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David Rainey of the Los Angeles Times writes Wednesday about TV consumer reporters who have lost their jobs and must find alternative ways to tell their stories after being in their hey-day in the 1980s and 1990s.
Rainey writes, “Alan Mendelson, the onetime business and personal finance reporter for KCAL, spent years telling viewers he could help them find ‘best buys.’ But he lost his job in 2006 and has since made his living producing infomercials (many for lawyers) and a weekend ‘Best Buys’ show that airs on KCOP Channel 13. The website for the program promises an expert with a ‘black belt in shopping’ but the bottom line is that Mendelson features only companies that paid to be on the air.
“Mendelson, 58, told me he took a certain pride in being a survivor and striking out as an independent operator, after years on local TV. But he acknowledged he wouldn’t have plotted his career this way.
“‘I didn’t want to do this. I was very happy in the news business,’ he said. ‘I loved my job. I had a following. It broke my heart to leave. But I had to eat and I was too young to retire. I had to do something.’
“Mendelson sees himself as a pawn in a much larger chess match. Back in the early 1980s, so many TV professionals were doing business reporting that they formed the Economic News Broadcasters Assn.
“Mendelson served as president in 1981, when the group had 237 members. But the organization died before the end of the decade, as stations laid off business and consumer reporters and other beat journalists in droves. ‘The concept of specialist reporters just died,’ he said.”
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Former Fortune editor at large Richard Siklos is joining Time Warner as a vice president in corporate affairs handling external and internal communications and advising on media strategy, reports Tom Lowry of Variety.
“Siklos brings to the new job more than 15 years’ experience chronicling the media and entertainment landscape. Most recently, he penned a column on Hollywood for the New York Observer while working on a book about Michael Jackson for Crown Publishing.
“Previously, Siklos served as an editor-at-large for Fortune (a Time Inc. publication), media writer for the New York Times and media editor for BusinessWeek. He also did stints at Inside magazine, London’s Daily Telegraph, Canada’s Globe and Mail and as an adjunct professor at NYU.
“The Toronto native is also author of ‘Shades of Black: Conrad Black — His Rise and Fall.’”
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Wednesday that it will launch a new print and online weekly legal news section in partnership with The Legal Intelligencer, the nation’s oldest daily legal newspaper.
An Associated Press story states, “The section, which debuts Monday, will feature bylined news and analysis from both papers, and run in the Post-Gazette’s business section. Coverage will focus on state and regional legal news of interest to business readers. Ads for the print and online versions will be sold by both organizations.
“Three out of four legal professionals in Allegheny County read the Post-Gazette in print or online each week and the section should be of interest to them, said the paper’s president, Christopher Chamberlain.
“The Post-Gazette is owned by privately held Block Communications Inc., which owns newspapers and television stations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Idaho, Illinois and Kentucky.”
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Sonari Glinton has been named the new auto and transportation reporter at National Public Radio, according to a memo posted on the FishbowlDC site.
The memo from Uri Berliner, deputy supervising senior editor of NPR’s national desk, states:
The National Desk is happy to announce that Sonari Glinton is joining the business reporting staff during Frank Langfitt’s Foreign Desk posting in Nairobi, Kenya. Sonari will report on the auto industry and transportation from Detroit. He’ll be covering an important beat from a city and region where we will benefit from his knowledge and talents.
Sonari recently completed a very successful reporting stint at WBUR in Boston where he turned out a strong range of work – breaking news, enterprise, features and Web-only essays. He examined the financial overhaul bill, investigated a spike in suicides among Massachusetts inmates and profiled the state’s independent candidate for governor. He has proven his creativity and ability to manage tight deadlines during three years of production work at “All Things Considered.” He is also an alumnus of Chicago Public Radio, where he worked as a producer and general assignment reporter.
Sonari is especially well suited to this particular assignment…He grew up in an auto industry family. During summers in college he worked on the assembly line at a Chicago plant making the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable. He also worked in finance in Chicago and has family ties in Detroit. He knows the Midwest and the culture of the auto industry. We’re glad to have him on the business reporting team.
by Chris Roush
Rosen writes, “The problem with this report is that it cannot decide if it wants to be the audible Wall Street Journal or Adam Smith for Dummies, a business person’s show, or a show for people who only know about business from the consumer or lay person’s side. Deciding on this is too hard a problem for the mush minds at Marketplace, so it tries to be both. It wants to impress us with some taken-for-granted knowledge and also treat us like morons who don’t know their interest rates from their Nielsen ratings.
“That is what I hate. I would rather 1.) listen in on a sophisticated conversation that is sometimes over my head, or 2.) have a show that is specifically made for me as a consumer and occasional victim of big business. What I do not want is a program that splits the difference. But that is what Marketplace is. It is controlled by a weak and condescending idea: You’re don’t know crap about business… oh and by the way Japan’s Nikkei index climbed .7 percent to 9,582.22.
“Mostly, however, Marketplace wants to be brief. Brief is the program’s real ideology. And that is a weak, condescending idea. You’re busy, Marketplace tells us. A person on the move! You don’t have time to actually understand this stuff. But you feel you need to know about it… and you are soooooo right. We bring you people who do understand these subjects. They can acquaint you with them painlessly (briefly) so that when someone in your circle mentions the discount window at the Fed, you can say to yourself: I’ve actually heard of that. (Hey, is it really a window, or is that like… a metaphor?)
“This is what Marketplace Morning Report is about: arming us not with ‘knowledge of,’ but ‘acquaintance with.’ (The distinction originates with Robert Park.)”
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Megan Wilson of the Center for Reponsive Politics reports Tuesday on journalists, including some business journalists, who have made campaign contributions in the current election year.
