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NYTimes should have acknowledged WSJ


Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of The New York Times, writes Wednesday that its story about doctors who are paid huge sums from Medicare should have acknowledged The Wall Street Journal, whose litigation led to the release of the data.

Sullivan writes, “The Journal, through its publisher, Dow Jones, has pushed hard on this, as have some individuals and consumer groups, suing to overturn an injunction won by the American Medical Association that would have kept the information private. It has followed up relentlessly, as detailed in a sidebar with today’s Journal article.

“That kind of legal action is crucial for news organizations — and it requires time, expense and persistence. (The Times has done similar kinds of things on many occasions, too. Such efforts are a cornerstone of investigative reporting.)

“I asked Susan Chira, an assistant managing editor involved in the story’s editing and publication, about crediting The Journal. She responded in an email: ‘I agree it would have been better to mention it and I wish we had. It was an oversight.’

“Times reporters Reed Abelson and Sarah Cohen did an excellent job of digging into the data and analyzing it, and the Times story seems well edited and solid. But the underlying information probably would not have been available without the legal fight; there should have been at least a nod to The Journal’s role in that.”

Read more here.

Andrew Ross Sorkin

NYTimes’ Sorkin: I am not a Wall Street Insider


New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan writes about when journalists are considering “insiders,” including Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Sullivan writes, “The author Dean Starkman draws a distinction between two kinds of journalism: access and accountability. In his new book about the failure of the financial press before the 2008 meltdown, ‘The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark,’ he analyzes The Times’s DealBook as a prime example of the former. That financial news section was founded by Andrew Ross Sorkin, one of The Times’s biggest stars, who is often criticized as representing Wall Street interests too unquestioningly, including in his regular appearances on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box.’

“Mr. Starkman writes that ‘access reporting tells readers what powerful actors say, while accountability reporting tells readers what they do.’ The business press failed the public miserably before the meltdown by accepting corporate spin at face value.

“Mr. Sorkin rejects such complaints, pointing to tough stories that DealBook has published, including those by Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Ben Protess. (Mr. Eisinger, of ProPublica, is also a regular DealBook contributor.)

“The criticism of him as an insider is, Mr. Sorkin says, ‘an old meme,’ and simply untrue.”

Read more here.

Is there room for a variety of approaches to dealing with sources? To some extent, yes. The Times — a large, establishment institution itself — provides a big tent for beat reporters, investigative reporters, critics and columnists. Each has a role, each a reporting technique.

Dionne Searcey

NYTimes biz desk hires Searcey from WSJ


New York Times business editor Dean Murphy sent out the following announcement on Wednesday:

We’re pleased to announce that Dionne Searcey of the Wall Street Journal is coming to BizDay to write about the economy.

For the past four years, Dionne has been an investigative reporter for the Journal’s Page One enterprise team, and before that was the paper’s national legal correspondent and its telecom reporter. She has also worked at Newsday, the Seattle Times and Chicago Tribune.

Dionne contributed to an award-winning series in 2011 that examined the Social Security disability program, and most recently wrote a series about fraud in asbestos claims that was based on her exclusive access to a database of privileged legal and medical records.  She has an eye for quirky angles and details that has made her a regular contributor to the Journal’s signature A-hed feature, including one about a convention of twins in Ohio where she revealed that fraternal twins suffer from an inferiority complex. “Some fraternal twins and their parents think identical twins have all the fun,” she wrote.

As these things go, Dionne is the mother of 6-year-old identical twin girls (and their older brother), is married to the climate change program director for the Wildlife Conservation Society (his office is near the sea lion pool at the Bronx Zoo) and grew up in a town in Nebraska that was so small that she signed her name at the grocery store instead of paying on the spot. “My kids’ Brooklyn elementary school is far bigger than the population of my entire hometown,” Dionne said.

Dionne studied journalism and French at the University of Nebraska. and took her first big-city job as a cop reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago. “I arrived at my first murder scene on my Chicago crime beat after being raised in Nebraska where police checks on barking dogs still make my hometown newspaper,” she said.

