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Mary Johnson

ACBJ hires Johnson as Bizwomen.com editor


Americasn City Business Journals has hired Mary Johnson as editor of Bizwomen.com, its new national news site for women business owners and professionals.

She will begin on April 14.

Johnson comes to Bizwomen from NJBiz, a New Jersey business publication where she served as managing editor. Before that, she was a reporter, producer and editor at DNAinfo, the New York City news site. She also gained multimedia and broadcast experience at stints with The Economist and other titles.

“For me, there is a huge sense of responsibility that comes with being the editor of Bizwomen,” Johnson said in a statement. “I want Bizwomen to be a destination for breaking news, exclusives, in-depth profiles and multimedia content people want to engage with. I also want Bizwomen to become a community for women in business, one where they can engage with others across the country on hot-button issues, but also one where they can weigh in how the site is evolving. It’s brand new, and I want our readers to help drive its vision. ”

Bizwomen began driving that vision April 7 with the launch of its site and a “Mentoring Monday” event in 40 cities across the country where American City Business Journals publishes — local business publications and news sites. Hundreds of women business leaders came together to mentor thousands of up-and-coming women professionals.

That national push to build community among business women is reflective of the editorial mission of Bizwomen.

“Mary is an accomplished journalist who brings to the table a remarkable variety of experiences and talents,” said Emory Thomas, chief content officer of American City Business Journals, in a statement. “As both a reporter and editor, she has a proven ability to identify and build loyal audiences. Her news judgment is sharp and perceptive, and she’s a strong newsroom leader. ACBJ is fortunate to have someone of Mary’s caliber heading this important new media title for us.”

In addition to working at NJBiz and DNAinfo, Johnson served as a multimedia production resident at The Economist, an assistant editor at Columbia Law School Magazine, a staff writer and on-air correspondent at the Hartford Business Journal and a senior editor at the El Paso Media Group, which published “El Paso Magazine,” among other titles.

She holds an undergraduate degree in magazine journalism from the University of Florida and a master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Alice Hagge

Marketwatch personal finance editor moves to WSJ


Alice Hagge has joined the U.S. team at the Wall Street Journal on the real time desk.

Hagge comes most recently from the WSJ’s sister publication MarketWatch, where she’s worked for the past two years as a senior editor for personal finance. She was responsible for assigning and editing the site’s popular 10 Things They Won’t Tell You feature, as well as daily articles, columns and slide shows.

Prior to joining MarketWatch, Hagge was the assistant managing editor at SmartMoney magazine for two and a half years. Before that, she helped launch the industry-respected glossy monthly magazine Conde Nast Portfolio, where she served as copy chief. She has also worked as a freelance writer and editor, and served on the copy desks of Money magazine and Time magazine in New York and Business 2.0 magazine in San Francisco.

She has a journalism degree from the University of Georgia.

Wall Street Journal

WSJ makes appointments to political team


Wall Street Journal executive editor Alma Latour sent out the following announcement on Monday:

We’re pleased to announce new appointments that will strengthen our political coverage in Washington, D.C.:

Reid Epstein joins the Wall Street Journal’s national reporting team and is named lead Washington Wire blogger. Reid comes to us from Politico, where among other prime assignments, he covered the 2012 presidential campaign and the White House. Before that he worked at Newsday and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; he began his career as a Journal intern in New York.

Autumn Brewington will join as editor overseeing political analysis and expert contributions. Most recently, Autumn was the op-ed page editor at The Washington Post, where she not only oversaw all aspects of the paper’s daily op-ed page but its weekly Washington Forum and Sunday Opinion pages as well.

Natalie Wardel is appointed social media editor for the Journal’s Washington team. Natalie was social media director for KSL 5 News in Utah since 2011; while there, she oversaw sharp growth in online traffic. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

They join Sloan Dickey, who recently joined the Washington bureau as a video journalist, and will report to Jerry Seib, who will oversee Capital Journal, the new home for our political coverage on WSJ.com. More key hires will follow in time to come.

The Journal newsroom is committed to deepening our coverage and digital presence in Washington, including through the launch of a newsletter, new features and more events.

Wall Street Journal

WSJ names Canada bank reporter


Elena Cherney, the Canada bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following staff announcement on Friday afternoon:

We are delighted to announce that Rita Trichur will join the Journal’s Toronto bureau to take on the banking beat in Canada.

