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The Charleston RegionalÂ Business Journal launched a redesigned Web site on Monday designed to focus more on breaking news.
A story on the paper’s site stated, “‘We know from comments and from watching how readers interact with our Daily Journal e-mail product that readers value breaking news and are interested in being the first to know whatâ€™s going on,’ CEO and Publisher Grady Johnson said. ‘The new site allows us to improve delivery of that information while maintaining and enhancing features available in our previous online efforts, to give readers and advertisers a strong online presence for business news and information in the Charleston area.’
“The Web address, www.charlestonbusiness.com, remains unchanged, and readers still will have access to more than 10 years of stories from the Charleston Regional Business Journalâ€™s archives through the search function of the site.
“‘This is the first of many improvements we are planning to make over the next year to improve how we deliver news and information to our readers,’ said Managing Editor Andy Owens. ‘As of today, stories will change daily, and sometimes more often. Weâ€™re also going to allow readers to comment on stories, participate in online polls and interact more directly with reporters and editors.’”
Read more here.
The Long Island Business News has launched a redesigned Web site with more breaking news on the home page, writes Henry Powderly II.
Powderly writes, “First, the new design packs more headlines into our homepage, an important upgrade that will allow us to expand our daily coverage of the region. And by organizing our stories into their corresponding market sectors, we now offer readers a way to keep a closer watch on the industries that interest them the most.
“Next, one of the best improvements the new site brings is that our highly popular blogs, the LI Biz Blog and our real estate blog Spaced Out, now have a prominent place on our home page. And the new designs of these blogs will make for a more streamlined reading experience.
“Weâ€™ve also added a third blog, LI Living, which will feature posts on Long Islandâ€™s thriving arts, wine, dining, sports and leisure industries.”
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Jim Hammond, a staff writer at the Columbia Regional Business Report in South Carolina, has been named the new editor at GSA Business, a bi-weekly business newspaper based in the Greenville-Spartanburg area of the state.
Hammond had been with the Business Report for four months. He previously worked at The State, the daily paper in Columbia.
Scott Miller, a staff writer at the Charleston Regional Business Journal, will be joining Hammond atÂ GSA Business.
All three papers are owned by Ohio-based Brown Publishing. It purchased GSA Business in June. The Columbia paper was launched earlier this year.
“The Greenville business community will notice an increase in the number and depth of stories with Jim and Scott leading the newsroom at GSA Business,” said Andy Owens, managing editor of the Charleston Regional Business Journal, in a statement. “Having worked with both of them over the past year has made us stronger in all of our markets, and Iâ€™m excited about the tenacity and commitment to quality theyâ€™re bringing to the Greenville-Spartanburg area.”
The paper did notÂ say what was happening to RichardÂ Breen, who has been the editor of GSA Business.Â
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TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE
The Washington Business Journal was among the top winners at the 2008 Eagle Awards, the internal editorial contest for the 40 weekly business newspapers run by Charlotte-based American City Business Journals.
The D.C. paper won in the best writing and best design categories, and it was a runner-up in the general excellence and best use of photography categories.
The Jacksonville Business Journal and Cincinnati Business Courier were winners in the best impact story category, while the Atlanta paper, the Boston Business Journal and the Baltimore Business Journal were runners up.
In addition to the Washington paper, Columbus Business First was a winner in the best writing category. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and Sacramento Business Journal were runners up in the category.
The Puget Sound Business Journal was a winner in the best focus section category, while the Phoenix Business Journal, Mass High Tech, and the Baltimore and Boston papers were runners up.
The Houston Business Journal and the Milwaukee Business Journal won for best special publication, while the Dallas Business Journal and Buffalo Business First were runners up.
The Tampa Bay Business Journal and the Minneapolis-St. Paul paper won for best overall Web operation, while Pacific Business News in Honolulu and the St. Louis Business Journal wererunners-up.
The Milwaukee Business Journal, Portland Business Journal and Orlando Business Journal won for best use of photography, while the Memphis Business Journal was the other winner in best design. The Boston and Buffalo papers won in the best individual research effort category.
DISCLOSURE: I was a judge for this year’s contest, along with three other UNC professors. ACBJ rotates the judging among journalism schools.
William West, the editor of the Central Valley Business Journal in California,Â says he was fired for writing a letter to the editor of The Stockton Record disagreeing with his employer over her presidential endorsement and her criticism of The Record.
A story in the Record stated, “Journal Publisher Sharon Alley-Calone denied the claim, saying she has West’s resignation in writing and would never fire someone over an expression of opinion. ‘He absolutely was not fired,’ she said.
“West, who had worked for the monthly regional business publication for more than three years, said he was terminated shortly after showing Alley-Calone the letter Wednesday.
“West’s letter, scheduled to be published Saturday in The Record, expresses support for The Record’s coverage of local issues. He also supports The Record’s endorsement of Democrat Barack Obama for president. Alley-Calone supports Republican John McCain.”
