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Mary Johnson

ACBJ hires Johnson as Bizwomen.com editor


Americasn City Business Journals has hired Mary Johnson as editor of Bizwomen.com, its new national news site for women business owners and professionals.

She will begin on April 14.

Johnson comes to Bizwomen from NJBiz, a New Jersey business publication where she served as managing editor. Before that, she was a reporter, producer and editor at DNAinfo, the New York City news site. She also gained multimedia and broadcast experience at stints with The Economist and other titles.

“For me, there is a huge sense of responsibility that comes with being the editor of Bizwomen,” Johnson said in a statement. “I want Bizwomen to be a destination for breaking news, exclusives, in-depth profiles and multimedia content people want to engage with. I also want Bizwomen to become a community for women in business, one where they can engage with others across the country on hot-button issues, but also one where they can weigh in how the site is evolving. It’s brand new, and I want our readers to help drive its vision. ”

Bizwomen began driving that vision April 7 with the launch of its site and a “Mentoring Monday” event in 40 cities across the country where American City Business Journals publishes — local business publications and news sites. Hundreds of women business leaders came together to mentor thousands of up-and-coming women professionals.

That national push to build community among business women is reflective of the editorial mission of Bizwomen.

“Mary is an accomplished journalist who brings to the table a remarkable variety of experiences and talents,” said Emory Thomas, chief content officer of American City Business Journals, in a statement. “As both a reporter and editor, she has a proven ability to identify and build loyal audiences. Her news judgment is sharp and perceptive, and she’s a strong newsroom leader. ACBJ is fortunate to have someone of Mary’s caliber heading this important new media title for us.”

In addition to working at NJBiz and DNAinfo, Johnson served as a multimedia production resident at The Economist, an assistant editor at Columbia Law School Magazine, a staff writer and on-air correspondent at the Hartford Business Journal and a senior editor at the El Paso Media Group, which published “El Paso Magazine,” among other titles.

She holds an undergraduate degree in magazine journalism from the University of Florida and a master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Money.com seeks reporter/producer


Money.com, the post-CNNMoney website of Money magazine, will launch in June and is looking for creative web reporters.

Web journalism experience is required; personal finance experience is preferred; but most important is a deep passion for exploring and explaining the myriad ways that regular people interact with money, business, economics, and markets on a daily basis.

The ability to generate provocative and timely story ideas and clean, post-ready prose under time pressure is essential, as is experience using social media to broaden reach. The person in this role will be expected to produce multiple pieces of content each work day. Comfort with SEO strategies and producing content in a range of media, especially video, is a plus.

To apply, send your resume, clips and a cover letter to Scott Medintz at Scott.Medintz@moneymail.com.


Money.com seeks writer/editor


Money.com, the post-CNNMoney website of Money magazine, will launch in June and is looking for a creative mid-level web writer/editor to help with the launch and day-to-day operations.

Personal finance, consumer service, and/or business journalism experience is strongly preferred; but most essential is a deep passion for exploring and explaining the myriad ways that regular people interact with money, business, economics, and markets on a daily basis.

Though the breakdown between writing and editing will evolve, the person in this role will need to both develop his/her own clean, post-ready content and edit the copy of others under intense deadline pressure. Experience using social media to broaden reach is important; comfort producing content in a range of media, especially video, is a plus.

To apply, send your resume, clips and a cover letter to Scott Medintz at Scott.Medintz@moneymail.com.


ACBJ launching BizWomen.com on Monday


American City Business Journals, which operates more than 40 business newspapers across the country, is launching a new website on Monday called BizWomen that will provide news to women business leaders.

Bizwomen plans to collect content from the hundreds of ACBJ editors and reporters in 43 different markets. The website will be run by a dedicated staff based in ACBJ’s headquarters city, Charlotte, N.C.

