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by Liz Hester
The second panel discussion at Talking Biz News’ conference at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York invited those on the business end of journalism to talk about the model for making money and what the future may bring.
The discussion touched on a variety of topics including pay walls for web sites, sponsored content, the decline of advertising dollars and how organizations may choose to brand their content.
Bill Grueskin, dean of academic affairs at the Columbia University School of Journalism and former managing editor at WSJ.com, mentioned that some pay walls have had more success than others. Models, like that of the New York Times, were a certain amount of content is free, then you have to pay seems to be working better. Grueskin mentioned the Dallas Morning News’ recent decision to take down its pay wall completely after losing customers.
Most panelists agreed that people would pay for quality, original content and that’s being demonstrated at publications of all sizes. At American City Business Journals, group publisher and executive vice president Rob Fisher said it was exploring ways to get those who subscribe to its print publications, those who pay for emailed content and people who attend events to pay a bit more or to purchase additional products.
Much of his revenue model, which is driven by local journalism, comes from non-journalism sources such as events as well as people paying for premium access or other items. They charge for reprints, links, the use of PDFs and other low cost, higher margin items.
Another force that publishers will have to content with is the rise in competition from journalism nonprofits, foundations, and privately funded organizations, said Steve Shepard, founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and former editor of BusinessWeek.
“What’s heartening to me is the rise of parallel universe in biz journalism,” he said. He mentioned that CUNY would begin a new program in the fall funding journalists who want to do long-form, investigative pieces. They would differ from other nonprofits in that they wouldn’t have their own staff, but seek out reporters with good ideas who needed funding to get them done.
Another disruptive change in the journalism business model is that people are looking for sites to find, organize and aggregate the best content for them, said Ranjan Roy, cofounder of Informerly.com, which is focused on delivering e-commerce news to global professionals. He also mentioned the rise of sponsored content, arguing that readers are accepting of content that doesn’t interrupt their reading.
“The opportunity in sponsored content is about generating an experience that doesn’t interrupt your reader and is as good as your original stories,” Roy said. He mentioned the advent of Facebook and Twitter sponsored posts, which are delivered in the same manner as regular social media.
Elisabeth DeMarse, chief executive officer of TheStreet.com, said that video was another area of opportunity for all sites, including sponsored content. She cited an example of a company sponsoring a video interview with one of their experts as a good example of this type of content. DeMarse, along with many others, are investing in video technology in the newsroom in order to more quickly produce this content on breaking news story.
Shepard urged organizations to have guidelines around sponsored content including how to label it clearly and what to call it. He was dismayed by some outlets calling this content sponsored journalism and said the industry needed to create professional guidelines.
Much of the future of journalism will depend on those on the business side making money. Panelists agreed the model differed for various publications, but that it would involve some type of non-advertising revenue.
by Chris Roush
The Latin Business Digital Editor at the Tampa Bay Business Journal is responsible for the day-to-day management of all online content for the email newsletter and owns the execution of the online content strategy across multiple platforms and products, including Web, email and mobile. It is mandatory that the candidate thrive in a breaking-news culture and has demonstrated content programming experience in an online environment.
The primary goal of the Latin Business Digital Editor is to craft timely and compelling products that drive loyal engagement, grow audience and extend the Latin Business and Business Journal brands in the digital space. The job requires solid news judgment, strong headline writing skills and familiarity with SEO and site metrics. The Latin Business Digital Editor must balance the highest standards for content with ambitious traffic and engagement objectives.
In addition to working with staff- and user-generated content, the Latin Business Digital Editor is expected to curate, report and write posts as well as produce interactive features, galleries and video. The end result should be a rich and vibrant digital experience that serves the Business Journals’ Latin Business audience, generates user feedback and inspires robust community interaction.
Working with the editors and reporters, the Latin Business Digital Editor will assist in determining how best to extend and expand online articles for print
Duties and Responsibilities, work schedules and/or location may change based on evolving business needs.
- Produce newsy, engaging daily online content
- Generate and execute digital content ideas
- Track metrics and measure engagement with an eye towards constant improvement
- Work with Social Media and Engagement Manager to recommend creative approach/strategy for social media executions.
- Work with editors, reporters and other stakeholders to plan new content and features.
- Help staff identify and deploy tactics to meet traffic and engagement goals.
