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Ron Leuty

Crain’s paper, ACBJ paper place wager on World Series


Crain’s Detroit Business and the San Francisco Business Times have placed a small wager on the outcome of the World Series.

According to a story on the Crain’s Detroit site, “Native Michiganian and now Bay Area resident Ron Leuty, the biotech reporter for the Business Times, admits to being ‘conflicted.’ He loves his new adopted team, but still keeps Tigers gear in his pocket when he goes to a Giants game. But he’s ready to be a little competitive with us, he wrote in his blog on Wednesday in the Business Times.

Bill Shea, business of sports reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, tweeted at the end of Wednesday’s game: ‘Will the #Tigers be among the 37% of teams to lose Game 1 of the #WorldSeries but come back to win it all?’

“We’re willing to bet on it.

“So we’re entering into this not-so-high-stakes wager with our business-publication brethren from the West Coast.

“The stakes? Each publication has chosen a charity — CATCH here in Detroit, the Junior Giants in San Francisco — and the losing team’s publication will donate $100 to the winning city’s charity. Publishers at both publications also have agreed, in the event of their team’s loss, to wear a jersey or hat from the winning team to a public event.”

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Orlando Biz Journal publisher to retire


Orlando Business Journal publisher Ann Sonntag announced her retirement after 21 years with parent company American City Business Journals and 16 years as head of ACBJ’s Orlando paper.

A story on the paper’s website states, “Sonntag joined ACBJ in May 1991 as ad director in Charlotte, N.C., then transferred to Orlando in September 1995 as associate publisher before becoming publisher 10 months later.

“Among her many accomplishments while at OBJ, she helped create the Women Who Mean Business awards program, as well as guided the newspaper in winning eight Eagle awards, the ACBJ’s highest award.

“Earlier this year, Sonntag was named recipient of the John Young History-Maker Award, and also received the Athena International 2012 Leadership Award for her commitment to businesswomen from all sectors and generations.”

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ACBJ names its best papers


Charlotte-based American City Business Journals, which operates 40 business newspapers across the country, has named its best papers in a variety of categories.

The winners are:

Best use of social media: Boston Business Journal

Best page one:Milwaukee Business Journal

Best special section in paper: Orlando Business Journal

Best special section out of paper: Buffalo Business First

Research excellence: Boston Business Journal

Visual excellence in infographics: Washington Business Journal

Visual excellence in photography: Jacksonville Business Journal

Excellence in writing: Sacramento Business Journal

Excellence in blogging: Boston Business Journal

Best breaking news: Pacific Business News

Best enterprise/investigative reporting: Nashville Business Journal

CEO Whit Shaw noted, “The analysis of this state’s job-creation grant program is exactly what readers should expect of business journalism - a critical investigative look at the intersection of business and government. After the ‘Risky Business’ package ran, the state became much more transparent about its incentives programs and announced it will initiate clawback clauses in its cash grant program.”

Best beat reporting: Patrick Hoge, San Francisco Business Times

Shaw said, “One of ACBJ’s toughest beat assignments has to be covering technology in a region with the highest concentration of tech journalists and tech publications in the world. But this reporter manages to avoid me-too journalism by staking out a territory that focuses on impacts to the local economy, as well as personalities that match the flamboyance of the city.”

General excellence: Boston Business Journal

Shaw said, “With a uniformly smart read and a refreshing, even unpredictable story selection, this paper veers away from the typical and the pedestrian toward more illuminating stories. The judges were consistently delighted with selections that provide a great read for even those not particularly interested in the affairs of business. Beyond print editions, this staff provides a kind of daily journalistic clinic in how to use web and social media to engage and inform readers in stories large, small or just plain interesting.”

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Perelman invests in business newspaper


Investor and philanthropist Raymond Perelman has made an investment in Region’s Business, a weekly “Journal of Business and Politics” started in a Plymouth Meeting office by former Philadelphia Metro publisher James McDonald last summer, reports Joe DiStefano of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

DiStefano writes, “McDonald and Perelman won’t say how much Perelman invested. Regions Business, written by freelancers and edited by a staff headed by Karl Smith, formerly of AOL’s Philadelphia Patch Web site and Calkins Media’s PhillyBurbs.com Web site, ‘will expand circulation’ by sending free papers to targeted readers, boosting circulation and advertising efforts, and adding a mobile app, McDonald told me.

“The paper’s ‘investigative reporting will focus primarily on state and local government,’ McDonald added.

“McDonald published Philadelphia Metro, a free daily distributed at Septa stations, in 2000-04, and later published Journal newspaper in Washington, D.C., before selling the business to Philip Anschutz’s Examiner network, among his other news business ventures.

“‘We think the mix of public policy and business is the right mix to reach a mix of influencers and senior executives in the area,’ McDonald told me. He aims to be ‘non-partisan’ but also ‘business-friendly.’ He says he hopes to boost circulation to 17,500, which would be ‘significantly above the Philadelphia Business Journal,’ owned by American City Business Journals.

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ACBJ paper names new editor, new ME


The New Mexico Business Weekly, an American City Business Journals paper, announced Friday the appointment of a new editor-in-chief and managing editor, effective Oct. 1.

A story on the paper’s website states, “Joe Renaud has been promoted to the newly created position of editor-in-chief and Rachel Sams has been promoted to the new position of managing editor.

