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FT creates editorial complaints position


The Financial Times is creating the position of “editorial complaints commissioner” to address issues with its coverage.

An editorial states, “The FT has been a longstanding member of the Press Complaints Commission, which is due to expire shortly. Readers will therefore no longer have recourse to the PCC as an independent service for dealing with complaints. In its place, we will set up a new mechanism to handle reader complaints in the event that they feel our internal procedures fail to provide an adequate response or redress.

“Two points are relevant here. First, our record at the PCC in recent years shows that in the overwhelming majority of cases the FT has been exonerated from criticism. Second, the FT is always willing to deal with complaints expeditiously and, if warranted, publish a clarification, correction or apology.

“Nevertheless, we recognise that we need to provide additional reassurances in the post-PCC world. We will therefore be creating a new position of editorial complaints commissioner. The remit and reporting line will be set out in a public advertisement in due course. The successful candidate will be appointed by a three-person committee and will be independent of the editor.

“In addition, the FT will continue to provide platforms for readers to comment on articles and participate in discussion with our reporters and commentators. We believe our conversation with readers around the world is important. Understanding what they need and value is vital to our success as a news organisation.”

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Brent Lang

Lang joins Variety from The Wrap


Entertainment journalist Brent Lang has joined Variety as a senior film and media reporter in New York to cover all aspects of the movie business as well as other media, breaking news stories and writing features for Variety.com and the weekly magazine.

A story on Variety states, “Lang will report to Claudia Eller, Editor-in-Chief, Film, and will work closely with Variety’s team of reporters worldwide. Lang, who maintains strong relationships with top executives and talent throughout the Hollywood community and financial sources on Wall Street, will also contribute to Variety.com’s video interviews and appear on major news outlets to discuss industry issues.

“‘I have been an avid fan of Brent’s work for some time and am thrilled that he will be joining us,’ said Eller. ‘Brent brings a deep knowledge of the movie business and keen analysis to all of the stories he produces.’

“For the past 4½ years, Lang worked as a senior reporter at TheWrap.com, covering film, television, theater and other aspects of media.

“At TheWrap, he broke stories on the collapse of Oscar-winning visual-effects studio Rhythm & Hues; the true cost of the ‘Twilight’ franchise; tensions between Hollywood studios and Chinese film authorities; and the process that major studios undergo before greenlighting movies.”

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Chris Hamby

Labor/environmental reporter Hamby to join BuzzFeed


Labor and environmental reporter Chris Hamby, who earlier this week won a Pulitzer Prize for the Center for Public Integrity, is leaving that organization to join the investigative team at BuzzFeed.

Johana Bhulyan of Capital New York writes, “Hamby, who will be based in Washington D.C., is otherwise in the news today as C.P.I. engages in a public argument with ABC News over credit for the Pulitzer, awarded to a three-part, 25,000-word series on coal miners who were deprived of benefits for the treatment of deadly black lung disease. The third part of the series involved a collaboration with ABC News that resulted in a ‘Nightline’ segment. (Pulitzers are typically only awarded to work in print and text-based work.)

“The project, ‘Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine,’ was an intersection of Hamby’s beats as a C.P.I. staff writer: environment and labor. But Buzzfeed editor in chief Ben Smith doesn’t expect Hamby to continue covering those specific topics for the site.

“’[Environment and labor] are certainly places he has really deep roots,’ Smith told Capital. ‘He spent the last year covering the [coal miners], but his style is to dig very, very deep into a specific thing. We’re excited to see what his next thing is.’

“Smith said he has been an admirer of Hamby’s work for quite a while, calling his series on mining ‘unbelievable.’ ‘It’s the best reporting I’ve seen in my life,’ Smith said.

“Hamby, who previously worked for the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, was approached by Schoofs about working for Buzzfeed a few months ago and the two began serious talks in mid-March.”

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Obit writer leaving WSJ for Bloomberg


Stephen Miller, the obituary writer for The Wall Street Journal, is leaving the paper.

He will join Bloomberg News on April 28 to write obituaries.

“It was great working at the Journal,” said Miller in an email to Talking Biz News. “I’m looking forward to working with the obits team at Bloomberg News. Coming up on two decades in obits, I still find the form a fascinating challenge so it was great to find a new place to practice.”

In an email to the staff, Miller wrote:

“GoodBye! The Journal of Contemporary Obituaries” was a ‘zine and website I founded in 1996. It morphed into Remembrances, which in 2006 became the WSJ’s first regular obituary feature. Something like 1000 corpses later, it is time for another transition. I thank all the fine editors and writers I’ve worked with here.

Miller had been with the paper since 2007. Before that, he was the obituaries editor of the New York Sun for five years.

Miller has a degree from Oberlin College and also worked at Mizuho Capital Markets for six years.


NY Daily News names new real estate editor


The New York Daily News has hired Katherine Clarke, a senior reporter at The Real Deal, as its new real estate editor.

Ryan Hutchins of Capital New York writes, “Clarke, 26, will cover the real-estate beat and put together the Friday ‘Best Places to Live’ section. She starts April 28.

“The Northern Ireland native and Columbia University journalism-school graduate called up the words of an editor.

“‘He said when I started here that I would find that covering real estate in New York was a great way to view money, power and politics in the city, and I found that to be a very true statement,’ Clarke said.

“Chaban left the News this year for The New York Times, where he’s writing The Appraisal, the paper’s weekly column on the city real-estate scene.”

