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Fortune.com names news editor, Fortune hires listings editor


Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer sent out the following staff hire announcement on Monday afternoon:

We are delighted to annouce the arrival of two key employees to Fortune, Roland Jones and Scott DeCarlo. Both are highly talented and good people too. To paraphrase Dan Patrick over at SI, just our types.

Roland Jones will join Fortune.com as News Editor later this month. Before spending the past year as a Senior Editor for our own Time Inc. Content Solutions group, Roland spent 10 years at NBC News Digital in a variety of capacities, including editor of the financial and business news section for NBCNews.com, special projects editor, and a markets columnist. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Roland got his B.A. at the University of Birmingham and his master’s in journalism at Columbia University. He’ll soon be graduating with a MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Roland will hire and oversee reporters for our forthcoming breaking news desk. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Sandra.

Scott DeCarlo comes to Fortune this week as our new List Editor. For the next few months, Scott will be working alongside Mike Cacace, who is retiring later this summer after doing a brilliant job for the past 17-plus years of overseeing the Fortune 500, Global 500, World’s Most Admired, and other lists. Scott joins us from Forbes, where he spent more than 24 years in the statistics department and was most recently the editor of the wealth team. He has an enormous amount of experience at turning data into editorial content. In his time at Forbes, Scott has helped produce the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, the Forbes 500 list of large companies, the Global 2000, the 400 Largest Private Companies list, and many more, including the current cover package on the World’s Billionaires. As we prepare for the re-launch of Fortune.com at the beginning of June, Scott will be working on new ways to highlight the list data that we produce digitally. Scott grew up just north of New York City, in Yonkers, and he always knew just about everybody in town. That’s because they all came in to Big Tony’s Jumbo Wedges, the deli that his grandfather, Big Tony, ran for years. (On top of his skill with databases, Scott makes a mean Italian combo hoagie.) After graduating from Iona College with a finance degree in 1989, Scott got his first job at Forbes as a temp in the stats department, requesting 10-Ks and 10-Qs from companies by fax or (gasp!) mail.  Scott lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Alexandra Kirkman, and their ragdoll cat, Francis.

Please join us in welcoming Roland and Scott.

Jason Szep

Reuters names Szep its international affairs editor


The following announcement was made by Reuters deputy editor Paul Ingrassia and Washington bureau chief Marilyn Thompson:

Jason Szep, an award-winning Reuters veteran who has had postings in seven countries, will take on a new role as International Affairs Editor in our Washington bureau.  Reporting to Washington bureau chief Marilyn Thompson, Jason will have a remit to drive coverage of global diplomacy, geopolitics and trade.  He will focus on international stories with a strong Washington angle, the very stories that play to the strength of our extensive global bureau network.

To be more specific, Jason will run Washington teams covering foreign policy, defense, trade and the United Nations. He also will serve as the link between our Washington bureau and our global network of bureaus from Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Madrid and Sao Paulo to San Francisco, furthering our pursuit of excellence on everything from breaking news to investigative projects.

Jason has special stature to fill this role.  He is a 23-year Reuters veteran who began his career as a fixed-income and economics reporter in Toronto followed by postings in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Boston and Bangkok. He was most recently Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, based in Bangkok, where he oversaw coverage of the region’s 10 countries.

He had previously served as Thailand & Indochina Bureau Chief, and before that Bureau Chief in his native Boston.  There he became the first Reuters journalist to win the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award, recognizing a ground-breaking series on Mormonism in America. While in Bangkok, he was co-winner of a Society of Publishers in Asia Award, Asia’s top journalism contest, for a series on Myanmar. His work there, with colleagues, chronicled the opening of Myanmar and the plight of the nation’s  Rohingya  Muslim minority. Jason also led a winning team last year in the Reuters Journalist of the Year awards.

Please join us in congratulating Jason and wishing him the very best in his new role.

Caleb Melby

Bloomberg hires Melby from Forbes to cover executive comp


Caleb Melby, who has been covering the wealthy for Forbes, has been hired by Bloomberg News to work on its billionaires team.

Melby is known for writing Forbes’ first graphic novel, “The Zen of Steve Jobs.” He will work out of New York and cover executive compensation.

Bloomberg and Forbes have been competing on the billionaires beat for the past few years, with both launching online, interactive graphics that show how much the wealth of billionaires are changing on a daily basis. In addition, Bloomberg has been outing previously undisclosed billionaires.

Melby left Forbes on March 6. He is a 2011 graduate of Northwestern University and an Eagle Scout. He also interned for the Chicago Tribune.

While at Northwestern, Melby began writing for Northbynorthwestern.com. Later, he would become the executive editor of the website, interviewing the likes of Harrison Ford, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Seth Meyers along the way and writing the cover story of the appending magazine, which had been named Best Student Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2009.

