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Biz journal launching new print product

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The Jacksonville Business Journal, an American City Business Journals paper, is starting a new print product.

Michael Clinton, the web producer for the paper, writes, “Our Connections section will be going away next year and in its place will be ‘Scene & Be Seen’ (pending legal approval). Take a look at the right to get a glimpse at how it will likely look. If the image is too small, click here to download a PDF of a larger version.

“The section is simple and offers two things:

  1. A way to be seen in the business community at charity events, networking events, office parties and things of that nature.
  2. A suggestion for upcoming networking events.

Judy Gile, our business development executive, will provide her top picks for networking events that she recommends or will be attending in the coming weeks.

“We are looking to launch the new product in our Jan. 11, 2013, issue.”

Read more here.

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Getting in the Book of Lists

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Patricia Rogers, the research director of the Austin Business Journal, writes about how to get into one of the Book of Lists of an American City Business Journals paper.

Rogers writes, “I’ve been compiling lists for the Austin Business Journal since 1998. Starting with a database of companies and contacts that has been built over decades, new companies are constantly added from Web searches, when our reporters find new companies stories and by company requests. Then, throughout the year, I send electronic surveys to these companies to compile the data needed for each list.

“Here are six tips to ensure your company is accurately represented on our lists:

“1. Get from me ABJ’s 2013 editorial calendar. This tells you what lists are running throughout the year — and when. It also lays out the special sections and events we’ll do in 2013.

“2. Talk to me. What lists does your company wants to be surveyed for? Who will be my contact person? Links to the survey are emailed to the contact person 4-6 weeks before the publication date shown on the calendar.”

Read more here.

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Nashville Business Journal names new editor

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The Nashville Business Journal has named managing editor Lori Becker as its new editor in chief.

She replaces Lance Williams, who left last month to become the business editor of The Tennessean, also in Nashville.

A story on the Business Journal site states, “Becker joined the Business Journal in 2008 as managing editor and has been a key member of the journal’s leadership team.

“She previously worked as a reporter for The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader.

“A Bowling Green, Ky., native, Becker began her journalism career at the now defunct Nashville Banner. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University.”

Read more here.

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ACBJ paper in New Mexico changes its name

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The New Mexico Business Weekly, an American City Business Journals paper in Albuquerque, has changed its name to Albuquerque Business First.

Publisher Ian Anderson writes, “Our new name better reflects what we do and who we are as Albuquerque’s premier source of business news, whenever and wherever you want it.

“As the Albuquerque area’s only dedicated business publication, our mission remains simple: To be the first to deliver the most vital business news to Albuquerque’s decision makers. We’re carrying out that mission every day with the same team that has been the driving force behind our past successes as New Mexico Business Weekly.

“More than just a weekly newspaper, we’ve been delivering breaking business news through our website for years, and have greatly expanded our offerings in that area throughout 2012. Many of our readers rely on the intelligence and insight we offer to help them develop leads, make informed decisions and grow their business. These readers are living in a world of rapid shifts, and can’t wait until the end of each week to learn about what’s new in their local business community. We recognize the urgency of their need for information, and we’ve been fine-tuning our approach to news delivery so we can offer our readers the latest stories and developments as they happen.

“That’s why you’ve seen a drastic increase in the amount of news items we publish on our website each day and distribute through our Daily Update and Morning Edition emails, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.”

Read more here.

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Switching to daily from weekly business journalism

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Lance Williams was named the business editor of The Tennessean in Nashville last month after being the editor of the Nashville Business Journal

Williams has been editor of the weekly business newspaper since 2008. Before that, he was editor at the Austin Business Journal since 2006. He had previously served as that paper’s managing editor for two years.

He joined American City Business Journals in 2002, working as a reporter and editor with the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Prior to joining ACBJ, Williams worked as a bureau chief for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader and as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.

Williams talked by email about his new job with Talking Biz News last week. What follows is an edited transcript.

What has been the biggest shift in changing from a weekly paper to a daily paper?

At the Business Journa l, I was the editor and I could have called all the shots editorially. I always tried to manageby consensus and give everyone a chance to contribute, but some decisions were mine alone. In a daily environment, there are plenty of other decision-makers above me, so it requires a mix of tact, timing and top-notch work to accomplish my goals for the business section.

In many ways, it’s similar to the differences between running a small business or working for a big corporation — there will always be trade-offs.

