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by Chris Roush
Mike Oreskes, senior managing editor at the Associated Press, sent out the following announcement on Monday:
The Associated Press creates a great deal of great journalism. A few months ago, we asked Assistant Managing Editor John Mancini to come up with a plan to assure that our presentation and distribution of that journalism was just as great. We want to assure that our report is organized to have maximum impact on our audiences and provide maximum benefit to our customers. He has come back with a strong plan and, in the process, demonstrated that he is the guy to make sure that what needs to get done gets done.
So John Mancini, remaining firmly anchored as a leader of the Nerve Center, will expand his responsibilities to take on a crucial task: directing the programming of the AP report. His task will be to look ahead — a day, a week, a month– and make sure we will have what we need for a strong report every day. This involves both envisioning what our spot news report might be like and then getting a strong handle on what our non-spot news options will be. From those two flows of journalism we will build a consistently great report. This mission is of course at the core of what the Nerve Center is for and John will work shoulder to shoulder with Deputy Managing Editor Tamer Fakahany and news leaders in the field.
As you will recognize, he has already been building the tools to do this job. He has created a system for planning and scheduling non-spot news which, among other things, got us through the long holidays in strong form. He will be building on that so that each day our report can integrate breaking news and strong news we break.
John’s pipeline of non-spot news is of course only as good as what we all put into it. He has been working closely with Ted Anthony, the interim global enterprise editor, and others across the AP to encourage and sharpen our flow of distinctive work.
John came to the AP three years ago and has had an up close view of news operations as flag officer in charge first of overnight US time and then weekends.
Before coming to the AP John had deep experience in presenting the news with the audience in mind. As editor in chief of Newsday he oversaw one of the nation’s largest newspapers. To edit is to choose, and there are few disciplines in all of journalism that force focus better than the front page of a tabloid like Newsday. It is right up there with producing news for a nightly broadcast or a morning website. And John has experience in both the television and digital news worlds as well.
What is our most important story? If there isn’t spot news worthy of our front page what have we got in the drawer we can use? How can we sum up that story in a very few words (The legendary wood)? What is the best image in the world today?
These are the kind of questions John will make sure we are asking to make our report as sharp as possible.
To let John focus on programming our report, he will permanently move off weekends. That might be worrisome, except we have an ideal successor close at hand.
He is Hal Ritter, our former business editor and before that head of the business section and later the news section of USA Today. Hal has filled in very effectively as interim global weekend editor while John was off on this programming project. You all know Hal as the cool-under-fire leader who stays on top of the spot news and keeps our non-spot news relevant and immediate. He is always in a search to make our journalism smarter and more interesting to our audiences, sharpened in that pursuit by his years of experience at a major customer. He understands how to project and promote our biggest efforts. In his weekend role, Hal has had a strong impact overseeing AP’s response to breaking news around the globe, from the Kenyan mall attack to the fatal Metro-North rail accident.
Hal’s efforts and editorial strengths demonstrate that he will be a strong global weekend leader.
Indeed, as one of the news leaders with a passion for enterprise, he will be a key partner for John in creating and managing the flow of non-spot news that will assure a strong report every day, even on days with less news, such as weekends.
Please send your congratulations and pledges of support to Hal and John.
by Chris Roush
Steve McMillan, a former business editor of The Denver Post, has been named news editor of Virginia and West Virginia for the Associated Press.
An AP story states, “The appointment was announced Wednesday by South Regional Editor Lisa Marie Pane.
“‘Steve is a top-notch journalist who has a track record for helping reporters navigate complicated issues and capturing big stories for a broad audience,’ Pane said.’”We’re looking forward to having a journalist of his caliber join the AP to oversee all the fascinating stories from this part of the world — from the coal industry and politics to Big Tobacco.’
“McMillan, 56, is joining the AP from The Denver Post, where he has worked for 16 years as a writer and editor, including a 4 1/2-year stint as business editor. Most recently, he has been the public policy/digital publications editor, overseeing a team of reporters covering education, immigration and general assignment, as well as The Post’s eBook initiative. Besides the foreclosure and financial meltdown, and the buyout of Qwest Communications, McMillan also oversaw coverage on the business side of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.
