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Making business news and information light and approachable

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San Francisco Chronicle designer Christopher T. Fong chatted with Matt Petty, creative director of the San Francisco Business Times, which launches their redesign today. Petty joined the weekly business publication in December 2013 after spending 13 years with the San Francisco Chronicle as art director and, most recently, head of design for an S.F. marketing/advertising firm, Dial House.

Here is an excerpt:

What are some of the successes?

I think our biggest success is the cover, which has a cleaner presentation. It really gives us an opportunity to showcase the stories in that week’s issue in a more compelling way.

The typography is such a big improvement, both in readability and aesthetics, that it really sets the stage for some great design to happen.

I’m especially pleased with the way our new “The List” section looks. We do weekly lists about different business sectors. The new design really makes the dense amount of information feel light and approachable.

The executive profile page is not only a great read, but we’re now shooting the subjects with staff, so photography can shine here. In general, we’re giving more room to the photography. We have a talented crew, consisting of Spencer Brown and Paolo Vescia, who are great and creative portrait photographers as well as accomplished photojournalists.

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San Francisco Business Times

Telling the story behind the headlines

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Mary Huss, the publisher of the San Francisco Business Times, writes about the redesign of the paper.

Huss writes, “This is much more than a redesign. It is a re-imagination of our news products and our organization, how we report and deliver the news, and how we connect with you, our reader.

“Because news doesn’t happen on a weekly cycle, we are a digital-first newsroom. Reporters break news when it happens rather than waiting for the print edition. If you’re not subscribing to our free daily e-news editions every day of the week, you are missing out on important breaking news and developments.

“The weekly edition allows us to add context to the most important breaking stories and tell the story behind the headlines. Our weekly edition will continue to be premium content, paid for by subscribers who get first access to lists, cover stories, profiles of entrepreneurs and leaders, leads and reporters’ takes on the people, trends and transactions that shape the main news of the week.

“Our re-imagined newsroom has brought new roles and job descriptions. Every reporter blogs, finds important new sources through social media, and is expanding skills in video and visual storytelling.”

Read more here.

Inside Tucson Business

Inside Tucson Business is sold to newspaper chain

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Wick Communications Thursday announced a deal in principle to sell Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business to 1013 Communications, a Colorado-based newspaper chain, for an undisclosed amount.

A story on the Inside Tucson Business website states, “Wick CEO Tom Yunt made the announcement to employees at a company-wide staff meeting, saying the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of April. About 25 people work for both newspapers. Wick is retaining its ownership of the Daily Territorial, which publishes mostly legal notices.

“Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The purchasing company last week announced it had purchased the Marana News, Foothills News, Desert Times and their related websites from Tucson West Publishing, Inc. a division of News Media Corporation.

“The company also owns the Explorer newspaper in Oro Valley.

“Its Arizona Local Media group includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning East Valley Tribune, the Daily News-Sun, Glendale Today, Peoria Today, Surprise Today, Ahwatukee Foothills News, Clipper Marketplace and U and Your Home in Phoenix, together with the Arizona Interactive Media Group. The company also publishes 40 newspapers in Texas through Star Local Media in Dallas and its Houston Community Newspapers group.”

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SBJ

Ex-biz journal employee sentenced to prison

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A former office manager at the Springfield Business Journal in Missouri has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay restitution after she pleaded guilty to stealing money for more than two years from the publication.

A story from KOLR 10 News states, “Jennie Tritch, 36, worked for the paper for six years as an office manager in charge of payroll. She was charged with stealing and forgery.

“Court documents state that publisher of the Business Journal reported the theft in July 2012.

“Tritch allegedly stole $96,000 from the publication between August 2009 and January 2012. She was fired from the paper in January 2012.

“Springfield Officer Annesha Umbarger writes in a probable cause statement that the publisher reported Jennie ‘adjusted her cafeteria plan and medical insurance withholdings, produced fictitious bonus checks with forged signatures, produced extra payroll checks, and made unauthorized charges to the business Staples account.’”

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San Fran Biz Times about to unveil redesign

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Jim Gardner, the managing editor of the San Francisco Business Times, writes about the upcoming redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Gardner writes, “The new design showcases features we’ve introduced to the Business Times in recent months, including: an in-depth cover story each week; expanded news coverage of the Bay Area’s key industries and vibrant startup economy; and fuller use of the data published in our popular weekly Top 25 lists.

“Digital readers will see our new logo debut on a new homepage. Print and digital readers alike will see sharper graphics and a crisp new look that makes it easier to find the stories you want, and helps to tell those stories visually.

“The changes are part of an ongoing evolution of the Business Times to make it a more powerful tool for executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders who help San Francisco and the Bay Area thrive. It’s all available on multiple platforms, so you can read it when, where and how you want it.

“What’s not changing: In print and online, we will remain your premier source of Bay Area business news — breaking stories on the deals, news and newsmakers who drive the Bay Area economy, and insightful analysis to help readers figure out what it all means.”

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South Florida Business Journal

South Florida Biz Journal seeks real estate reporter, venture/tech reporter

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The South Florida Business Journal, the award-winning business news leader, is looking for a real estate reporter and a venture/technology reporter.

As a reporter in one of the hottest markets in the country, you will be responsible for quality coverage across all platforms. We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic reporters to establish themselves as the go-to source on their respective beats. Our reporters must 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 know-how.

