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by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal economics editor Neil King sent out the following announcement on Friday:
In early 2007, when digital journalism was in its infancy, Phil Izzo emerged from deep within the Journal’s ranks to build a website that would bring WSJ-caliber analysis to the most important economic issues of the day.
Within weeks of its launch, Real Time Economics topped the bookmark lists of central bankers, finance ministers, PhD economists and Wall Street analysts. Within months, it was a must-read for everyday readers around the world. Phil was one of the original trailblazers in bringing economic news to the digital world, drawing legions of both admirers and imitators. He has done more than anyone to promote our team’s online storytelling, laboring early in the morning and late at night to dominate the field and grab readers in every time zone. He personally chronicled the most memorable moments of the recession and recovery, from the early stages of the credit crunch in 2007 through the global financial crisis and on to today’s persistent economic problems.
Phil, the longest-serving member of the WSJ’s current economics crew, will be moving up the Journal ranks in the coming months to take on exciting new challenges on the Hub (details to be announced later). Though he won’t be steering our ship daily, he has promised to help us expand RTE into an even more powerful force. He has already shaped our early expansion plans and will be working closely with his successor to take the site he built into a new era. And, yes, he has vowed to stick with us on jobs day.
We hope to toast Phil properly in person before he moves on to his next mission. Until then, we hope you’ll join us in expressing our sincere gratitude to Phil for all he has done for us, for RTE and for the world of economics.
by Chris Roush
Tech news site CNET has hired veteran technology journalist Connie Guglielmo as editor-in-chief of CNET News.
Connie will direct all operational and editorial aspects of CNET’s global news team – from breaking news to thoughtful analysis and insightful features. She will work alongside Lindsey Turrentine, editor-in-chief of CNET Reviews.
“Connie is a stellar reporter and editor with two decades of experience breaking some of the biggest stories in the industry and simultaneously leading high-performing editorial teams,” said Mark Larkin, senior vice president and general manager of CBS Interactive’s technology group, in a statement. “It is this unique blend of exceptional reportorial and leadership skills that makes Connie the perfect choice to head CNET News. Together, Connie and Lindsey will continue to deliver what our audience expects: the best news and reviews, unmatched by any outlet in the industry.”
Guglielmo joins CNET from Forbes, where for the last two years she has written cover stories, interviewed notable CEOs and helped direct the team’s technology coverage nationwide.
She also spent seven years as a financial reporter and enterprise editor for Bloomberg, where her stories and her team’s coverage of the most-important publicly traded companies moved markets.
Additionally, Guglielmo served as the Silicon Valley Bureau Chief for Interactive Week – a position she presided over during the dotcom bust. She has also served as a news editor for MacWeek, and as vice president of corporate communications for HP.
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
CNBC president Mark Hoffman sent out the following announcement on Friday afternoon about Larry Kudlow:
Larry and I have been talking for some time about his interest in retiring from his nightly anchor role. Larry expressed his love of the network and personal pride in what had been accomplished on his program over the years but now wanted to slow down just a bit.
Larry has been a valued member of the CNBC family for our entire 25-year history, first as a guest and then as co-host of “Kudlow & Cramer,” “The Call” and, of course, his signature program “The Kudlow Report.” The Kudlow credo—”free-market capitalism is the best path to prosperity”—is deeply ingrained in viewers’ minds, as it should be. In my career, I have encountered few television hosts with Larry’s range. He can speak with authority on monetary policy and presidential politics, foreign affairs and social issues. As an interviewer, he is unfailingly polite and energetic, skillfully grilling guests but always ending a segment graciously. Larry has always brought great enthusiasm to every program and appearance.
“The Kudlow Report” will conclude its run at the end of the quarter, but I’m pleased to let you know that Larry isn’t going anywhere. He will become a senior contributor to CNBC, a regular presence on all of our Business Day programs, offering his insightful commentary on economic and political coverage.
Please join me in thanking Larry for his commitment and contributions to CNBC to date and congratulating him on his continuing relationship with us. Stay tuned for a celebration in Larry’s honor coming soon.
by Chris Roush
Kaitlyn Kiernan, an options reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, is leaving the news organization.
Her last day is Friday. She wrote a daily story on activity of note in the options market. She also contributed to reporting on the U.S. stock market.
Kiernan is going to Law360.com to become private equity senior reporter, part of its mergers and acquisitions coverage expansion.
“This will be a totally new form of sourcing for me since so much of that reporting is on background and I can see who my competitors work with,” she said in an email to Talking Biz News on Friday.
In an email to her colleagues, Kiernan wrote:
I’m sad to say today is my last day at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. I’m grateful for the time I’ve spent reporting alongside some of the world’s most talented reporters and editors. I will miss this place and many of the people here.
I wish you all the best and hope our paths cross again. Please stay in touch.