“Before joining the Post in 1997, McMillan was the business editor and an assistant city editor at the Albuquerque Journal.”
by Chris Roush
The Associated Press seeks a correspondent in Fort Worth, Texas, to lead the cooperative’s coverage of the economy of Texas, the state’s oil and natural gas industry and breaking news in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Responsibilities: Reporting to the Dallas-based Texas News Editor, this reporter will build a beat that breaks news by focusing on accountability and investigatory reporting. He/she should be able to produce content in multiple formats (text, photo, video and audio) and will work with the Texas News Editor to set the beat’s agenda and produce reporting for the AP’s newspaper, online and broadcast markets.
The successful candidate will:
- identify and develop stories that break news, have impact and are exclusive to the AP.
- have a demonstrated record of mining public records and using computer-assisted reporting to produce compelling enterprise for state, national and global audiences.
- execute those stories in all formats, in a timely fashion and under deadline pressure.
- report and produce content on deadline in competitive situations.
Qualifications: Candidates should have demonstrated excellence as a beat reporter, and have a proven record of developing sources, breaking news, originating story ideas and writing about complex issues in a clear and engaging way. Applicants need to understand the growing importance of multimedia news and be able to coordinate with AP staffers from other formats. The successful candidates should have at least five years of full-time reporting experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station or AP bureau. Other qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
- Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory.
- Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English and Spanish language.
- Ability to recognize and develop newsworthy stories of global interest and work accurately under deadline pressure.
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats.
To apply, go here.
by Chris Roush
The Associated Press seeks a Deputy Director of Business Products for its New York headquarters.
If you understand the importance of accurate, timely,insightful news to financial markets; if you have a record of success inworking for or with leading financial services companies; if you are atalented, strategic marketer; then the Associated Press wants you to helpcontinue the growth and development of its Business News Products.
The Deputy Director will be responsible for managing andenhancing existing business news products, launching new products, and expandinginto new markets. Managing relationships with financial content partnersand key customers, identifying and establishing new opportunities, andenhancing the strategic positioning of the AP’s financial & businessproducts is essential in this position. The deputy director will closelymonitor the competitive landscape, industry trends and customer satisfaction,and translate findings into actionable intelligence and hands-on support forthe news and sales teams.
- Current knowledge of global market for financial information is required;
- Product development experience within the financial services market;
- Specific knowledge of technical product demands;
- Proven track record for cultivating strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders;
- Ability and desire to expand knowledge and competencies to grow with the company’s diverse needs and initiatives;
- Excellent organizational communication and interpersonal skills are essential;
- Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English language is required;
- Authorization to work in the United States for any employer is mandatory.
For consideration, apply here.
by Chris Roush
Kevin Shinkle, the AP’s deputy business editor for the past two years, has been promoted to business editor overseeing the news agency’s coverage of business and finance worldwide.
He replaces Hal Ritter, who’s now working as the weekend editor at the Nerve Center, handling all of AP’s coverage in advance of and during the weekends.
An AP story states, “Shinkle joined The Associated Press as an assistant business editor at the height of the financial crisis in 2008 and directed AP’s coverage of the global markets.
“‘We are thrilled to have Kevin build on the great success he’s had over the past several years in guiding AP’s coverage of the business world through the most tumultuous of times,’ said Lou Ferrara, the AP managing editor overseeing business, sports and entertainment coverage. ‘Over the months ahead, we will be working to better define what AP business coverage should be for the future to meet the needs of AP customers and consumers.’
“Before joining the AP in November 2008, Shinkle, 48, was business editor of The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. He joined the newspaper in 2000 as deputy business editor. Before that, he was a reporter for Bloomberg News for seven years and The Tampa Tribune for three years. He also worked for The Chapel Hill Newspaper in North Carolina.
“A native of Tucson, Ariz., Shinkle graduated with honors from Hillsdale College in Michigan with majors in political theory and history.
“During Shinkle’s tenure at the AP, the business staff has been honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers with awards for breaking news coverage and explanatory and feature writing. The Star-Ledger business section was honored by SABEW with its top award for general excellence during his tenure and won a National Headliners Award.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Associated Press acting business editor Kevin Shinkle sent out the following staff announcement on Friday:
It’s a pleasure to announce that Joshua Boak will join the Business News staff as an economics reporter in Washington. He starts Nov. 11. Josh comes to AP from The Fiscal Times, where he was the deputy Washington bureau chief, covering economics and politics, in addition to editing stories.
