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Patrick Chu

Chu, ex Bloomberg, named editor of SF Business Times


Patrick Chu, who left Bloomberg News earlier this year after more than a decade with the company, has been named editor of the San Francisco Business Times.

He replaces Steve Symanovich.

A story on its website states, “Patrick worked for more than 16 years at Bloomberg News, starting as West Coast Bureau Chief in San Francisco in 1997 before serving with Bloomberg in Washington, New York and Tokyo.

“Chu says he is looking forward to returning to San Francisco and leading the Business Times’ news operation. ‘The San Francisco Bay Area is the most compelling and innovative business marketplace in the world, and I can’t think of a better time to be in San Francisco covering business news,’ Chu said. ‘I am fortunate to be working with our excellent team of accomplished editors and reporters, backed by the resources of American City Business Journals.’

“San Francisco Business Times publisher Mary Huss said: ‘Patrick brings high standards for journalistic excellence, and a passion for great reporting, as well as a keen grasp of business. He is joining us to lead our newsroom at an important time, as we continue to innovate as a digital-first media operation.’

“While at Bloomberg, Chu was also Managing Editor of Global Recruitment and Training in New York, Global Politics and Government Managing Editor in Washington, D.C., and for the past nine years worked at Bloomberg’s Asian Bureau in Tokyo, where he had the roles of Asia Managing Editor, Top News Editor and Asia Billionaires Editor in Tokyo, among other roles at the company.”

Read more here.

Lizzie O'Leary

“Marketplace Weekend” with O’Leary to launch in June


Deborah Clark, the executive producer of the Marketplace portfolio of programs from American Public Media, sent out the following announcement on Wednesday:

I’m pleased to announce some exciting news from Marketplace.  The weekend of Saturday, June 28th, Marketplace is launching a new show called Marketplace Weekend. This new show will replace the current Marketplace Money program. Marketplace Weekend will be a one hour show and Lizzie O’Leary will be the new host.

Marketplace Weekend, like our other Marketplace shows, will live at the intersection of life and money.  Audience research continues to reinforce strong interest around personal finance coverage and we will continue that coverage  across all of our shows, not just on the weekend.

Marketplace Weekend will deliver on our core content coverage area of business and economic news.  We will be adding more technology coverage, a wrap-up and analysis of the week’s “Numbers”, interesting interviews and maintaining the strong and distinctive approach to personal finance and investing that has always been a hallmark of Marketplace Money. This will all be done with Marketplace’s fun, irreverent approach and gives the team a wider range of topics to explore for the weekend audience.

So, what will the show sound like? We’re developing new segments over the next couple of months. Marketplace Weekend will “do the numbers”, bringing its own spin to some of the biggest numbers of the week and showing how the macro economy impacts our everyday lives. As an example, in our segment on gentrification a couple of weeks ago,  Lizzie walked around the streets of Harlem talking to 34-year old Brittny Kone about the two Harlems she’s experienced, from her childhood to today, and how those changes have affected her own personal and financial decisions. (Download the mp3 of this story)

Since joining the Marketplace team last year, Lizzie O’Leary has become an integral voice of Marketplace. She is a phenomenal talent – the perfect combination of a versatile, engaged host and whip smart, dogged journalist. She is routinely called on by MSNBC, CNN and other media outlets for appearances and has a strong and commanding social media presence, which will be instrumental in developing the show’s new online and digital strategy.

We hope you’ll agree that this is a great evolution of our program. We’re confident your listeners will love these new elements of our weekend show.  The Marketplace Weekend team will have a pilot for you to listen to in the coming weeks. Stand by for further communication around that. In addition, Lizzie O’Leary will also be available for calls and interviews as we approach the launch of the new show.

Andrea Fuller

WSJ hires digital reporter Fuller


Andrea Fuller, who has been crunching data for the interactive applications team at Gannett Digital, has been hired to work on the data investigations team at The Wall Street Journal.

She will be working with Rob Barry and Tom McGinty.

