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The New Yorker launches online biz page


The New Yorker launched a new online hub for business coverage and commentary, The Business Pages, on Tuesday.

Michelle Manafay of Minonline.com writes, “It features business content from the magazine, as well as original Web content written by Malcolm Gladwell, James Surowiecki, John Cassidy, Amy Davidson, Ken Auletta, Tim Wu, among others. Xerox is the exclusive launch sponsor of The Business Pages.

“Weekly features on the site include ‘The Idea of the Week,’ an infographic visualization of a significant business or financial issue; ‘The Number,’ a deep dive into an economic indicator, data point, or other figure that best captures what’s happening that week; a video series hosted by James Surowiecki, tied to his column in the magazine, The Financial Page; and ‘How Do They Make Money?,’ a series that asks how different people make their livings — from street musicians to shoeshine men to fishermen.

“The hub will also provide links to classic New Yorker stories about business. Among the classic The New Yorker stories retrievable is Connie Bruck’s A Mogul’s Farewell (October 18, 1993) on how Steve Ross’ death changed the future of Time Warner.”

Read more here.

San Antonio Express News

San Antonio paper expanding biz coverage


The San Antonio Express-News is expanding its Sunday and Monday business news coverage.

A story on its website states, “This weekend, we roll out Business Sunday, marking the return of in-depth  business news and analysis to the Sunday paper after a four-year absence. Look  for sharp coverage of energy and the Eagle Ford Shale and the energy  industry.

“Coming Monday: A stand-alone business section focused on personal  finance.

“These upgrades mean we have to do a little reshuffling.

Scott Burns will continue giving financial advice, but his column will be  shifting to the new Monday business section starting next week.

“Our Week in Review feature already has made its move — from Saturday to  Sunday.

“Finally, Social  Security guru Oscar  Garcia is returning the pages of the San Antonio Express-News on Sunday.  Look for him at the top Business Sunday’s page 2.”

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British daily cuts business news desk


Nathan Lane of The Drum in England reports that the Manchester Evening News in that country is eliminating its business news desk.

Lane writes, “The wisdom of this move will be seen over the coming months. But, before you resign the local paper to the annals of history, take a minute to think about the importance of local reporting.

“Local reporting gives local businesses a platform to reach out to their markets. It often champions the issues of readers and provides a valueable conduit to the national media, as stories are picked up and reported.

“Where will businesses outside the FTSE 100 and the M25 have a voice when local papers are gone? National media continue to pull back on their regional resource and even the BBC is looking at a more centralised delivery of news.

“Marketing dogma would suggest that every business is able to become a self-publishing, content marketing engine that attracts an engaged audience to serve as a pool of prospective customers. It doesn’t happen like that in the real world. Small businesses often lack the resources to plan and sustain a content led digital campaign.

“There is no easy solution to this problem. Companies have shifted spend to digital platforms and many traditional media brands have failed to commercialise their digital offers. There are notable exceptions, such as thebusinessdesk.com, which has grown through tough times.”

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The Grid

A fight over the Grid name


Robert Feder of TimeOut Chicago reports that a local publication, The Chicago Grid, is upset with the Chicago Sun-Times using the name The Grid for its new weekly business publication.

Feder writes, “Zaremba’s statement expressed outrage that Wrapports would ‘sink to such lows as to recycle an idea that an independent journalist had four years ago,’ adding: ‘With such a large paid staff, it’s really sad that they couldn’t come up with an original name. Either they are incompetent and didn’t perform the necessary due diligence or are lacking serious ethics and lifted a name ready-made from a publication that is staffed by volunteers and funded out of my own pocket and through donations.’

“Asked to comment on Zaremba’s threatened legal action, Wrapports released the following statement: ‘Grid is a weekly business publication that appears in print and digital media. Ms. Zaremba’s website is not a business magazine, nor does it even appear to be active.’

“A spokeswoman for the company declined further comment.

“Multiple local websites and Twitter accounts use the word “Grid,” including Grid Chicago, a blog about sustainable transportation matters (recently renamed Streetsblog Chicago), The Grid, a website for a sports bar in River North, and Chicago Artist Grid. Elsewhere, dozens of other publications and e-zines also incorporate the word.”