Dionne will join Nelson Schwartz and Shaila Dewan in covering the national economy later this month. Barking dogs beware.

Jo Craven McGinty

WSJ hires Pulitzer winner McGinty for numbers column


Wall Street Journal U.S. editor Jennifer Forsyth sent out the following staff hire announcement on Friday:

We’re thrilled to announce the hiring of Jo Craven McGinty as a columnist to tell the tale behind numbers in the news. She will be a successor to Carl Bialik, who wrote the Numbers Guy column for eight years. (Obviously, the name will change.)

This column has been influential and well-read, bringing deep and entertaining analysis to news events and the use—and misuse—of statistics. Jo’s hiring is the first step in a plan to enlarge the scope and reach of the column; more on that soon.

A Pulitzer Prize winner, Jo is one of the country’s foremost data reporters. She comes to us from the New York Times, where her subjects included disparities in hospital billings, deadly railroad crossings and favoritism among banks in the Fed’s lending program. She also wrote a fun first-person piece for the Dining section on how she set up a database of recipes that pops out a list of groceries she needs for a given week, complete with what grocery-store aisle the ingredients are on.

Jo worked as an enterprise reporter at Newsday, as a professor of computer-assisted reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and as adviser to Investigative Reporters and Editors. Before that, she was a database specialist at the Washington Post, where her research led to the 1999 Pulitzer for Public Service and the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for a series on the use of deadly force by DC police.

Earlier in her career, she held a number of reporting and editing jobs in her native North Carolina.


NYTimes names new corporate media reporter


New York Times media editor Peter Lattman sent out the following staff announcement on Friday:


I am pleased to announce that Jonathan Mahler will join The New York Times as a media reporter. He will cover the industry’s biggest companies and the moguls who run them, along with the seismic changes transforming their businesses.

Jonathan’s byline will be familiar to our readers. He has been a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine for the past decade, writing numerous cover stories, including his most recent one on the disgraced ex-Rutgers basketball coach, Mike Rice. In the media realm, he has written insightful, entertaining profiles of the author James Patterson and the sportswriter Bill Simmons.

In addition to his work for the magazine, Jonathan has written two books, the best-selling “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning” and “The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power.” In 2012, he wrote an e-book about Joe Paterno and the Penn State scandal, “Death Comes to Happy Valley.”

Since August 2012, he has been a sports columnist for Bloomberg View. But now Jonathan and his ample journalistic gifts — the guy reports like a bulldog and writes like an angel — are all ours, and we’re thrilled to have him. He starts on April 23.

Sam Sifton worked with Jonathan at Talk magazine at the turn of the century. “We’d both left newspapers — New York Press in my case, The Forward in Jon’s — to try our hand at magazines,” he said. “We spent most of our time lamenting that we weren’t working for newspapers. It’s thrilling to have him back in his natural environment, on deadline, worrying about what he’s going to eat for lunch at his desk.”

Wall Street Journal

WSJ named most influential biz news outlet; Sorkin named most influential biz journalist


The Wall Street Journal remains the most-influential financial news organization in the country, according to survey results released Thursday.

The Journal was nominated as the most influential financial news organization by 83 percent of the nearly 500 financial journalists who responded to the survey in November and December. Bloomberg News was second with 58 percent,m while the New York  Times was third with 31 percent. The Financial Times moved up to fourth, while Reuters moved down a spot to fifth.

The survey, done by DePaul University professors Matt Ragas and Hai Tran, was released Thursday by Gorkana. It also found that financial journalists are slightly less positive on the health of business journalism they they were two years ago.

“The small uptick in negative opinion could be due in part to layoffs over the past year by major business news organizations like Bloomberg News, Thomson Reuters and Dow Jones,” the study noted. “While the outlook for financial journalism remains stronger than in many other areas of journalism, these reductions do not help instill confidence.”

Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times and CNBC was named the most influential business journalist for the second time in a row. However, coming in second, was Jon Hilsenrath of The Wall Street Journal. Hilsenrath was not listed among the most influential when the survey was last done two years ago.

When relying on sources, business journalists said academic experts are the most credible, followed by a company CEO and then a technical expert in the company.

The survey can be found here.


NYTimes CEO takes swipe at Bloomberg


Mark Thompson, the CEO of the New York Times Co., poked rival Bloomberg News on Wednesday at a media conference when asked about the latter’s decision not to publish stories critical of people connected to the Chinese government for fear of hurting its business.

Matthew Garrahan of the Financial Times writes, “Mr Thompson was speaking days after Peter Grauer said Bloomberg ‘should have rethought’ investigative articles about China because of the potential harm to the company’s business information operation in the country.

 ”‘To state the obvious, Mr Grauer seems to have a rather different conception of what journalism should consist [than the New York Times],’ said Mr Thompson at the FT Digital Media conference in London.

“‘We don’t think you need to rethink investigative journalism,’ he added. ‘There are commercial realities…but it depends on what your priorities are.’

“The New York Times and Bloomberg have both been penalised by the Chinese authorities over investigative articles that have focused on the wealth accumulated by the families of senior members of the ruling Communist party.

“Fewer visas have been given to journalists at the two companies while sales of Bloomberg terminals in China declined after a 2012 article that explored the family wealth of Xi Jinping, China’s president.”

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Claire Cain Miller

NYTimes tech reporter Miller joining Upshot


David Leonhardt, who is operating the pending New York Times‘ web-only operation The Upshot, sent out the following staff announcement:

In November 2010, when Google seemed to be flying high, Claire Cain Miller wrote a front-page story in The Times about the company’s behind-the-scenes struggle to retain talent. She described its engineers as “chafing under the growing bureaucracy.” Google was not happy about the story. A company spokeswoman called Claire’s editor and demanded that she be taken off the beat.

Claire stayed on the beat, of course. And less than two months later, Google announced it was replacing its chief executive in an attempt to reinvigorate the company.

In almost six years on the tech beat at The Times, Claire has proven herself to be smart, tough and versatile. She has written a delightful profile of a Twitter founder and a much-discussed piece about its lack of female board members. She knows everyone who matters in Silicon Valley, including those who are normally hard to reach. She has helped make The Times a leader in technology coverage while also finding time to write about education and other subjects.

Now Claire is joining The Upshot, our new venture dedicated to demystifying politics, policy and other subjects — including the defining role that technology plays in shaping our economy, our culture and our daily lives. Beyond technology, Claire will also write regularly about the fascinating and crucial issues surrounding gender, work and family. Given my own interest in these issues — and longtime admiration of Claire’s work — I feel tremendously lucky that she’s on our team.

A native of Portland, Ore., Claire came to The Times from Forbes after stints working at the Council of Foreign Relations and doing research for Steven Brill. For The Upshot, she will be based in San Francisco, where she will continue to share with visiting staffers her encyclopedic knowledge not only of the tech industry but also of the best places to eat.


Showtime orders show from biz journalist Sorkin


Showtime has ordered “Billions” from New York Times and CNBC business journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin and writer-director-producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

Whitney Friedlander of Variety writes, “Set in the world of wealth, this fictional drama focuses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country. All three will executive produce.

“Sorkin, who wrote the best-selling book ‘Too Big to Fail,’ is the co-anchor on CNBC’s Squawk Box and is the founder and editor-at-large of New York Times’ DealBook, will stay with the newspaper. The 2011 HBO Films adaptation of his book received 11 Emmy nominations, including one outstanding miniseries or movie.

“The multi-hyphenate Levien and Koppelman have worked on projects like ‘Ocean’s Thirteen,’ ‘Runaway Jury’ and ‘Rounders.’”

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Julie Bosman

NY Times publishing reporter leaves for Midwest job


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:”

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