Tag Archives: Redesigns

Buffalo Business First

Reimagining how local business news is delivered


Jack Connors, the publisher of Buffalo Business First, writes about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Connors writes, “We have totally reimagined how we deliver local business news. It’s no longer about just telling a business story. It’s about having a business conversation. A conversation carried on face to face in business settings, and it’s trumpeted in social media.

“We want you to connect with our reporters and editors so you can tell us which stories matter to you.

“Our readers consume news much differently than they did when Business First started publishing almost 30 years ago. Business leaders need information now. They don’t want to wait until Friday to get the news they need to make important decisions.

“Business First is now a digital-first news operation, better able to provide information and data in a more comprehensive way.

“Our weekly edition, our free weekday Morning Edition and Afternoon Edition emails, our mobile and tablet editions and ongoing social media interactions work in concert to give you the news you want when you want it and how you want it.”

Read more here.

San Antonio Biz Journal

More business news in more ways


Jimmy Holmes, the publisher of the San Antonio Business Journal, writes about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Holmes writes, “Consequently, creating the new San Antonio Business Journal involved far more than the redesigned newspaper you now hold in your hand. The editorial team has evolved as well, to become a digital-first news-gathering machine, which means we are delivering the news to you across multiple platforms — online and print — as the news breaks and develops over the course of the day and week.

“For our print product, this has meant redesigning not only the look but the very nature of the news we deliver, starting with our cover story, which offers readers a deep dive on an issue or personality that is at the top of the agenda in the local business community. We want the paper, and you, to be part of that agenda-setting process, and our cover stories will open the door to that possibility. Our new reporter pages are designed to provide readers with a textured distillation of the leading stories broken and advanced by our writers online during the week across multiple beats — including health care, real estate, energy, technology, finance and more.

“Finally, the third leg of the redesigned Business Journal focuses on digging deeper into our extensive research base, a major strength of the paper, to provide an expanded amount of information and coverage with our weekly lists. In addition, we will continue to offer news, people and feature content beyond the cover stories, reporter pages and expanded list packages. We provide this news via industry spotlight pages, columns such as SportsView and Marketing & Media, and a retooled records and leads section.”

Read more here.

Albuquerque Business First

Albuquerque biz paper launches redesign


Ian Anderson, the publisher of Albuquerque Business First, writes about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Anderson writes, “We’re bringing you breaking news online first and fast all day long, delivering it to readers’ inboxes twice a day. In our weekly edition, we take a deeper dive into the issues and industries we’re covering, providing you perspective and analysis you won’t find anywhere else. And our social media channels are driving a discussion on the issues that matter to the Duke City’s business community.

“This week’s in-depth cover story, a collaboration among our entire reporting staff, looks at how other cities have reinvented their economies and what it would take for Albuquerque to do the same.

“The relaunched Albuquerque Business First also includes new features. On page 3 of the weekly edition, you’ll find #ABQBiz, which gets readers right to the heart of what leaders in the business community are thinking and talking about on social media and beyond.

“This effort is uniquely Albuquerque, but it also benefited from the resources and expertise of our parent company, American City Business Journals. ACBJ worked with world-renowned designer Mario Garcia to create the look you see on our pages and our website.”

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Wichita Biz Journal

No more holding business news until Friday


Bill Roy, the editor of the Wichita Business Journal, writes about how reporting has changed at the American City Business Journals paper.

Roy writes, “The Wichita Business Journal has rewired its newsroom.

“We have changed the way we operate so we can deliver the business intelligence you need to compete and win in the Air Capital.

“My reporters and I used to work each week to seek out exclusive local business news — scoops — and present them in the weekly edition of the WBJ that comes out each Friday.

“It didn’t matter if we got the scoop on Monday or Wednesday or the previous Friday, we held that scoop so we could break the news in your Friday paper.

“People talk. News leaks. Sometimes those stories would be picked up by our competitors and we would lose the exclusive.

“No more.

“Now my reporters and I work our sources, we get the scoops and we report them immediately, on your mobile phone, on your tablet and on our website, WichitaBusinessJournal.com.

“Bottom line: No more holding the news. We get it to you as quickly as we can.”

Read more here.

Bloomberg View

Bloomberg View to relaunch as standalone site


Bloomberg View, which was created by Bloomberg L.P. in 2011 as a complement to the company’s news products, is set to relaunch this morning. with a slick, mobile-friendly layout and its own URL, reports Joe Pompeo of Capital New York.

Pompeo writes, “That makes it only the second property in the Bloomberg empire to have a standalone site. The other is Bloomberg Businessweek, the company’s marquee glossy, which was acquired in 2009 and therefore already had its own website. Until now, Bloomberg View was a vertical on bloomberg.com, which also is home to brands like Bloomberg Markets, Bloomberg Pursuits and Bloomberg TV.

“The re-boot reflects an evolving consumer strategy at a company that makes most of its money from the sale of high-priced financial-data terminals. Bloomberg Media Group, under the leadership of former Atlantic Media executive Justin B. Smith, is also reviewing its print magazines and cable-news channel, which is the loss leader, followed by Businessweek, according to sources.

