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Houston Biz Journal publishes 192-page issue on Friday


The Houston Business Journal, an American City Business Journals paper that went through a redesign last week, published Friday an issue that contained 192 pages of editorial and advertising content.

The normal-sized issue in recent months has been 72 pages, said editor Candace Beeke.

She explained the large issue this way:

The first part is the 72 page national Who’s Who in Energy publication. We partnered with sister papers in 7 other cities to produce, so we leveraged our resources at ACBJ to provide something new and useful to our market.

Then we had a special report on the Woodlands, which sold tremendous advertising — we just happened to be featuring a part of Houston that is growing tremendously (one of the fastest-growing residential areas in the U.S.).

And our regular edition saw substantial advertising, as well — a testament to Houston’s economic times.

Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh Business Times unveils redesign


Alan Robertson, the publisher of the Pittsburgh Business Times, writes about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Robertson writes, “In a recent series of focus groups with readers of the Pittsburgh Business Times, we heard some pretty remarkable — and sometimes contradictory — things.

  • Readers see us as their primary source of local business news.
  • Digital users in rapidly increasing numbers rely on our Twitter feed and email newsletters to keep them up to date. Both digital platforms enable them to quickly scan headlines.
  • Longtime subscribers, who spend almost 45 minutes reading the weekly edition, prefer to get their news once a week. They’re looking for the answer to the question: What does it mean?
  • Consumers of news are switching platforms at least 20 times a day — from mobile to desktop to tablet to print.

“Those focus groups reminded us that change is a constant and our success must be continually earned. As innovation is reordering our industry, we must be willing to take big risks to stay ahead of the curve. We must constantly reinvent ourselves.”

Read more here.

Malia Spencer

Pittsburgh biz reporter joins Portland paper


Malia Spencer, who had covered technology, manufacturing and energy for the Pittsburgh Times, has moved cross country to cover banking, finance and startups for the Portland Business Journal.

Both papers are owned by American City Business Journals.

Spencer writes, “I got to Portland two weeks ago after a cross country trek from Pittsburgh, the city I have called home for the last four years.

While in the Steel City I covered technology, manufacturing and most recently energy for our sister paper the Pittsburgh Business Times. I was brought to Portland to cover the startup scene here as well as banking and finance. I’m originally from the California Bay Area, so I am glad to be back on the Western side of the country — though my time out East was great.

“Since landing in my desk at the Business Journal’s downtown office, I’ve been trying to dive into the local scene and learn as much as possible.

“I’ve been in touch with a lot of folks already but like any good journalist I am looking for more. So, if you have a startup, invest in startups, run an accelerator, run a bank or are otherwise involved in the region’s technology, or banking and finance sectors I want to know you.”

Read more here.

Kevin Gale

South Florida Business Journal editor leaving for magazine company


Kevin Gale, the editor for the South Florida Business Journal, is leaving the American City Business Journals newspaper to work for a company run by the paper’s former publisher.

The former publisher of the South Florida Business Journal is Gary Press, and he is chairman of Life/Lifestyle Media Group in Fort Lauderdale, which has 10 magazine titles. Gale will become the company’s editor in chief.

His last day at the paper is Wednesday. In an email to Talking Biz News, Gale wrote:

I’ve enjoyed a great 15-year run with American City Business Journals, but I’ve always had an interest in being the top editor in an entrepreneurial organization. This not only fulfills that desire, but Gary and I had a solid track record working together for 10 years at the South Florida Business Journal. He has built a very solid team and stable of magazines, so it’s a great opportunity to continue my professional growth.

Under Gale’s watch, the SFBJ has received numerous awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, the Florida Press Club and the internal competition at American City Business Journals during his tenure.  Gale previously worked for 14 years at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel where his last position was editor of the business section for the newspaper. He was also news editor at the Clearwater Sun.


South Florida Business Journal

South Florida Business Journal seeks editor in chief


The South Florida Business Journal is seeking an editor in chief.

The editor in chief, as the highest ranking newsroom leader, is responsible for driving product strategy and quality across all platforms and for relentlessly building audience. The EIC must be equally at home in both the print and digital spheres – but leadership and innovation must be particularly pronounced on digital platforms. To be successful, the EIC must possess well-honed hard news instincts, have a burning curiosity about business and people, a deft editing hand and be equal parts leader, entrepreneur and marketer.

Duties Include: •Define a clear and compelling vision for the look, feel and voice of our portfolio of products, including the existing print newspaper, daily emails, website, tablet and mobile. •Drive staff adaptation to new mediums, platforms, skill sets, story forms, and ways of doing things. •Take a proactive, hands-on approach in developing and leading reporting staff. •Share responsibility for growing print, digital and event audiences. Work with other department heads to create business and marketing plans. In collaboration with the Publisher, identify and address new business and audience opportunities to extend the brand. •Seek content syndication channels and partnerships for Business Journal content. •Meet or exceed goals relating to audience-engagement. •Embrace community and business outreach as an ambassador of the South Florida Business Journal.

Required Skills: •Inspiring, yet diplomatic. •Innovative, curious, collaborative. •Passionate, knowledgeable about business topics and coverage. •Ability to lead a high-performance newsroom driven by excellence. •Good communicator who can build on a strong newsroom culture. •Must be comfortable and thrive in a rapidly changing and uncharted media environment.

Experience: •Management and/or team leadership required; Daily, and preferable, weekly print experience for a business news operation. •Experience working in a digital news environment. •Beat reporter experience.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

About the company: The South Florida Business Journal is owned by American City Business Journals, a unit of Advance Publications Inc., which operates Conde Nast Magazines, Parade magazine, Fairchild Publications, the Golf Digest companies, Newhouse Newspapers and cable television interests. The Business Journal caters directly to leaders in one of the most dynamic regions and diverse economies in the U.S. Business leaders look to the Business Journal for local news and connections. The Business Journals’ digital network outranks wsj.com, nytimes.com and forbes.com with senior management, C-level executives and influencers. We are growing in subscribers, readers, digital audience, e-news products and event attendees.

