;
  • Plan and deliver non-credit, online, short courses;
  • Moderate live webinars;
  • Evaluate training programs for quality and cost-effectiveness;
  • Supervise daily operations of Center and supervise staff;
  • Present and/or represent the Center at conferences, workshops and industry events.

To apply, go here.


Jason Szep

Reuters names Szep its international affairs editor


The following announcement was made by Reuters deputy editor Paul Ingrassia and Washington bureau chief Marilyn Thompson:

Jason Szep, an award-winning Reuters veteran who has had postings in seven countries, will take on a new role as International Affairs Editor in our Washington bureau.  Reporting to Washington bureau chief Marilyn Thompson, Jason will have a remit to drive coverage of global diplomacy, geopolitics and trade.  He will focus on international stories with a strong Washington angle, the very stories that play to the strength of our extensive global bureau network.

To be more specific, Jason will run Washington teams covering foreign policy, defense, trade and the United Nations. He also will serve as the link between our Washington bureau and our global network of bureaus from Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Madrid and Sao Paulo to San Francisco, furthering our pursuit of excellence on everything from breaking news to investigative projects.

Jason has special stature to fill this role.  He is a 23-year Reuters veteran who began his career as a fixed-income and economics reporter in Toronto followed by postings in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Boston and Bangkok. He was most recently Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, based in Bangkok, where he oversaw coverage of the region’s 10 countries.

He had previously served as Thailand & Indochina Bureau Chief, and before that Bureau Chief in his native Boston.  There he became the first Reuters journalist to win the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award, recognizing a ground-breaking series on Mormonism in America. While in Bangkok, he was co-winner of a Society of Publishers in Asia Award, Asia’s top journalism contest, for a series on Myanmar. His work there, with colleagues, chronicled the opening of Myanmar and the plight of the nation’s  Rohingya  Muslim minority. Jason also led a winning team last year in the Reuters Journalist of the Year awards.

Please join us in congratulating Jason and wishing him the very best in his new role.

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Quartz plans to launch India site later this year


Quartz, the business and financial news site from The Atlantic, is planning an Indian site to launch later this year, reports Joe Pompeo of Capital New York.

Pompeo writes, “Capital has learned that Quartz is preparing an India channel to launch this spring or summer, possibly around the time of the country’s national elections in April and May. The site’s parent company, Atlantic Media, is expected to announce the project, which we’re told will consist of larger, India-specific features, as early as this week.

“A Quartz spokesperson confirmed the plans but wasn’t able to offer any further details other than to say there will be journalists devoted to the channel full time and that they are still deciding on a name. The spokesperson could not confirm whether or not there will be a local media partner but did say there will be a ‘major sponsor’ at launch.

“The move reflects a growing interest among Western outlets in the Indian media market.

“The New York Times has been publishing its India Ink blog since 2011. The Huffington Post recently announced plans to add India to its growing stable of international editions. And The Guardian is contemplating an Indian operation as well, according to a source with knowledge of its plans. (A Guardian rep said it was too early to comment on the specifics of its future international expansion plans, but chief executive Andrew Miller hinted at an India play last fall.)”

Read more here.

Caleb Melby

Bloomberg hires Melby from Forbes to cover executive comp


Caleb Melby, who has been covering the wealthy for Forbes, has been hired by Bloomberg News to work on its billionaires team.

Melby is known for writing Forbes’ first graphic novel, “The Zen of Steve Jobs.” He will work out of New York and cover executive compensation.

Bloomberg and Forbes have been competing on the billionaires beat for the past few years, with both launching online, interactive graphics that show how much the wealth of billionaires are changing on a daily basis. In addition, Bloomberg has been outing previously undisclosed billionaires.

Melby left Forbes on March 6. He is a 2011 graduate of Northwestern University and an Eagle Scout. He also interned for the Chicago Tribune.

While at Northwestern, Melby began writing for Later, he would become the executive editor of the website, interviewing the likes of Harrison Ford, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Seth Meyers along the way and writing the cover story of the appending magazine, which had been named Best Student Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2009.