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Michigan Chronicle

Michigan Chronicle introduces standalone biz section


The Michigan Chronicle, an African-American newspaper, is rolling out a standalone business section.

Publisher Hiram Jackson writes, “That is why I decided that it was time for us to have a section dedicated to business. A section focused on the key innovation that underlies much of the gains that have been made by the African American business community in Detroit and the many companies that have partnered with them in order to make our city great again.

“It’s important that we recognize the role played by entrepreneurs in advancing positive social changes. I don’t mean businesspeople solving social ills, but people spreading new approaches — through nonprofits and businesses, or within government — to address problems more successfully than in the past.

“I know that at times, it can be hard to believe that progress is happening, but it is. Unfortunately, most of our news focuses on problems, not creative responses to them.

“One of the most interesting stories in the business community in Detroit today is how much creative problem solving is being done by citizens who are taking it upon themselves to fix things and who, in many cases, are outperforming traditional organizations or making systems work better.”

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Kiplinger website

Kiplinger website could erect paywall


Bill Mickey of Folio writes about the new Kiplinger.com website and the fact that its content could end up behind a paywall by the end of the year.

Mickey writes, “A team of four developers completed the project in about 10 months, and the proprietary, in-house approach saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars, says Harbrecht.

“A particular focus was incorporating social features, with every page being shareable, and the editorial team has dramatically stepped up its participation on the various platforms.

“The site is now optimized for tablet viewing, but Harbrecht says that due to budget and development constraints, formatting for the smartphone will come later. In the interim, the brand will be partnering with Onswipe to create a smartphone-friendly user experience for the site.

“During the redesign, the team laid the foundation for a paywall model, which is expected to launch in the third or fourth quarter this year. ‘It will probably be a metered or some kind of limited paywall,’ says Harbrecht. ‘We’re not quite a news operation, but what we provide is timely and our information can be valuable in both the instant and as evergreen.’”

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Reuters hiring for website operation


Reuters columnist Felix Salmon writes Friday that the wire service is looking for journalists to work on its revamped website operation, which will launch in March.

Salmon writes, “We’re looking for people who can write, of course: the site will need quick, clean, memorable posts on everything from central banking policy to Facebook’s latest product launch. But, even more importantly, we’re looking for people who can read. Why match when you can  link?

“The vision for business section of the site is that it will be a single source for readers to find the best business news and analysis online — regardless of source. The news will come from Reuters and from the rest of the web. As for the analysis, sometimes we’ll link to it, sometimes we’ll reprint it from elsewhere, and sometimes we’ll write it ourselves. Which means that although writing is going to be a key skill for anybody on the team, we’re looking for writers of the contextualizing, value-adding sort — rather than reporters.

“This property won’t look or feel like any other business section — it’ll be smarter, linkier and much more aware of the conversation. Practically, that means blending Reuters content with prominent external links, hover-and-dive blogging (which elides the distinction between a blog and a liveblog), great headlines, semi-traditional news blogging, op-eds, lots of charts, and of course a keen eye on social media in general and the ongoing Twitter conversation in particular.

“If you’re interested, please send a resume and a short note to Counterparties.Reuters@gmail.com. Be sure to include your Twitter handle!”

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New Sun-Times biz publication is coming


Robert Feder of Time Out Chicago writes Wednesday about the new business publication coming from the Chicago Sun-Times and its parent company Wrapports LLC.

Feder writes, “Starting this Sunday, Sun-Times readers will find a new addition to the paper — a weekly business magazine called Grid. Advertisers who’ve seen prototypes say it’s focused on stories about and for people in business in Chicago. The cover features Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz, an investor in Wrapports.

“Those who’ve seen it also say it appears to be aimed at a younger audience than Crain’s Chicago Business, which buried news of the competing project at the end of a report Monday about possible layoffs looming at Sun-Times Media.