You started off in dailies. What are you using now that you learned then?

It helps me remember that it’s a marathon and not a sprint. If you miss the mark one day, there’s always another paper tomorrow. And if you have a knock-your-socks-off paper, there’s always another paper tomorrow. Remember to keep your perspective and your wits about you.

Why did you decide to make the shift?

In many ways, it was more of a personal challenge that having to choose between companies or news organizations. I had been an editor at a weekly for eight years, and so I wanted to push myself in new ways. I wanted to see how all I’ve learned over the years can translate in a different environment.

After I made the shift, a lot of folks told me they had pegged me as a business journal lifer, but hopefully, I’m too young to be a lifer in anything yet.

Is such a shift easier to do in a market where you have already been a journalist?

It definitely helps, especially in terms of institutional knowledge and relationships with people in the community. Plus, I’ve been watching the local media landscape intently for the past four years, so I understand the strengths and weaknesses of media outlets across town.

What are your goals for the Tennessean’s business coverage?

My goal is to always be in the driver’s seat in terms of business coverage. That means having a staff that is well-sourced and breaking big stories. That gives you the flexibility to go deeper any time you want. If you aren’t well-sourced, you end up being a follower rather than the leader. We want to be the leader — plain and simple.

What did you think of the paper’s business coverage when you were editor of the Nashville Business Journal?

I think much of the emphasis was on developing strong Sunday business cover stories. In terms of breaking business news and delivering scoops, I never got the sense it was a big priority.

What can dailies do in covering business news that weeklies can’t?

Dailies still have tremendous resources at their disposal, and when they want to cover something well, they can do it better than anyone else. The Tennessean’s coverage of the recent meningitis outbreak is a perfect example.

What would you like to see improve in terms of the Tennessean’s coverage?

Aggressive and deep sourcing, and the goal of being competitive on stories that matter. I want the Tennessean to be considered the primary source for business coverage in Nashville. While seeing the big picture and helping explain it all is important, you can’t see the big picture if you’re eating someone else’s dust on everyday business coverage.

What business news beats are unique to Nashville, and what’s your strategy for covering them?

Health care and music. They are two of Nashville’s biggest industries and both are challenging to cover.

When you cover Nashville’s largest health care companies, you are competing with major national publications like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

With the music business, there’s also plenty of competition. Plus, over the past decade, many of the industry’s top decision-makers have left Nashville for New York and L.A. The talent (both on-stage and off-stage) are still in Nashville, but getting access to the folks making the big calls is getting tougher.

What is your typical day like as business editor?

It’s early, so I’m still learning all the new systems and processes at a larger paper. My goal is to get that down as quickly as possible so most of my attention can be focused on helping our business reporters develop their beats and report the kind of stories they will be proud of.

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Phoenix Biz Journal reorganizes newsroom, names ME

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Ilana Lowery, the editor of the Phoenix Business Journal, writes Friday about how the American City Business Journals paper is reorganizing its news operations.

Lowery writes, “To help reach our goals, we’ve moved reporter Patrick O’Grady into the Managing Editor role. In his new role, Patrick will steer coverage of the weekly print publication, including our more in-depth Focus sections. Many of you know Patrick and would agree it’s a much-deserved promotion for him. Patrick, who has been with us for four and a half years, has helped to build our technology beat and has owned the solar beat in Arizona. Much of his time also has been spent coordinating and executing special sections.

“Additionally, Adam Kress — a face and voice you probably remember from KNXV-TV Channel 15’s Daybreak and KTAR 92.3 FM business reports — will assume the title of Digital Editor and will lead all of our online and social media operations. Adam, who has been with the paper for 10 years in various capacities (he actually started out as our technology reporter right out of college), will continue to handle day-to-day management of all online content and own the execution of the online content strategy across multiple platforms and products, including Web, email and mobile.

“Both Adam and Patrick will play key roles as part of the newsroom leadership team, and they will be instrumental to our future as our digital products increase and our print publications evolve. Together, they will serve as change agents, along with me, in the newsroom to actively advocate for the improvements and resources that take the Business Journal’s content to the next level.

“In addition, Kat Bryant will become our Associate Editor, adding special sections to her long list of responsibilities in the newsroom. Historically, Kat’s role has been to oversee copy and page flow, as well copy edit content. She will continue to handle those tasks as well as help coordinate a pending redesign and special projects.”