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Portland Press Herald

How a Maine newspaper is increasing its business news coverage


The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram has been amplifying its business coverage through key hires and a realignment of resources.

Earlier this month, the Press Herald hired me, former editor of Mainebiz, as business editor. Two weeks prior, veteran business reporter Whit Richardson joined the reporting staff, bringing the newspaper’s complement of business journalists to seven.

“Business news is a core component of any great newspaper, and we want to provide the broadest, deepest, most comprehensive business coverage in Maine,” said Steve Greenlee, managing editor. “That starts with hiring the best business journalists you can find, and we have done exactly that.”

The 40,000-circulation newspaper focuses on southern Maine and offers its readers in-depth business coverage of key Maine industries such as tourism, fishing and forest products, as well as southern Maine’s growing composites and technology cluster.

Richardson has focused on business reporting since 2007, and most recently was business editor for the Bangor Daily News. I spent five-and-a-half years at Mainebiz, a statewide, business-to-business publication, and five years before that as business reporter for the Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine.

Rounding out the business team are J. Craig Anderson, formerly a business reporter with the Arizona Republic and the Business Journal of Phoenix; Jessica B. Hall, a 17-year veteran of Reuters, and longtime Press Herald reporters Tux Turkel,  Edward D. Murphy and Tom Bell.

Coultas has been a journalist for 30 years, spending the last eight reporting and writing about Maine businesses. As Mainebiz editor, she was responsible for all the editorial content published in print and online, and oversaw the editorial content of Mainebiz events and recognition programs. She has a special interest in reporting on banking, manufacturing and the Lewiston-Auburn area, where she spent 22 years of her career.

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Reuters hires new Fed reporter


Reuters Washington bureau chief Marilyn Thompson and Washington economics editor Tim Ahmann sent out the following announcement on Monday:

We are pleased to announce that Howard Schneider, who until recently was at the Washington Post, will join us on April 21 to help lead our Federal Reserve coverage. Howard has been covering international economics for the Post for the past four years with stories ranging from trade and the euro zone crisis to the International Monetary Fund and U.S.-China economic relations. He has extensive experience in both economics and international affairs.

In more than 25 years at the Post, he has led coverage from Jerusalem, Cairo and Toronto, and has served as both economics editor and local business editor. He started at the Post as a Metro staff writer, and has taught journalism and writing. He is currently working towards a Masters in applied economics.

He will join Michael Flaherty, whose appointment was previously announced, in leading our Fed coverage from Washington. The appointment brings our U.S. central bank reporting team up to full strength and positions us to deliver the insightful coverage our clients demand.

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WSJ real estate reporter Wotapka joins PR firm


Dawn Wotapka, a real estate reporter for The Wall Street Journal who left the paper last month, has joined a New York-based public relations firm.

She will be an associate vice president at Rubenstein Associates, a 60-year-old Manhattan-based agency.  Wotapka will work in the firm’s expanding real estate practice headed by Steve Solomon.

“With her great knowledge and understanding of the real estate industry and how it works, Dawn is a terrific addition to our multi-faceted practice,” stated Solomon, in a statement.  “We, as well as many of our clients, are excited to welcome her aboard.”

For the past seven years, Wotapka covered a variety of real estate beats, including home builders, residential developers and owners, and student housing operators, and monitored corporate earnings and SEC filings for both the Journal and the Dow Jones Newswires.  Most recently, she wrote cover stories and helped with multimedia features for “Mansion,” the Journal’s weekly luxury real estate section.

Prior to joining the Journal, Wotapka was a real estate reporter for Long Island Business News, and before that, covered government and transportation for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

During her career, she won a 2007 “Ace” award for her coverage of WCI Communities; an award from the NY State Society of CPA’s for her 2009 series “Lurking in the Balance Sheet” and an honorable mention for “Best Body of Work” from NAREE in 2011.  She is credited with two front-page “A-Heds”, considered the Journal’s highest quality prose.

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Bloomberg View hires El-Erian as daily columnist


Bloomberg View announced Monday that Mohamed A. El-Erian is joining the opinion and analysis site as a daily columnist covering economic developments, policy and financial markets.

“Mohamed is one of the world’s most highly-regarded financial and economic observers — and he’s also a wonderful writer,” said David Shipley, the senior executive editor of Bloomberg View, in a statement. “We’re thrilled that he’s going to be sharing his insights with our readers on a daily basis.”

El-Erian’s first Bloomberg View column, The Dangers of Policy Drift, appears today and concludes that the annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank were unsurprisingly a “wasted opportunity” considering that “the global economy desperately needs better steering.”

El-Erian is chief economic advisor at Allianz SE and the author of “When Markets Collide,” a bestseller that won the 2008 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year.

He is chairman of President Obama’s Global Development Council, a Financial Times contributing editor, and the former CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University, having completed his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University.

Peter Van Allen

Mainebiz names new editor


Peter Van Allen, a veteran business reporter and editor, will become editor of Mainebiz in early May.

A story on its website states, “Publisher Donna Brassard announced in a press release that Van Allen previously worked as a reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal and business editor at the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J., and the Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind.

“‘Peter has a strong business news background with a small-town sensibility that fits our culture here at Mainebiz,’ Brassard said in a statement.

“Van Allen will succeed Carol Coultas, who in April took a job as business editor at the Portland Press Herald.

“‘As editor of Mainebiz, I am coming into a long legacy of solid business journalism and an engaged base of readers,’ Van Allen said. ‘In the coming weeks and months, I hope to get out and meet as many people in the business community as I can.’”

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