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Andy Bechtel, a journalism professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, interviews Eileen Cukier, the associate editor at the South Florida Business Journal, based in Fort Lauderdale, on his blog, The Editor’s Desk, about editing business news stories.
Cukier has been at the publication for eight years and the full-time copy editor for six years.
Here is an excerpt:
Q. Describe your job. Whatâ€™s it like to be an editor specializing in business journalism?
A. Iâ€™m responsible for copy-editing every story for our weekly print edition and every bit of breaking news for our Web site. For print, Iâ€™m usually the second read. For the Web, I may be the only read. I also write headlines and cutlines for the print edition, write chatter for and double-check charts and maps, cut stories to fit their assigned layouts and do some page layout from scratch. (When the design editor is out, I do all of the page layout.)
SFBJ is one of American City Business Journalsâ€™ 40 local business newspapers nationwide. As such, we feature people who are leaders in the local business community. We report on local, state and national issues that impact our readersâ€™ businesses and help them grow their companies.
In other words: Weâ€™re a niche publication and donâ€™t cover many of the things a daily paper does. We donâ€™t write for the general consumer, so our coverage rarely overlaps that of the three dailies in our market.
Editing for a business publication is exciting for me because we tend to cover topics that touch large groups of people and have far-reaching consequences.
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Doug Fruehling, the current managing editor of the Washington Business Journal, was named Friday to take the paper’s top editorial spot.
He replaces Mike Mills, who leaves for a job at Roll Call.
Reporter Tierney Plumb writes, “‘With the current recession, high-quality business journalism is more important now than ever,’ Fruehling said. ‘Our No. 1 mission is to provide our readers the news and information they need to make critical business decisions.’
“Fruehling, who holds a journalism degree from Ohio University, previously served as managing editor of Roll Call. He started his career as a reporter for the Journal Star in Peoria, Ill.
“Fruehling, 40, replaces Mike Mills, who resigned to take a new role as editorial director of Roll Call Group. Mills had been with the WBJ since March 2007.”
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Michael Roberts of Denver Westword writes about the recent recession coverage done by the Denver Business Journal and a local television station and how it’s similar to what’s being done by ColoradoBiz magazine and another local TV station.
Roberts writes, “When asked about Cote’s assertions, DBJ editor Westergaard expresses surprise. ‘I have never seen anything about Channel 7′s relationship with ColoradoBiz magazine,’ he says. ‘I never saw any of those segments, and I never heard anything about a partnership. The fact is, this is a good idea — and some of the other papers in our company had already launched features in their papers called ‘Beating the Recession.”
“True enough: Both the Sacramento Business Journal and the Philadelphia Business Journal have been issuing stories under the ‘Beating the Recession’ heading for some time. And earlier this year, Channel 4 began to use the phrase for positive economic stories, too. ‘When we discovered that, it just made sense for us to get together,’ Westergaard says. ‘We’ve been trying to establish a relationship with a broadcast outlet for a long time. We used to have one with Fox, and we had some talks with them — and we talked with Channel 9, but they already have a relationship with the Denver Post. So we let Channel 4 know we were interested, and they said, ‘Come on down and talk.’ And we liked the ‘Beating the Recession’ idea, because it was a narrow focus to business coverage, and it was something we could produce without taking away from the things we were already doing. It was kind of repurposing stories we were already reporting and writing, which made sense to us — and they were happy with it, too.’
“Regarding the Channel 7/ColoradoBiz series, Westergaard stresses, ‘If there’s a similarity, it’s purely coincidental.’”
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The Milwaukee Business Journal announced Wednesday that headlines and breaking news from its editorial staff will now be available on Twitter.
A brief on its Web site states, “For readers who already have a Twitter account, simply follow BizJournalMke to receive breaking Milwaukee business news.
“Those who may be new to Twitter can sign up for a free account at www.twitter.com.
“We will be selective with our ‘tweets’ by only posting local and breaking news that affects the Milwaukee business community.”
Read more here. Another American City Business Journals paper, the Austin Business Journal, began providing headlines via an iPhone application last week.
The latest headlines from the Austin Business Journal are now available in an iPhone application, according to a brief posted on the paper’s site.
The brief stated, “This week, ABJ affiliate bizjournals.com launched a pilot iPhone app for the Austin paper. The app, which is available for free via Apple Inc.â€™s App Store, allows users to scan headlines and view stories from the Web site Austin.Bizjournals.com. Users can also subscribe to the print edition of the paper via the app.
“Bizjournals hopes to launch iPhone apps for additional papers in the American City Business Journals chain in the future.”
