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Wall Street Journal managing editor expected to step down

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Marcus Brauchli, the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, the top editorial post at the paper, is expected to step down, according to a story in Tuesday’s Journal.

Marcus BrauchliThe story stated, “The impending departure would come just four months after the Journal’s parent, Dow Jones & Co., was acquired by News Corp. for $5.16 billion.

“The Journal’s publisher, Robert Thomson, may take over as interim managing editor of the paper, say these people. Despite the publisher title, Mr. Thomson already was involved in overseeing editorial matters for Dow Jones properties such as the Journal, newswires and Barron’s magazine. A search for a new managing editor was expected to begin shortly, with candidates coming from both inside and outside the paper.

“Mr. Brauchli is expected to remain with News Corp. It wasn’t clear whether his role would be as a consultant or an executive. A person familiar with the negotiations called the decision ‘amicable.’”

Read more here.

Ottawa Business Journal editor leaving journalism

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Leo Valiquette, the editor of the Ottawa Business Journal, is leaving the publication for a position in public relations, he writes in the latest issue.

Leo ValiquetteValiquette writes, “Even casual readers of this column will probably have noticed my emphasis on people and employment issues in the high tech sector, finding that elusive balance between work and leisure, and the critical importance of strategic marketing and public relations to a startup enterprise.

“The latter point has led to my decision to pursue a new challenge outside the field of journalism. In my years with the OBJ, I have spoken with scores of executives, talent managers, headhunters, venture capitalists and sales and marketing gurus about what it takes to build a strong and successful company. A company that doesn’t rely on the ‘wow factor’ of a product’s bells and whistles to drive sales and realizes that to settle for being ‘local’ rather than global is to settle for mediocrity. Some companies in town get it, some don’t, and others never will.

“In my new role with inmedia Public Relations, I look forward to working with the ones that do and winning converts from among those that don’t.”

Read more here. Valiquette had been with the paper since 2000, and its editor since 2005.

Former SABEW president, night biz editor among Fort Worth layoffs

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram managing editor for news Rex Seline, a former president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and night business editor Jim Frisinger are among the layoffs at the paper Thursday, reports Teresa Gubbins of Pegasus News.

Rex SelineGubbins reports that Frisinger was part of the layoffs at the Dallas Morning News in 2004. “Layoffees were offered six weeks’ pay and three months’ worth of health insurance,” she wrote. “The newspaper has announced a meeting on Thursday afternoon to discuss a restructuring.”

Seline joined the paper in 1994 as the business editor and became the ME for news in 2001. He was SABEW’s president in 2004-05. Before joining the Star-Telegram, Seline had worked at The Miami Herald, The New York Times, the Dallas Times Herald and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He has been on the SABEW board since 1994.

Frisinger has been an adjunct faculty member in the Texas Christian University journalism department. His students have been writing the It’s a Horned Frog World blog.

At the Morning News, Frisinger had been on the editorial board.

TheStreet.com ME leaves for Dow Jones Newswires

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Brian Cronk, the managing editor of TheStreet.com‘s life and money content, is leaving to become an assistant managing editor for Dow Jones Newswires, according to an e-mail memo from Dow Jones managing editor Linda Fung to staff members.

TheStreet.comThe e-mail stated, “I am pleased to announce that Brian Cronk will be joining Dow Jones Newswires as an Assistant Managing Editor to oversee the personal finance and practice management reporting team. Brian has a lot of business news experience and is a top-notch editor. He starts on June 2 and will report to me.

“Brian is currently Managing Editor at TheStreet.com, where he leads a team of staff reporters, editors and freelance writers on a broad range of content, with a focus on personal finance coverage. Prior to that, he was a News Editor at The Wall Street Journal. In the 12 years he was with the paper, he was editor for sections including Personal Journal, The Wall Street Journal Sunday, The WSJ Journal Reports, The Wall Street Journal Europe and The Wall Street Journal Asia.  

“His journalism career also included working as the features copy chief at The San Francisco Chronicle; editor for Sunday features at The Sacramento Bee and as managing editor of news weekly The Montclarion in Oakland, Calif. Brian has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Please welcome Brian to Newswires and wish him all the best in his new role.”

Cronk had been with TheStreet.com for less than a year.

Quittner leaving Fortune for Time

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Josh Quittner, the former editor of Business 2.0 who went to Fortune when the former folded last year, is headed to Time magazine, writes Keith Kelly of the New York Post.

Josh QuittnerKelly writes, Business 2.0 “ended up being one of the more expensive magazine failures in Time Inc. history, losing more than $100 million before closing last year.

“Quittner said he’ll be writing a column every other week in Time magazine and doing a daily blog.

“‘I’m a consumer facing guy and what I really enjoy writing about is how the changes that whip through tech land effect regular people like us,’ said Quittner.”

Read more here.