Wilson writes, “Paul Tharp, a business reporter for the New York Post, last year donated $750 to Rep. Michael McMahon (D-N.Y.), the Center’s analysis of Federal Election Commission records show. Tharp said his two donations represent a ‘satisfaction with [McMahon’s] public service’ and his work with the arts.
“‘Just because I am a reporter doesn’t mean I give up my rights,’ Tharp said. ‘I have an interest in public service, but not politics. I cover business.’”
Later, Wilson reports, “Bethany McLean, a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room, a book about the Enron scandal — donated $2,000 to U.S. Senate candidate David Hoffman (D-Ill.), who this year lost in a primary to Alexi Giannoulias.
“Hoffman, she said, is a ‘close personal friend’ of her husband. Her donation to Hoffman is a direct result of knowing him personally.
“Because of ethics concerns, the political contribution to Hoffman represents the first time McLean has given money to a candidate or party, she said. But McLean says her donation to Hoffman isn’t a conflict of interest because it would not affect her coverage.”
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A Canada court is being asked to decide if former Teamsters union director Ed Lawson was defamed in a 2008 article by Vancouver Sun business columnist David Baines.
Gerry Bellett of the Sun writes, “The article questioned the retired senator’s part in a company claiming ownership of oil and gas rights in the Arctic.
“Lawson’s lawyer, Roger McConchie, told Justice Robert Sewell on Monday that the article contained false and malicious words of which the natural order and meaning was that Lawson, now 80, was corrupt and guilty of corruption and racketeering.
“While the column did not literally say as much, it was implied, said McConchie. He told Sewell the plaintiff was seeking to show that malice was involved in the composition of the column and this would entitle Lawson to seek increased damages.”
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Richard Perez-Feria has been named business editor of the Las Vegas Sun and editor in chief of its In Business Las Vegas publication.
A story on the Sun’s site states, “At People en Español, Pérez-Feria overhauled the nation’s best-selling Spanish-language magazine, making it an unexpected critical and commercial success. Previously, Pérez-Feria was senior vice president of Editorial and Entertainment at República, a Miami-based advertising, interactive and branding agency. There, he focused on the firm’s Web and media projects, entertainment, sports and celebrity clients.
“‘I’ve been very fortunate in my career to work with some of the best people in our business and help create beautiful, compelling publications and websites filled with sound journalism,’ Pérez-Feria said. ‘Not only are we going to continue that trend here at GMG and In Business Las Vegas, we’re going to challenge ourselves to achieve even more. I can’t wait to get started.’
“Before People en Español, Pérez-Feria was editor-in-chief of San Francisco city magazine 7×7, where he concurrently was an editorial consultant to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday magazine, working directly with Editor Phil Bronstein. In 2000, Pérez-Feria was Weider Publications’ vice president of Editorial and Creative Services, overseeing the publishing company’s New York City-based specialty division.”
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by Chris Roush
Robert Teitelman, the editor of The Deal, writes in the latest issue in response to a recent New York Times opinion piece by Reuters editor at large Chrystia Freeland about the image problem in business journalism.
Teitelman writes, “Indeed, the “image problem” that Freeland raises is really a much larger, much more profound political problem. An enormously critical part of our national life runs through Wall Street, which is not only deeply interconnected globally, with all the challenges to sovereignty that entails, but which is also so large and complex that regulators, not to say senior managers, struggle to comprehend their own little piece of it. The reality that finance is a specialized world, with its own jargon and knowledge, led to the creation of the administrative state late in the 19th century, then saw the vast expansion in the 1930s.
“It is worth saying again, because many still traffic in the naïve belief that a good investigative journalist could have uncovered the financial crisis. The issue here is never just discovery, whatever that means when it comes to market phenomenon, it’s convincing a large crowd that something is real, dangerous and must be (usually painfully) remedied. There was disagreement, blindness and cupidity among the sophisticated crowd; where did that leave the vast majority of the unsophisticated, including much of Washington? In a democracy where so many folks profess great ignorance, even disdain, of economics and finance — sometimes, among the chattering classes, quite proudly — that’s a very large, chronic problem.
“Can that gap be bridged? Felix Salmon at Reuters has often argued it can, particularly through blogging. I am not as convinced. Salmon’s blog is quite good, and he’s done a nice job of building an audience, but it’s a relatively small band of readers interested in mostly finance compared to the numbers required by the consumer business media. And the blog genre, for all its virtues, has its own limitations. (It’s a similar problem to that of science and medicine, where there’s also an enormous gap between practitioners and the lay itizenry — a gap science journalism, for all its often very fine efforts, struggles to bridge.)”
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Karen Peterson, the executive editor of the Tacoma News Tribune, writes Sunday about how photojournalist Drew Perine is telling the story of workers for the paper’s Labor Day coverage.
Peterson writes, “Here’s what inspired photojournalist Perine to launch his Labor Day series.
“‘For years it bothered me that ordinary working people didn’t have an easy way to get their stories told in The News Tribune,’ he said. ‘Unless you ran afoul of the law or did something unique or heroic, there was little chance the local newspaper could devote space to the fact that you might be a damn good ditch digger or a talented IT specialist.’
“Perine’s first portrait package, for Labor Day 2001, was themed ‘Dirty jobs.’ He photographed workers at Atlas Foundry, the Port of Tacoma and a wood mill.
“In 2003, the theme was small-business owners. The story started: ‘Running a small business in the South Sound is a matter of passion, say owners who operate their own shops. Most don’t get rich. Vacations don’t always happen. The hours turn long. But there’s a common theme: They love the work.’ Perine photographed owners of a funeral home, a meat market and a wig shop.”
Read more here. This year’s photo theme is “Career Change.”