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Mike Mills, the editor of the Washington Business Journal for the past two years, is leaving the American City Business Journals publication to become editorial director at Roll Call.
A press release on FishbowlDC stated, “‘Mike is joining us at a critical time in our company’s history,’ said Roll Call Group Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Laurie Battaglia. ‘With the recent acquisition of Capitol Advantage and GalleryWatch, Mike’s proven editorial success in political publishing is the background we need to create a cohesiveness in our editorial mission.’
“Mills comes to Roll Call Group from the Washington Business Journal, where he has served as Editor for the past two years. Prior to that, Mills was Executive Editor for Electronic Publishing at Congressional Quarterly, Inc., where he oversaw editorial operations and product development for the company’s electronic products, successfully launching several electronic specialty publications. Prior to CQ, he was a reporter for The Washington Post, leading the paper’s coverage of the technology sector.
“‘Roll Call is the gold standard of congressional journalism,’ says Mike Mills. ‘I’m very excited about the opportunity to help shape its overall editorial strategy.’”
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Ray Shaw, chairman of American City Business Journals, will receive the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers at its 46th annual conference in Denver in late April.
Shaw has run the publisher of 40 business weekly newspapers since 1989. Before that, he was president and chief operating officer of Dow Jones & Co., the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, where he also worked as a reporter and editor.
“Ray has had a profound impact as both a business journalist and a business journalism entrepreneur,” said Bernie Kohn, investigative editor of the Baltimore Sun and president of SABEW. “In his so-called retirement, Ray built American City Business Journals into a company that has filled a major need for business-to-business journalism in numerous communities. We’re delighted to recognize his achievements in both journalism and business.”
Shaw is the 19th business journalist or business news executive to receive SABEWâ€™s highest award since it its inception in 1993. Other winners include: Floyd Norris of the New York Times; Barney Calame and Paul Steiger of The Wall Street Journal; Stephen B. Shepard, former BusinessWeek editor in chief; Carol Loomis of Fortune; and Myron Kandel of CNN.
During the 10 years that Shaw was president of Dow Jones, the company’s annual revenues more than tripled to $1.7 billion. Shaw is credited with expanding Dow Jones’ business journalism operations into international markets.
Following his retirement from Dow Jones, Shaw Publishing Co. acquired control of American City Business Journals. It was sold to Advance Publications in 1995, but Shaw continues to oversee the company, which now employs more than 600 business journalists.
“I like Ray’s commitment to quality journalism,” said Kent Bernhard, who is vice president of editorial at American City. “He’s not a corner cutter when it comes to that.”
The Cincinnati Business Courier, the weekly business newspaper in the city, has been aggressively covering bank Fifth Third’s legal problems, according to a review of the paper’s coverage in the past year.
That coverage runs tounter to a post (see below) byÂ the Cincinnati Beacon, an alternative weekly, about how the city’s business media failed to report on a lawsuit involving Fifth Third.
And sources tell Talking Biz News that a story about the lawsuit in question by the Beacon will appear in tomorrow’s issue of the Business Courier.
Charlotte-based American City Business Journals, which owns and operates 40 business newspapers around the country, is the lead investor in a Web site company called ThePort Networks Inc., according to a story on the Atlanta Business Chronicle site.
The story states, “Atlanta-based ThePort helps nonprofit, trade association and media industries create and manage social networks. The company, which earned $800,000 in revenues last year, also operates a community of Web 2.0 sites.
“The Series B funding round was led by American City Business Journals of Charlotte, N.C., the publisher of Atlanta Business Chronicle.
“‘ACBJ recognizes that social media is going to be a key driver for the future of online publishing,’ Cramer said in response to e-mailed questions. ‘Today, having a stake in a social media platform company has many similarities to owning printing presses from years gone by.’”
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Kevin Pitts has been named the new publisher at the Charlotte Business Journal, according to a story on its Web site. Pitts is the vice president of advertising and circulation at the Philadelphia Business Journal, a sister publication.
The story stated, “He succeeds Jeannie Falknor, who is retiring at year end after leading the paper for the past 10 years.
“Pitts, 42, joined American City Business Journals Inc. in 2000 as ad director of the Philadelphia Business Journal.
“He was named publisher of the East Bay Business Times in 2003, holding that position for two-and-a-half years before moving back to Philadelphia for family reasons. Pitts has strong family ties to North Carolina. His parents live in Burlington and his wife Sonyaâ€™s cousins live in Raleigh.
“Pitts begins his duties in Charlotte on Jan. 1.”
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