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John McCalla, editor of Washington Business Journal, has died, according to a story posted on the paper’s web site.Â He was 38.
A cause of death was not immediately available.
Neil Arthur has been named publisher of the Dayton Business Journal. He succeeds Heather Martin, who has been publisher since 2003, according to a short story on the weekly paper’s web site.
The story stated, “Arthur brings to Dayton a solid background in sales, training and operations, [American City Business Journals CEO Ray] Shaw said. For the past two years he has had his own consulting firm in Columbus working with publications and business-to-business service companies.
“Previously, he served in several roles with Gannett and Thomson newspapers in Ohio, ranging from Columbus division head to leading training and sales development for 10 daily newspapers.”
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Geert De Lombaerde, the editor of the Nashville Business Journal for the past three years, is stepping down from the position at the American City Business Journal paper, according to a brief on the Nashville Post web site.
E. Thomas Wood wrote, “Speaking briefly to NashvillePost.com this afternoon, NBJ Publisher Kate Herman confirmed the editor’s resignation but said she was ‘just not in a position to talk about it at this time.’
“The business weekly, operated by the national chain American City Business Journals, has now seen turnover in its top three positions since July. Herman replaced Bill McMeekin as publisher that month, and Will Higgins left as ad director in August, replaced by Amy Harris.”
A University of Missouri grad, de Lombaerde moved to Cincinnati to be a reporter at the Business Courier, first covering retail and the courts, then banking/finance, investing and macroeconomic issues. Starting in December 1999,Â he began editing the Portfolio section of the Courier.
In August 2002,Â he moved to Nashville to be managing editor of the Business Journal. When the former editor left in 2003,Â he took over. Kenneth Pybus left the NBJ in January to accept a faculty position at Abilene Christian University in Texas.
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Barth succeeds Ken Cogburn, who recently left the American City Business Journal newspaper.
After first joining OBJ in 1992 as research director, Barth was named copy editor/special publications editor two years later and assumed a reporting role, as well. In 1997, she was named associate managing editor, overseeing the paper’s special sections, prior to becoming managing editor.
“Cindy’s 14 years of business reporting and editing experience at Orlando Business Journal provides her with a depth of knowledge and understanding of the issues facing the local business community that few other journalists in the region possess,” says publisher Ann Sonntag.
“As managing editor, Cindy has garnered the respect and loyalty of a team of reporters who, over the past decade, have won hundreds of national, state, regional and local awards. As editor, I am confident that she will take OBJ to even greater heights.”
Washington Business Journal managing editor John McCalla has been named to lead the weekly newspaper and its Web operations as editor, replacing Beth Hunt, who is moving to Charlotte, N.C., to become manager of editorial operations for the paper’s parent company, American City Business Journals.
A short story in the newspaper stated, “Hunt was editor for seven years and is a 17-year veteran of ACBJ. In her new position, she will develop and implement new content initiatives and editorial training programs, aid recruitment efforts and work on legal issues for the company, which owns 41 business journals across the country.
“McCalla joined ACBJ as a reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal in 1998 and was promoted to managing editor in Washington in 2001.
“‘Beth and John have been a terrific team these past years,’ says Business Journal Publisher Alex Orfinger, “and I’m confident John will continue Washington Business Journal’s tradition of breaking news, attracting the best journalistic talent — and being the best business publication in Greater Washington.’”
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Charlotte-based American City Business Journals, the parent company of 41 weekly business newspapers across the country as well as some other publications, is acquiring the Sporting News and its various units, according to a news release.
The deal includes Sporting News magazine, its online and book publishing units and Sporting News Radio Network. The seller is Vulcan Sports Media Inc. Terms of the acquisition, which is expected to be completed in early October, were not disclosed.
“Sporting News is a strong brand that we believe has considerable upside in print, online and on-air platforms,” said Ray Shaw, American City chairman and CEO.
The Sporting News’ publishing, online and radio network units were assembled through a series of acquisitions in 2000 and 2001. In 2000, Vulcan acquired the publishing and online units from Times Mirror Co. and bought the radio network operations of One-on-One Sports later that year. It added online fantasy games company Small World Sports in May 2001.
Vulcan is owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. American City Business Journals already owns the Street & Smith’s sports publications, which include the SportsBusiness Journal and Sports Business Daily and two publications devoted to NASCAR coverage — the weekly NASCAR Scene and the monthly NASCAR Illustrated.
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Joe Kennedy, the publisher of Eastside Business, noted on his Web site that he recently received a subscription request from an administrative assistant at American City Business Journals, the parent company of competitor Puget Sound Business Journal and 40 other weekly business papers around the country.
Kennedy wrote that he turned down the subscription offer because of his past dealings with representatives from Charlotte-based ACBJ. He has been threatened by attorneys representing the chain. His paper was previously called the Bellevue Business Journal before changing its name last year.
He wrote, “To make a long story longer, here was my reply to the request for subscriptions to Eastside Business from a staffer at American City / Puget Sound Business Journal:
“Thatâ€™s kind of funny Peggy â€“ you wouldnâ€™t even list the name of your company. I know why – last year your company sent your attorneys after us threatening legal action and this year you want to subscribe â€¦.
“I donâ€™t think so.
“Nobody over there even had the courtesy (or guts) to give me a call to talk before sending in the lawyers and I donâ€™t want to do business with such an organization.”
“Even so, thank you for your interest in Eastside Business.”
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A few changes have occurred at weekly business newspapers operated by American City Business Journals.
Scott Graham, associate editor of the Baltimore Business Journal, has taken over as managing editor. Graham replaces Craig Ey, who is now editor of the Birmingham Business Journal. Graham began his career at the Henderson (N.C.) Daily Dispatch and High Point (N.C.) Enterprise.
Pat Sangimino has been named managing editor of the Wichita Business Journal. Sangimino was most recently a sports reporter, sports editor and news editor at the Olathe (Kan.) Daily News.
Colin Pope has been named managing editor of the Austin Business Journal. Most recently, Pope was communications manager for Austin-based Strategic Partnerships Inc. Previously, he spent six years as a reporter at the Austin Business Journal.
Beginning Monday, July 24, the Portland Business Journal will begin rolling out a strategy that will enable its print subscribers to view all news and feature copy of the current print edition on the newspaper’s Web site.
Until now, only a limited amount of content from the print edition has been posted on line, said Publisher Craig Wessel, and the decision to make virtually all content immediately available was made to further enhance the value of subscribing to the Portland Business Journal.
The only features that will not be available for print subscribers on the Web when the rollout is complete will be the weekly edition’s lists and Business Leads, Wessel said. The print edition calendar of events also will not be posted because the Business Journal Web site already has its own electronic business calendar.
Wessel noted that only print edition subscribers will have immediate access to any print edition content, and will be asked to go through a quick online registration process to participate. Subscribers may go to the Portland Business Journal’s Web site at portland.bizjournals.com to sign up for the new service.
Read more here. All of the other American City Business Journals will follow along, beginning Monday.
Bill Lane, managing editor of the Boston Business Journal since 2001, is leaving the weekly newspaper to join The Castle Group, a public relations and events management agency, according to a press release put out by the PR firm.
Lane joins The Castle Group as vice president, public relations. He will work with the agencyâ€™s clients to craft and implement communications and media relations strategies. He will also help grow the agencyâ€™s roster of client companies.
Lane was business editor of the MetroWest Daily News and he supervised bureaus in six Northeastern cities for online business news Web site dBusiness.com, in addition to his work as managing editor of the Boston Business Journal, an all-business newspaper in New England.
Lane, who lives in Boston, is co-author of two books and a former commercial pilot. He earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Read the release here.