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Rannazzisi Julie

Remembering Julie Rannazzisi of Marketwatch


Jon Friedman, a former colleague, remembers Marketwatch’s Julie Rannazzisi, who died 10 years ago Thursday.

Friedman writes, “We worked together for four-and-a-half years at MarketWatch.com, the financial website, before she succumbed. She sat at the desk right across from mine. She was excellent company, cheerful, pragmatic and always willing to share in a bit of gallows humor.

“Really, though, Julie was our rock. Not only did she hold down the demanding job of following — by the minute, it sometimes seemed — the machinations of the ever-volatile stock market. She loved talking to her sources about the most (to me, the hotshot media writer on the scene) mind-numbing, data-driven minutiae. Julie loved to follow the market and she’d say sagely, ‘The stock market doesn’t lie.’ To her, there was something always reassuring about the market, which wasn’t swayed by human emotion or past performance or charisma or effort.

“I watched her disintegration in a harrowing way. It didn’t take long for her to need to take a leave of absence from work in 2002. We all worried about worst-case scenarios, of course. But when she returned, vigorous, to work in 2003, it seemed like a miracle. It was, quite simply, too good to be true.

“As it turned out, this was too good to be true. She had to leave the office for the safety of her apartment, in Turtle Bay. Of course, I, and the others, faithfully visited her. Knowing the truth all too well, we’d reassure that she would be back at work, tediously crunching numbers. We had often talked about our mutual love for a silly film called ‘Meet the Parents.’ The sequel, ‘Meet the Fokkers,’ was scheduled to come out in movie theaters and I told her that we’d go to see it again.”

Read more here.

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.

Ciara Linnane

Marketwatch.com names Linnane to oversee investing/corporate news coverage


Marketwatch.com editor in chief Glenn Hall sent out the following announcement on Monday:

I am pleased to announce that Ciara Linnane will be returning to MarketWatch to oversee our investing/corporate news coverage.

As many of you know, Ciara was part of the MarketWatch team from 2003-2007, serving as both markets editor and co-bureau chief in New York.

Ciara later joined Thomson Reuters, where she served in several senior leadership roles in the intervening years, including as editor in charge of credit news, as global editor for the IFR group which specializes in real-time market commentary and analysis, and most recently as managing editor for Thomson Reuters Deal Group.

Her career also includes international experience at AFX and Bloomberg News, where our paths briefly crossed when we both worked at Bloomberg’s bureau in Frankfurt, Germany.

I am excited about the opportunity to work with Ciara again, and I am confident we will all benefit from her deep financial knowledge as well as her straight-forward style and joie de vivre.

Ciara will be based in New York and her first day will be March 31.

After Ciara joins us in New York, Steve Goldstein will be able to focus on leading our coverage of the biggest story in America — the midterm elections that may reshape the political landscape and the regulatory environment once again. We will be working to put a unique MarketWatch stamp on the election coverage, and Steve will lead cross-team efforts to ensure we have a full 360-degree approach.

I want to thank Steve for providing thoughtful, steady leadership during this interim period, and I also want to say how excited I am about working with him on new strategies for our political and economic coverage.

Philip Van Doorn

Marketwatch.com names new columnist


Marketwatch.com editor in chief Glenn Hall sent out the following announcement:

I’m excited to announce that we are bringing on a new columnist with deep expertise in data analysis and investing strategies.

Philip van Doorn has a track record of delivering market-moving analysis as a senior analyst at TheStreet.com and TheStreet Ratings since 2007. Prior to transitioning to research and analysis and later journalism, Phil oversaw a $750 million mortgage portfolio at Riverside National Bank and served as a credit analyst at Federal Home Loan Bank of New York before that.

Phil will join us on March 31 and will report to our new commentary editor, Parris Kellermann. He will be be based in Jupiter, Florida.

