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Felix Salmon

Reuters blogger Salmon to take on web-based role at Fusion


Prominent Reuters financial blogger Felix Salmon will join the cable network Fusion on Monday in a web-based role that runs across multiple media, reports Ravi Somaiya of the New York Times.

Salmon writes, “‘The reason why I am going to Fusion,’ he said in an interview Wednesday, ‘is that they have the ability to help me communicate in the ways that people are going to consume information in the future. Which is not 1,500-word blocks of text.’

“Though his title will be senior editor, Mr. Salmon plans to use the strengths of the network, which is owned by ABC and Univision, and is aimed at a younger audience, to produce ‘animations, videos, data visualization stuff, ways of using other platforms to convey information and tell stories.’

“Fusion, which gets the bulk of its revenue from cable fees, is not focused on building an audience for its website ‘that it can then sell to advertisers,’ he said. Freed from the constraints of having to attract people directly to a website, he said, ‘you can have a lot of fun.’

“The network, said Daniel Eilemberg, its chief digital officer, aims to be a ‘multiplatform, digital-first cable network, which is trying to reach an audience that is digital-native.’”

Read more here.

Sheila Courter

WSJ’s real-time desk names senior editor


Wall Street Journal real-time editor Steve Wisnefski sent out the following staff promotion on Tuesday:

I am pleased to announce that Sheila Courter will be joining the RealTime Desk in New York as a senior editor. Sheila brings two decades of experience at The Wall Street Journal to this important new role, in which she will edit and help shepherd major breaking news stories to ensure all our digital platforms are served quickly and expertly.

Sheila comes to her new role from the U.S. News Desk, where she has served as a deputy overseeing the Journal’s national news coverage online. She was part of the team that won several awards for its coverage of the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision, including the National Press Foundation’s 2012 Excellence in Online Journalism Award.

Sheila has helped manage the real-time coverage of many major breaking U.S. News stories since she joined the desk in 2010, from the midterm and presidential elections to the Boston Marathon bombings. She began as a news assistant in 1993, and had stints as night editor, page-one slot, deputy copy chief and hub desk chief.

That wide array of experience, combined with her exceptional writing, editing and communication skills, make Sheila ideally suited to a position on the RealTime Desk that involves driving news coverage, coordinating with journalists throughout the newsroom and mentoring colleagues.

Sheila will start in her new position in May and will report to me. Please join me in wishing her much success.

Bloomberg Businessweek

Departure of creative director affects Bloomberg overhaul


The departure of star creative director Richard Turley from Bloomberg Businessweek will affect the major gear shift being implemented by Bloomberg Media chief executive Justin Smith, reports Joe Pompeo of Capital New York.

Pompeo writes, “Smith is plotting a new course for Bloomberg Media Group that largely focuses on building out a bigger, smarter and more consumer-friendly digital presence for properties like Businessweek and bloomberg.com, which serves as an online repository for Bloomberg News. The strategy also involves an overhaul of Bloomberg TV, a business- and finance-focused cable news channel that has struggled to generate a significant audience.

“Turley, whose compelling, forward-thinking aesthetic was credited with making editor Josh Tyrangiel‘s Businessweek makeover a smashing success, was to be involved in all of Bloomberg Media Group’s design plans going forward, according to sources familiar with the matter. He did not respond to an interview request submitted through a Businessweek spokeswoman.

“‘It’s a huge loss,’ one source said. ‘People are perplexed about how they let him get away.’

“At the same time, Capital has learned, Bloomberg Media Group recently retained the design firm Hard Candy Shell, which has been responsible for some of the most high-profile digital journalism relaunches of the past several years, including The New Republic and the New York Post.”

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WSJ names new tech columnist


Wall Street Journal technology editor Jonathan Krim sent out the following staff hire on Wednesday:

We are delighted to announce Christopher Mims as our new technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal and WSJD.com, the Journal’s online and mobile home for tech coverage.