Kiernan had worked for The Journal/Dow Jones for the past two years. Before that, she was an intern at Bloomberg News. She is a Boston University graduate.
by Chris Roush
Rick Everett, the business editor of The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., retired last week after three years in the position.
A replacement has not yet been named.
Everett worked at the Newhouse paper for 37 years. He had been managing editor and took a buyout offer in 2006. But he rejoined the paper after that and became the business editor in 2011. He had worked for the newspaper in Dover, N.J., from 1974 to 1977. He attended Colgate University.
“I mostly did what stories most interested me and tried to get my guys on the front page as much as possible,” said Everett in a telephone conversation with Talking Biz News. He focused the business section’s coverage on consumer-related issues.
“I figured that most people interested in business news we’re already reading the Journal or the Times,” added Everett.
As for retirement, Everett said he is playing a lot of golf and drinking beer. In his farewell email to the staff and friends, Everett wrote, “Please don’t call while I’m putting.”
“I have cooked dinner every night for a week,” added Everett.
by Chris Roush
Jed Hartman, group publisher of news and business at Time Inc., made the following announcement on Friday morning:
I am pleased to announce that Eric Danetz is the new Publisher of Fortune, overseeing US print, digital sales and marketing. Eric will report to me.
Eric comes to us from Defy Media where he has been the Chief Revenue Officer overseeing US sales, marketing and strategy. Prior to Defy, Eric has led sales teams at Newsweek Daily Beast, CBS Interactive and CNET, following roles at IDG, Business Week and Ziff Davis. His well rounded leadership experience in the video, display, mobile and the print space across the tech, finance and consumer categories makes him extremely well suited to drive the Fortune brand to new heights especially with the exciting launch of fortune.com fast approaching. Further rounding out the package, Eric is an enormous car and watch enthusiast. The passion for and knowledge of these vital Fortune categories will add to our capabilities for delivering for these clients.
When not in the office Eric enjoys taking a hike with his wife Tricia and their dog Ellie or coaching his son Jack and daughter Dylans’ basketball and baseball teams. Given the opportunity he might get in a couple of sets of tennis, a round of golf or a day on the slopes but his true passion is behind the wheel of a race car on a local track.
Eric, Andy Bush, Mike Schneider and Damian Slattery will be one heck of a team to drive our business forward. Please welcome Eric Danetz to the Fortune and Time Inc family.
by Chris Roush
Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post sent out the following staff promotion on Thursday:
As you know, after three and a half years at HuffPost, Peter Goodman is becoming the editor-in-chief of The International Business Times. I hope you’ll join me in thanking Peter for all the great work he did at HuffPost and wishing him all the best in his next adventure.
I am also delighted to announce Emily Peck‘s promotion to Executive Business Editor. In her new role, Emily will oversee reporting and editing on HuffPost Business and HuffPost Tech. Emily came to HuffPost two and a half years ago from the Wall Street Journal, and she and her team have been instrumental in growing the readership of Business and Tech.
We are off to a great start in 2014, from the launch of The WorldPost and two new international editions to great stories by an amazing group of reporters — with much more to come.
Please join me in congratulating Emily, and thank you for all the passion, dedication and creativity you bring to your work every day.
by Chris Roush
The Wall Street Journal has promoted Suzanne Vranica to advertising editor and hired Mike Shields from Adweek to work on a special project with more details to be released later
Vranica has been with the Journal since 2003. Her coverage areas include advertising companies such as Omnicom Group Inc., WPP PLC, Publicis Groupe and Interpublic Group of Cos. She is interested in the business of advertising including industry topics such how media and advertising is being transformed by technology.
Vranica makes frequent appearances on media outlets to discuss advertising and marketing topics.
Shields was a digital editor at Adweek for two years. Before that, he worked as a senior editor for nine months at Digiday and as a senior editor at Mediaweek for six years.
Shields, who is a senior editor at The Journal, is a Notre Dame graduate.
by Chris Roush
Ricard Bilton of Digiday reports that BuzzFeed has hired hired Wall Street Journal data reporter and programmer Jeremy Singer-Vine, who helped produce the Journal’s data-heavy ‘What They Know’ digital privacy series and its investigation into nuclear processing and storage facilities.
Bilton reports, “His role at BuzzFeed will be to dig into similarly dense data sets to find the kinds of stories that would otherwise go untold.
“The hire is a piece of a trend, putting BuzzFeed in lockstep with publications like Vocativ and Ezra Klein’s ‘Project X,’ both of which are also playing up the importance of data journalism in their editorial.
“Since hiring editor-in-chief Ben Smith from Politico in late 2011, BuzzFeed has expanded its politics, technology, and foreign affairs teams to become a serious news organization of over 130 people. It’s also hired six investigative reporters, including Aram Roston, who won two Emmys for his work at NBC News.