I worked with Phil during my time at TheStreet and I can tell you that he crunches data like nobody’s business and he knows how to translate numbers into actionable analysis that impresses investing pros and still makes sense to the rest of us.


MarketWatch.com seeks reporter to cover startups


MarketWatch.com seeks a reporter to cover the world of startups with an entrepreneurial energy and innovative mindset befitting the subject.

The beat should be approached three ways: 1. As a personal finance/career story (should I mortgage my home and drain my 401(k) to get this company off the ground?). 2. How the news of the day, major economic developments, and policy decisions affect startups and small businesses. (How will health-care reform change affect entrepreneurs?). 3. What hot startups and their disruptive big ideas mean for investors and consumers.

The job requires at least three years of news experience, strong writing skills, and a keen understanding of how to engage audiences on social media. This position is based in New York.

Please attach a resume, cover letter and three to five published clips to your online application.

To apply, go here.

Chuck Jaffe

Jaffe: Biz journalists need to use data with personal examples


Business journalists need to be able to decipher complicated data and be able to explain what that data means through the use of personal examples, a senior Marketwatch columnist said Wednesday night.

“Data driven reporting is quantitative and unemotional,” said Chuck Jaffe, who primarily writes about mutual funds. “Bringing it home gets the story out of data and into people. It doesn’t take long to find people who are affected.”

Jaffe was the keynote speaker Wednesday at the McGraw Hill Financial Data Awards Dinner in New York. The event was held by the International Center for Journalists, which offered an online financial data course this past fall. Journalists who took the course and wrote stories with data were honored at the dinner.

Jaffe said he still keeps a list of consumers who have contacted him about specific topics, and he relies on that list for examples when he is writing. He noted that a woman called him Wednesday to discuss gold who will likely end up in a future column.

“The more something [I write} is personal to someone, the more engaged they are,” said Jaffe, who recently used Reddit to find Bitcoin traders and shared those contacts with other Marketwatch journalists.

It’s often hard for business journalists to find the data that they need to tell a story, and when they do the data often does not tell the story that the journalist thought it would tell, said Jaffe.

“When the numbers come back, and they’re not what you thought, you have to ask, why not?” said Jaffe. And if the company or agency generating the numbers doesn’t know why the numbers are what they are, the reporter should dig deeper.

“Too many reporters are stopped by the word no,” said Jaffe. “The great thing about being a columnist is that I don’t have to be nice to the people I deal with.”

Jaffe provide other advice to the journalists at the dinner, including:

  • Scams and frauds are often repeating themselves. Reporters should look for those. “There’s nothing new in scam world,” said Jaffe.
  • Writing about investors who like or dislike a stock should dig deeper and explain the methodology for how that investor reached that conclusion.
  • Don’t forget what’s important in life, added Jaffe. Money managers who complain to him that he’s ignoring an angle in a column often don’t understand what’s important to consumers.

Jaffe worked as a business journalist at the St. Petersburg Times, Allentown Morning Call and Boston Globe before joining Marketwatch. He is a past president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.


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Marketwatch.com seeks investing columnist


MarketWatch.com is looking for a market data expert who can crunch numbers and mine databases to uncover unique investing insights.

The right candidate will have experience using multiple corporate and market data sets to assess the financial strength and weakness of publicly traded companies.

This role requires experience conducting stock market research and an understanding of various techniques and tools professional investors use to make buying and selling decisions.

Strong writing skills, in particular the ability to translate numbers into ideas, are essential.

To apply, go here.

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Marketwatch.com seeks reporter to cover consumer crime


MarketWatch.com is seeking a personal finance reporter to cover consumer crime.

As the recent Target data breach shows, these days, a few lines of code can pick more pockets than a few thousand street thugs. A whole universe of information may be one Google search away, but consumers have never felt more confused about how to protect themselves from fraud, scams, and schemes.