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David Doege, a reporter for the Milwaukee Business Journal, died this weekend after suffering a heart attack, according to a story on the paper’s site. He was 53.
The story states, “The 53-year-old Doege joined The Business Journal in January after spending 26 years with the Milwaukee Sentinel and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a courts reporter and in the newspaper’s Waukesha bureau covering the court system and other news.
“He covered small business, technology, law and politics for The Business Journal. He was known by many Milwaukee-area lawyers, judges and court officials from his years of covering the Milwaukee Court Court System.
“‘Dave was a top-notch journalist who worked hard every day to find news,’ said Mark Kass, editor of The Business Journal. ‘He was well-known and respected throughout the community for his reporting abilities and the balance in all of his news stories. He will be missed by everyone at The Business Journal.’”
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The Puget Sound Business Journal on Wednesday launched its new technology news site, called TechFlash, that will be written by the two Seattle Post-Intelligencer tech reporters it hired last month.
The site will be led by veteran journalists Todd Bishop and John Cook. The top story on the site Wednesday is about a new company being formed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
“We intend to build the regionâ€™s pre-eminent technology news source, filled with breaking news and useful data, and enriched by the participation and involvement of people throughout the technology community,â€? said Emory Thomas Jr., publisher of the Business Journal and TechFlash, in a statement. â€œBy bringing Bishop and Cook into the Business Journal fold with our own national award-winning staff writer Eric Engleman, we have assembled a dream team of tech reporting expertise.â€?
Bishop and Cook will blog on the new site, with Bishop covering companies such as Microsoft, and Cook covering venture capital, startups and entrepreneurs.
TechFlash will draw not only on the subscriber base of the Business Journal, but also on the bizjournals.com network of local business journal sites, which reaches more than 8 million monthly unique visitors.
TechFlash will offer insight, analysis and breaking news on the Pacific Northwest’s growing technology industry, from startup companies to tech giants such as Microsoft , Amazon.com Google and others.
The site will also include guest columnists and interactive features.
The beta version of TechFlash launched today, with additional features such as an online tech job board to be added over time.
The Deal executive editorÂ Yvette Kantrow takes a look at how the business media are covering the new frugal ways of consumers.
Kantrow writes, “The demonization of the latte has been a pet peeve of this column, going back to 2006, when some financial-help gurus and their media enablers tried to convince unenlightened renters that all that stood between them and the American dream of home ownership was their penchant for froufrou coffee. (And a subprime mortgage, we suppose.) Now, of course, the message is different: Skip that latte and retire in style! ‘If invested, the savings from brewing coffee at home and ‘brown bagging’ lunch over the span of 25 years would be staggering,’ chirps a story in the Colorado Springs Business Journal.
“Interestingly, the big personal finance glossies aren’t the ones espousing the latte-less lifestyle. (The most recent issue of Money suggests charging a latte a month to a rarely used credit card to keep the account active.) This time, it’s more of a local newspaper phenomenon, with skip-the-latte pieces spotted in The Columbus Dispatch, the Allentown Morning Call and the Chicago Tribune. The trend is so ubiquitous and so annoying that we found at least two money-saving-tip stories — in USA Today and North Carolina’s The News & Observer — boasting that they are NOT suggesting forfeiture of the foamy fix. Instead, The News & Observer tells us to wear long underwear and ‘turn the dishwasher off when it gets to the drying cycle and open the door to add heat to the room.’ If only Bob Cratchit had thought of that.”
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TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE
Charlotte-based American City Business Journals, which owns more than 40 business weeklies across the country, has launched a video news service — its first foray into video — that is now running on all of its paper’s Web sites.
Called BizJournals Today, the daily video segment combines the top news from across the company’s papers, said Tim Bradbury, president of the company’s new media division.
“WeÂ hand select which of the articles that we’re publishing that we think have the most broad-based appeal,” said Bradbury. “We’re starting it as a video product to get a sense of what the appetite is for local business news consumers in watching video.”
BizJournals Today launched last week, and it’s being produced by the chain’s Boston Business Journal paper because it has the equipment and a relationship with a local production shop.
Bradbury said that ACBJ is looking to expand its online video offerings by producing news shows that focus on specific industries, such as technology, health care and commercial realÂ estate,Â across the country.
HeÂ added that there’s the potential to put togetherÂ geographic-focused videoÂ news segmentsÂ for regions where ACBJ has a cluster of papers, such as Texas or North Carolina.
A sample of the videos can be found here.
Jeannie Falknor, the publisher of the Charlotte Business Journal, announced Tuesday that she plans to retire at the end of the year.
A story on the paper’s Web site stated, “Falknor is the 22-year-old paperâ€™s longest-serving publisher. She joined American City Business Journals Inc. in 1997 as associate publisher in Charlotte. She was named publisher in 1998.
“‘Jeannie has built a solid team, producing a strong product with impressive revenue and profit growth,’ ACBJ Chairman Ray Shaw says.
“Falknor will remain publisher until Dec. 31. ACBJ expects to name her successor in the near future.”
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