- Work collaboratively with peers in design, research, and technology.
- Produce and maintain all Latin Business content on the business journal’s website, including event calendars, training opportunities, Latin Corner, local promotions. Local content should be updated at least twice a week.
- Gather and upload selected graphics, photos, informational graphics and info boxes to bizjournals.com.
- Regularly participate in and attend Business Journal sponsored events.
- Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all colleagues and professionally with sources.
- Serve as a key contact between the Business Journals and Hispanic business organizations.
- Write four to five blog entries a day for the Latin Business Journal newsletter.
- Curate and and/or rewrite another two blog entries a day from the other three Florida newsrooms.
- Develop 10 entries a week for networking events and training workshops.
- Develop a People file each week for each of the four Florida markets.
- Develop other articles every week from Lists, Hot Leads, print archive
- Rewrite headlines for optimal user engagement
- Other duties as assigned
Desired Skills and Experience
•Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
•2-3 years experience in an online news operation
•Strong headline writing and copy-editing skills
•Familiarity with AP Style
•Video production experience a plus
•Demonstrated use of databases to build interactive elements and features
•Data entry for content management systems
•Excel and/or spreadsheet tools and management
•Excellent English writing skills. Fluent in Spanish
General office environment. Extensive computer use required. Some travel required. Ability to work flexible work schedules, including nights, weekends and holidays, as needed.
To apply, go here.
by Chris Roush
The Houston Business Journal, a thriving and growing news organization, is looking for a full-time reporter. We want a reporter who can break news before it happens and tell readers what it means on all of our platforms — web, social media, video and print. Our reporters must own and expand their audiences by every measure. We’re looking for strong traditional journalism skills – source building, sharp interviewing techniques, strong analytical and investigative reporting skills, clear writing, document use – with online and social media know-how. Whatever the platform, we strive to produce content – original and curated – that is accompanied by perspective and context.
Own the beat audience. • Own the beat conversation. • Build source network relentlessly. • Attend both Business Journal and industry-related events. When relevant to their beats, reporters must work in partnership with the publisher, editor in chief and event director to select speakers and topics that will grow event attendance and audience. Reporters will be expected to facilitate/moderate at Business Journal events and must be comfortable in taking a leading role in the community. • Work collaboratively with editors, photographers, designers and others to maximize the impact and accessibility of stories reported. • Contribute four to six online posts – curated and original – per day. • Contribute print stories, including cover stories, on a regular basis. • Develop and curate a reporter page/section spread in the print paper each week; this spread is comprised of information, highlights and data gathered and reported on throughout the week, then packaged and freshened for the print product. • Meet or exceed goals relating to audience-engagement such as page views, unique users, repeat visits, direct traffic, social media followings and growth, paid print subscribership, email newsletter circulation growth, event attendance, and other such measures. • Take on any other assignment made by manager(s). • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all colleagues and professionally with sources.
• Minimum of 2 years of journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing; experience covering banking and knowledge of local business community preferred • Ability to work independently and remotely • Ability to break news and to identify newsworthy events and sources • Strong writing, analytical and investigative interviewing skills • Ability to relate comfortably to a wide range of people, in person and online and to develop sources and an audience • Competitive, collaborative, curious • Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience • Ability to work independently under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately • Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure • Experience with using social media to source and promote content a plus • Ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from competitors.
Minimum of 2 years of journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing; experience building a beat preferred.
Bachelors degree or equivalent experience.
Giselle Greenwood, managing editor
by Chris Roush
The Jacksonville Business Journal is seeking reporters who are able to marry strong traditional journalism skills – source building, sharp interviewing techniques, strong analytical reporting skills, clear writing, document use – with online and social media know-how. Whatever the platform, reporters will produce content – original and curated – that is accompanied by perspective and context. Beats available at this time include technology/ transportation and health care/ banking. You will join a veteran staff well acquainted with Northeast Florida and its business and civic leaders.
A Business Journals reporter is expected to contribute both short-form (daily online posts) and long-form (print) stories to our news products. Scoops matter. A lot. Specifically reporters will be expected to own their beat audience and conversation; use networking events, Twitter, LinkedIn and other community-building outlets to expand and fortify their source pool and audience; work collaboratively with other newsroom staffers to maximize impact and accessibility of stories reported; and meet or exceed goals related to audience engagement. Applicants please send a cover letter with resume, references and 6 examples of your best work to: John Burr, editor-in-chief at email@example.com.
