Tag Archives: Job changes

Dawn Wotapka

Real estate reporter Wotapka leaves WSJ


Dawn Wotapka, who has covered real estate for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal, left the news organization earlier this week.

Wotapka is also a board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, but is not running for re-election later this month.

“As far as journalism jobs go, how do you top The Wall Street Journal?” said Wotapka in an email to Talking Biz News. “It has been a blast, but I’ve decided to take a break from deadlines and figure out my next step. I’ll let you where I end up.”

Wotapka had been with Dow Jones for nearly seven years, covering home builders, apartment owners, student housing operators and other real-estate players. Before that, she worked for the Long Island Business News.

She also spent four-plus years as a reporter for The (Raleigh) News & Observer, and interned on the business news desks of the Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News.

Wotapka is a graduate of New York University and N.C. State University.



Galen Moore

Moore hired by BostInno as editor in chief


Galen Moore, former web editor of the Boston Business Journal who also worked at FierceBiotech, is joining Streetwise as its new editor in chief.

Streetwise Media is a digital media and events company that owns and operates online city news properties including BostInno.com and InTheCapital.com.

It was founded in 2009 with the goal of providing hyperlocal and social events and content for the cities’ most connected, active and influential audience. In 2012, Streetwise was acquired by American City Business Journals, a subsidiary of Advance Publications which owns Conde Nast, Reddit and other media holdings.

Chase Garbarino, the CEO of Streetwise, writes, “We have known Galen for years and have a great respect for the work he has done in covering the Boston business community. At Streetwise, we believe there is innovation happening everywhere and across a number of different industries. Part of our mission is to foster innovation by telling the stories of the people who are driving change for the better. Galen has a deep understanding of how journalism is critical to an innovation economy and shares in our vision of bringing these stories to a much wider audience.

“As Editor in Chief, Galen will be working closely with all of the Streetwise publications — BostInno, InTheCapital and a new publication launching soon in Chicago — to broaden our editorial lens of innovation and by going deeper in our coverage in our current cities as well as expanding to new ones.”

Read more here.

CFO Journal

WSJ planning CMO Today launch


The Wall Street Journal, which has specialized news products for chief information officers and chief financial officers, is readying one for chief marketing officers, sources have told Talking Biz News.

The Dow Jones & Co. property has been hiring staffers to run what some have called CMO Today. Its similar products are called CFO Journal and CIO Journal. The CFO Journal launched in 2011, while the CFO Journal launched in 2012. Both services provide real-time news, coverage and analysis written and produced by a dedicated team of editors and financial journalists.

In the past month, The Journal has appointed Suzanne Vranica as its advertising editor and hired Mike Shields from Adweek to work on a “special project with more details to be released later.”

In addition, it hired Jack Marshall, a reporter for Digiday, to cover advertising and marketing.

CMO Today is expected to launch by the end of the month, said one business journalist who was approached about working for the site.




Steven Norton

CIO Journal hires Norton from Reuters


Steven Norton, a producer for the Reuters Global Markets Forum, has been hired as a reporter for the CIO Journal, a Wall Street Journal website.

The  CIO Journal is a vertical geared toward chief information officers and other technology executives. He will cover the ways in which technology drives growth and informs business strategy.

The Global Markets Forum is a 24-hour, cross-asset chat room community for finance professionals.

“I’m incredibly excited to join the CIO Journal team,” said Norton in an email to Talking Biz News. “Technology has become an increasingly critical part of the C-suite conversation, and I believe that’s only going to continue. From ‘Big Data’ to cloud computing, cybersecurity and the consumerization of IT, I can’t wait to explore how executives are navigating the rapidly changing technological landscape.”

Norton is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was editor of The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper. He interned at Bloomberg News and the business news desk of the Charlotte Observer.

Ryan McCarthy

Washington Post names McCarthy assistant business editor


The following announcement from Washington Post national economy and business editor Greg Schneider and deputy business editor David Cho was made Thursday morning:

We’re thrilled to announce that Ryan McCarthy is joining us from Reuters as an assistant business editor with responsibility for Wonkblog and the new data/storytelling blog.

If you’re building a world-class roster of digital brands, you hire world-class talent to help manage them. That’s Ryan. Ryan has been the deputy editor of Reuters.com since 2011, where he oversaw the expansion and redesign of the news service’s site and the overhaul of its content management system. He led online coverage at global events such as the London Olympics and the annual symposium in Davos, and he co-edits the Counterparties financial blog with Felix Salmon.

Before joining Reuters, Ryan created and ran the business channel at Huffington Post. There he started from scratch and built up a team of nine writers, setting a new tone for business journalism online and winning plaudits for coverage of the financial crisis and its aftermath. His roots, though, are in print: Ryan has been a senior reporter at Inc. Magazine, and just after graduating from Wesleyan University in 2000 was managing editor of the Darien News-Review in Connecticut.

