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by Chris Roush
Advertising Age is seeking a smart, aggressive journalist to help us cover the rise of mobile technology and its effect on marketing, media and consumer behavior.
This beat is hugely important and influential. It deals with one of the biggest challenges marketers face: how to design products and marketing to be relevant in a world where everyone has a computer in their pocket and instant gratification—or distraction—is just a few swipes away. This person would also own coverage of one of the hottest ad categories, with some of the most innovative marketing as big-spending carriers and device manufacturers fight for share. And it’s a topic that’s increasingly global. Consider that there are nearly 500 million people connected to the mobile web in China.
Ad Age covers the industry by following the money and the ideas. Can you sniff out smart stories in a competitive space? Are you able to explain complex issues clearly and concisely, to craft compelling personality-driven features as well as quick hits for the web? Are you passionate about technology and digging into numbers? Do you possess a healthy dose of skepticism and the ability to persevere, even in the face of a difficult story? If the answer is yes, we’d like to hear from you.
The ideal candidate should submit a resume and several clips that illustrate a track record of breaking news, smart news analysis and solid judgment. Ad Age is a fast-paced, deadline-oriented organization and we’re looking for journalists who can thrive in it.
Crain Communications Inc is one of the largest privately-owned business publishers in the US with over 28 different business, trade and consumer publications and websites within North America, Europe and Asia. We offer a competitive salary, a generous benefits package, profit sharing, and a friendly work environment.
To apply for this position please visit our Web site at www.crain.com and search under the Careers section. Please include cover letter, clips, and resume for consideration. Crain is an equal opportunity employer.
by Chris Roush
Crain’s New York Business seeks an assistant data editor with a keen interest in research and data visualization to help us publish our award-winning lists in print and online.
Responsibilities include assisting the Data Editor in preparing and compiling all lists and related infographics, directories and other data projects, and special reports for print and online. The assistant data editor will report and write list-related news, prepare weekly web supplements to accompany our lists, and report and produce our “Stats and the City” franchise. The assistant data editor will work closely with other reporters and the web production team to provide graphic and data supplements for text stories and multimedia web features.
• Library Science Degree or Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in journalism, communications, economics, or related field
• Must be a detail-oriented individual with a passion for accuracy and thoroughness
• Must be a self-starter who can work both independently and as part of a team, on-deadline, in a fast-paced environment
• Knowledge of business and financial concepts
• Talent for writing clear, concise news and feature stories
About Crain Communications
Crain Communications Inc is one of the largest privately-owned business publishers in the U.S. with over 30 leading business, trade and consumer titles in North America and Europe. As an authoritative source of vital news and information to industry leaders and consumers worldwide, each of the company’s newspapers, magazines and electronic news sites have become required reading in their respective sector of business and consumer market. Providing unmatched value and award-winning editorial excellence, the company is respected for its dependable journalism which readers have relied upon for over 90 years.
Crain Communications offers a competitive salary, a generous benefits package, profit sharing, and a friendly work environment. This is a great time to join our organization — a profitable, well established publishing leader.
To apply for this position please visit our website at www.crain.com and search under the employment section.
by Chris Roush
Matthew Flamm, who covers the media industry for Crain’s New York Business, writes Thursday about what it was like in 2008 when Fox News duped him in an attempt to discredit his reporting.
The incident recently came to light in David Folkenflik‘s book, “Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires.”
Flamm writes,”For the rest of the week I tried to coax this ‘producer’ to speak to me. She refused, claiming she feared for her job. She gave me her name, which checked out, but worried about getting her fired, I didn’t call. However, I did call and email Ms. Briganti and her boss Brian Lewis, seeking confirmation. But never heard back.
“Yes, their silence should have rung a bell, but, to understate the case considerably, neither of them, in any of our previous dealings, had ever behaved like typical publicists. If they did call me back, it was rarely to comment or to give me some insight into their company’s perspective on an issue.
“More likely, it was to scare me off a story by hurling insults.
“At the end of the week, having only one source, my editor at the time and I decided to run a short item online and see if that would scare up a reply from Fox. We considered it a shot across their bow.
“Yes, that was pretty stupid. But we were late learners when it came to understanding the Web’s ability to amplify an error.
“The rest is miserable history. Within minutes of the item’s posting, Ms. Briganti emerged from her silence with comments to TVNewser about how ridiculous it was to even consider that Mr. O’Reilly would anchor a newscast. She then added that nothing I had written could ever be trusted. (My previous story on Fox, in 2006, had been about a ratings decline.)
“I sent an email to the ‘producer’ but it bounced back; her Hotmail account was dead. Yes, I finally picked up the phone and called her. Only to learn that she knew nothing about the emails ‘she’ had been sending.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Elisabeth Cordova, a senior news producer at Crain’s New York Business, resigned Thursday to accept a job working for CNBC.com.
At CNBC’s web operation, she will be a news producer and be reunited with former Crain’s New York editor Xana Antunes.