At Gannett, Fuller used Python and SQL daily to scrape and analyze data on education, weather, entertainment and other topics.

Before Gannett, had worked at the Center for Public Integrity in September 2012 as a data reporter. She previously worked at The Chronicle of Higher Education in a similar role. There, she oversaw the publication’s award-winning analysis of presidential pay at non-profit colleges. She also worked on stories and interactive graphics about a number of other higher-education issues, including student debt, conflicts of interest, and fraud.

Fuller previously interned for The Chronicle, The New York Times, The Hill, and The Asheville-Citizen-Times. She is a graduate of Stanford University.


Bloomberg seeks corporate finance reporter in New York


Bloomberg News seeks an experienced corporate finance reporter in its New York office.

The reporter will be responsible for breaking news on distressed corporate borrowers. The ideal candidate should have at least three years of business reporting and writing experience. The successful applicant should have proven experience in reporting and breaking news for a financial newspaper or real-time news service, and should possess the ability to write feature stories.

-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
-Knowledge of the economy, financial markets, and business
-Minimum of three years of business reporting and writing experience

To apply, go here.

TheStreet web

How financial news websites pay their contributors


Ricardo Bilton of Digiday writes about how some financial news sites are recruiting and paying contributors for their content.

Bilton writes, “Financial News site The Street is a relative newcomer to the contributor network game. Since introducing its writers program two months ago, it has attracted 100 writers, a number it hopes to triple by 2015.

“While all of its contributors start unpaid, The Street has built its system so that successful writers can work their way into paid channels. When writers get 20,000 pageviews per week, The Street pays them $20; 40,000 weekly pageviews gets them $40, and so on. Really successful writers can get pay comparable to The Street’s full-time staff.”

“Like Seeking Alpha, The Street pitches contributors on more than just a way to earn a quick buck. ‘Part of our pitch is we’re going to be putting them up with our veteran editors so they get experience working with real journalists and learning how to put together leads and include information that makes the story work,’ said Bill Inman, editor-in-chief of The Street.

“The vetting process here is thorough. The Street requires that contributors submit profile photos, offer references, and sign contracts. It’s also looking for people who ‘really know their stuff,’ not broad generalists, said Inman.”

Read more here. Seeking Alpha CEO David Jackson has tweeted about this issue here.

Matt Stiles

WSJ hires Stiles from NPR


Matt Stiles, who is the data editor for National Public Radio’s news apps team, has been hired by The Wall Street Journal.

Stiles will be an economics reporter at The Journal.

In an email to Talking Biz News, he wrote, “It’s not strictly defined yet, but generally I’ll be a data-focused reporter on the economics team. But I hope I’ll also be a resource for politics reporters and others in the bureau.”

In his NPR role, Stiles is responsible for obtaining and analyzing databases and using them to help the team tell interactive stories on He also works with reporters and editors in the newsroom to help them understand the data they encounter on their beats.

Stiles began his career at NPR in June 2011, as the data reporting coordinator for NPR’s StateImpact, a project started to develop state-focused content as well as identify and train public media journalists in cross-platform reporting and digital storytelling tools. Stiles supported the project’s reporters, training them in ways to use data in stories. He also oversaw the development of data-related tools in the StateImpact content management system.

Stiles helped create an interactive application related to fracking in Pennsylvania as part of a package of drilling stories by the StateImpact team that received a DuPont-Columbia Award for member stations WITF and WHYY. Stiles also helped create “Deals for Developers,” an interactive story in partnership with WAMU in Washington, DC. The series was a finalist in the public service category of the Online News Association awards. Other projects Stiles helped develop for NPR include a crowd-sourced database of playgrounds designed to include children with disabilities, a map of the damage caused by the 2013 Moore, Okla., tornado and a database of workers killed in grain bins throughout the United States.

