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by Chris Roush
John Corrigan, assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment at the Los Angeles Times, sent out the following staff announcement on Wednesday:
After a great run at The Times covering entertainment and technology, Dawn Chmielewski is leaving to work for the tech news startup Re/Code.
Among her many memorable stories, Dawn chronicled Disney’s struggles with “John Carter,” one of the costliest film flops ever, and (with Harriet Ryan) broke the story of the Hollywood casting agent who worked with child actors, even though he was a registered sex offender.
More recently, Dawn led our coverage of Netflix, writing last week’s A-1 story about the deal it cut with Comcast to keep its video streams running smoothly.
Dawn’s deep knowledge of technology helped shape our coverage of Hollywood, and she’s regularly contributed breaking news to Company Town’s report. And who could forget her first-person Column One about participating in “Dancing with the Stars?”
Dawn’s last day will be Friday, March 14. We’ll have details on her send-off soon.
by Chris Roush
Nick Timiraos, who writes about the U.S. mortgage and housing markets and federal housing policy for The Wall Street Journal, is moving to the paper’s economics team in Washington.
Timiraos, who is best known for his coverage of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, joined the Journal in 2006, and covered the 2008 presidential campaigns.
“After five years on the housing and mortgage beat, I’m thrilled to be joining the WSJ’s growing economics team in Washington as a national economics correspondent next month,” said Timiraos in an email Wednesday to Talking Biz News.
Timiraos is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he was editor of the student newspaper.
by Liz Hester
Jason Kelly has spent his entire career reporting and writing about business.
He’s been a Bloomberg News reporter since 2002 where he’s covered private equity, global finance and technology. Before that, he worked in Atlanta for digital south magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Kelly is the author of “The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Industry That Owns Everything” published in 2012. He’s currently working on a second book about the business of endurance sports.
In this interview, he talks about his new role as managing editor of Bloomberg Link. (Bloomberg Link recently signed the Sohn Investment Conference.) What follows is an edited transcript.
Talking Biz News: Was it hard to make the transition from daily journalism? What do you miss? What’s better about this job?
Jason Kelly: It wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be. I do miss the thrill of the scoop sometimes — that flush of excitement when breaking news hits the wire and you know you got it first. But I don’t miss earnings season.
What’s better about this job? Being on stage is a lot of fun, and I like the spontaneity that comes with our format, which is journalist-driven conversations. When I’m emceeing an event, I get to run the question and answer session that comes in from the audience, and mix in my own questions.
And having been in the audience and covered many conferences as a journalist and spoken on lots of panels, it’s still amazing to me all that goes into it.
TBN: What skills from being a reporter do you apply to your job now?
JK: One of the most rewarding things about journalism, especially covering a beat, is building relationships with sources and high-level contacts. When I started covering private equity, I quickly realized it was a breakfast, lunch and dinner beat. It’s imperative to get to know people as individuals and get them to trust you. And when you’re asking someone to sit with you on stage for half an hour, that sort of care and feeding is also required.
There’s a lot of reporting and research that goes on ahead of a conference. Each interview or session is a story that should be part of a larger narrative. I want people to walk away feeling like they understand something or someone better, so we end up talking a lot about the narrative arc of the conference.
TBN: Many media companies are expanding into events, like Bloomberg Link. What does it take to do it well and what have you learned about creating good on-stage content?
JK: It’s harder than it looks! Even very successful people can shrink a little bit when they’re on stage. We try to do as much preparation as we can to establish some sort of chemistry among panelists and interviewees with the moderator (back to the preparation point). But then you have to avoid another potential challenge — leaving the best stuff in the pre-interview. You want the stage session to be spontaneous.
Also, people like to laugh. It’s an effective way to bring both the participants and the audience into the mix. Last year at a conference we do with Bloomberg Markets magazine, I referred to the relationship between Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman and JPMorgan vice chairman Jimmy Lee as a “bromance” — to them, on stage. It was something of a calculated risk. Worst case, they just think I’m being silly. Best case, it helps signal that this would be a different sort of interview. Luckily, it worked. I think.
TBN: How does this connect with your other projects?
JK: I like to think of what we do as Bloomberg journalism, live on stage. It’s another medium, among many, that Bloomberg can offer, along with print, broadcast and online. Any interview on stage can and does take many forms. It’s happening there for the audience, it’s streaming live on the terminal or sometimes carried on Bloomberg TV, and then archived. We have reporters writing stories, I might send a Tweet about something especially interesting.
Also, it’s a way to shamelessly promote my book (“The New Tycoons,” a look inside the private equity industry published in 2012). I’m only partially kidding.
As I work on my next book, which is about the business of fitness and endurance sports, I’m thinking of ways to marry the two. We do have a successful annual conference on the business of sports…
TBN: Any advice for other journalists?
JK: My free advice (worth what you pay for it)? Embrace journalism in all forms. At its core, journalism is about curiosity, and number of media seem to be expanding and evolving. Social media has had a radical impact on how we all do our jobs, as has the proliferation of video. I’m not sure if convergence is actually the right term. I do know that it demands a flexibility on our parts to tell stories through whatever medium works best.
by Chris Roush
Patrick Chu, who worked at Bloomberg News for more than 16 years and was recently its Asian Billionaires editor, has left the company.