Read more here. As Talking Biz News reported earlier this month, the ACBJ papers are undergoing a change to focus more on online reporting.

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How a biz journal wrote about obstetrical care

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John George, a senior reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal, writes about how he was one of three journalists from across the country selected to participate in the Association of Health Care Journalists fellowship program on health performance supported by the Commonwealth Fund.

His participation led to a three-part series in the paper on obstetrical care.

George writes, “This wasn’t the type of fellowship program where I temporary left my regular job for specialized training. Instead, I was expected to continue in my role as the Philadelphia Business Journal’s health-care reporter while over the course of the year working on my project.

“The three of us selected for the program attended a variety of workshops and seminars related to health care and journalism. We also received the services of a mentor, former CNN medical correspondent and now independent journalist Andrew Holtz, for our projects. The Commonwealth Fund provided financial support that allowed us each to visit different markets to conduct interviews and research.

“During the year, I traveled by car, bus, train and plane to eight states for my project. I attended meetings with health experts and other journalists in New York, Atlanta and even Nebraska (the site of a rural health-care conference).

“I spent time in Washington, D.C., talking with a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing graduate who, at age 71, started an inner-city birthing center in an underserved area of the nation’s capital.”

Read more here.

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Crain’s New York moving to metered subscription plan

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Crain’s New York Business will introduce a new metered subscription plan for its website, CrainsNewYork.com, beginning Dec. 10.

Under this new plan, CrainsNewYork.com will provide readers with access to all of its content, including original articles, blog posts, the complete weekly issue, our comprehensive lists of top New York businesses, original videos and a library of 10 years of Crain’s archives.

Crain’s has been charging for the weekly print issue online since 1991, but under this new metered plan, all site visitors will be able to read up to 10 Crain’s articles per month at no charge.

After site visitors read 10 articles, they will be asked to pay $57 for an annual digital subscription or $67 for a print/digital combo subscription. Current subscribers will see no change in their subscription plan.

The majority of users will see no change.

“We have enhanced the user experience of our website and instituted a current and fair subscription model that allows our editorial team to continue to provide high-quality journalism. It satisfies the heavy website user’s need for deeper Crain’s content while leaving lighter users’ access to the site unaffected,” said Jill Kaplan, vice president and publisher of Crain’s New York Business.

Read more here.

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Tennessean names new biz editor

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Lance Williams, the editor of the Nashville Business Journal, has been named business editor of The Tennessean, the daily paper in Nashville.

Eric Snyder, the assistant managing editor of the weekly, writes, “Williams was named editor of the Nashville Business Journal in spring 2008, having previously led the Austin Business Journal. Williams joined American City Business Journals, NBJ’s parent company, in 2002 as a reporter and editor with the Cincinnati Business Courier.

“During Williams’ tenure in Nashville, the Nashville Business Journal won American City Business Journals’ General Excellence Award in 2010 and was a finalist for the award this year.

“Williams replaces Randy McClain, who left The Tennessean in September for a post with The Republic in Columbus, Ind.”

Read more here.

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A biz journalist who doesn’t vote

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Colin Pope, the editor of the Austin Business Journal in Texas, writes about his no-voting policy.

Pope writes, “I started the no-voting practice in the 1990s when I was assigned to the City Hall beat at a daily newspaper. I was uncomfortable with the expectation of fairly covering politics professionally, and then personally I was allowed to pick sides. Wouldn’t that jeopardize, or at least slow down, my ability to report objectively? There’s little worse than a biased journalist so I recused myself from the political process as a precaution. At first only on City Council races I covered, and then on any issue or race I may need to report on — even presidential races.

“I also stopped sharing my personal political views with my friends, co-workers and even my wife. I wouldn’t think of giving money to a campaign, and I don’t sign most petitions.

“Some news organizations prohibit their reporters from making political contributions due to credibility issues yet few abstain from voting, but I’m glad I did. I held onto the philosophy when I moved to the Austin Business Journal and even when I took the role of editor.

“We cover only local business but politics still seeps into my job, seemingly always during the rare times when I put my reporter hat back on. I found myself talking about issues in the presidential race just recently when I interviewed HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples during one of our Face 2 Face breakfasts. He happened to work at Bain Capital alongside Mitt Romney. Wouldn’t you have a question or two about that?”

Read more here.