If you thrive in a fast-paced environment where you can innovate and lead, we invite you to apply. Please send your resume to Melanie Dickinson, President and Publisher, at mdickinson@bizjournals.com


Dolan reports third-quarter loss, revenue decline


The Dolan Co., the Minneapolis-based publisher of business newspapers across the country, reported a a third-quarter decline in revenues as well as a loss.

The company reported a 20.7 percent decline in third-quarter revenue to $35.5 million. The net loss for the quarter was $27.5 million, or 91 cents per share. The loss includes a $35.4 million goodwill impairment change.
In the division that operates the business newspapers, revenues for the third quarter of 2013 were $15.6 million, a 9.9 percent decrease from $17.3 million in the third quarter of 2012. The majority of the decrease was driven by lower public notice revenues.Direct operating expenses for the division were $5.6 million during the second quarter of 2013, a 9.2 percent decline compared to $6.1 million last year. In addition, SG&A expenses of $7.2 million were 2.3 percent lower than last year.

Dolan’s papers include the Idaho Business Review, the Mississippi Business Journal, the Daily Journal of Commerce in Portland, Ore., and The Daily Record in Baltimore.
Dallas Business Journal

Dallas Biz Journal seeks social engagement manager


The Dallas Business Journal recently unveiled a whole new look, and now it is ready to add a brand-new position to the newsroom: Social Engagement Manager.

In recognition of the direct link between content creators and their audience, the SEM is charged with helping lead efforts to monitor, engage and grow audience on all platforms: online, social, mobile, print, events and more. This is an exciting opportunity to help define a new role for this newsroom and take a leadership position in building the next generation of business journalism.

A strong candidate will have proven experience in running social media campaigns and will crave working collaboratively with all departments to build a business journal following across multiple platforms, increasing audience market share in key vertical industries. Excelling at this job will require creativity, teamwork, resourcefulness, and an insatiable desire to achieve measurable results.

The Dallas Business Journal is an American City Business Journals publication with offices in Dallas’ dynamic Uptown neighborhood. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Check out our website at dallasbusinessjournal.com. Find out more about our company on the careers page at acbj.com. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

If this sounds like the job for you, send a cover letter and resume to applyDallas@bizjournals.com. Please include the text of your cover letter as the body of your email and include links that showcase your existing social media work. Include your resume as an attachment.

Dallas Business Journal

Dallas Business Journal seeks banking reporter


Energetic, enthusiastic staff writer wanted to join the newly redesigned Dallas Business Journal, the premier chronicler of the Lone Star city that means business.

We’re looking for a full-time reporter to expand our team and own the fast-paced banking and finance beats in North Texas, as well as tackle a range of developing general assignment stories. Only candidates who hunger to break news, own their beat and craft meaningful, high-profile enterprise articles need apply.

The ideal candidate is someone who can marry strong traditional journalism skills – source building, sharp interviewing techniques, strong analytical and investigative reporting skills, clear writing, document use – with a digital-first mindset and social media know-how.

A DBJ reporter is expected to contribute both short-form (daily online posts) and long-form (print) stories to our news products. Scoops matter. A lot. Reporters are expected to own their beat audience and conversation; use networking events, Twitter, LinkedIn and other community-building outlets to expand and fortify their source pool and audience; work collaboratively with other newsroom staffers to maximize impact and accessibility of stories reported; and meet or exceed goals related to audience engagement.

The Dallas Business Journal is an American City Business Journals publication with offices in Dallas’ dynamic Uptown neighborhood. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Check out our website at dallasbusinessjournal.com. Find out more about our company on the careers page at acbj.com. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

If this sounds like the job for you, send a cover letter, three clips and resume to applyDallas@bizjournals.com. Please include the text of your cover letter as the body of your email and include your resume as an attachment.

Caitlin Bowling

Louisville biz paper hires new reporter


Caitlin Bowling, a reporter for the Smoky Mountaiin News in western North Carolina, has been hired as a business reporter for Business First Louisville, a weekly business newspaper in Kentucky owned by American City Business Journals.

In an email to Talking Biz News, Bowling writes:

I was hired to cover anything and everything related to restaurants and retail in Louisville and its surrounding areas. It was a job that previously went unfilled for a few years after the former reporter left. I will start Dec. 2.

I previously worked as an intern for American City Business Journals’ publication in Cincinnati after college and before getting my first fulltime job as a general news reporter in Western North Carolina. I’ve loved living in the mountains, but it will be nice to move back home and shift my focus to business news.

Bowling is a graduate of Ohio University, where she took a business journalism course. She interned for the Cincinnati Business Courier, another ACBJ newspaper.

Nicholas Jungman

Wichita Biz Journal ME named Oklahoma student media director


Nicholas Jungman, currently the managing editor of the Wichita Business Journal, has been named the student media director at Oklahoma University.

A story on the Norman Transcript website states, “Announcement of Jungman’s appointment, which is subject to the approval of the OU Board of Regents, was made this past week by Susan Sasso, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Students.

“‘The search committee was pleased to have an excellent pool of candidates for the position,’ Sasso said. ‘We are excited about Nick’s passion to return to OU and Student Media, coupled with his innovative experience in professional media and his long-term vision of excellence for OU Student Media. Nick views a media operation holistically and ultimately sees audience dev`elopment as the key to a quality product and financial viability.’

“In addition to his professional media experience, Jungman has nine years of university-level teaching experience at Wichita State University, Newman University and Missouri School of Journalism where he served as a Knight Visiting Editor for two years.”

Read more here.