A Business Journal reporter is widely recognized as the community’s foremost authority on their assigned beat. Our reporters are expected to own their beats by breaking important hard news online and using print and video to tell the story behind the headlines, providing deeper analysis of newsworthy events.

Duties:
· Produce compelling, high-impact breaking news and enterprise that is rich with perspective and context for the South Florida business community.
· Own the beat audience and conversation.
· Build source network relentlessly.
· Work collaboratively with editors, photographers, designers and others to maximize the impact of stories reported.

Skills:
· Ability to work independently and remotely.
· Break news and identify newsworthy events and sources.
· Strong writing, analytical and investigative interviewing skills.
· Work under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately.
· Experience with using social media to source and promote content.
· Understanding all platforms including print, mobile and online.

Experience:
· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
· Minimum two years journalism experience with proven ability in reporting and writing.
· Knowledge of South Florida markets preferred.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Mel Meléndez, Managing Editor, at mmelendez@bizjournals.com.

Triangle Business Journal

Triangle Business Journal seeks digital producer

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The Triangle Business Journal’s  Digital Producer is responsible for the day-to-day management of all online content 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 Digital Producer is to craft timely and compelling products that drive loyal engagement, grow audience and extend the Triangle Business Journal brand in the digital space. The job requires solid news judgment, strong headline writing skills and familiarity with SEO and site metrics. The Digital Producer must balance the highest standards for content with ambitious traffic and engagement objectives.

The Digital Producer edits and curates TBJ’s Morning edition and Afternoon edition newsletters.

In addition to working with staff- and user-generated content, the Digital Producer 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 Triangle Business Journal audience, generates user feedback and inspires robust community interaction.

Working with the editors and reporters, the Digital Producer will assist in determining how best to extend and expand online articles for print.

If you are interested in the job, please contact Rebecca Troyer, managing editor of the paper. She can be reached at rtroyer@bizjournals.com. Please include resume and work samples with your inquiry.

Kam Napier

Honolulu biz paper names new editor

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Veteran Honolulu editor A. Kam Napier has been named editor-in-chief of Pacific Business News, an American City Business Journals paper.

He replaces Kevin Bumgarner.

A story on its website states, “Napier was with Honolulu Magazine for 19 years, starting as an associate editor and serving as managing editor before being promoted to editor, a post he held for eight years, until last year.

“Most recently he served as an account director with Becker Communications.

“As editor-in-chief, Napier will oversee all news operations and content for Pacific Business News, including the weekly print edition, and the website, www.pacificbusinessnews.com.

“‘We are thrilled to have Kam join the PBN management team and direct our newsroom and content across our vast and growing platforms,’ Charlet said. ‘He’s an experienced and award-winning journalist, exceptional leader, and has an excellent reputation in the community.”

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Patrick Chu

Chu, ex Bloomberg, named editor of SF Business Times

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Patrick Chu, who left Bloomberg News earlier this year after more than a decade with the company, has been named editor of the San Francisco Business Times.

He replaces Steve Symanovich.

A story on its website states, “Patrick worked for more than 16 years at Bloomberg News, starting as West Coast Bureau Chief in San Francisco in 1997 before serving with Bloomberg in Washington, New York and Tokyo.

“Chu says he is looking forward to returning to San Francisco and leading the Business Times’ news operation. ‘The San Francisco Bay Area is the most compelling and innovative business marketplace in the world, and I can’t think of a better time to be in San Francisco covering business news,’ Chu said. ‘I am fortunate to be working with our excellent team of accomplished editors and reporters, backed by the resources of American City Business Journals.’

“San Francisco Business Times publisher Mary Huss said: ‘Patrick brings high standards for journalistic excellence, and a passion for great reporting, as well as a keen grasp of business. He is joining us to lead our newsroom at an important time, as we continue to innovate as a digital-first media operation.’

“While at Bloomberg, Chu was also Managing Editor of Global Recruitment and Training in New York, Global Politics and Government Managing Editor in Washington, D.C., and for the past nine years worked at Bloomberg’s Asian Bureau in Tokyo, where he had the roles of Asia Managing Editor, Top News Editor and Asia Billionaires Editor in Tokyo, among other roles at the company.”

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South Florida Business Journal

South Florida Biz Journal refocuses its beats

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Mel Melendez, the managing editor of the South Florida Business Journal, writes about the paper’s redesign and how its beats are being restructured.

Melendez writes, “We’ve reinvented our newsroom to deliver the business intelligence you need to compete and win in today’s digitally based business world. So whether you’re reading our news in print, on this website, via mobile or all of the above, you’ll continue to gain access to the information you need to grow your business.

“Refocusing our reporter beats on four core coverage areas – Breaking Ground, Economic Development, Money and Venture – is an integral part of our reinvention. This allows the reporters to aim higher than ever to produce content that takes you far beyond the headlines, offering a level of insight that can’t be found anywhere else.

“Some of our enhanced offerings will seem familiar: in-depth cover stories on the most compelling issues impacting South Florida businesses; reporter pages highlighting the most important developments in our chief coverage areas; and our ever-popular Lists. But they’ll be supersized versions – business news on steroids, if you will – with additional content offered here and via social media.”

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