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by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal reporters will now take several different strategies with their careers since it appears that News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is likely to succeed in buying Dow Jones & Co., the parent of the paper, write Michael Calderone and Felix Gillette of the New York Observer.
They write, “Robert Block, a Journal reporter based in the Washington bureau, seemed on edge.
“Mr. Block recently wrote a piece for Media Matters, the newsletter of the Local 1096, in which he criticized Rupert Murdochâ€™s impact on the newspaper business in England, where Mr. Block once worked for the Sunday Times.
“‘I worked for the man,’ said Mr. Block in an interview on the evening of July 17, as Mr. Murdoch was meeting with the Dow Jones directors. ‘It was a British publication in a slightly different tradition than we have. But I see in everything he owns a certain ethosâ€”and that is pandering to a market and using popular taste and entertainment to tell everything.â€¦ The ethos that he brings is not compatible, I think, with the ethos of why most of the people joined the Journal.’
“‘I think there will be an inevitable culture clash,’ added Mr. Block. ‘Some of my friends and colleagues are going to cross their fingers and hope for the best, some are going to leave, some of them are going to work real hard and try and find exit strategies for themselves, and many are resigned to the fact that there are market forces greater than themselves and they will sit around and hope for the best.’”
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by Chris Roush
Raleigh-based Business Leader Media announcedÂ Tuesday that it has acquired BIZLife Magazine, a business magazine based in the Greensboro area, for an undisclosed amount.
Business Leader Media publishes several magazines serving the Triangle area, including Business Leader.Â The company also publishes a number of national newsstand magazines that reach small-business owners and business professionals.
Founded just one month apart in 1989, both BIZLife and Business Leader are the only monthly business magazines in the Triad and Triangle regions, respectively. In conjunction with the merger, Business Leader Media will publish a business-to-business magazine in Charlotte by January 2008.Â
Combined circulation, which would include the Charlotte marketplace, would be more than 50,000 readers.
With this acquisition,Â the combined magazinesÂ will now reach more readers than any other business publication in North Carolina, said Dan Davies, executive publisher of Business Leader Media.Â Our readers will continue to enjoy community-specific content, profiles and business information while also benefiting from our coverage across the major metropolitan areas of the state, he added.
BIZLife and Business Leader will coordinate editorial schedules, events, and Web efforts to ensure that advertisers can most effectively reach their demographic in an organized and simple manner.
Disclosure: I haveÂ written more than 50 freelance articles for the major competitor, Business North Carolina, in the past four years.Â
by Chris Roush
There have beenÂ lots of changes in the business department of the York Daily Record/Sunday News in the last six months, writes business editor Kara Eberle to Talking Biz News.
“I took the helm of the department in early January, having worked as night metro editor for two years and the day cops reporter for about two years before that,”Â she said. “My goal has been to move away from more traditional, business-to-business type stories to telling stories about how people in York County spend, save and earn. Through this approach, we’re moving toward a business-lifestyle page for our paper.”
Reporter Brent Burkey joined the staff on July 2. He covers manufacturing and trend stories in area industry, which includes Harley-Davidson’s largest manufacturing facility and global companies such as P.H. Glatfelter and Dentsply. Brent started at the paper right out of Penn State and worked asÂ its day cops reporter and city hall reporter before moving to the business desk.
Added Eberle: “Our office life and consumer affairs reporter Charlotte Tucker has had success in getting readers to interact with the newspaper, including a ‘send us your business card’ project that resulted in more than 70 people sending in their cards. We received many story ideas, gained sources in the business community and now have a weekly feature inside our Sunday section on featured business cards, which offers tips to readers on choosing and making business cards.”
In addition, longtime business writer Sean Adkins continues to delve into databases and public records, including a project that showed county foreclosures jumping 112 percent in a year.
The business desk hasÂ started a blog called “Mind Your Own Business,” which includes everything from consumer news to a video of some staffers decorating the living editor’s desk while she was on vacation. Check it out at www.yorkblog.com/biz.
by Chris Roush
The role is an executive level position that was created as part of TheStreet.comâ€™s initiative to expand its multimedia offerings acrossÂ its network of properties.
As executive editor, McCandless will oversee all of TheStreet.comâ€™s multimedia initiatives, including creating new programs and shows, as well as developing and implementing itsÂ multimedia strategy.
“Bill is the ultimate professional and a maverick at developing business television programming that viewers want to see,” said David J. Morrow, the editor-in-chief of TheStreet.com. “I am thrilled at having him join TheStreet.com as our first executive editor of multimedia. The Company is focused on making our multimedia offerings the best available on the Web. Bill is the executive to make that happen.”