• Proven ability in reporting and writing
• Ability to work independently and remotely
• Ability to break news and to identify newsworthy events and sources
• Strong analytical and investigative interviewing skills
• Ability to relate comfortably to a wide range of people, in person and online, and to develop sources and audience
• Competitive, collaborative, curious
• Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure
• Ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from competitors
Experience: Minimum of 2 years of journalism experience; Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience; Knowledge of business, and/or business community, a plus. Experience with using social media to source and promote content also a plus
Education: Bachelors degree or equivalent experience
by Chris Roush
Seattle’s Puget Sound Business Journal, the award-winning business news leader in the great Northwest, is seeking an editor in chief. This is a Pulitzer-nominee newsroom that thrives under exceptional leadership.
The editor in chief, as the highest ranking newsroom leader, is responsible for driving product strategy and quality across all platforms and for relentlessly building audience. The EIC must be equally at home in both the print and digital spheres, but leadership and innovation must be particularly pronounced on digital platforms. To be successful, the EIC must have well-honed hard news instincts, a burning curiosity about business and people, a deft editing hand and be equal parts leader, entrepreneur and marketer.
- Define a clear and compelling vision for the look, feel and voice of our portfolio of products, including the existing print newspaper, daily emails, website, tablet and mobile.
- Drive staff adaptation to new mediums, platforms, skill sets, story forms, and ways of doing things.
- Take a proactive, hands-on approach in developing and leading reporting staff.
- Share responsibility for growing print, digital and event audiences. Work with other department heads to create business and marketing plans. In collaboration with the publisher, identify and address new business and audience opportunities to extend the brand.
- Seek content syndication channels and partnerships for content.
- Meet or exceed goals relating to audience-engagement.
- Embrace community and business outreach as an ambassador of the Business Journal in the Seattle area.
- Inspiring and diplomatic
- Innovative, curious, collaborative
- Passionate and knowledgeable about businesses topics and coverage
- Able to lead a high-performance newsroom driven by excellence
- Good communicator who can build on a strong newsroom culture
- Must be able to thrive in rapidly changing and uncharted media environment
- Management and/or team leadership experience required
- Daily, and, preferably, weekly print experience for a business news operation
- Experience working in a digital news environment
- Beat reporter experience
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
If this describes you, send your resume and an excellent cover letter to applySeattle@bizjournals.com
by Chris Roush
The Business Review in Albany, NY, has an opening in its newsroom for an energetic, news-loving Digital Editor who thrives in a fast-paced environment working across digital platforms, including the web, mobile and email newsletters. The Digital Editor is responsible for the daily management of content for the newspaper’s digital platforms, with the underlying objectives of growing our audience, increasing engagement and extending the Business Review’s brand in the digital space. The job requires solid news judgment, strong headline writing, comfort with technology and familiarity with SEO and site metrics. The Digital Editor must balance the highest standards for content with ambitious traffic and engagement objectives.
• Generate and execute digital content ideas. • Produce and maintain journalistic content on the Business Review’s website. • Track metrics and measure engagement with an eye towards constant improvement. • Collaborate with the newsroom’s Social Engagement Manager to create strategies for social media. • Work with editors, reporters and others to plan new content and features. • Help staff identify and deploy tactics to meet traffic and engagement goals. • Work well with colleagues in design, research and technology. • Gather and upload selected graphics, photos, informational graphics and info boxes.
• Strong headline writing and copy-editing skills. • Solid grasp of Associated Press style. • HTML skills. • Demonstrated adeptness at working with content management systems. • Demonstrated use of databases for building interactive features. • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
• Online media and SEO experience. • Reporting and editing experience with media organizations that focus on breaking news. • Video production experience is a plus.
The Business Review is a part of American City Business Journals. Learn about our company at acbj.com.
Contact Editor Mike Hendricks at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Chris Roush
George Erb, the editor of the Puget Sound Business Journal in Seattle, is stepping down from the top position at the American City Business Journals paper.
Erb writes, “I’m stepping down Nov. 30 and leaving the newspaper in the very capable hands of my colleagues and my to-be-named successor.
