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by Chris Roush
TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE
The mission of the publication is to cover the news and issues of interest to businesses that are engaged in the sustainable economy. For Oregon, sustainability has become the watchword for economic development work. It’s become a differentiator for businesses and a passion for the people they employ.
In addition to the website, Sustainable Business Oregon also has a weekly two-page spread and a quarterly special publication in the Portland Business Journal.
Its goal is to provide both a hub for news and a forum for the exchange of ideas on topics of vital interest for people who care deeply about sustainable business.
Prior to joining the staff at the Portland Business Journal, Williams had a two-year stint in public relations, served as managing editor at Oregon Business magazine, technology columnist and business reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. and associate editor at Tech Capital magazine in Vienna, Va.
How did the idea for Sustainable Business Oregon come about?
Oregon has dedicated a lot of economic development energy around capitalizing on the state’s expertise in all things sustainable. The publisher of the Portland Business Journal, Craig Wessel, saw an opportunity to develop a vertical publication that would be dedicated to covering this lively and wide-ranging sector of the economy.
Supportive policies and some innovative businesses have made the state a sort of center for sustainable business. Oregon was seen as an early leader in industries such as green building and renewable energy, not to mention the natural resources sectors that are a part of the state’s heritage.
When did you launch, and what types of stories is the site covering?
We launched SBO in January 2010. We cast a pretty wide net, covering the intersection of sustainability and business. Sustainability touches a lot of different industries. But because we cover where the money flows, we end up writing a lot about renewable energy projects, but we also write about trends in sustainable business from innovative business models, to cleantech investing, to transportation infrastructure, to public policy. We also have a blog, Voices from Sustainable Business, where we invite guest posts from the business community to weigh in on relevant topics.
Are sustainable and environmental issues not being covered by the mainstream Oregon media from a business perspective?
They have been since January 2010! Sustainability is part of the lexicon around here, to a certain extent, the mainstream business media covers it, just not in a focused way.
How much do you work with the Portland Business Journal, which is also operated by American City Business Journals, to produce content?
SBO shares content with the Portland Business Journal and vice versa. All of the PBJ reporters contribute, at least occasionally, to SBO. The energy reporter more so than the legal reporter.
How much content does the site post each day?
As much as we can. No set goals. We cover breaking news and endeavor to be on top of our coverage area. I’d say on average 5 stories or blogs a day. Often more. Rarely less.
It’s myself and one half-time person, Mason Walker, who mostly works on the marketing side but who is an invaluable partner on the development of the site.
What has been the reader and advertiser reaction so far to the site?
Positive. We are a sponsor-supported site. For the most part, we’ve retained our advertising sponsors with very little turnover.
Is this something that ACBJ might consider rolling out into other markets?
Good question. There’s been some conversations about it — there’s certainly an opportunity there — but no plans to date. It’s an issue of how best to deploy resources.
What’s been the biggest issue in terms of getting more readers?
Exposure. And our local focus is both our strength and our weakness when it comes to growing our audience.
What area of coverage would you like to improve upon?
One thing that’s been a challenge is how to cover the more nuanced aspects of sustainability — such as social justice — from a business perspective. In addition, I always wish we had more staff, more resources. We can definitely be telling more and better stories about sustainable business.
by Chris Roush
There is a new online section of Forbes.com devoted to the thought leadership content and research generated from the Forbes Insights Practice, the custom research division of Forbes Media.
Bruce Rogers of Forbes writes, “Senior Research Director Brenna Sniderman’s brilliantly written piece entitled ‘The Five Personalities of Innovators: Which One Are You?’ was based on research we conducted to help better understand how to foster innovation in organizations in Europe.
“Her piece struck a chord with the Forbes audience, generating nearly 600,000 page views to date and over 120 thoughtful comments. The article was shared nearly 25,000 times in social media through Facebook, Twitter, Redditt, Stumbleupon and Linkedin. In fact, the story was the number one shared story on Linkedin last week (read Linkedin’s blog post on it here).
