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by Chris Roush
Matthew Craig, the Page One photo editor of The Wall Street Journal, has left the business newspaper.
In an email to his colleagues Friday afternoon, Craig wrote:
I walked in the door five years ago with a lot to learn and no idea what would be in store for me at The Wall Street Journal. At one point or another you have all taken a chance on a young guy from California and I hope I met or exceeded your expectations.
This was the greatest first job in the long history of first jobs. Thanks for the incredible opportunity and I wish everyone the very best.
Craig had been with the paper for slightly more than five years. A Boston University graduate, Craig worked as a staff photographer at Harvard University while in college.
by Chris Roush
Beth DeCarbo, an editor for The Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section, sent out the following staff announcement on Friday:
We’re pleased to announce two new additions to the Mansion staff:
Candace Taylor will be joining us Nov. 4. Candace joins us from The Real Deal, where she was most recently deputy managing editor; before that, she was a senior reporter for several years, routinely breaking news and landing scoops on big real-estate deals, as well as writing in-depth feature and investigative stories, including a look at the behind-the-scenes tumult at a new condo building and a special series on real-estate crime and corruption. Candace will be the lead reporter on the Private Properties column, where she’ll continue her track record of great scoops, as well as reporting and writing Mansion features and cover stories.
Katy McLaughlin needs no introduction. She is one of WSJ’s most expert feature reporters and writers, with an 11-year track record of writing some of the paper’s most memorable features exploring every corner of the food world, from sushi bullies to lazy locavores. A two-time James Beard-award winner, she has written a number of fantastic stories for Mansion in our first year, including a look at the farmhouses of top chefs, an analysis of the retirement-home market in Central America (the onetime summer home of Manuel Noriega can be yours for $2.3 million!) and a profile of an eccentric wine maker’s home and castle, complete with dungeon (for which she braved an in-depth basement tour of medieval torture devices).
Please join us in welcoming them!
by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal editor Jim Oberman sent out the following announcement on Friday:
After a bit over 4 years, today is my last day at The Wall Street Journal. I have tremendously enjoyed working with such a great group of reporters and editors. This is not an easy place for me to leave.
When the next big breaking news story happens I’m sure I will have withdrawal symptoms; no more adrenal rush of getting to the key players before any other news organization!
On Monday I start a new job in research at a new hedge fund – Aravt Global LLC.
The search is on to find my replacement here. A new researcher should be starting in the next several weeks. In the meantime freelance researchers – Patricia Neering and Charlie Lampach will be handling your research needs (coverage starting this Sunday). When you have a request continue to send your query to my WSJ email address and you should receive an email back informing you whether Patricia or Charlie are on duty and how to reach them. Please let Jenn Forsyth know if this system isn’t working.
I’ll be here the rest of the day so if you have any last requests (within reason) I’m happy to assist.
by Chris Roush
Sarah Frier, a Bloomberg News tech reporter based out of New York, is moving to California.
Frier tweeted Thursday that she will be joining the Bloomberg bureau in San Francisco to cover Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and startups.
She has been covering IBM and East Coast technology. Frier has also reported on health insurance companies and the municipal bond market.
Frier, who is a California native, joined Bloomberg in 2011 after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was the editor of The Daily Tar Heel. She interned at Bloomberg and at the Bay Area News Group while a student.
While a student, she won a SABEW Best in Business Award.
by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal world editor Adam Horvath sent out the following announcement on Thursday:
I’m seriously pleased to announce that starting this Sunday, Allison Morrow returns to the World Desk in New York, in a move even more prodigious than prodigal, to specialize in Asia news that she has been steeped in for the past three years as a news and multimedia editor in Hong Kong.
Allison began her career at the Journal in 2007 as a copy editor before becoming a founding member of the World Desk, where as the night editor she handled all manner of late news, emergencies and near-emergencies with calm aplomb. She moved in 2010 to the Hong Kong desk, where she worked with bureaus across Asia to shape daily coverage for the website and social media, eventually helping direct corporate coverage across the region and taking charge of the Boss Talk Asia column. Her reporting exploits in Asia include covering the “milkshake murder” retrial of Nancy Kissel and an a-hed she co-wrote about the city’s fierce fight over judicial wigs.
She has traveled widely over the past three years for marathons and triathlons in Myanmar, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Cambodia and Inner Mongolia, has also learned to sail, and can speak five whole phrases of Cantonese. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she studied journalism and English.
In New York she’ll work closely with Sofia McFarland, our lead Asia editor on the World desk for the past three years, as well as with her colleagues in Hong Kong and elsewhere to help unite our global editing operation for all platforms. I know you’ll join me in welcoming Allison home! And: You can follow her on Twitter @alliwsj or on Instagram @amorrow.
by Chris Roush
Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer sent out the following staff announcement on Thursday afternoon:
I am delighted to tell you about a great influx of new talent coming to Fortune—some already here, some on their way, but all recently hired. It’s a nice, long list of impressive people, so happy reading!