Rita comes to the Journal from the Globe and Mail, where she dominated coverage of the Canadian telecommunications beat. Before joining The Globe in late 2010, Rita reported on financial services and economics reporter for the Toronto Star. She also worked at the Canadian Press, Canada’s main wire service.

In both telecom and banking, Rita earned a track record of solid scoops. Her string of exclusives on the wireless industry included Verizon Communications Inc.’s flirtation with entering the Canadian market last summer. Canada’s big three carriers - Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. - lost billions in combined market capitalization the day the Globe’s story ran, and the companies launched a high-profile campaign aimed at limiting the sale of spectrum to a foreign entrant. When she covered financial-services, she scored exclusives on Visa Inc.’s entry into the Canadian debit-card market, which is dominated by the big five banks through a third-party entity, and on the federal government’s reform of credit-card regulations.

Rita, who grew up in the Toronto area, earned a B.A. in journalism and political science and an M.A. in Canadian studies, both from Carleton University in Ottawa. She is fluent in French.

In her new role, Rita will cover Canada’s five big banks, all of which have international footprints, and will also cover the country’s insurers. She’ll work closely with Toronto M & A reporter Ben Dummett, who also covers Canada’s pension funds and private-equity players, and with banking teams in New York and elsewhere to strengthen coverage of dealmaking and finance.

Please join us in welcoming Rita to the Journal.

Puget Sound

Puget Sound Business Journal seeks reporter


The Puget Sound Business Journal is seeking a reporter who is able to marry strong traditional journalism skills – source building, sharp interviewing techniques, strong analytical and investigative reporting skills, clear writing, document use – with online and social media know-how.

Whatever the platform, reporters will produce content – original and curated – that is accompanied by perspective and context. Primary beats are financial and professional services, and perhaps sports business.

Duties: The top mission: to own audience, by every measure. A Puget Sound Business Journal reporter is expected to contribute both short-form (daily online posts) and long-form (print) stories to our news products. Scoops matter. A lot. Specifically, reporters will be expected to own their beat audience and conversation; use networking events, Twitter, LinkedIn and other community-building outlets to expand and fortify their source pool and audience; work collaboratively with other newsroom staffers to maximize impact and accessibility of stories reported; and meet or exceed goals related to audience engagement.

Required skills:
Proven ability in reporting and writing
Ability to work independently and remotely
Ability to break news and to identify newsworthy events and sources
Strong analytical and investigative interviewing skills
Ability to relate comfortably to a wide range of people, in person and online, and to develop sources and audience
Competitive, collaborative, curious
Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure
Ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from competitors

Email resume and at least a half-dozen clips to Rob Smith, editor, Puget Sound Business Journal, rsmith@bizjournals.com.

Wall Street Journal

WSJ names senior visual editor


Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker sent out the following staff announcement on Friday:

I’m delighted to announce that Jessica Yu is appointed Senior Visual Editor, a crucial new role aimed at putting visual story-telling at the center of our journalism. Jessica will oversee the more than 100-strong team of editors in the graphics, interactive, photo, layout and design departments.

As we accelerate the digital transformation of The Wall Street Journal, Jessica will be responsible for sharply improving visual presentation on all Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones platforms and creating a team of visual journalists that will meet and exceed the demands of the digital age.

Jessica is uniquely qualified for this role, having led the transformation of Asia’s print graphics staff into a team of well-trained multimedia visual journalists. She knows both the world of print and that of digital. She has efficiently run the graphics of The Wall Street Journal in Asia and helped create the look for several blogs and sites in Asia.

Jessica is a journalist with a thirst for news: Facing tight deadlines, she and her team frequently deliver digital graphics that enjoy worldwide readership, including some of the graphics on the recent Malaysia flight news. Jessica has worked for more than 10 years in Hong Kong and has been involved in the Journal’s efforts in graphics, interactive, art direction, photography, new WSJ franchises, foreign language properties and social media.

Seth Hamblin will continue in his role as visual editor and will also serve as Jessica’s deputy. Seth will play an enhanced role in our digital visual push.  He will bring his manifold talents to bear as he works with Jessica to make Journal/Dow Jones output a genuine visual treat.