Prior to joining NPR, Stiles worked as a reporter in Texas. From 2001-2005 he was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News, where he wrote about local and federal law enforcement. In 2005, Stiles moved to The Houston Chronicle where he covered City Hall and state government. Then, in 2009, Stiles worked as a reporter and news applications editor at The Texas Tribune, a digital news startup in Austin.

In 2011, Stiles was given a special distinction citation at the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism recognizing his work at The Texas Tribune.


Bloomberg seeks aviation/defense reporter in London


Bloomberg News seeks a reporter for the London office to join the European aviation team, to cover UK aerospace and defense companies including Rolls Royce and BAE Systems as well as UK aviation-transport topics spanning airports to passenger experience.

The reporter would back up the team in coverage of European airlines and aircraft manufacturing as well as major industry events such as air shows. Apart from covering the daily news on companies, the reporter is expected to break news, build contacts and expand Bloomberg’s relationship in the industry through regular interaction with executives.

The reporter must cover the earnings and press conferences of companies on the beat, and write regular enterprise stories on industry trends and market developments. The reporter will be part of the European aviation team.

-Journalism experience is essential
-Experience of working in a real-time news environment in desirable
-Experience of covering aviation and defense companies is desirable

To apply, go here.


Bloomberg seeks social media strategist in New York


Bloomberg is seeking someone who is able to develop and execute a social media strategy surrounding Bloomberg News’ key content and events, and also work with our news leadership and promotional team to build our talent’s social media profiles and activity.

This is a senior position, based in New York, but the person would be asked to cultivate new communities of followers for reporters on key beats around the world, measure impact and reach and monitor relevant conversations where our team should be engaged. That means creating training for groups of reporters and editors, as well as running 1 on 1 sessions, cajoling staff to pick up the pace, and tracking progress.

Prior experience running social media campaigns and managing staff is a must. Experience with media companies is preferred as well.

-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
-Minimum of three years of experience
-Prior experience running social media campaigns and managing staff is a must
-Experience with media companies is a plus

To apply, go here.

Globe and Mail

Globe and Mail names new business editor


David Walmsley, the editor in chief of The Globe and Mail in Toronto, sent out the following staff announcement on Tuesday:



I am delighted to announce Paul Waldie as the Editor of Report on Business.

Paul is a familiar face to many of you, a veteran reporter and a consummate professional in all facets of the business of journalism, from television to print to digital. Paul has most recently of course been working as European Bureau Chief for The Globe and Mail based in England. His most recent work during that period includes braving the violence of Ukraine and, as an example of his breadth of experience, he became an extreme sport expert at the Sochi Olympic Games.

Paul began his career as an earnings reporter for the Financial Post, had a stint as national editor at the National Post before moving to The Globe where he covered the biggest stories from Bre-X to Conrad Black’s tribulations. He spent a year in Winnipeg covering the Jets and he was heavily involved in covering the financial crisis of recent years. He is the proud recipient of three National Newspaper Awards for business reporting and a National Magazine Award for business coverage. He wrote a widely-praised best-selling business book on the McCain family.

Please join me in welcoming Paul to his new position. He starts tomorrow (Wed) and will host an RoB-wide town hall at noon.

Waldie replaces Derek DeCloet, who accepted a position at magazine publisher Rogers Publishing.


Inc. magazine seeks web editor


Inc., the oldest magazine devoted to entrepreneurs, is seeking a web editor for

Responsibilities include managing the homepage, writing must-click headlines and stewarding its editorial calendar. The editor is accountable for the quality, impact and timeliness of the homepage, with the goal of increasing traffic.

Other duties include content management, daily newsletters and column editing. Must-haves include a passionate dedication to web journalism, exceptional talent for writing irresistible headlines, excellent news judgment and zeal for website analytics.

The ideal candidate is a fast and clean editor, is steeped in the web and cares about entrepreneurs. The successful applicant will have at least three years’ experience as a business or financial journalist, a strong voice, a sense of fun and an intuitive grasp of what gets shared online.

The job is based in New York and reports to the executive editor of For immediate consideration, please send a resume, clips and a cover letter to