Greenberg to leave Marketwatch, journalism to start research firm

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Herb Greenberg, the Marketwatch columnist and longtime business columnist for several news outlets, announced Tuesday that he’s leaving business journalism to start a research firm.

Herb GreenbergOn his blog, Greenberg wrote, “On May 1, I’m leaving MarketWatch, Dow Jones and traditional journalism to start an independent research firm with my friend, Debbie Meritz, an analyst/accountant who has been a very good source of ideas in the past.

“I’ve devoted my career to journalism, starting in elementary school by delivering copies of the Miami News from my bicycle, to my first job out of college in 1974 as the first business reporter for the Boca Raton News.

“I’ve since been part of the evolution of modern business journalism, working from beat reporter to correspondent to columnist to blogger.

“When Debbie and I first started talking about the idea of setting up a research firm, it seemed like the next logicial step, just as it did when I left traditional print journalism 10 years ago to join the fledging online world.”

Read more here. Greenberg also writes a column that appears in The Wall Street Journal on Saturdays, and he appears regularly on CNBC.

Talking Biz News conducted a lengthy interview with Greenberg in December about business journalism and his career that can be read here.

New editor named at Nashville Business Journal

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Lance Williams has been named editor of the Nashville Business Journal, according to a short story posted Tuesday on its web site.

He’s the third top editor at the weekly in the past two years. Dave Raiford was named editor in March 2007, replacing Geert DeLombaerde, who left in December 2006. Raiford has left the company, according to an e-mail from Beth Hunt, manager of editorial operations for parent American City Business Journals.

Nashville Business JournalThe story stated, “Williams, who has been editor at the Austin Business Journal in Austin, Texas since 2006, had previously served as the paper’s managing editor for two years.

“He joined American City Business Journals in 2002, working as a reporter and editor with the Cincinnati Business Courier.

“Prior to joining ACBJ, Lance worked as a bureau chief for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader and as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.”

Read more here. 

Washington Post tech editor leaving for NPR

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Yuki Noguchi, the technology editor of the Washington Post, is leaving for a business reporter job at National Public Radio, according to a memo posted on Fishbowl DC.

The memo stated, “Yuki had a particularly strong talent for spotting stories about the impact of technology on families, friends and communities.

Yuki Noguchi“Stories she did as a tech reporter included ones about romance and text messaging, online memorials, cell phone companies trying to get in touch with their inner fashionista and blogger therapy. As an editor, she continued to develop original coverage that helped our readers understand the many ways technology is seeping into our culture and shaping our work and personal lives. Yuki’s last day will be April 25.

“We are now looking for a new technology editor with the same eye for consumer stories about technology, as well as someone who can help drive our coverage of telecommunications policy, Web 2.0 and the battle between Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Murdoch and Time Warner over the online advertising revenues pouring into the Internet. We expect to fill this job from inside the newsroom.”

Read more here.

Pulitzer winner Bandler leaving WSJ for Fortune

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James Bandler, a Wall Street Journal reporter who last year won a Pulitzer Prize as part of the team that wrote about the backdating of stock options, is leaving the paper for a job at Fortune.

James BandlerBandler will become an editor at large at the magazine, he told Talking Biz News in an e-mail. He will start May 19.

Bandler was based in the Journal’s Boston bureau. He joined the Journal in September 1999 as a health care and education writer for its New England regional edition and later covered media companies from New York.

His work at the paper includes features on accounting fraud at Xerox Corp., executive theft at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and price-fixing in the chemical shipping industry. He broke the story on Harvard Business Review involving the publication’s former top editor and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.

Bandler began his journalism career as a Sunday features writer for the Rutland Herald and Barre Times Argus in Vermont. He later worked for the Boston Globe.

Bandler is also the recipient of several other honors for the backdating series including: the Gerald Loeb Award, the George Polk Award for business reporting, The National Headliner Award for business news coverage, Gilbert and Ursula Farfel Prize for Investigative Journalism, and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Bandler graduated with honors from Brown University in 1989 where he studied media and modern culture.

Alabama paper adds business columns

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The Huntsville Times in Alabama is adding two business columns to its paper. One is a new column, while the other is a columnist returning to the paper, according to a short story Friday.

Huntsville TimesThe story stated, “The Times is proud to announce the return of small-business columnist Tim Knox and the debut of technology columnist Curt Brandao beginning next week. Knox’s column, ‘Mind Your Own Business With Tim Knox,’ will appear each Sunday. Brandao’s column, ‘Digital Slob,’ will appear every Monday.

“Many readers are familiar with Knox, 47, a serial entrepreneur and e-business guru who wrote for The Times for several years until last summer. (He’ll explain his hiatus in his first column Sunday.)

“Knox is the founder and president of four successful tech companies and serves as an investor and adviser to many companies in this area. He also has sold millions of dollars of products online in the last three years.”

Read more here. Brandao is an editor with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.