Mims, 34, is coming to the Journal from Quartz, where he has served as lead technology reporter and most recently technology and science editor. As a writer, he has consistently provided provocative and insightful stories, columns and blog posts about an array of technology and science topics, from Facebook’s plan to find its next billion users to the history of the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks.

As a freelance journalist before joining Quartz, Mims was a prolific writer for publications ranging from Technology Review and Smithsonian.com to Wired, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Discover, Slate and Glamour. He has a degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology from Emory University.

In his new role, Mims will produce a weekly column for print and online readers, as well as blog posts and videos for digital platforms.  Mims, who hails from San Antonio and currently lives in Baltimore, says he is “excited to join a team at the Journal that is already breaking the kind of technology news that truly matters.”

Chris is one of the leading tech writers and commentators in the country. I’m delighted he’ll be joining our expanding WSJD coverage team.

Christopher Mims

WSJ close to hiring Mims as tech columnist


The Wall Street Journal is close to hiring Quartz tech and science editor Christopher Mims as its newest tech columnist, reports Kara Swisher of Re/Code.

Swisher writes, “If completed, Mims will replace its last new tech columnist Farhad Manjoo, who decamped for the New York Times in January, just a few months after arriving from Slate.

“The Journal talked to a range of writers about the high-profile slot — no, I am not going to tell you who they are, but they are easy to guess.

“As described on Quartz — the online news magazine owned by Atlantic Media — Mims is a ‘former editor at Seed, Scientific American, Technology Review, Grist and Smithsonian, and in those roles launched blogs, redesigns, video series and other half-forgotten but otherwise influential experiments in new media.’

“Mims is also one sassy dude, it seems, with a recent column titled, ‘Tech Companies Are Liars: The Samsung Edition.’

“‘Unless something is made explicit in a forum in which there are legal consequences for getting it wrong, you simply can’t trust the numbers coming out of most tech companies,’ he wrote.”

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Jon Fortt

CNBC’s Fortt: How I nearly blew my career


Jon Fortt, the on-air technology editor at CNBC, writes about how he nearly blew his business journalism career while working for the San Jose Mercury News.

Fortt writes, “So in late 2005 I made an ill-fated recommendation to the newspaper’s corporate parent, which owned newspapers across the country. We needed to create a series of national online magazines about high-interest subjects like tech, sports, business and real estate, staffed by newspaper reporters. By going national we’d be able to attract a bigger user base, and by focusing on niche categories we’d command a better premium from advertisers. But to pull it off, we’d have to build the national magazines on blogging software that was simple enough for a distributed staff to update.

“I pitched the idea to corporate and got some nibbles of interest. But when a top manager at my newspaper heard about it, I got chewed out worse than I had in any job. Ever.

“‘I’m trying to fix the WEBSITE,’ the editor yelled, ‘and you keep talking to me about BLOGS!’

“In other words, keep working the current broken system, and quit with the big ideas. I got the clear impression that my job was in danger if I kept it up.

“I went for a long walk in the parking lot alone, shaken. I had hit a new low. After two years trying to get my career out of a rut, I’d gotten exactly nowhere.

“Fortunately, an editing job opened soon after — covering real estate and finance though, not tech. I moved into that and gave up the blog effort. Soon after, I got an offer to leave the newspaper and edit tech coverage for an entrepreneurial Time Inc. magazine … which led to a job at Fortune magazine covering technology again … which led to an offer to cover technology for CNBC, which is hands-down the best job I’ve ever had.”

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Businessweek hedge funds

Bloomberg Businessweek creative director leaving for MTV


Richard Turley, the creative director at Bloomberg Businessweek and the force behind many of its controversial covers during the past four years, is leaving for a job at MTV.

Turley writes, “Four years ago, almost to the day, the redesigned Bloomberg Businessweek arrived on newsstands. The distance from that point to this seems to have passed within the blink of an eye, and has been one of the best and most unexpected adventures I’ve ever had.