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Reuters names economics editor, Canada bureau chief and regional editor


Dayan Candappa, editor of the Americas at Reuters, sent out the following staff appointments on Monday:

I’m delighted to announce that three very talented and experienced Reuters journalists – Tiffany Wu, David Chance and Amran Abocar – will be moving into key roles in the Americas. Please join me in wishing them all the best in their new assignments.

Tiffany Wu

Tiffany will take over as Desk Editor and Deputy Regional Editor, bringing 16 years of experience across the file, exceptional copy editing skills and deep knowledge of our news-editing operations to the leadership of the Americas Desk. Tiffany will partner with my other deputy, Top News Editor Martin Howell, in driving news coverage across the Americas  She will work closely with the specialist editors to shape the next phase of the desk’s transformation.

Tiffany takes over from Ciro Scotti, whose next move will be announced soon. I am grateful to Ciro for his strong contribution over the past two years and for the unified editing desk he leaves behind. Tiffany and I will be building on the foundation he has laid.

Tiffany has done many of the key jobs at Reuters – reporter, bureau chief, top news editor and regional specialist editor who had responsibility for the companies desking team – giving her a rounded view of the editing desk’s pivotal role.

Tiffany moved to New York eight years ago as our Tech, Media and Telecoms Editor, and was promoted to run Company News in the Americas in 2010. She joined the Top News Team in September 2012 and has helped guide our coverage of a wide range of front page stories, from cyber attacks and the fallout from the Snowden leaks to big corporate shake-ups and the Quebec train derailment disaster.

Tiffany joined Reuters in 1998 as a macro-economics correspondent in Hong Kong, where she was born and raised. Two years later she moved to Shanghai to cover Chinese financial markets and corporate news, and then went on to Taipei where she was bureau chief from 2003 to 2006.

David Chance

David will move to Washington as Economics Editor for the Americas to drive coverage of the world’s largest economy and some of its most promising and problematic emerging markets. David, who will report to me, will work with reporters, editors and bureau chiefs across the region to ensure that Reuters brings to the economics and policy story the urgency and ambition our readers expect of us.

David has been with Reuters for 23 years, mostly covering economics and markets from the Argentine and Russian financial crises to the rebound in emerging markets. His most recent posting was in Seoul where a three-year stint saw him cover the death of Kim Jong Il, the ascent to power of Kim Jong Un and North Korea’s third nuclear test and rocket launches. David admits that his hands were shaking when he filed the snap of Kim Jong Il’s death from a North Korean television broadcast, something he assures me will not happen when he’s handling alerts on the Fed.

Prior to Seoul, David was Bureau Chief Malaysia and Brunei and before that Bureau Chief in Hungary in addition to stints in London and New York, where his eldest son was born. The Chance family will return to the United States after 16 years early in the summer.

Amran Abocar

Amran returns to Canada as bureau chief after six years in Asia and the Middle East, where she covered everything from Dubai’s property bust and the Arab Spring to bizarre mining policies in Indonesia. It is an exciting time for her new team which has lots of hot stories and the full attention of the F&R business, for whom Canada is a top priority in the Americas. Amran and her colleagues will be looking for creative ways to expand the breadth of our file and ramp up enterprising coverage at the same time.

Amran knows Reuters Toronto well; she joined the company there as an editorial intern and moved to a number of reporting and editing roles covering companies, capital markets, treasury and the SARS outbreak in Canada. She left for Dubai in 2008, just as the emirate’s economy was imploding, and ran the financial team in the Gulf for four years. She was appointed Deputy Bureau Chief, Gulf  just in time for the Arab Spring revolts that rocked the region. Amran then moved to Singapore as Deputy Commodities Editor for Asia. A Somali Canadian, Amran will return home with two boys who want to build an army of snowmen to make up for the years in the Arabian desert and tropical Southeast Asia. They will have to be patient as Amran will remain in Singapore until the summer.


Bloomberg View seeks editor in Washington


Bloomberg View is looking for an experienced editor in Washington DC for its QuickTake team to produce crisp, context-first backgrounders on topics in the news.