“‘The Business Weekly has been aggressive in cementing its place as Albuquerque’s authority on business news,’ said NMBW Publisher Ian Anderson. ‘Joe and Rachel have been key in helping us build a news platform that harnesses the strengths of our print edition, our website and our social media outlets in a way that has created great opportunities for growth. They were integral in the planning and execution of our recently launched Morning Edition email. In their new roles, their combined vision will be more important than ever in driving us forward.’

“As editor-in-chief, Renaud will be responsible for the strategic direction of the newsroom and the Business Weekly’s news products, as well as continuing to grow its readership both in print and online across all platforms. Sams, as managing editor, will be tasked with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, ensuring the timely production of high-quality, accurate news content.

“Renaud joined the Business Weekly as Web editor in February. He was previously vice president of audience development at Major League Gaming.”

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Houston Business Journal

Biz journal tells spokesman to buy copy of paper


Jim Romenesko is reporting on a conversation between the spokesman of the Houston school system and the Houston Business Journal.

The spokesman asked to see a copy of the story after it ran, and he was told to buy a subscription.

Romenesko writes, “Spencer, a former Houston Chronicle education reporter, was surprised to hear that.

“‘I’ve found that other media outlets that use a pay wall will email me copies of stories if they’ve used information I provided,’ he says. ‘Do the people who are quoted in news stories have a right to see those stories soon after they’ve been published in order to verify their views were accurately presented?’ (Business Journal stories are free online after 30 days.)

“Spencer sent me his email exchange with Business Journal editor B. Candace Beeke. She told him:

First, a new policy allows you to purchase just the edition in which the story ran. You can do that online by clicking on the story.

HBJ enforces this policy to protect the work we do and our intellectual property. Anyone who purchases the story or paper gets a copy that protects our licensing.

Our newsroom also is prohibited from sending out free copies of the work we do to protect the investment our readers make in receiving our products. I appreciate your understanding.

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How biz media use consolidated media reporting


Sean Callahan of BtoB Magazine writes about how business news media such as American City Business Journals and the Economist are using consolidated media reporting, which measures how many people the media are reaching in print, online and through other media delivery formats.

Callahan writes, “The Economist began using the CMR earlier this year. Paul Rossi, managing director-exec VP, Americas, for the publication, said, ‘The response [from media buyers] has been, “This is great, but we want more.’ This isn’t perfect, but it’s the first step in transparency.’

“In its CMR, The Economist measures its print and digital paid subscribers (893,208); unique downloads of its app (255,825); average subscription price ($105.11); page views (14.9 million); monthly unique visitors (3.6 million) and Twitter followers (2.3 million).

“‘Increasingly, we are being asked by marketers to put together solutions that access all of our reach,’ Rossi said. He added that print requests for proposals have been flat so far this year compared with last year, but multimedia RFPs are up 30%.

“ACBJ’s Fisher said 45% of the company’s total audience is in print, while 55% is reached via email, websites, events and other media.

“Media brands see these multimedia reports as a means to focus on the quality of their audience (particularly their online audience) rather than the quantity of that audience. The goal is to avoid selling on a CPM basis, which many publishers view as a race to the bottom.”

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Happy to be back on the biz beat


Lewis Lazare, the former Chicago Sun-Times business columnist, is happy to be working again as a business journalist covering Chicago for American City Business Journals, writes Robert Feder of Time Out Chicago.

Feder reports, “His hiring marks an expansion of American City Business Journals to include Chicago among the more than 40 markets it covers. At the outset, Lazare will focus on marketing and advertising, media, airlines and entertainment business stories — all areas he has reported on extensively in the past.

“‘I am so, so happy to be doing local business reporting for a national company with great people who know what that kind of journalism is all about and specialize in it,’ he said. The company is a unit of Advance Publications Inc., which also includes Conde Nast and other media properties.

“Lazare is expected to continue to write for Ruth Ratny’s ReelChicago.com, where he’s been free-lancing since his position at the Sun-Times was eliminated in 2011. He previously worked for the Chicago Reader, Crain’s Chicago Business and the Chicago bureau of Variety.”

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Rich Kirchen

Milwaukee biz journal names new health care reporter


Rich Kirchen, the Milwaukee Business Journal’s senior reporter, will be taking over the paper’s health care beat. He has previously covered banking and manufacturing.

A story on its website states, “Reporter Stacy Vogel Davis will assume the banking beat and continue covering the retail and travel industries.

“In addition, Wendy Strong has been appointed to the new position of multi-media reporter. Previously, Strong had been the paper’s broadcast reporter, appearing nightly on WITI-TV (Channel 6).

“Strong will cover small business and education, along with writing the weekly small business feature for the print edition. In addition, she will continue with one nightly newscast on Channel 6 and write daily for The Business Journal’s website.

“The Business Journal’s website has seen a 25 percent increase in page views in 2012 compared with 2011.”

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San Jose biz journal looking for editor in chief


The Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, an American City Business Journals paper, is looking to hire an editor in chief, but the current editor is not leaving the paper.

Moryt Milo, a veteran Silicon Valley journalist who became the editor of the paper in 2008, is moving into a new position as the print editor.

The new editor in chief will oversee print and online and be very focused on digital audience development.

The new San Jose position signals a shift in how ACBJ papers are being run on the editorial side as the Charlotte-based company looks to deliver news more online and through new technology. The company recently launched Chicago and New York news websites even though it doesn’t have print papers in those cities.

A similar move was made at the company’s Boston Business Journal last month as it hired a managing editor for print and promoted a a staffer to managing editor for online verticals.

Milo joined the Business Journal from the Silicon Valley Community Newspapers group, which publishes 10 community newspapers in the Valley, and is operated by MediaNews Group.

The new job description can be found here.