Before The Fiscal Times, Josh was an economics reporter at Politico and he worked as the reporter/researcher on “Obama’s Wars,” by Bob Woodward. He has reported for the Chicago Tribune and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, where he was part of the paper’s prize-winning team that covered the “Coingate” scandal.
Josh moved to Washington determined not to root for the Nationals baseball team, but the lure of cheap tickets and Bryce Harper proved irresistible. He is obsessed with road bicycling and says that he is — according to most audiences — a terrible guitarist.
Josh graduated from Princeton University and earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia University.
by Chris Roush
The Associated Press is looking for a reporter to cover the economy out of its Washington bureau, says Brad Foss, an assistant business editor.
This position has a broad mandate: explaining the economy to readers in daily coverage of government and industry reports, and through enterprise stories. The successful candidate must be an aggressive reporter and critical thinker; someone who can cultivate sources, identify economic trends and write authoritative stories with flair and clarity.
Applicants must have a proven knowledge of business and economics and a talent for writing clear and compelling stories with rigorous, thought-provoking analysis.
They must also be highly organized, with the ability to multitask, prioritize and focus on detail and accuracy in a fast-paced environment. The right candidate will be a self-starter and team player. Effective interpersonal skills and solid news judgment are critical. At least three years of experience in business or economics writing is required. The ideal candidate should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent-level experience.
To apply, go here.
by Chris Roush
The Associated Press has named Kevin Shinkle as acting business editor as current business editor Hal Ritter moves to news and becomes acting weekend editor, according to an internal memo obtained Monday by Talking Biz News.
Shinkle has been deputy business editor of the AP since April 2011. He oversees the day-to-day operations of AP’s business editors and reporters worldwide.
He joined the AP in 2008 as an assistant business editor, directing AP’s coverage of the financial markets. Prior to the AP, he was business editor and deputy business editor of The Star-Ledger newspaper in Newark, NJ. Under his direction, the Star-Ledger’s Business section was honored five times for General Excellence in the SABEW Best in Business contest and reporters there won numerous SABEW awards. He also worked as a reporter at Bloomberg News, The Tampa Tribune and The Chapel Hill Newspaper.
Shinkle is a Hillsdale College graduate.
Shinkle is a SABEW board member and the co-chair of its fall conference, which will be held in New York on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4.
by Chris Roush
Christina Rexrode, who has covered retail and banking for the Associated Press for the past two-and-a-half years, has resigned to accept a job covering banking for Marketwatch.com, the Dow Jones & Co. property.
AP business editor Hall Ritter sent out the following message to the staff:
Sorry to report that Christina Rexrode will be leaving us later this month to join MarketWatch as a banking reporter. Christina joined us from Charlotte as a retailing reporter in early 2011 and moved over to the money team last year to cover banking and help out on markets coverage. She has delivered many fine stories that were written with verve. We’ll miss those stories, as well as Christina’s presence in the newsroom.
Please join me in wishing her the best in her new job.
She joined the AP in March 2011 after covering banking for the Charlotte Observer. She had worked there for slightly more than three years. While there, she wrote about everything from shareholders’ fight to block the sale of Wachovia to Wells Fargo to what fewer banks means for consumers, from perks for Bank of America directors and executives to the fall of CEO Ken Lewis.
Before that, Rexrode worked at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, writing business stories and working on the copy desk.
She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.
by Chris Roush
Associated Press business editor Hal Ritter sent out the following announcement:
Say hello on Monday to Ken Sweet, who joins us in New York as a financial markets reporter. Ken comes to AP from Dow Jones where he was a copy editor and a reporter. He covered the private-equity industry for Dow Jones Newswires and supervised a team of reporters doing the same.
Before Dow Jones, Ken reported for Forbes and was a business news producer for CNNMoney. His first job in New York was general assignment reporter for Fox Business Network. He joined the network two months before its launch in October 2007 and spent 3½ years covering all the great business and economic stories. Besides reporting, Ken led the network’s social media push and was the lead editorial voice on FBN’s Twitter account.
Ken graduated from the University of Missouri with majors in journalism and political science.