CLIFF LEAF, Assistant Managing EditorCliff of course is returning to Fortune. A winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, the NIHCM’s Health Care Journalism Award, and a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, Cliff was until recently a guest editor for The New York Times op-ed page and Sunday Review. Previously, he was executive editor at The Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney magazine and, prior to that, executive editor at Fortune, where he also wrote a number of prominent feature articles. It was after one such writing assignment, a 2004 Fortune cover story on the war on cancer, that Cliff began working to change the way the global cancer fight is funded and pursued, pushing for ways to speed up progress against the disease—an effort that led (9 years later) to a well-received book, The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer—and How to Win It, published by Simon & Schuster this summer. A keynote or featured speaker at some 30 scientific conferences around the world, Cliff has presented testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel three times and delivered “Grand Rounds” at the National Cancer Institute, the only journalist ever to be given that honor. He also served for three years on the national board of directors for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer charity. Here at Time Inc., Cliff won a Luce Award for public service and the Andrew Heiskell Award for community service. A graduate of Williams College, Cliff later received a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Alicia Slimmer, who is currently shooting her first feature film, and their wonderful daughter Sofia.
MEGAN McCARTHY, Senior Editor, Fortune.comMegan McCarthy will join us November 4 and help oversee tech coverage along with incoming tech editor Andrew Nusca. She’ll also help manage the staff and the day-to-day news flow on Fortune.com. With her extensive background in digital content and publishing, Megan will play a big role in helping to shape the new digital platforms for Fortune. She joins us from Reuters, where she was on the Reuters Digital team and did everything from editing tech stories to managing the homepage of Reuters.com. Previously she was a news editor at the New York Observer, the founding editor of Mediagazer, the first human editor at Techmeme, and a writer at Wired.com and Valleywag. You can follow her on Twitter at @Megan.
ANDREW NUSCA, Senior Editor
Andrew will join Fortune on November 11 and will be responsible for daily technology coverage on Fortune.com and the technology section in each magazine. Andrew joins us from CBS Interactive, where he spent the last five years as a writer-editor for ZDNet and the editor of SmartPlanet, a site about innovation. Before CBSi, Andrew interned at Money, Men’s Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily News. He, his wife and their Boston Terrier, Nemo currently live in Philadelphia, but they’ll be making their way back to New York City in a few weeks.
CLAIRE ZILLMAN, Writer, Fortune.com
Claire Zillman joined several weeks ago as a writer on the management and leadership beat. Previously she had been a staff reporter at American Lawyer magazine, where she wrote daily stories online and contributed regularly to the monthly print magazine (including 6 cover stories!). She got her BA in newspaper journalism and history from Syracuse, where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. Claire, a native of the Chicago area, is an active runner, a novice skier, and an experienced camper. She lives in Williamsburg.
JEN WIECZNER, Writer-Reporter
Jen, last name pronounced (vee-ETCH-ner), returns to magazines after covering health care for MarketWatch and The Wall Street Journal, reporting on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (recently biking between insurance signup centers across New York City to observe health exchange enrollment firsthand), as well as less conventional health topics including e-cigarettes, medical marijuana and the drawbacks of “treadmill desks.” Previously, Jen reported for SmartMoney magazine on luxury spending (yes, you can be buried in a solid gold coffin) and oddball investing ideas, from oyster farming to horse-racing, until SmartMoney published its final issue last summer. Manning the Bloomberg terminal and writing for the magazine during the day, at night, Jen covered more than 100 New York high society fundraisers and parties for The Wall Street Journal, interviewing Bill Ackman, Cory Booker, Alan “Ace” Greenberg, JetBlue CEO Dave Barger, Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Lin, among others. Lately, Jen has also interviewed Russell Simmons and billionaire T. Boone Pickens for WSJ.Money, the newspaper’s new quarterly magazine. Raised in Boston, Jen studied journalism at Northwestern, interning at New York magazine, Fast Company, Boston Magazine and Marie Claire. She lives in Brooklyn and enjoys biking, yoga and playing soccer.
JACLYN LARASO, Photo Editor, Fortune.com
Jaclyn spent the last year as the photo editor at Parenting.com and prior to that she worked as an assistant photo editor at XO Group, which publishes The Knot, The Nest, and The Bump brands. She had earlier experience in the photo departments at Elle magazine and Men’s Vogue. Please send all dot-com photo requests to her. She grew up in Levittown, Long Island and is a diehard Yankees fan.
NEIL HARRIS, Associate Photo Editor
Neil Harris joined Fortune on September 23rd as an associate photo editor. He comes to us from Time, where he had been since 2010. Prior, Neil was the photo editor at CNNMoney.com, and a photography adjunct at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism program. He has a BA in Linguistics from Columbia University, and is a graduate of the International Center of Photography and Photojournalism program. He lives in Beacon, NY wife his wife, Kelly and his cat, Pearl.
Please join me in welcoming these folks, along with Nemo and Pearl.
by Chris Roush
Business journalists Evan Cooper and Dan Jamieson have both left Investment News, which is a Crain publication, reports Brooke Southall of RIABiz.com.