“Insiders at Crain’s have been bracing for a challenge to their franchise ever since Ferro hired Jim Kirk, former chief of editorial operations at Crain’s and former business editor of the Chicago Tribune, as editor-in-chief of Sun-Times Media. Overseeing development of the new section is Brandon Copple, a former managing editor of Crain’s, who joined Wrapports as general manager last October.

“Grid will be the second new Sunday supplement launched by the Sun-Times in recent months. In September, the paper unveiled Splash, a weekly magazine section focusing on ‘style, society and celebrities’ and featuring Jenny McCarthy as an advice columnist.”

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Forbes web

Redesigning Forbes for the digital age


Forbes chief product officer Lewis Dvorkin was interviewed by Chris Smith of The Guardian in London about how the business magazine’s operations have been overhauled for the new media world.

Here is an excerpt:

What philosophy have you adopted to stay relevant to people’s digital lifestyles?

We have transformed Forbes.com from a website into a publishing platform. We have a core group of full-time reporters and a 1,000-strong contributor network – and all use a distributed set of easy-to-use publishing tools to create content and attract followings around their expertise. They are building personal brands under the Forbes umbrella brand. In doing so, they are making one-on-one connections with audience members — and engaging in conversation with them. Hundreds of contributors (freelance journalists, authors, academics, topic experts and business leaders) participate in an incentive payment programme – the bigger their loyal audience, the more they make. Others find reward in association with the Forbes brand. The new economics of journalism require quality, scale and efficiency. Our new model achieves all three.

How are user expectations evolving around how they manage their digital lifestyles and information?

People want to be participants and decision-makers in the news process. Social media turns everyone into an editor and many into suppliers of information. That means the audience wants its voice to be heard alongside the professional journalist. In some cases that means influencing a news page through up votes. In others, it means the ability to comment and follow a conversation just like you might follow a story. Digital consumers also want to be able to follow those reporters they respect as a first step in personalising their news experience and creating their own personal news feed to share with friend and colleagues. In all respects, they expect the news organisation to find them, rather than the other way around.

Read more here.


Columbus Dispatch bringing back standalone business section


The Columbus Dispatch, an Ohio paper that has put business news inside its A section for the past three years, is bringing back its standalone business section on Monday.

The new section is part of an overhaul at the paper, which is rolling out a smaller page size for its printed paper. The paper had maintained a standalone Sunday business section.

In a column last week, editor Benjamin Marrison wrote, “Our research made it clear that you highly value our award-winning coverage of business news, and the new section will put a brighter spotlight on that content.”

In 2007, the business section had been moved to the back of the sports section.

Here is what business editor Ron Carter told Talking Biz News by email on Sunday:

It’s very exciting to return to a standalone section. For the past several years, we’ve been inside the A section for daily, while maintaining our own section on Sunday. That’s one of the advantages of our new format. Our work will start getting much better display again beginning tomorrow.

I think readers are really going to like the new, smaller format. One thing that stands out is that it’s much easier to read agate copy. This will be really good for our daily stock report and our Sunday tables. The same will be true for sports.

One of our goals with the transition to the new format is to better promote our witers. One of the ways we will do this is with a daily blog item from the staff that will be used as part of our page two rail, and it will include a photo. We’ll also be doing more with regular graphics that provide a snapshot of the local economy.

Much of what we’ve been doing, however, won’t change. We’ll just be in better view, like we used to be.

I asked him about new features in the standalone section. He replied:

We’ve been doing a lot to boost our Sunday section over the past year, so all of that just shifts to the new format.

We started a rotation of monthly features on Sundays (Biz Extras) that includes a retail column, a development column, a feature on goods made in central Ohio and something we call Game Plan. The latter can be by readers to help them manage their lives. We tell them for the month ahead when it’s a good time to make a purchase, what foods will be on sale at the grocery, important financial planning dates, how to save on energy costs, etc. Then, on the odd month that has five Sundays, we use something called Work Stories, where people write in and tell funny, serious and unusal tales about their work life.

We also started a new feature on commercial real estate that takes a look at the biggest deals of the week.

Beyond that, we do not want to get bogged down on too many standing features. We want to leave as many resources as possible to cover the news on a daily basis.