“‘Since [BuzzFeed's] been around for seven years and doing journalism for two, people’s perceptions lag behind reality. There are still people not aware of the full depth of our journalistic enterprise,’ said Mark Schoofs, head of BuzzFeed’s investigative unit. ‘But their numbers are dwindling every day.’”
Read more here.
by Liz Hester
Margot Carmichael Lester founded The Word Factory in 1993 and spends her time focusing on providing quality content for her clients.
She began her journalism career as the high school correspondent for the Chapel Hill Weekly, edited by the famous Jim Shumaker. She’s covered business for a number of outlets including the Los Angeles Business Journal, Playboy and several airline magazines. She also creates content and writing coaching for clients like Staples, Baxter Healthcare and Tufts University Medical Center. Check out her blog.
She spoke with Talking Biz News about what it takes to make a living in content and how she’s built her successful business. What follows is an edited transcript.
Talking Biz News: The Word Factory turns 21 this year. Congratulations. How did you build a successful content business?
Margot Carmichael Lester: When I started, we called it copy and AOL was the gee-whiz technology of the day. There wasn’t anything called a “content shop,” so I’d be lying if I said I planned it this way. But from the start I knew — as someone who had worked with freelancers and contractors in my previous life — that customer service was critical. I operationalize that through:
- Quality. Clients appreciate that the content we file is clean and on time. I hate to call it a competitive advantage, but it is. In my first journalism class, we got dinged for typos and misspellings — and were using non-correcting typewriters! — so I learned early on to pay attention to small things like that. Anything you can do to make your client’s life easier makes you valuable.
- Reliability. Shockingly, I also get kudos for turning in content on time and giving clients early warning if there are delays or challenges. I think people who’ve worked in daily or weekly deadline situations are much better at this than people who haven’t, by the way. We know the downside risk of not getting content in on time and the upside value of keeping editors/clients informed.
- Speed. I’m also fast. I’ve always been an operations geek, designing processes to create more high-quality content in less time. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was applying principles from Lean, Agile, Scrum and Kanban — all those manufacturing process — to content. So the content supply chain we create is more efficient and effective for everyone — us and the client. Being transparent about the process and the progress creates buy-in and trust, and keeps us all on track.
There are a lot of really great writers out there. So all things being equal, ability- and talent-wise, customer service is a key differentiator. To be successful in a highly competitive environment, it helps if you provide service, not just text.
TBN: Is that the key to client management?
MCL: Quality, reliability and speed are definitely critical to keeping clients. But the final component is managing expectations, not just about deadlines, but also about the meat and potatoes of the project itself. I invest a lot of energy working with clients to articulate purpose, target audience, desired results and other details before we do any actual writing. We use quantitative points like word count and style guides, as well as quantitative items like models (“we want an article that sounds like this one”) and audience profiles to nail down as much of the project as possible. The clients and I agree what we’re doing and why, and then my team and I figure out how to do it.
That clarity and focus dramatically reduces the risk of pursuing the wrong angle or creeping away from the purpose. It’s different — most clients don’t pursue projects this way—but these extra cycles at the beginning actually reduce cycles later on because there’s less revision and retooling. We also do a lot of rapid iterations, creating minimally viable products like pre-writes, drafts, etc., that give the writing team and the client team plenty of opportunities to check off the project before a huge investment in time and resources has been made.
TBN: Sounds a little like how editors and reporters work together.
MCL: Exactly. Editors decide on the overall coverage plan, and reporters and photogs and designers make it happen. The groups collaborate to revise the content and then publish it quickly. That’s why I’ve been saying for years that all of us old ink-stained wretches — I actually remember a functioning Linotype machine at my first writing gig in high school — are extremely well prepared for the always-on world of constant content. We know how to plan on the fly — daily newspaper or evening news show, right? — make solid assignments, do the reporting, write and revise, and produce quality quickly. We can’t afford to pursue the wrong angle or say, two minutes before deadline, “oops”. This isn’t rocket science. This isn’t new. It’s simply applying what we know from efficient newsrooms to a new environment.
TBN: How do you incorporate good journalism in writing for companies?
MCL: The tension between good journalism and corporate writing is always there. Although I’ll say that with so many former journalists taking corporate gigs, there are some bright spots in the landscape. To be fair, though, it’s not that corporate folks don’t value good journalism. Many of them weren’t trained in it, or are stymied by corporate style and legal/regulatory requirements. Still, I try to fight the good fight for basic journalistic standards, including AP Style and no marketing-speak. But at some point, corporate style, executive preferences and “the client’s always right” get in the way.
You can stand on principle, but you can’t buy groceries with principle. I’m not going to fight a client over a serial comma or what to capitalize. But I’ll go a little harder when the writing’s not clear, it doesn’t address the audience in the right way, or it’s incorrect. Unless they’re asking you to lie or something morally or ethically questionable, chances are it’s worth letting go. If you want to work, you have to learn to choose your battles.