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Josh Freed

AP biz reporter Freed leaving for PR job

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Doug Glass, the news editor for the Associated Press in Minnesota and Wisconsin, sent out the following staff announcement on Wednesday:

I’m writing to let you know that Josh Freed is leaving AP, and Minneapolis, to work for American Airlines’ media operation in Dallas. It’s a good fit for Josh, who became an airline expert during several years on that beat for the business vertical before recently transitioning to a financial services beat.

Although we lost Josh to the vertical long ago, those of us in Minneapolis will really miss his presence. He was such a great and helpful resource any time we handled a story that touched on aviation or airlines. I also consulted Josh often for the business expertise he developed during several years covering Minnesota’s top companies.

During that period pre-vertical, Josh was obviously a huge part of our operation. The big story that sticks in my mind was the 2005 Red Lake shootings, when he teamed with Amy Forliti to be our boots on the ground. It was a very difficult assignment, but he handled it with aplomb, as he did so many others.

Josh will be around for a few weeks before he leaves town for Dallas, so we must look forward to a post-work gathering soon to send him off.

Freed’s note to his colleagues stated:

I’m leaving AP after 13 years for something new, but on my way out the door I just wanted to say how proud I have been to work with you all, and to be an AP Newsman. It has truly been a privilege.

Brad Foss

Foss promoted to AP deputy biz editor

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Brad Foss, an assistant business editor who has helped direct The Associated Press’ coverage of the global economy for the past five years, has been promoted to deputy business editor.

An AP story states. “In his new role, Foss will shape the daily business report and work with the department’s editors to deliver even more exclusives and ambitious enterprise stories. He will remain based in Washington, D.C.

“‘Brad is a strong editor and leader. He is committed to providing members and customers with breaking news, scoops and distinctive stories that consumers and investors covet,’ said Business Editor Kevin Shinkle, who announced the appointment Wednesday. ‘Under his direction, we have been a leader in coverage of the economy. Now Brad will be able to apply his skills, energy and passion to all of AP’s business coverage.’

“Foss, 41 and a native of Roslyn, N.Y., joined the AP in New York in 1999 as an editor in the multimedia department. He later worked as night supervisor in business news and as an energy and transportation reporter, before becoming a financial news editor in Washington. As the editor of AP’s Financial Impact initiative, he led an effort to expand AP’s financial news coverage across 50 states. He became an assistant business editor in 2009.”

Read more here.

Hal Ritter

Ritter, former AP and USA Today business editor, is retiring

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Hal Ritter, who was business editor of the Associated Press from 2008 to 2013 and previously business editor of the Times-Union in Rochester, N.Y., and managing editor/Money of USA Today, is retiring next month.

Current AP business editor Kevin Shinkle sent out the following to the staff on Thursday:

I wanted to pass on the news that Hal is retiring after a long and distinguished career in journalism that most certainly includes his tenure as business editor here at the AP. His last day is Sunday, April 6.

Before becoming weekend editor, Hal taught us all to shoot higher every day — whether it was developing great ideas, editing better, digging deeper in our reporting or writing more conversationally. Details matter. Numbers are critical. Think, analyze and explain.

Sure, he had his faults. He had great shoes — if only he had worn them more often at his desk. And his proclivity to edit emails for grammar? Irritating to be sure. Who? Whom? Whatever.

But Hal came to work every day ready to do great journalism. I know I will miss his mentoring and his friendship. He was a tireless advocate for this department and the importance of business and economic news in general. Under his direction, our department got on a roll that hopefully continues long into the future.

Please join me in wishing him well as he embarks on his next chapter.

Hopefully, this note was written for readers.

Ritter has a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Stanford Business School. In 2000, Ritter was named one of the 100 greatest business journalists of the 20th century by TJFR and MasterCard. In February, he was named AP weekend editor.

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AP seeks economy editor in Washington

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The Associated Press business news department seeks an editor/reporter for its Washington, D.C.-based economy team.

The AP is a global leader in the coverage of economic news. This editor will report to the economy team leader and play a key role in driving daily coverage of economic news, including coverage of the indicators released through the month.

This editor will also shape enterprise stories and help set coverage priorities. This editor will be expected to help develop new approaches to story-telling and the use of video and social media. Some reporting and writing will be required.

Qualifications: The job requires deep knowledge of the U.S. and global economy.

The successful candidate must have excellent news judgment and the ability to edit clearly and concisely on deadline. The successful candidate must be a critical thinker and have the ability to connect dots, spot trends and ideas that will interest our general news audience. Collegiality is a must.

Applicants must have at least 5 years of experience editing or writing stories about the economy.

To apply, go here.

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AP seeks deputy business editor

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The Associated Press Business News Department seeks a Deputy Business Editor in its New York or Washington offices.

The Deputy Business Editor is critically important to the operation and management of Business News. The deputy works hands-on to help shape the daily report. The deputy leads the effort to develop high-level enterprise ideas. The deputy works closely with the team leaders in Business News, providing extensive feedback on their work as editors and mentoring them as managers. The deputy also serves as the head of the department in the absence of the business editor.

We continue to raise the bar in Business News. We need a deputy who is a highly skilled editor/manager/leader and can work with the business editor and the team leaders to help the staff get over that bar.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate must be able to implement the department’s strategy of being highly competitive on breaking news, getting more scoops and writing high-level enterprise. He or she must have a global view and manage operations and staff across the globe. Candidate must be a strong word editor and an excellent manager who can think strategically and act tactically.  In addition, must be open to new approaches to story development and writing.

The successful candidate must forge close relationships with other departments and must think visually and embrace social media. He or she must be a good listener, as well as exhibit the willingness to challenge the business editor as a voice of dissent and then implement decisions once they’re made.

Applicants must have at least 5 years of management experience.

To apply, go here.

Greg McCune

McCune, ex Reuters, joins Associated Press

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Greg McCune, who left Reuters in December after 29 years at the news service, has joined the Associated Press in Chicago.

McCune is now editing stories from 14 states of the Midwest.

McCune was an editor in Chicago that in charge of the Reuters America service. He was among a number of long-time employees who left Reuters at the end of last year via buyout offers as the company aimed to cut costs.

McCune, who has degrees from Kansas State and George Washington University, also worked as a reporter for Reuters in Washington, London and Brussels. He was also the chief correspondent in Canada and the Washington news editor.

He is also a past president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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Ritter, ex-AP biz editor, becomes AP weekend editor

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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.

Steve McMillan

Ex-Denver Post biz editor joins Associated Press

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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.”

Read more here.
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AP seeks reporter to cover Texas economy, oil industry

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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.

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AP seeks deputy director of biz news products

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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.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

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.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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.