Bizwomen is specifically geared for women leaders seeking business opportunities, news, knowledge, and contacts who can help them grow their businesses. In addition to the site, Bizwomen will publish a weekly email newsletter highlighting the most urgent, most important and most enlightening news and information involving and affecting women business leaders.

As part of the launch of the site, an estimated 8,000-plus women business leaders in 40 cities across the country will be participating April 7 in American City Business Journals’ Mentoring Monday program.

International Biz Times

Adding high-quality stories at International Business Times


Lucia Moses of Digiday interviewed Peter Goodman, the new editor at International Business Times, about his plans for the website.

Here is an excerpt:

Plenty of news organizations cover the globe. Why have another one?
I don’t think there’s a truly global publication that speaks to a general-interest consumer. I think the time is right because everybody from blue-collar workers to people who work on Wall Street has figured out that the money is global. An upper-middle-class educated person probably has more in common with someone who meets that description in London than someone who lives in the American hinterland. If you’re not thinking globally, you’re missing how stuff works. Our sensibility is really about how to do that effectively.

What’s the immediate challenge?
The mandate is to add high-quality stories to a newsroom that is eclectic and interesting but doesn’t always have the focus on ambition. I’d like to conceptualize some series, drill deeper into data, hold institutions to account, adding a unique voice. There are some series we’ve conceptualized. We’ll be stepping away from doing dutiful news and looking to pick our spots and go deeper and elevate the writing. I’d like to see us go hard at urban planning, architecture, film, youth culture.

Read more here.

Wall Street Journal

WSJ website about to reboot


Joe Pompeo of Capital New York writes Thursday about an upcoming reboot of the Wall Street Journal website.

Pompeo writes, “Editors at the paper have been getting previews of the new wsj.com in recent weeks, though a spokeswoman said ‘the visuals are in no way final. They were shown as part of the consulting/feedback process.’

“She also said there’s no official launch date and that the changes will be rolled out iteratively.

“In any case, one person who’s seen the prototype described a cleaner homepage with less text, more photos and fewer navigation bars at the top. The spokeswoman said the new site will have a responsive design with ‘streamlined navigation.’

“The relaunch is part of a ‘digital transformation’ that Baker, writing in a Dec. 31 year-end memo, told Journal employees to expect in 2014. He also mentioned ‘new digital home[s], complete with additional digital and reporting staff’ for coverage areas including politics and policy; global markets and finance; arts & entertainment and China.

“The spokeswoman said those projects are still in the works.”

Read more here. A subscription is required.

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Reuters names new social media editor


Dan Colarusso, executive editor of digital at Reuters, sent out the following staff hire announcement on Tuesday:

We’re extremely happy to announce that Cassandra Garrison is joining Reuters.com as our Social Media/Live News Editor. She’ll be reporting to Managing Editor Brian Tracey.

Cassandra was previously Digital Managing Editor for Metro New York/Boston/Philadelphia, where she oversaw all online content and social media initiatives. Together with the online team, she was responsible for transitioning Metro, a daily newspaper, into a digital-first operation. Before moving into editorial management at Metro, she cut her teeth as a reporter covering events like Occupy Wall Street, the 2012 London Olympics and Hurricane Sandy.

Cassandra, a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, began her career at WJET/WFXP in Erie, Penn., as a reporter and later anchor of the market’s top-rated morning news program.

Outside of journalism, she will become yet another Reuters.com team member who is an avid runner, as she participated in her first NYC Marathon last year.

Cassandra starts April 7. Please join us in welcoming her to her new job.


How much do Forbes contributors make?


Lewis Dvorkin, the chief product officer at Forbes, writes about the compensation for the business magazine’s online contributors.

Dvorkin writes, “Forty or so full-time staff reporters write for our magazine and post to Forbes.com. They take home salaries, occasionally participating in quarterly incentive programs. They’re now publishing side-by-side with more than 1,200 carefully selected contributors from around the world. One-third of them participate in an audience-based, rather than a page-view based, incentive plan that we regularly adjust to meet marketplace forces (Contributor George Anders expands on Why Writers Need Metrics, Too in this post). The remainder find rewards in an association with FORBES that often leads to paid opportunities elsewhere. Staffers and contributors alike focus on attracting followers to their own individual brands. They’re all bound together by a 97-year-old brand that runs a publishing platform, not a Web site.