Southall writes, “Cooper, the head of custom content, and Jamieson, the West Coast-based senior reporter for the New York-based publication, left this month — and their replacements are on the way, according to Suzanne Siracuse, publisher of InvestmentNews.
“‘We are replacing both Evan and Dan … we are not reducing head count at all. On the contrary, Evan got an opportunity and decided it was a better fit for him,’ Siracuse writes in an e-mail.
“‘As [for Dan], we wanted that beat in New York and he didn’t want to move. Both left on fine terms. We have a new reporter … starting on Monday. We are actively searching for Evan’s replacement as we have a thriving and growing custom business that needs a full-time director.’”
Read more here. Jamieson is now editor-at-large for Financial Advisor, a monthly magazine, Cooper is now overseeing editorial operations for Asset TV, a United Kingdom-based company that helps produce paid video content.
by Chris Roush
Peter Szekely, the secretary-treasurer of the Newspaper Guild of New York, writes about what will happen at Reuters, where he worked for 25 years, when the news organization loses journalists due to its current buyout offer.
Szekely writes, “In 1997 – three Editorial managements ago – there was another buyout with a similarly vague and unexplained purpose targeted at anyone with at least 10 years of service. Then, as now, the most experienced journalists tended to be in the Washington bureau, where, even after 18 years with the company, I was still considered a kid. And so, when the buyout was offered, that’s where most of the takers were.
“The 10 Washington journalists – nearly one-quarter of the bureau reporting staff – who eventually left included many of our best, some who had been with Reuters since the Watergate hearings.
“Maybe the most memorable was Mike Posner, a beloved character like you’ll never find in journalism today. Always disheveled and with a reliable ink stain on his shirt pocket, Mike knew everybody in town and had a knowledge base going back to his days as a UPI reporter during the Kennedy administration. After Reuters, Mike continued his career at the National Journal’s Congressional Daily website almost until he died two and a half years ago.
“To me, the greatest satisfaction anyone could ever have in a career, greater than any prize, is being in the most perfect working environment you can imagine – and knowing it at the time. I was lucky enough to realize what I had, but only barely before it was all gone. Everyone in the bureau was a character with a role to play. We watched each other’s back. We were really a team, like an infield that can turn a double play blindfolded.
“Near the end of the buyout’s 45-day consideration period, a few of my co-workers started coming forward. Many waited until the last day (a smart strategy if you’re considering the current buyout). The excitement grew. Everyone gathered at the National Press Club bar that Friday afternoon in May. As each new buyout taker showed up to declare ‘I’m outta here,’ there was another cheer and another round. It was a great party.
“But a commensurate hangover followed. The following Monday was probably my most depressing workday in more than 25 years at Reuters. The bureau was quiet and lifeless, a gaping hole where its soul used to be. And for me, there was another issue, something I hadn’t expected. On Friday, I was still a kid, but now, on that Monday, that was gone forever.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Well-known Bloomberg News investigative reporter Bob Ivry has moved to an editing position.
Ivry’s new position is editor at large on the global markets team, according to an internal announcement from executive editor Laura Zelenko obtained by Talking Biz News.
Ivry has covered real estate, banking, the Federal Reserve and other topics for Bloomberg News since 2006. He has written for Esquire, Washington Post Book World, Popular Science, Maxim, Spin, Details and Self. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire and Ploughshares.
He is also the author of the upcoming book “The Seven Sins of Wall Street: Washington, Big Banks and the Next Financial Crisis.”
Before joining Bloomberg, Ivry worked for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Examiner and The Record of Hackensack, N.J., where he won awards for criticism and news feature reporting from the New Jersey Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Garden State Association of Black Journalists.
He is a recipient of a 2008 Gerald Loeb Award and New York Press Club award.
by Chris Roush
Norman Birnbach writes about what will happen in the aftermath of David Pogue leaving The New York Times and Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher striking out from The Wall Street Journal at the end of this year.
Birnbach writes, “I do think Pogue, Mossberg and Swisher are replaceable in a way — I mean, we all are, after all. But I do think it will be more difficult for their replacements to establish themselves just as it will take a while for Pogue, Mossberg and Swisher (I’m not going to refer to them by an acronym).
“As it is, one can make a case that the tech reporters getting a lot of attention these days are not the tech reviewers but those who cover startups. That said, consumer tech reviewers will always be important because we need someone to tell us which device is better — the iPhone or the Galaxy.
“No matter what, I think the continuing fragmentation of the media is a lose-lose proposition for reporters, these publications and the readers.
“This fragmentation makes it more challenging to reach a mass audience. It takes more effort to reach more reporters, who themselves reach smaller audiences. (These audiences may be more engaged than traditional print newspaper readers, but they’re still harder to reach.) It takes more time to research and contact reporters…which means we need to spend more time overall to reach fewer people at a time. It’s pretty much a similar story with social media, too. Don’t get me wrong, you’ve got to reach people on different platforms — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, blogs, and forums, etc. — but it can take more time to reach increasingly niche audiences.
“That, I believe, is the point to keep in mind in terms of the implications for Pogue, Mossberg, Swisher and the rest of us.”
Read more here.