“There’s plenty more where that came from. I spent the last week unveiling Forbes Insights research on ‘Global Wealth and Family Ties’ in a series of press briefings in London and Paris in conjunction with our study partner Societe Generale. Forbes Insights Editorial Director, Kasia Moreno, writes about the research in a series of articles, including this one entitled ‘Why China’s Rich and Russia’s Rich Share Many Traits’. Not surprisingly, Forbes Insights has a depth of knowledge and access to proprietary databases on the world’s ultra high net worth individuals and families. Look for more to come from this ‘rich’ vein of insights and data on wealth creation and wealth management.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Deloitte is the exclusive sponsor of CIO Journal, and provides a daily stream of CIO-focused fact-based research, technology perspectives and analyses, case studies and more. Deloitte has a similar exclusive sponsorship with The Journal’s CFO Journal, which launched in 2011.
Led by editor Michael Hickins, CIO Journal is available online, via the iPad, and is optimized for access via most smartphone devices. Subscribers will have access to the service via The Wall Street Journal Tablet Edition for iPad.
“The technology landscape has changed dramatically in recent years and with it so has the role of the CIO within a company,” said Alan Murray, The Journal’s deputy managing editor and executive d\editor, online, in a statement. “CIOs are on the front lines of some of the most important issues within their companies, and their responsibilities demand that they stay on top of relevant news in real-time.”
The editorial team includes deputy editor Steven Rosenbush, a former editor and writer with Institutional Investor and BusinessWeek; Rachael King, formerly a reporter for Bloomberg BusinessWeek; reporter Clint Boulton, formerly a senior writer at Ziff Davis Enterprise; reporter Joel Schectman, most recently with the Bergen Record; and producer Thomas Loftus, a former editor for the Journal’s Digits blog and WSJ Professional.
by Chris Roush
Loquiveri, a website that follows social media, has posted its top 10 Wall Street reporters to follow on Twitter, which includes Julia LaRoche and Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider, Charles Gasparino of Fox Business Network and Kayla Tausche of CNBC.
Here is a sampling:
If you don’t ready Morning Money, then you have a serious problem. Quickly catching up to Mike Allen’s Playbook, Ben brings a voice of reason to the financial Twitterverse. As this post is being edited, Ben is absolutely going HAM on Betty Draper and the Mad Men writers. He has a point though, Mad Men was weak tonight.
Writer for Business Insider that is all over the young Wall Street scence. Still unsure where the whole SallyPankes handle fits it, but it has been said that life is all about branding, and it has worked for Julia. Definitely brings a mix of scoops and Patrick McMullan- esque reporting style on all of the uber trendy parties overworked junior traders attend. We can definitely see a Bethany McClean path for Julia. Big fan of Clusterstock (and their out of control headlines!)
Although we are big fans of Dealbook, it can be a bit stuffy at times…The Today Show…of financial blogs if you will. But, Kevin certainly has a pulse on the changing culture of Wall Street. Although we are still confident he would change places with some of his subjects, we are looking forward to his yet to be named second book on young wall street bankers.
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
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by Chris Roush
WSJ.com managing editor Raju Narisetti sent out the following staff promotion on Thursday:
We are delighted to announce that Erin White is taking on the role of Digital Editor to help accelerate both the pace and nature of the Journal newsroom’s evolution into a true multi-platform operation.
In this newly created role, Erin will help lead our team of five (real-time) digital editors — Brian Hershberg, Eduardo Kaplan, Sheila Courter, Allison Lichter and a corporate desk editor to be named soon — drive more hands-on, daily best practices across all of the editing desks, working closely with editors on various desks as well as section/topic editors who lead reporters, for both daily news flow and short/medium-term planning on stories. Erin, who has done a stellar job as the real-time deputy for the corporate desk, will help this team plan and execute against the goal of making sure our readers are provided relevant, timely and compelling news, features, analysis and columns, all delivered through a rich multimedia experience.
Erin will report to WSJ.com Deputy Managing Editor Christine Glancey and speak for digital platforms in day-to-day news operations, while working closely with the hub in helping achieve larger goals for the Journal newsroom. We see the roles of the digital deputies on the desks evolving rapidly in coming months as we take more steps, including training, to become a multi-platform newsroom.
Erin has been the corporate desk’s real-time deputy since late 2010, helping guide our rapid response on major events, including Steve Jobs’s death and Facebook’s IPO filing, and helping to drive double-digit increases in Business and Tech traffic. Before that, she was management & careers editor after serving as a reporter in the group. Previously, she covered advertising and retail out of London, and reported on media & marketing in New York. Erin started at the Journal as an intern with the law group in 1998. She has a degree in history from Yale.
by Chris Roush
WSJ.com managing editor Raju Narisetti sent out the following staff announcement on Monday morning:
Christine Glancey, who has been the bedrock of WSJ.com in the hub and a key force behind making sure our journalism reaches online readers quickly and effectively, is about to take on even more challenging responsibilities as a Deputy Managing Editor of WSJ.com.