Most recently,Â McCandless was a developer and senior producer of ‘On The Money,’ an hour-long show, which grew rapidly in popularity and now airs weeknights on CNBC. Prior to that,Â McCandless produced programs for CNBC daytime as well as the ‘Early Today’ show for the NBC network and was a senior broadcast producer for MSNBC where he was responsible for all breaking news and daily coverage.
by Chris Roush
The weekly Las Vegas Business Press and the daily Las Vegas Review-Journal, which are owned by the same company, have combined their staffs under one roof at the daily newspaper, according to Michael Hiesiger, executive editor of the Business Press.
Hiesiger wrote, “Although the move has included some staff changes at the Business Press, combining the two staffs has already helped improve the local business coverage at both the Review-Journal and Business Press. The change has allowed editors at the Business Press and Review-Journal to better coordinate the coverage of news affecting both large and small businesses throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
“A major advantage that has resulted has been the elimination of duplicate efforts when both Business Press and Review-Journal reporters and photographers attended the same event. Without that kind of duplication, our reporters can be spread out further so we can provide even more news about the business community in Southern Nevada to all our readers.
“Other changes — including the introduction of new columns and features — are in the works that will make the Business Press an even more valuable resource for both our readers and our advertisers.”
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by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal managing editor Marcus Brauchli sent out the following e-mail message Friday afternoon:
“I’m pleased to announce the elevation of two editors to new jobs that will strengthen and focus our coverage in two areas of central importance to readers, real estate and economics.
“Connie Mitchell Ford, New York-based economics editor, will become the paper’s real-estate and property bureau chief. While Connie already has had considerable responsibility for real-estate coverage from New York, she now will manage a national team of reporters dedicated to the subject. All of our reporting on commercial real estate and housing, as well as the financial and personal-finance aspects of the property business, will fall into Connie’s domain. That means she will guide the coverage that fills our Property Report pages, as well as the mortgage and real-estate coverage for Personal Journal. She also will oversee enhanced real-estate coverage at WSJ.com, working closely with and his colleagues.
“In addition to the property reporters based in New York, Connie will supervise the Journal’s real-estate reporters in Pittsburgh, Houston and Los Angeles, and contributors in Chicago and Europe.
“David Wessel, deputy Washington bureau chief, also will take on a new role, becoming the Journal’s global economics editor.Â In addition to his current responsibilities overseeing coverage of the Fed, he will be responsible for overseeing our daily coverage of the macro economy, global trade and economic trends, the European Central Bank, the IMF and the World Bank and the Outlook column. He also will continue write his widely read weekly column, Capital.
“David has worked closely with Fed reporter Greg Ip to create the terrific new ‘Real Time Economics’ section of WSJ.com. Working with Alan’s team, they will explore other ways to deliver our authoritative and distinctive economics coverage online.
“In addition to the economy reporters based in Washington, Davidâ€™s team will include reporters in New York, Europe and Asia.
“Connie has been the Journalâ€™s New York-based economics editor since 1994 and has overseen the property group since 2005. Before that, she was a reporter covering banking, the bond market, small business, corporate finance and the business of Wall Street. Before joining the Journal, Connie worked as an economist. She holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.A. in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
“David has been a deputy Washington bureau chief since 2002. Before that, he was our Berlin bureau chief and a correspondent in Washington and Boston. Before joining the Journal in 1984, he worked for the Boston Globe, the Hartford Courant and the Middletown, Conn., Press. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, one for a Boston Globe series on the persistence of racism in Boston, and the other in 2002 for our series on corporate wrong-doing. He is a graduate of Haverford College and was a 1981 Knight Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University.
“These assignments will take effect in September, and both David and Connie will report to Deputy Managing Editor Bill Grueskin. Please join me in congratulating Connie and David on their new assignments.”
by Chris Roush
Abigail Goodman, the Los Angeles Times‘ retail reporter for the past eight years, is shifting beats and will now cover “the crossroads of corporate America and the environmental movement,” according to a memo from business editor Davan Maharaj posted on the LAObserved web site.
Maharaj wrote, “She’ll examine corporations that hold themselves out as good stewards of the environment, businesses that claim to make ‘green’ products and the companies that purport to help individuals and communities be more environmentally responsible. As part of this new assignment, Abbe will work with colleagues covering energy, politics and other topics.
“Abbe is a homegrown product of the Los Angeles Times, having started at the paper in 1993 as a summer intern in what was then called View. She later worked in the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley and several points in between.
“In 1998, she moved to business, where she shared a Polk Award and a Pulitzer Prize for the 2003 series, “The Wal-Mart Effect.” Her examination of toy maker Mattel Inc.’s attempts to be an ethical manufacturer overseas was a finalist for the 2004 Livingston Award for excellence by professionals under the age of 35.”