Cordova will start on Nov. 4 as CNBC digital mews editor reporting to Ben Berkowitz, deputy managing editor, news, CNBC Digital
At Crain’s New York, Cordova steered the newsroom’s daily online news efforts, with help of two other news producer, and focused especially on managing its growing array of online projects, from the annual 40 Under 40 beast to our latest Fast 50 feature on local companies with most insane growth rates.
“We’re looking for a replacement who knows the New York market – business, politics, community news – and who can do wondrous things to our online projects, from idea generating to coding,” said Glenn Coleman, the editor of Crain’s New York, in an email to Talking Biz News.
Before Crain’s New York, Cordova worked for New Orleans CityBusiness and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal as a reporter.
She won a SABEW Best in Business award in 2009 for a multimedia project called “The Making of a New York Dress.”
by Chris Roush
Brian Tucker, publisher and editorial director of Crain’s Cleveland Business, announced he will retire in the coming months after 28 years with the business newspaper.
A story on its website states, “At the same time, John Campanelli, the editor of Waste & Recycling News, has joined Crain’s Cleveland Business as associate publisher/editorial. He will become publisher upon Mr. Tucker’s retirement.
“Waste & Recycling News, like Crain’s Cleveland Business, is published by Detroit-based Crain Communications Inc.
“No specific timetable has been set for Mr. Tucker’s retirement, but he said the transition will occur sometime near the end of 2013 or early in 2014.
“Mr. Tucker announced his plan to his staff on Monday, Aug. 5, a day after his 62nd birthday.
“‘I’ll just look to see what my next adventure will be,’ he said. ‘I have a lot of emotion and intellectual energy invested in Cleveland and Greater Cleveland, and I want to figure out the best way to use that for an organization or a company.’”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Crain’s New York Business editor Glenn Coleman writes about how the business newspaper has begun a tip jar for anyone on its staff who comes up with a bad pun related to New York mayor candidate Anthony Weiner‘s sexting exploits.
Coleman writes, “If one uttered a Weiner pun, much less proposed writing it in a story or headline, one had to deposit 25 cents into what reporters immediately dubbed the ‘Weiner tip jar.’
“‘You know the word ‘tip’ could be considered a pun,’ someone blithely noted. Quarter for the tip jar, several staffers sing-sung. ‘This is nuts.’ ‘Nother quarter for the tip jar. We were at $2 lickety, um, $2.25 lickety-split.
“And as you can see, it didn’t even have to make any sense, the supposed Weiner pun that cost you a quarter. Weiner + verb = tee-hee. Weiner woos … hah-hah-hah like 10-year-olds at a sleepover. But the tip jar did help us control our worst jokey urges—you have read the headlines and captions in a typical issue of Crain’s, haven’t you? Now add genitalia to the mix—and so the sound of coinage clinking into glass dissipated as summer rolled through and the candidate joined the daily forum circuit. Until this latest wild chapter of the Weiner chronicles was revealed.
“We gathered ’round our office TV and computer screens and giggled as the serial sexter who wants to be mayor insisted he won’t pull out. Clink. Clink. Clink.
“I counted $6.50 in the Weiner tip jar as of last Friday. I’m just grateful his wife’s name is Huma. Imagine if he had married a Dolores.”
Read more here. I asked Coleman for a photo of the tip jar. He replied: “Coming — shit: another quarter – being emailed to you soon.”
by Chris Roush
Rance Crain is president and editorial director of Crain Communications Inc., which publishes nearly 30 local weekly business newspapers and trade papers.
Crain’s career began as a reporter for Advertising Age in its Washington bureau and later moved to the publication’s New York and Chicago offices. He continues to lead Advertising Age as editor-in-chief and writes a bi-weekly column for the publication.
Crain was named senior editor of Advertising Age in 1965 and he was appointed first editor of Business Insurance in 1967 and editorial director of Crain Communications in 1971. He added the title of company president in 1973.
Crain founded four of the company’s titles — Pensions & Investments, Crain’s Chicago Business, Crain’s New York Business and Electronic Media (now published as tvweek.com).
A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and former sports editor of The Daily Northwestern (1960), Crain is a charter member of Medill’s Hall of Achievement and a proud recipient of the 1992 Northwestern University Merit Award. He is a member of the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame and was the recipient of Kodak’s Print Ambassador Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2009 Missouri School of Journalism Medal of Honor.
Crain Communications publishes weekly business newspapers in Chicago, New York, Detroit and Cleveland. The company’s trade papers include Electronic Media, Plastics News and Pensions & Investments, and it has acquired Modern Healthcare, AutoWeek and RCR, serving the wireless communications industry.
Crain spoke by email this past week with Talking Biz News about the current state and future of business journalism. What follows is an edited transcript.
How has business journalism changed since your father started in the business?
When my father started Advertising Age in 1930, nobody was covering the advertising business, so almost all the stories we published were fresh news. Today, everybody covers advertising and so we need to explain the significance of important developments, such as the Publicis-Omnicom mega-merger and at the same time provide new details around the clock.
What about since you started in the business?
When I started as a reporter for Ad Age in Washington, covering such events as the Kefauver drug hearings, advertising was beginning to come under fire from consumer groups. So our job was to tell our readers what the industry reaction was to consumer group demands making headlines in the dailies–and urging advertisers to clean up their act.