“The risk Bloomberg took in hiring someone from another continent, with limited experience and little or no knowledge of business magazines struck me as brave at the time. What I didn’t realize then was that it wasn’t really bravery – more just a desire to not follow the conventional wisdom of what our magazine could be.

“That principle is the result of the people here, exemplified most notably by Josh. Hands down the best boss and editor I have ever worked for, but also and more importantly – my partner in crime, and someone who deserves far more credit for the design of the magazine than he ever allows himself to receive. I will miss him forever. But that spirit of adventure and experimentation that starts with him, runs throughout. No more so than within the art department, who so often pushed me far more than I ever pushed them; and who have an ambition I haven’t found anywhere else.”

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Quartz hires two new staffers


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

Some staff news:

Nikhil Sonnad has joined us this week as a reporter on the Things team. Nikhil arrives in New York from Sydney, where he was working as a journalist-coder at the non-profit news venture The Global Mail. (Check out some of his work there, from data visualizations to longform presentations.) He has previously worked in Taiwan and New York. He speaks JavaScript, Python, Chinese, and Spanish. You can follow him @nsonnad

Jenni Avins joins us on May 7 as lifestyle reporter. Jenni is a contributing editor at New York Magazine’s fashion site, the Cut, and the founder of Closettour.com. Her freelance work has been published by The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, Vice, and other outlets. J. Crew recently took out a two-page magazine ad featuring a note addressed to “Ms. Avins” after she suggested they revive a classic swimsuit, and they did. Jenni speaks Portuguese. You can follow her @jenniavins

With these hires, we’re beginning the process of staffing up for a new phase of growth. In addition to a handful of one-year fellowships we’re finalizing offers for, we’ll be adding incremental new editorial positions in the coming weeks.

Felix Salmon

Prominent blogger Salmon leaving Reuters


Felix Salmon, a well-known and prolific financial blogger for Reuters, is leaving the news organization, reports Ravi Somaiya of the New York Times.

Somaiya writes, “Mr. Salmon declined to release details of his new job when reached by phone on Monday, but in an email sent to colleagues he explained he was ‘off to do exciting things on the Internet.’ A familiar web presence to those engaged with his areas of interest, Mr. Salmon, 42, had been at Reuters for five years.

“He began his career with the first wave of web journalists, in 1999, and came to Reuters in 2009 from Condé Nast’s short-lived financial publication Portfolio, according to a biography he posted on his Reuters blog when he joined.

“Mr. Salmon was seen as a key player in Reuters’s strategy, known as Reuters Next, to build a consumer-directed news operation to go with its news wires and financial terminals. That plan was scuttled last year after the company’s chief executive said it had missed deadlines and exceeded budgets.”

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Mike Elk

Labor reporter asks for contributions to prevent being laid off


Mike Elk is an In These Times staff writer and a regular contributor to the labor blog Working In These Times.

Elk is trying to save his job by having people contribute to a GoFundMe account to keep from being laid off. So far, he has raised $765 of his $1,500 goal.

Elk writes:

On Friday evening, shortly after landing in Chattanooga to attend a meeting of injured Volkswagen workers, I got the news that all 5 of the unionized staff writers at In These Times, including myself, are getting laid off in June.

Layoffs don’t stop labor reporters from covering tough fights though. This is my third layoff – my second at In These Times. If my readers knew what my bank account looked like half of the time that I have been on out picket lines, they would be horrified.

However, this time if I am going to keep getting the scoops on the Volkswagen story, I am going to need your help as readers to do it. And if you give enough, you might even get a bottle of homemade Tennessee moonshine out of it.

Elk is a Pittsburgh native and labor journalist for In These Times. His investigative work has been cited on the front page of the New York Times and debated by Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters on ABC’s The View. Elk won a Sidney Award for his coverage of how corporations crafted legislation to exempt prison labor from U.S. minimum wage laws. A regular guest on MSNBC and Democracy Now!, Elk has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, and The Nation.

He lives in Washington, D.C. but is often on the road. On Monday, he was in Chattanooga covering the efforts of Volkwagen workers to unionize.