The editor will work with Bloomberg News reporters and editors worldwide to identify topics readers struggle to understand and then to create appealing, sophisticated explainers dense with information and fun to read. The editor must be well versed in politics, finance and the workings of the U.S. government while also conversant with topics ranging from economics and the environment to social issues and international affairs.

He or she must be a skilled wordsmith with a knack for clearing the rhetorical underbrush from complex public controversies; a proven organizational diplomat; a web-savvy innovator comfortable with infographics, social media and the vernacular of online journalism. Washington experience is a plus, as is the willingness to work there.

-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
-Minimum of two years of journalism experience
-Strong understanding of topics ranging from economics, to the environment, to social issues, to international affairs

To apply, go here.


Bloomberg seeks commodities reporter in Chicago


Bloomberg News seeks an experienced Commodities Markets Reporter for its Chicago office to cover the agricultural markets daily.

This individual will be expected to break news and also will write feature stories on investable trends in commodities. Candidates should be able to write quickly and concisely under tight deadline pressure and be enthusiastic about working in a team environment. A minimum of three years of business journalism experience and some commodity reporting experience is preferred. All candidates should attach clips showing energy or commodities-related subject matter if possible.

-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
-Experience working in a real-time news environment
-Prior experience breaking news in the commodities or energy markets is a plus
-Ability to write quickly and concisely under deadline pressure
-Minimum of three years of business journalism experience is preferred

To apply, go here.

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Valuing the Business Insider audience


Michael Wolff of USA Today examines the value of Business Insider.

Wolff writes, “But the actual meaning and value of large digital audiences remain unclear. Only a small percentage of Business Insider’s traffic actually seeks it out and regards it as a worthy destination and a source with particular brand authority. Most other readers land on a Business Insider article because of search-engine results, or because of an engaging — tabloid-style — headline in a Facebook feed and other social-media promotions, which generate 30% of Business Insider’s traffic.

“In 2013, BI made more than $19 million, most of it selling this traffic to advertisers. It said it was profitable in the fourth quarter (usually a good quarter) and that it won’t be profitable in 2014.

“It has to produce lots of content — quantity tending to trump quality — to realize these traffic goals. But Business Insider is seeking to be not just a content mill (a site that uses bulk amounts of low-level content to attract mass traffic) but also a significant new brand, which adds costs. It has hired, if not quite a seasoned staff, young journalists with at least a bit of experience: about 70 of them now, costing upwards of $15 million a year. Overhead and other traffic-acquisition costs push expenditures well past $19 million. In other words, it costs more to get traffic than what you can sell it for.”

Read more here.

News Journal

Delaware daily seeks business reporter


The News Journal, the online and print source for news in Delaware, has an immediate opening for a business reporter to cover real estate, retail and banking.

We are looking for a reporter who can quickly get plugged in to the local business scene while staying on top of national issues and trends. Our business reporters are very active in social media and must be able to work in a 24/7 newsroom.

Tweets, blog posts, video interviews and online updates are a regular part of the job. Candidates preferably will have at least two years of experience with a daily news organization.

E-mail resume and clips to Business Editor Suzanne Herel at

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Reuters seeks senior content editor for Deals Group


Thomson Reuters seeks a high-energy wordsmith to fill the role of Senior Content Editor of the Deals Group.

It’s a fantastic opportunity: Our community websites and subscription websites and magazines cover two of the hottest areas of corporate finance — private equity and venture capital. The senior content editor edits blog posts, news stories and features for content, spelling, punctuation, grammar and style.

He or she is also responsible for the timely posting of stories along with appropriate pictures and artwork. The senior content editor also assists with layout and proofreading of our print publications. In addition to editing copy, the senior content editor actively monitors the Reuters Wire for PE- and VC-related stories to share on the Deals Group’s community and subscription websites.

The successful candidate will have excellent time management and people skills, be comfortable multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment, and have a working knowledge of Reuters style and principles or the equivalent.

■ 5 years of experience in a copy-editing and website management role or equivalent
■Proficiency with content management systems WordPress and WebVision, as well as Excel, Word, Picture Manager and PowerPoint

To apply, go here.