This reporter will dig up scoops on everything from questionable practices and shady dealings to outright fraud, by scouring lawsuits, hounding regulators, and most important, by helping readers make smarter decisions about their money. The position requires at least three years of news experience, strong writing skills, an interest in personal finance journalism, and a keen understanding of how to engage audiences on social media. This position is based in New York.

Please attach a resume, cover letter and three to five published clips to your online application.

To apply, go here.

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Interim Dow Jones CEO: We will invest in journalism


William Lewis, the interim chief executive officer of Dow Jones & Co., the parent of The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following message to the staff on Monday:

It has been two weeks since I was appointed Interim CEO, and I wanted to write to thank the many people across the company who have been kind enough to send me their thoughts and ideas on how we can ensure our business is able to respond better to our customers’ needs.

People from many departments and many regions across the globe have given me detailed thoughts and considered opinions on how we can be the best.  I have also been able to meet many people in person at our offices at Avenue of the Americas and South Brunswick as well as Gray’s Inn Road and Fleet Place in London, I look forward to meeting many more of you over the coming weeks.  This is an outstanding company, full of passionate people and we have the most tremendous opportunity ahead of us.

I’ve been learning in great detail about our products, our people and the possibilities that we have at Dow Jones. Working with the senior management team, my aim is to take a thoughtful and considered approach to understand the landscape and to help create a culture of listening and open communication in which your views are heard. Please email me at william.lewis@dowjones.com with any thoughts you have that you would like to share with me.

The medium-term goal is to work towards a budget process for FY15 that Anna Sedgley and her team will lead for me. This will help shape our focus and strategy, which we will begin to implement at the start of the fiscal year in July.  This strategy will, to a large extent, be based on input from co-workers who have deep and detailed knowledge about their markets, their products and our customers and we do want to hear from all of you – so please take the opportunity to contribute to the discussion over the next few months.

The other clear priority is to review our institutional strategy.  As you may be aware we have created a DJX task force with cross-company representation in order to carve out next steps. This team has been working hard with input from many people.  We look forward to sharing the outcome with you shortly and to working more closely with our institutional customers.

We will also be increasing our efforts to expand our consumer business and invest in our digital products.  Our journalism serves the most influential individuals around the world and it sets the standard for rigorous, quality reporting.  Investing in our journalism and building our consumer brands is an unequivocal priority.

We have world-class people and products at Dow Jones and I am truly excited about the opportunities and possibilities for growth and expansion.

Thank you for making me so welcome in my first few weeks and thank you for your commitment to our company. I look forward to working with you.

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Union leader to Dow Jones employees: We will get best deal


Bob Kozma, the president of the Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees, the union that represents business journalists at The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires and Marketwatch.com, sent out the following note to its members:

First we had the Bancrofts as owners. Now we have the Murdochs. We have endured Peter Kann and Rick Zannino as CEOs, followed by Les Hinton. Lex came . . . and went. The chandelier is going, too.

Through all the changes, one thing is clear: We, the employees represented by the Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees, make Dow Jones & Co. happen.

From the Wall Street Journal to Barron’s, from Factiva to MarketWatch — we make it happen.

From New York to California, Dallas to Toronto, Chicago to Washington — we make it happen.

From newsrooms to press rooms; from sales to customer service; building maintenance, circulation, finance, payroll, technology — wherever you see “Dow Jones” painted on a wall or stenciled on a door — we make it happen.

Managers may come and go, executives may change strategies seemingly overnight, but we remain steadfast because we know — we make it happen.

The new year is only one month old and look how tumultuous it has been. We await the news on News Corp’s — and Dow Jones’s — performance in the latest quarter. Management may once again say how it has to wring cost savings from the organization, and how the company has to do more with less. The leadership of your union will do all we can to counter management’s desire to heap more work on its employees.

This year, IAPE and Dow Jones will negotiate a new collective-bargaining agreement, the contract that governs how we operate. With your support, we will do what we always do: get the best deal possible. We will do this because we know — we make it happen!