In addition to managing the US-based homepage teams, she will now be more deeply involved in long-range planning to showcase major news events (Olympics, Elections etc) as well as newsroom-led projects on the homepage in a multi-faceted way. Christine already works every day with myriad groups and departments — video, blogs, news and features desks, international bureaus, infographics — but will shift some of this focus to more long-range planning and execution. She will work closely with the Social and Engagement team to fully integrate their work into daily wsj.com operations and take on an emerging role of setting audience engagement goals for wsj.com, and executing against them to meet overall newsroom goals. Christine will also continue to engage ever more with editors of our digital network sites, especially SmartMoney.com and MarketWatch.com, to help build cross-site content and audience flows.
More critically, Christine will become a key player in designing new training programs for all our editors in New York as we all transition to multi-platform editing roles, part of the ongoing evolution of WSJ into a more fully integrated news operation that serves all our readers on multiple platforms.
Christine, who joined the Journal in 1988, has held newsroom leadership roles on the Journal’s national desk and global copy desk and was Managing Editor of the Journal’s Asia edition before joining WSJ.com in 2009. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at St. John’s University and holds an MA in English Literature from Columbia University. Christine will continue to report to me.
Please join me in congratulating Christine on this expanded role.
by Chris Roush
Keith Kelly of the New York Post writes Wednesday about how a photo of a race horse that accompanied a story on Forbes.com was removed after its copyright owner complained.
“Samuels said he doesn’t care about the exposure and a credit line — he wants his money. ‘Whenever my picture gets used, I want to get paid — that’s my job,’ he said.
“A Forbes spokeswoman said that the photo had been taken off its site once editors were alerted to it, but that Forbes Media isn’t going to pay.
“‘Ms. Hannon mistakenly violated our terms by using a photo in one of her posts that she did not have the rights to use,’ said the spokesperson. ‘When [we were] alerted to that use, the photo was immediately taken down, consistent with our obligations under the DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act].
“‘While the photographer may prefer to cast blame on Forbes, the law requires him to deal directly with the contributor who uploaded his image. Ms. Hannon understands that and looks forward to resolving the matter with Mr. Samuels.’”
by Chris Roush
John Roberts of PaidContent.org writes that LexisNexis has agreed to acquire the legal news site Law360.com for an undisclosed amount.
Roberts writes, “Law360 started in New York in 2004, and now has reporters in six different cities, including Washington and Chicago. The site is a highly paywalled operation that sells access to packages of newsletters, some of which reportedly cost tens of thousands a year. Clients include law firms and companies.
“In a release, LexisNexis portrayed the acquisition as part of a strategic growth plan in which news is a key ingredient in the package of tools it sells to lawyers.
“The purchase comes at a time of disruption for the legal industry and for the industries that provide services to it. The financial crisis eliminated both law firms and businesses, and led survivors to scrutinize operation costs. The crunch has also forced firms to be more vigilant about legal research costs which are typically passed on to clients in the same way as fax and photocopy expenses.
“In this environment, companies like LexisNexis want to use news as a gateway to their research products and to encourage existing customers to keep their subscriptions. Thomson Reuters, for instance, launched a specialized legal news team partly as a means to protect its market-leading product Westlaw.”
by Chris Roush
Jill Krasny of Business Insider reports that CNNMoney.com pulled a video story recommending people buy lottery tickets after personal finance journalist Zac Bissonette complained it was dubious.
Krasny writes, “Per Bissonette: ‘I hesitate to even say this, but if you do buy lottery tickets, picking random numbers is the way to do it. Using random numbers you pick means you’re more likely to pick numbers someone else has, and they’ll you’ll be more likely to split.’
“Bissonette describes the video as an epic fail for a credible and highly respected news site.
“When tapped to comment, a CNN spokesperson emailed this response: ‘The CNNMoney newsroom takes great pride in its journalism, with consistently high standards for reporting. This video fell short of that mark and we’ve chosen to remove it from our site.’”