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Reuters names economics editor, Canada bureau chief and regional editor


Dayan Candappa, editor of the Americas at Reuters, sent out the following staff appointments on Monday:

I’m delighted to announce that three very talented and experienced Reuters journalists – Tiffany Wu, David Chance and Amran Abocar – will be moving into key roles in the Americas. Please join me in wishing them all the best in their new assignments.

Tiffany Wu

Tiffany will take over as Desk Editor and Deputy Regional Editor, bringing 16 years of experience across the file, exceptional copy editing skills and deep knowledge of our news-editing operations to the leadership of the Americas Desk. Tiffany will partner with my other deputy, Top News Editor Martin Howell, in driving news coverage across the Americas  She will work closely with the specialist editors to shape the next phase of the desk’s transformation.

Tiffany takes over from Ciro Scotti, whose next move will be announced soon. I am grateful to Ciro for his strong contribution over the past two years and for the unified editing desk he leaves behind. Tiffany and I will be building on the foundation he has laid.

Tiffany has done many of the key jobs at Reuters – reporter, bureau chief, top news editor and regional specialist editor who had responsibility for the companies desking team – giving her a rounded view of the editing desk’s pivotal role.

Tiffany moved to New York eight years ago as our Tech, Media and Telecoms Editor, and was promoted to run Company News in the Americas in 2010. She joined the Top News Team in September 2012 and has helped guide our coverage of a wide range of front page stories, from cyber attacks and the fallout from the Snowden leaks to big corporate shake-ups and the Quebec train derailment disaster.

Tiffany joined Reuters in 1998 as a macro-economics correspondent in Hong Kong, where she was born and raised. Two years later she moved to Shanghai to cover Chinese financial markets and corporate news, and then went on to Taipei where she was bureau chief from 2003 to 2006.

David Chance

David will move to Washington as Economics Editor for the Americas to drive coverage of the world’s largest economy and some of its most promising and problematic emerging markets. David, who will report to me, will work with reporters, editors and bureau chiefs across the region to ensure that Reuters brings to the economics and policy story the urgency and ambition our readers expect of us.

David has been with Reuters for 23 years, mostly covering economics and markets from the Argentine and Russian financial crises to the rebound in emerging markets. His most recent posting was in Seoul where a three-year stint saw him cover the death of Kim Jong Il, the ascent to power of Kim Jong Un and North Korea’s third nuclear test and rocket launches. David admits that his hands were shaking when he filed the snap of Kim Jong Il’s death from a North Korean television broadcast, something he assures me will not happen when he’s handling alerts on the Fed.

Prior to Seoul, David was Bureau Chief Malaysia and Brunei and before that Bureau Chief in Hungary in addition to stints in London and New York, where his eldest son was born. The Chance family will return to the United States after 16 years early in the summer.

Amran Abocar

Amran returns to Canada as bureau chief after six years in Asia and the Middle East, where she covered everything from Dubai’s property bust and the Arab Spring to bizarre mining policies in Indonesia. It is an exciting time for her new team which has lots of hot stories and the full attention of the F&R business, for whom Canada is a top priority in the Americas. Amran and her colleagues will be looking for creative ways to expand the breadth of our file and ramp up enterprising coverage at the same time.

Amran knows Reuters Toronto well; she joined the company there as an editorial intern and moved to a number of reporting and editing roles covering companies, capital markets, treasury and the SARS outbreak in Canada. She left for Dubai in 2008, just as the emirate’s economy was imploding, and ran the financial team in the Gulf for four years. She was appointed Deputy Bureau Chief, Gulf  just in time for the Arab Spring revolts that rocked the region. Amran then moved to Singapore as Deputy Commodities Editor for Asia. A Somali Canadian, Amran will return home with two boys who want to build an army of snowmen to make up for the years in the Arabian desert and tropical Southeast Asia. They will have to be patient as Amran will remain in Singapore until the summer.

Colleen DeBiase

From dream job at WSJ to new possibilities


Brett Savage-Simon of PRNewswire profiles former Wall Street Journal small business editor Colleen DeBaise, who left the her dream job at the paper to explore the rapidly developing business news world.

Simon writes, “After two years overseeing the print and online coverage of small business for the Journal, DeBaise made the tough decision to leave her ‘dream’ job.

“‘It was difficult to leave the Journal because that’s what I’d worked toward for my entire career,’ she said. ‘I was starting to feel like I was selling my soul in traditional journalism. I was sad for the profession but I was ready to leave it.’

“Her departure opened new doors and new possibilities. First at Entrepreneur.com, and now as director of digital media for The Story Exchange, a non-profit news organization that profiles female business owners through video and print stories that are picked up by the New York Times. It’s a small operation, but what excites DeBaise about it is that she is doing what she loves most – writing – without the advertising pressures that used to dictate her every move.

“‘I feel like this is a trend that has been happening ever since Paul Steiger left the Journal and started ProPublica. Now, we’re seeing it with Bill Keller and The Marshall Project,’ she adds. ‘I see privately funded non-profit news organizations as being the future of pure, quality journalism.’”

Read more here.

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.

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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.