Ryan has a gift for helping reporters maximize their potential online, and we expect him to play a significant role in shaping our department’s digital future. Ryan will spend most of his time, initially, working with Jim Tankersley to get the data/storytelling venture up and running. That involves creating a new kind of online destination that combines data and narrative writing to show the impact of public policy on people’s lives. Beyond that, Ryan will also help guide the evolution of Wonkblog and think broadly about our online strategy. Please join us in welcoming Ryan when he starts on March 31.

Phoenix Business Journal

Phoenix Business Journal publisher to retire


Don Henninger, publisher of the Phoenix Business Journal for the past 13 years, announced Wednesday that he intends to retire.

Angela Gonzales of the paper writes, “He will stay with the PBJ until his successor is selected.

“‘This decision did not come lightly. I value my tenure at the Business Journal, and I deeply respect my colleagues,’ Henninger said. ‘At this juncture, though, I am fulfilling my own desire to spread my wings.’

“Henninger has spent 17 years with American City Business Journals, the PBJ’s parent company.

“‘Don’s contributions will be missed, both by the Business Journal in Phoenix and by ACBJ as a whole. He has guided Phoenix through times that have been rewarding and marked by great success, and he showed incredible leadership and character on the toughest of days,’ said ACBJ President and CEO Whitney Shaw, who was in Phoenix for Henninger’s announcement.

“‘Throughout his time with the Business Journal, he’s been a focused advocate for the people who work for him — and no greater compliment can be offered about a publisher,’ Shaw said.”

Read more here.

Liz Heron

Heron, head of social media, leaving WSJ


Almar Latour, executive editor of The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following staff change announcement on Wednesday:

Liz Heron is leaving her position as head of the audience development desk to take on a new challenge at Facebook. Liz has been a real force in the newsroom: Under her leadership, editors and reporters in our global newsroom embraced social media – from sourcing and verification to publishing in innovative ways. Liz helped shape our newsroom mobile phone and tablet strategy, connecting mobile with social, promoting mobile story-telling and encouraging the creation of mobile-first graphics. She also introduced Storyful to the newsroom.  As a result, our social and mobile presence has grown sharply, and the digital transformation of the newsroom has accelerated.  We’d like to thank Liz for everything that she has done for the Journal and wish her best of luck in her new position.

Social Media Editor Allison Lichter will take on Liz’s duties on an interim basis.  Allison has been a digital editor with the Journal since 2010, and led the social media team while Liz was on leave for part of 2013, expanding the social team’s reach to WSJ bureaus around the world. She’s a champion of innovation, specifically on the social media and mobile fronts.

Greg McCune

McCune, ex Reuters, joins Associated Press


Greg McCune, who left Reuters in December after 29 years at the news service, has joined the Associated Press in Chicago.

McCune is now editing stories from 14 states of the Midwest.

McCune was an editor in Chicago that in charge of the Reuters America service. He was among a number of long-time employees who left Reuters at the end of last year via buyout offers as the company aimed to cut costs.

McCune, who has degrees from Kansas State and George Washington University, also worked as a reporter for Reuters in Washington, London and Brussels. He was also the chief correspondent in Canada and the Washington news editor.

He is also a past president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Denver Business Journal

Denver Business Journal publisher to retire


Scott Bemis, the publisher of the Denver Business Journal for the past 18 years, announced plants Tuesday to retire on April 40.

Dennis Huspeni of the paper writes, “Bemis has spent 30 years with American City Business Journals, the DBJ’s parent company.

“‘If you look in the B’s in the ACBJ dictionary, you’ll see a photo of Scott Bemis with the following definition: ‘Good guy doing good work and good works’,’ said ACBJ President and CEO Whitney Shaw, who was in Denver for Bemis‘ announcement. ‘He’s been publisher at more business journals than anyone else at ACBJ.’

“Bemis, 63, was publisher of business journals in Indianapolis and Rochester, N.Y., and the Cincinnati Business Courier before coming to Denver in 1996.

“He and his wife, Pat, will continue to live in the Denver area, and Bemis plans to stay active in the business community.”

Read more here.

Dan Parks

Chronicle of Philanthropy hires Bloomberg’s Parks


Dan Parks of Bloomberg Government has been hired as the managing editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Patrick Tutwiler of FishbowlDC.com reports, “Parks most recently served as managing editor at Bloomberg Government. He has also worked in editing roles at Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly. 

:This makes the second high profile editor to leave the Bloomberg world in as many days. Yesterday, CQ Roll Call announced that they had hired Bloomberg News’ David Ellis  — who had previously served as editor-at-large of their Washington bureau.

“Parks will assume his role at The Chronicle of Philanthropy on Monday, March 17.”

Read more here. Parks had previously been managing editor of Roll Call and managing editor of CQ Today. He is a former economics and finance editor for Congressional Quarterly.