“How much do our 400 paid freelance contributors make? Combined, 35%-40% of my total story costs for digital and print, or about 25% of my overall editorial budget. Individually, 60 made as much or more in 2013 than the $45,250 a year the Bureau of Labor Statistics says is the nationwide average for a professional reporter or correspondent. Five or so have built loyal big enough loyal audiences (the model pays more for repeat visitors) to top $100,000. Many dozens more make between $10,000 and $25,000. We probably pay more writers than most news startups combined. None of this fits traditional media’s preferred narrative, leaving full-throated stalwarts and observers clinging to a time-worn rallying cry that is hopelessly nostalgic at best and unprofessionally simplistic at worst.

“FORBES has multiple digital templates that account for hundreds of millions of page views each month. They include article pages, photo pages, list pages, people profile pages, data pages, section pages, department pages, etc. In the last three years or so, the number of article, or post, pages has risen steadily as the growth of photo pages remains flat, with fluctuations tied to the release of our popular lists and mobile consumption (see charts above). Also as indicated above, our contributor base rose sharply with the launch of our platform, then stabilized at the 1,200 range. On-going quality control efforts result in natural turnover. New contributors more aligned to our content and business goals replaced those who didn’t work out for one reason or another.”

Read more here.

Quartz launch

Quartz hires new website developer


Quartz editor in chief Kevin Delaney sent out the following staff hire announcement on Monday:

Micah Ernst starts today as our product engineering director. He comes from Time, where he was manager of web development and oversaw the recent relaunch of Time.com. Micah has led development of projects there including Time.com’s earlier responsive design and a Google Glass photo app for Life, and has deep experience in the Javascript and WordPress technology powering qz.com.

Micah earlier worked as a developer for marketing and academic organizations, and has an IT degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. While a student, he won the Verizon Fios Grand Tournament videogame competition, coming in first out of more than 6,000 players. One of Micah’s colleagues at Time reached out to me last week to praise him and say “You made the right choice.” Follow him on Twitter at @micahwave

With Micah’s joining, we’re reinforcing our top-notch engineering team and its ability to do more industry-leading work. We’re looking to quickly fill our expansion developer slot, and accelerate progress on projects including the qz.com refresh and new Quartz products.

Please join me in welcoming Micah.

Quartz launch

Unlikely data nuggets fuel Quartz stories


Ben Cardew of The Guardian writes Sunday about Quartz, the business news site from The Atlantic.

Cardew writes, “But for Quartz, the Atlantic’s mobile-first business news site, the term denotes the kind of unlikely data nugget behind several of its biggest stories, part of a recipe that has helped Quartz to 5 million readers in just 18 months.

“And it isn’t stopping there: Quartz co-president Jay Lauf says the company has 10 million users in its sights after beating initial audience predictions, while Quartz is projecting a 300% rise in ad revenue this year. Summer 2014 will see Quartz expand internationally, with the launch of an Indian edition in June that will include region-specific content.

“Quartz was launched in September 2012 by Atlantic Media, parent company of highbrow US magazine the Atlantic, a 157-year-old title recently described by the New York Times as ‘the intellectual’s monthly.’ In 2010 the Atlantic returned to profit thanks to a modern-thinking, digital-first approach, including the dismantling of its online paywall in January 2008.

“Quartz aroused considerable interest with its combination of a mobile-first approach, an editorial ethos based on ‘obsessions’ – essentially a changing lineup of newsworthy topics rather than traditional news beats – and a business model that eschewed a paywall and banner ads in favour of free access and native advertising from a small number of bluechip companies.”

Read more here.