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by Chris Roush
Rick Dunham, who has been in BusinessWeek‘s Washington bureau for the past 15 years, is leaving the magazine to become the Houston Chronicle’s Washington bureau chief.
The move comes less than a month after the glossy named Jane Sasseen as its new DC bureau chief.
Dunham hasÂ been a senior writer covering the intersection of politics and policy in Washington. He joined BusinessWeek in 1992 after seven years as a national political reporter for the now-defunctÂ Dallas Times Herald.
“Rick has made a name for himself as an enterprising and creative journalist in both magazines and newspapers,’ said Jeff Cohen, editor of the Chronicle, in a release. “He’s filled with tremendous ideas about Washington coverage for a regional news organization, and I predict you’ll see a lively report in the newspaper and on chron.com.”
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, Dunham has been active in Washington journalism circles, having served as president of the National Press Club and chairman of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Pam Tobey, a graphic artist at the Washington Post.
See the release here.
by Chris Roush
A reorganization in the Denver Post newsroom means that three new reporters are joining its business desk, according to an e-mail distributed in the newsroom by editor Greg Moore and posted here.
The three new reporters are Elizabeth Aguilera, Karen Rouse and David Migoya. They will begin next week, and they are taking the spots of Will Shanley, who left for a PR job; and Greg Griffin, who is at Columbia University for a year on a sabbatical. In addition,Â Julie Dunn is on maternity leave.
The business desk “team leader” is Steve McMillan, a former assistant business editor. Former Post business editor Stephen Keating left earlier this year to run a political coverage web site for the Post. Also, assistant business editor Christine Tatum, the current national SPJ president,Â is leaving business news to work on multimedia projects at the paper.
Aguilera is a native of Southern California and hasÂ covered urban affairs for The Denver Post. She has reported from Cuba and Mexico, and she also wrote about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina by traveling to New Orleans in 2005. Sheâ€™s also written for the Orange County Register and the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Denver alternative weekly Westword named Migoya its best daily newspaper investigative reporter in 2004, writing, “He’s the journalistic equivalent of a stalker, pursuing every stray fact until he makes it his own. His reports about the meatpacking industry have been some of the most comprehensive — and disturbing — to have appeared about any subject in years, and they seemed particularly prescient when the mad-cow scare broke a few months later. He’s equally strong when it comes to long-term projects and breaking news.”
Migoya is an original member of The Post’s projects team, established in 2000 to take on long- and short-range enterprise and investigative stories. He’s a graduate of the City University of New York and has worked as an investigative reporter for nearly two decades. His work has been recognized by a variety of national and regional organizations including IRE, National Headliner and SPJ.Â
Rouse has covered education for the Post for the past four years and has been at the paper for seven. She has also reported from Douglas County and Arapahoe County. Last year, she was named print journalist of the year by the Colorado Association of Black Journalists.
Says Tatum: “The moves affecting business are GREAT! Three new — and very experienced — Post reporters are diving into that section. They will do fabulous work. Migoya, in particular, is super with FOI, and he has spent a lot of time paying attention to the local nonprofitÂ community — a sector that hasn’t received as much time and attention in our business pages.Â Aguilera has covered a lot of ethnic communities (she speaks Spanish), and that will help us tap into businessÂ storiesÂ we haven’t gotten…Rouse has extensive experience covering education (and speaks Spanish fluently) — another public sector where reporters don’t always make the connection to business. She’s awesome.
“Essentially, I’m heartened because it’s time for moreÂ journalists toÂ break down the barriers they often build around their beats. You and I know that EVERYTHING is potentially a business story.”
by Chris Roush
Michael Roberts of Westword, an alternative newspaper in Denver, writes Wednesday that Denver Post editor Greg Moore has held discussions about combining the paper’s business section with its metro section.
If that happens, the Post would join other papers such as the Indianapolis Star, Columbus Dispatch,Â the Reno Gazette-Journal, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Akron Beacon-Journal in cutting the stand-alone business section that became a staple in the 1980s of metropolitan dailies.
Roberts wrote, “Moore hopes changes can help improve this outlook at the Post, and in a late June staff meeting, he discussed some options in between exhortations that attendees not share the conversation with yours truly. Among the most controversial notions was combining Denver & the West and Business, thereby doing away with a stand-alone business section. The business crew’s numbers are down: Shanley’s gone, reporter Greg Griffin will soon split for a year-long fellowship at Columbia University, scribe Julie Dunn is on maternity leave, and editor Todd Stone took a job at the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
“However, Moore declined to discuss what impact, if any, these absences might have on a potential Business merger. ‘I can’t be questioned about every element of communication internally,’ he e-mails. ‘What I can tell you is the idea of combining business and metro is not even approved, and I am not sure it will happen.’”
The Shanley he’s referring to is Post business reporter Will Shanley, who left forÂ a public relations job.Â
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