Photo Editor Jack Van Antwerp, Interactives Editor Jon Keegan and Layout Editor John Nichols will continue in their current roles and report to Jessica.

Jessica will report to me.

George Haj

Biz journalist Haj hired by American Lawyer


Pulitzer winner and business journalist George Haj has been hired by American Lawyer Media in the new role of regional editor-in-chief for Florida, Georgia and Texas.

Samantha Joseph of the Daily Business Review writes, “Haj comes to ALM from the Houston Chronicle, where he is senior editor of local news. Since joining the Chronicle in 2003 as assistant managing editor for business, Haj directed coverage of the 2005 BP Texas City refinery accident that killed 15 workers and the Enron trials. Under his leadership, the Chronicle was a Pulitzer finalist for breaking news for using online newsroom expertise to ‘become a lifeline to the city’ after Hurricane Ike, providing minute-by-minute updates on the storm, its flood surge and aftermath.”Haj has a track record of driving change and innovation, and leading newsrooms through digital transformation, Daily Business Review publisher Chris Mobley said in a joint announcement with ALM vice president David Brown.

“‘George will lead the efforts of the Daily Business Review, the Daily Report and Texas Lawyer to generate more content and more relevant content to be delivered across multiple platforms,’ Mobley said in a statement. ‘He also will lead ALM’s global expansion efforts as they pertain to Latin America.’”

Read more here.
Michael Sasso

Bloomberg hires new airlines reporter


Michael Sasso, a business reporter at The Tampa Tribune, has been hired by Bloomberg News to cover airlines out of its Atlanta bureau.

Tony Wilbert, a PR person in Atlanta, writes, “Mike Sasso starts at Bloomberg later this month after the obligatory training at Bloomberg Tower in New York, where he’ll be inundated in ‘The Bloomberg Way.’ We’re sure he’s covering Delta, United, USA Airways, UPS,

“Sasso is relocating from Tampa, Fla., where he worked 11 years at The Tampa Tribune and three at Lakeland Ledger. Mike’s most recently covered economic development and commercial real estate, the best beat in the business. He’s already updated his LinkedIn profile.

“I ran into Mike this morning during a spec breakfast at Flying Biscuit at Terminus in Buckhead. He smartly was meeting with his predecessor, Mary Jane Credeur, who left journalism in September 2013 for a job at commercial real estate services firm Transwestern.”

Read more here.

International Biz Times

Adding high-quality stories at International Business Times


Lucia Moses of Digiday interviewed Peter Goodman, the new editor at International Business Times, about his plans for the website.

Here is an excerpt:

Plenty of news organizations cover the globe. Why have another one?
I don’t think there’s a truly global publication that speaks to a general-interest consumer. I think the time is right because everybody from blue-collar workers to people who work on Wall Street has figured out that the money is global. An upper-middle-class educated person probably has more in common with someone who meets that description in London than someone who lives in the American hinterland. If you’re not thinking globally, you’re missing how stuff works. Our sensibility is really about how to do that effectively.

What’s the immediate challenge?
The mandate is to add high-quality stories to a newsroom that is eclectic and interesting but doesn’t always have the focus on ambition. I’d like to conceptualize some series, drill deeper into data, hold institutions to account, adding a unique voice. There are some series we’ve conceptualized. We’ll be stepping away from doing dutiful news and looking to pick our spots and go deeper and elevate the writing. I’d like to see us go hard at urban planning, architecture, film, youth culture.

Read more here.


Bloomberg hires digital editor from Vanity Fair


Digital editor Chris Rovzar has left Vanity Fair for Bloomberg, according to Alexandra Steigrad of Women’s Wear Daily.

Steigrad writes, “Rovzar, who spent three years at the helm of vanityfair.com, will head up a new site on luxury at Bloomberg, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

“Bloomberg declined to comment Wednesday, although the news site has made it known that it is in the process of making a larger push in the luxury and lifestyle space.

“Rovzar, who left the Condé Nast-owned publication on Friday, said he would start his new job in the coming weeks, following a vacation in London. He did not provide a specific start date.

“Vanity Fair’s longtime digital director Michael Hogan, who was brought back to the company in October, following stints at The Huffington Post and Moviefone, is currently interviewing possible successors for Rovzar.”

Read more here.