“The finances of View, which is seen as a pet project of Bloomberg L.P. founder and majority shareholder (and former New York Mayor) Michael Bloomberg, are unclear. But the site, which has a full-time staff of roughly two-dozen, offers lucrative salaries and contributor contracts.”

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Austin Business Journal

Austin Business Journal unveils redesign


Colin Pope, the editor of the Austin Business Journal, writes about what the paper’s redesign means to readers.

Pope writes, “Our new way of presenting our authoritative, ahead-of-the curve business stories may be different to better serve you in this digital era, but some things will never change around our newsroom.

“This is a source of business intelligence, and every bit of it is actionable for someone earning a paycheck or building a company. Whether it points you in the direction of a solid lead or exposes details about the people you need to know so you can get closer to them, everything in this publication can be acted upon or used by professionals.

“This newsroom vows to report what’s happening, not just what’s announced. We vow to produce accurate, clear and unbiased articles, and put your needs first. Above our reporters’ desks hangs a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, with the caption: ‘This isn’t a democracy. The reader is queen. Or king, as the case may be.’

“We get it. Great business depends on an unvarnished view of your environment. Thanks for counting on us.”

Read more here.

stock listings

South Carolina editor explains why stock listings cut — temporarily


Carolyn Callison Murray, the editor of the Myrtle Beach Sun News in South Carolina, writes about why the paper didn’t publish stock listings last week, when bad weather hit the state.

Murray writes, “Frequently during such times, newspapers will establish early deadlines to make it easier for carriers to get the print edition delivered, and we established 5 p.m. deadlines for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday’s editions. It worked reasonably well as far as deliveries went, but despite notes published in each day’s edition, by Friday we spent a significant amount of time explaining to readers that no, we have not in fact decided our readers are not smart enough to understand the stock tables and we’ve decided not to run them anymore.

“I’m not kidding, that’s the conclusion one caller jumped atop and shared in a lengthy voicemail message.

“I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to leaping to the worst possible scenario if worrying about the safety of a loved one, but I try to extend good will when something else has caused me to question a less-than-undertandable action by a person or business.

“The stock market closes each day at 4 p.m. Eastern time, but the information doesn’t come to us immediately upon close of trading. It takes the wire service until at least 6 p.m. and usually closer to 6:30 to get the data documented and shipped to us in the format necessary for publication. A 5 p.m. press time meant that we were unable to include that information.

“It was back in the paper by Saturday, where it will remain unless it’s a holiday that closes the exchange (as was the case on Monday) or we have to make another choice between delivering the print edition and including the stock/mutual fund numbers. In that case, we will again err on the side of our delivery times.”

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Sacramento Business Journal

Sacramento Biz Journal unveils redesign


Jack Robinson, the editor of the Sacramento Business Journal, writes about the redesign of the weekly business newspaper owned by American City Business Journals.

Robinson writes, “The new look was created by world-famous newspaper designer Mario Garcia for the Business Journal and its sister papers around the country. It features bolder presentation of photos and graphics and new features, including weekly full-page profiles of key business leaders.

“The changes in our weekly edition follow changes online that began a year ago. Among other steps, we have:

  • Shifted to a digital-first strategy. That means we now break news online, rather than save scoops for the Friday paper.
  • Dramatically ramped up the number of stories we publish online every day
  • Added “how-to” stories and national business news coverage

“As a result, our morning edition and afternoon edition — free emails that go out before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. — are packed with local business headlines every day.”

Read more here.


Missouri paper expanding Sunday business section


David Stoeffler, executive editor of the Springfield News-Leader newspaper in Missouri, writes about how the Gannett paper is expanding its Sunday business section.

Stoeffler writes, “Most noticeably, you’ll find an expanded Sunday Business section filled with local content.

“Our current daily Business page combines national and local news. Starting next Sunday, we’ll be dividing that content.

“• Every day, you’ll find 1-2 pages of national business news, including an overview and analysis of the stock markets, inside the USA TODAY section.

“• Stocks of local interest and commodities reports will be published Tuesday through Saturday at the bottom of our new Community page.

“• Other breaking local business news will be published day to day in the main news section.

“The weekly highlight, though, will be our Sunday Business section. It will be more than double the size of our current Sunday section and feature weekly in-depth reports from business reporter Thomas Gounley and other News-Leader staff and freelance contributors.”

Read more here.

Louisville Business First

Louisville biz paper’s redesign changes how it covers stories


Carol Brandon Timmons, editor of Louisville Business First, writes about how the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper affects how it produces news content.

Timmons writes, “So, we’re now a digital-first news operation. When we know it, you know it. We break news on our website, share it via social media, and send emails with story links each morning and afternoon.

“For example, senior reporter Ed Green on Tuesday broke the news that Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. is considering a new ground distribution center in Louisville. Ed has a freshened report about the potential project here, where his economic development coverage is highlighted.

“Those reporter-branded pages, a key part of our new strategy, give our reporters a place where their beat knowledge can really shine.

“Readers told us they want insightful perspectives and understanding of what stories mean to the community, to their businesses and to them.

“Our reporter pages accomplish that as do our cover stories, which are an essential element of our weekly edition. They’re intended to be conversation starters that enlighten and educate our readers with detailed reports that have interest and impact.”

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