Chu had been San Francisco bureau chief, managing editor for training in New York, managing editor for the economy in Washington and managing editor for Asia in Tokyo. He was also global managing editor for energy and commodities companies.
Before that, Chu was the business editor of The Oregonian from 1990 to 1997, and he was a business reporter for USA Today from 1982 to 1990.
He has degrees from the University of Hawaii and American University.
Chu has not changed his job status on LinkedIn or Facebook, but two people with knowledge of his departure confirmed it. Chu did not respond to an email earlier Tuesday seeking comment.
by Chris Roush
Peter S. Goodman, the executive business editor and global news editor of The Huffington Post, is leaving the website to become editor in chief of International Business Times.
He replaces Jeffrey Rothfeder, who left earlier this year.
Leslie Kaufman of The New York Times writes, “IBT Media, the publication’s corporate parent, announced the appointment Tuesday morning. International Business Times is the flagship title of IBT Media, which also recently acquired and relaunched Newsweek magazine.
“Mr. Goodman’s departure comes just weeks after a tense disagreement with Tim Armstrong, the chief executive of AOL, which owns The Huffington Post. On an internal conference call last month, Mr. Armstrong had singled out the cost of providing medical coverage for ‘distressed babies’ as part of the reason the company was altering 401(k) benefits to staff members. Mr. Goodman and his wife had one of the infants with such needs and spoke publicly of being offended by the comment. Mr. Armstrong later apologized and reinstated the benefits.
“In a phone interview, however, Mr. Goodman, a former reporter for The New York Times, implied that that incident was not the reason he was moving on. ‘That was a really painful moment for my family and that’s been talked about, but that is not where my head is focused today,’ he said.
“He said he was very excited about the potential for building International Business Times, which was founded in 2006. The site has about 16.5 million monthly unique visitors in the United States and 30 million worldwide through its network of digital publishing platforms.”
by Chris Roush
She will start on March 27 and overlap with outgoing executive director Sonya Fry for several months.
Kranz was most recently at Reuters, where she was deputy editor of company news. She held that position from March 2012 to October 2013.
Before that, she spent a year at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, where she was vice president of investment management and client solutions.
From June 2007 to November 2010, she was deputy editor of the Sunday business section at the Times, where she conceptualized and edited weekly cover stories on a wide variety of business topics, including profiles of corporate chieftains and Wall Street financiers, real estate, fashion, retail and the financial crisis.
Kranz spent 11 years at BusinessWeek, including three years as its Moscow bureau chief and five years as the editor of its European edition. She was also national news editor.
She has degrees from the University of Michigan and from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
The Overseas Press Club was founded in 1939 in New York by a group of foreign correspondents. The OPC is a professional organization of American journalists who are involved in international news coverage in both electronic and print media.
by Chris Roush
Matt Buchanan and John Herrman are leaving their positions at The New Yorker and Buzzfeed, respectively, to work for The Awl, reports Joe Pompeo and Tom McGeveran of Capital New York.
Pompeo and McGeveran write, “The pair worked together at FWD, Buzzfeed’s tech vertical, before Buchanan left to become deputy editor of The New Yorker’s online science and tech vertical. Herrman rose to fill his position as Buzzfeed’s tech editor. Buzzfeed employees were informed of Herrman’s departure in a memo sent this evening.
“The Awl has been conducting a search for an editor in chief. Last week, Choire Sicha, co-founder of the site with Alex Balk, hinted to Capital that an announcement was coming soon about the position.
“And earlier today, The New Yorker‘s Nicholas Thompson tweeted that newyorker.com was seeking “another great science & technology editor.”
“It was not immediately clear what positions Buchanan and Herrman would take at The Awl, but one source said the understanding is that they will be editors at the site.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
The Boston Globe has launched a new website, BetaBoston.com, chronicling the technologies, ideas, new ventures and people shaping the future and the culture of Boston and beyond.
The free site will cover several sectors driving the Massachusetts economy and the changes that have an impact on how we live and work, as well as the people behind them — venture capital, life sciences, medical devices, startups, and emerging technologies, including robotics and big data.
“Boston’s wealth of consumer technology, life sciences and biosciences companies is reshaping the economy and culture, locally and globally,” said Brian McGrory, Boston Globe editor, in a statement. “We will cover, in-depth, not only the technologies themselves, but the broader social impact of those technologies.”
BetaBoston will also report on the culture of invention – what it means to develop something new or unusual – and how these developments impact the daily lives of Bostonians and people around the world.
The site will feature the reporting of a dedicated staff of writers including newly hired senior writers Kyle Alspach and Dennis Keohane, Innovation Economy columnist Scott Kirsner, and Globe business reporter Callum Borchers.
“We already cover technology in our business section, but this is something altogether different,” said BetaBoston editor Michael Morisy. “It’s a standalone, branded site that embraces a specialized but very significant community in Boston. BetaBoston’s focus will be on companies and people that change the game in their industry, whether they’re three-person startups or multinationals.”