“It’s been a wonderful ride, full of smart and inspiring colleagues, team achievements of the highest order and some whopper stories, from Boeing abandoning Seattle as its headquarters city to the rise and epic fall of Washington Mutual.
“People have been asking me what I plan to do next. Actually, I do have a plan.
“For example, my first order of business for Monday, Dec. 2, is to sleep in, read the newspapers and go for a walk.
“This is not a retirement, however.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
The Nashville Business Journal is seeking an aggressive reporter to lead the conversation in Nashville’s health care and technology scenes.
Middle Tennessee’s $70 billion health care industry is the largest player in the local economy. The region is home to hospital powerhouses HCA Holdings and Community Health Systems and hundreds of other health care services companies. Decisions made in Nashville impact the delivery of health care across the country.
A key part of the industry’s growth is in health care IT. This post also covers the region’s fast-growing technology industry, which is led by health tech startups. The success of this emerging sector will play a key role in Nashville’s future as it works to position itself as a tech hotbed. Nashville is recruiting a growing number of young professionals and entrepreneurs to the city, with lots of attention on boosting tech talent and startups in the city.
This reporter must produce compelling, high-impact breaking news and enterprise that is rich with perspective and context for Nashville’s business community. Business Journal reporters are expected to be the go-to source for news and analysis about their coverage area. They must break important news online and give readers behind-the-scenes analysis in print.
This reporter must be able to marry strong traditional journalism skills — source building, sharp interviewing techniques, strong analytical and investigative reporting skills, clear writing, document use — with online and social media savvy.
The award-winning Nashville Business Journal is Music City’s source of news and connections for business leaders and power players. We are a fast-paced digital news operation that is growing in subscribers, readers and event attendees. Rather than cutting back, we are investing in our digital and print products with a host of companywide initiatives. Owned by American City Business Journals, the NBJ is a sister publication to 43 Business Journals nationwide.
Nashville is a fantastic city with tremendous momentum, known for its long-established music and entertainment scenes and recently recognized for its emerging food and arts culture. It’s one of the nation’s most livable cities, with a great cost of living.
If you thrive on a fast-paced environment where you can innovate and lead, we invite you to apply.
Send resume, cover letter and work samples to Editor in Chief Lori Becker at email@example.com.
by Chris Roush
Kevin Bumgarner, the editor of Pacific Business News, writes about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.
Bumgarner writes, “Here’s how we framed the challenge: How can we take a suite of products that already have some of the highest levels of executive readership of any market in our company and make them even more relevant, more convenient, more useful for you?
“The challenge sounded simple enough. Yet, in a news cycle that never stops and with a million things demanding your attention, we know how difficult it can be to cut through the clutter. We also envisioned how easy it could become for us to get lost in debating the merits of one storytelling platform over another and lose sight of the actual story. And we vowed not to let that happen, because without great stories and agenda-setting content, every new approach is just empty calories — things that take your time but never satisfy.
“One of the first things we did was implement a digital-first news reporting concept, deciding that we would never again hold a breaking news story for Friday’s print edition. Our research, company focus groups and your engagement with our website and email products told us you wanted a steady flow of breaking news every day, and breaking news was not the primary reason you subscribed to our print edition. We also dramatically increased the number of photos and graphics with our digital content, and added a queue for local and national videos on our homepage.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
The Kansas City Business Journal is looking for a reporter with an eye for what’s next. The beat focuses on technology and entrepreneurs — two rich areas in this market. The local tech scene ranges from Sprint to a thriving app development cluster. On the startup side, Kansas City is the home of the nation’s foremost foundation focused on entrepreneurship and has set a goal of becoming the nation’s most entrepreneurial city.
Develop a source network and report stories in formats ranging from social media posts, to video, to online stories and blogs, to centerpiece stories for our print edition. We’re looking for someone who will own these beats by developing a deep source network and consistently beating the competition through brains, savvy and persistence.
The position requires someone driven by intellectual curiosity. Particularly, we need someone who combines traditional journalism skills in sourcing and writing with the flexibility to take a story from tweet to full-fledged cover package.
Two to five years of journalism experience, preferably with experience in multimedia journalism and business journalism.
Brian Kaberline, Editor
1100 Main Street, Suite 210, Kansas City, MO 64105-5123