What do you see as the role of business journalism publications in society today?
Business journalism today is more important than ever. Business is increasingly complex, and readers need to know the implications of such phenomenon as social media on their particular industry. Big data and privacy issues touches all businesses.
What’s the biggest issue facing business journalism today in terms of attracting readers?
Attracting readers is not the problem. The Ad Age website attracts close to 1 million readers, far surpassing our print edition. Our challenge is to continue to make our print products relevant, and that correlates to how readers in our various industries we report on depend on the Internet. In the advertising world it’s very advanced, whereas auto dealers are not as dependent.
Metro dailies cut back business news coverage in the past decade. What did you think of that move?
It’s a great opportunity for our city business publications.
Do you see the Crian’s papers in Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and New York competing for business news against the dailies?
We always have competed against the dailies for business news of local companies, and as the dailies cut back in other areas it allows us to broaden our coverage into some non-business areas.
What role does the Internet and other new media delivery systems play in business journalism?
The Internet is huge for us and allows us to compete against anybody, anytime. And with video, it gives us the equivalent of a TV station for free.
Do you think there will always be a print publication in business news? Why or why not?
I believe that print will endure because strong print publications provide the “halo” for all our other activities, such as conferences and custom publishing, and of course our websites.
In what area could business journalism most improve going forward?
We need to figure out how to make our print editions compelling and entertaining in a 24-7 news world. Great long-form stories and arresting graphics are part of the solution, as well as the ability to tie seemingly disparate events together.
Would Crain ever try to expand internationally again despite the closing of the Manchester paper?
We have a great opportunity to license our strongest publications to publishers around the world and to export our successful events, such as “Women to Watch,” to run in conjunction with our licensees.
What advice would you give today for someone interested in a career in business journalism?
It’s never been more exciting or challenging, and business journalists need to display a wide range of talents, from reporting the news, using tweets and blogs to advance the story, writing the print version on where things are going, and shooting a video on what it all means. If you want to have fun and do important things, business journalism is right in the middle of the action because it touches every part of our lives.
by Chris Roush
Steve Jagler, the executive editor of BizTimes Milwaukee, writes about the advice that Rance Crain, the president of Crain Communications and editor-in-chief of Advertising Age, Crain’s Chicago Business, Crain’s New York Business and TelevisionWeek, gave at the Alliance of Area Business Publications summer conference in Nashville.
Here is some of his advice, and how it affected, or could affect, his business news publications:
(7) Be opportunistic. Hearing a speech by a publisher in Houston inspired Crain to publish the Crain’s Chicago Business, which he said was a “game-changer” for his company.
(8) Be optimistic. “Don’t let a few naysayers throw cold water on a hot idea,” Crain said. Crain believes digital video production could provide a great platform for publishers. “It is my belief that video will be the best thing that came out of the Internet. I said a few years ago that it’s like we hit the jackpot and suddenly we’ve got the equivalent of a TV station for free,” Crain said. “I can see the day when we’ll have a Crain TV channel with videos from all our publications playing at specific times throughout the day and night.”
(9) Make your workplace a nice place to work. “And your good people will stay forever,” Crain said.
(10) Have fun. “What’s the point of all the hard work? And if you’re having fun, so will all your people, and what a great place to work that will be,” Crain said.
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by Chris Roush
Stanley Cohen, the longtime Washington editor of Advertising Age, died earlier this month at the age of 93.
A story on the National Press Club website states, “An elevator ride away from the Club was Cohen’s Advertising Age office, where he was the Washington editor from 1943-1984. He retired as a corporate vice president of Crain Communications, the publisher of Advertising Age, in 1987.
“At Cohen’s Washington funeral, Rance Crain, the editor-in-chief of Advertising Age, praised Cohen for courageously advocating for truth in advertising. He said it influenced Crain’s attitude towards business journalism.
“Known as the dean of consumer journalism for his award-winning coverage of excessive or false advertising claims, Cohen’s articles and editorial columns resulted in the creation of an advertising-industry-sponsored review panel that self-regulated commercials, said Rick Gordon, who worked with Cohen for 10 years.
“‘Stan taught me lessons about thoroughness, about integrity, about perseverance and what high standards in journalism really are,’ Gordon said.”
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by Chris Roush
Ad Age has promoted Michael Learmonth and Rupal Parekh to deputy managing editor roles.
A story on its website states, “Mr. Learmonth, who has led Ad Age’s digital coverage for the past three years, will direct editorial programming on Ad Age’s digital channels. He will continue to editorially direct the Ad Age Digital Conferences and other digital coverage. Ms. Parekh will be charged with building out Ad Age’s Creativity brand, working with the Creativity staff to elevate the importance of the subject in the broader marketing world. She will also continue to oversee Ad Age’s Agency News channel.”
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Learmonth joined Advertising Age in 2008 after working at Alley Insider, Variety, Reuters and The Industry Standard.
Parekh joined the publication in 2007 after two years at another Crain’s publication, Business Insurance.