Read more at http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/03/03/boston-globe-launches-betabostoncom-covering-startups-and-culture-invention-boston#jWITLgWdUOrHdd4p.99
by Chris Roush
Julie Bosman, who’s covered publishing for The New York Times for the past four years, is leaving the beat to become the paper’s Midwest correspondent, reports Joe Pompeo of Capital New York.
Pompeo writes, “It’s the latest move on the Times media desk, which has been playing musical chairs for the past several months: In the editor’s seat, Peter Lattman replaced Bruce Headlam, who now oversees video; Brian Stelter left the TV news beat for a job at CNN with no replacement named as of yet; Ravi Somaiya is covering print media while Christine Haughney is on the maternity leave; and there’s still no word on who will replace Amy Chozick, who’s now covering Hillary Clinton, on the corporate media beat.
“Bosman has been with the Times for 12 years, beginning as Maureen Dowd’s news assistant in 2002. She’s also covered the 2008 presidential race, education and metro. Her latest role will take her to Chicago.
“Below, you can read the full memo from national editor Alison Mitchell and deputy national editor Ethan Bronner:”
Read more here.
by Liz Hester
Laura Baverman has been a business journalist since starting her career at the Cincinnati Business Courier in 2005 as a real estate and technology reporter.
There she cultivated her love for covering entrepreneurs and start-ups as part of her beat reporting. In 2009 she moved to the Cincinnati Enquirer where she continued to write about real estate and entrepreneurship. After moving to Raleigh in October 2012, she began freelancing for publications such as American City Business Journals, The (Raleigh) News & Observer, USA Today and Raleigh Public Record.
In the last month, she became the editor of ExitEvent, which works to develop the start-up community in the Triangle.
She spoke with Talking Biz News about her journalism career and her move to her new role. What follows is an edited transcript.
Talking Biz News: When you were freelancing, how did you find and pitch stories? What was the most challenging part?
Laura Baverman: I had several months before I moved to make connections and I asked everyone I knew about who might need freelance work. My editor at the Enquirer knew the editor at USA Today. I saw they weren’t really covering start-ups and I told them how I could fill in the gaps.
It was important to leverage my networks. A lot of this comes back to relationships. You have to keep them up over time even when you move on to another position. A few other publications reached out to me about writing for them after finding me on social media. I also did some content marketing – blogging and ghost writing – for some clients. Leveraging my network was the key thing to being successful.
Once I began to pitch stories, I would consume as much news as possible. I would scan Twitter to find topics. I also used Google trends, or BuzzFeed pages and Yahoo to see what people were talking about. I would look at what those I admired were writing about and then figure out an angle that wasn’t being told.
To find local stories, I started to network and talk to the people I met in the community to source stories. That was a little harder because I was new and I had to work to build my connections.
TBN: What was the hardest part about working for yourself?
LB: The hardest thing was having multiple bosses. Even though I was working for myself, I had a lot of different bosses. It was hard to manage expectations because everyone wants the same thing at the same time. At the paper, I could ask my editor to prioritize what needed to get done. Working for myself, I tended to take on everything.
I was constantly trying to exceed expectations, but sometimes it was a struggle just to meet them. The balance of reporting and editing was hard.
TBN: How did you get involved in ExitEvent? What excited you about the opportunity?
LB: Connections. I can’t emphasize that enough. It’s important to have good relationships and make impressions in a positive way. The person running the site reached out to me. ExitEvent was started by a local entrepreneur who wanted to fill a gap in the region for early-stage companies and wanted a network for entrepreneurs. It was about sharing information with the community.
It started out as planned monthly events for entrepreneurs and investors. I really liked that the company was a family-owned businesses and cared about employees.
I also love entrepreneurs and their stories. I like to think I have a critical eye. After covering the beat nationally, I know what it takes to succeed.
TBN: Where do you see journalism heading in the next five years?
LB: It’s interesting. Content marketing is evolving a lot. What we’ll see happen is companies trying to do content marking will end up sponsoring work done by journalists. What has to be clear is that journalists have complete editorial control and companies have control over where to put their names. Companies like to control the message, but to be authentic and effective they need journalists to write content without the oversight of a company.
I also thing there will be more sharing of content between local and national sources. For example, the New York Times won’t be able to staff every community. If I can bring an advertiser to the table and work out a revenue sharing agreement along with providing content, that creates value for everyone. The sponsor gets more than just quality content from someone who knows the community and we get national press. A lot of community building is going on within the start-up community. Many companies want to support that and they will be interested in sponsoring ads and content.
There will also need to be a movement toward more authenticity in content and more transparency. Most contributors we have write for us on a monthly basis and have a viewpoint. There’s a place for that content. It helps us with the challenge of staffing. People also want to hear from those who aren’t writers. They want to get thought leadership from people who aren’t journalists.
In terms of making money, I think there will be more syndication of content agreements tied to advertising. We also plan a lot of events, which is not going away as a strategy for journalists to make money. We try to stay away from a panel or straight networking event. ExitEvent was built around sponsored networking events, but now we strive to do those in a creative way.