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US Banker magazine changing name to American Banker

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U.S. Banker, a monthly banking magazine, will change its name to American Banker Magazine with the July issue.

The new name is the name of the daily business newspaper about banking put out by SourceMedia, the parent of both publications. SourceMedia’s banking publications also include Bank Technology News and Credit Union Journal.

A story on the magazine’s website states, “The new magazine will build on U.S. Banker‘s strong foundation as the go-to source for provocative and engaging banking-business coverage. It will take on a cleaner and crisper design to suit its executive readership. Its front-of-book Briefings will succinctly analyze the most important events and developments for banking professionals. The Metrics & Measures section will drill down sharply on what must increasingly be a core component of every banker’s business model — data. And, under the rubric Meet & Greet, our back-of-book pages will introduce readers to a rich and fascinating collection of their peers, in words and pictures, on stage and off the cuff.

“Most important, American Banker Magazine‘s features and cover stories will challenge you to take a fresh look at your business and your industry. They will invite you to think differently, consider new ideas and angles, and get inside the heads of your industry’s insurgents and innovators.

“We’re especially proud to be unifying these storied brands in what happens to be the 175th anniversary year of American Banker, the daily newspaper that has served as touchstone, oracle and scorekeeper for generations of banking leaders.”

Read more here.

Tacoma paper cuts Sunday stocks

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The Tacoma News-Tribune has cut its Sunday stock listings as part of an overall redesign of the newspaper.

Executive editor Karen Peterson writes, “Newspapers across the country have done away with stocks listings as people have gone to the Internet for that information (including our own website). Few readers have complained. We will continue the daily listing of local stocks in our Business section.

“We’ll use some of the newfound space for ‘Money Power,’ a column about personal finance topics including savings and investing, college costs, retirement planning and taxes.

Read more here.

Earlier this year, the New London Day in Connecticut moved its Sunday listings to Saturday while The Oregonian in Portland dropped all weekend listings.

Deseret News overhauls business news coverage

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The Deseret News, Utah’s oldest continually published daily newspaper,  launched a new business news section Tuesday that will  increase coverage of business topics across its print and digital platforms.

The newspaper named former Bloomberg editor Jordan Burke the manager of business content development for the section.

In the newly created role of business content development manager, Burke will function as the newspaper’s business editor and as a product manager to ensure the business section reflects the way readers consume news today. He will coordinate local business reporting as well as manage coverage of national and international business news. His role includes a strong focus on digital news coverage and the development of additional business news products.

Prior to joining the Deseret News, Burke worked in New York as an editor for Bloomberg LP, a provider of financial news and information. At Bloomberg, he oversaw the company’s first vertical news website covering energy. Previously he reported on the North American oil, gas and utility industries and markets. Burke holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University.

“Through our business news section, we will enrich the newspaper’s in-depth business reporting, and utilize the power of new media platforms to reach our growing audience,” said Clark Gilbert, president and CEO of the Deseret News, in a statement. “Jordan brings a solid journalism background to this position but he also brings an understanding of the way readers engage with and are influenced by news. We are excited to tap into his leadership and inventive thinking as he develops this section.”

Read more here.

Harvard Business Review overhaul pays off

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Jeremy Peters of the New York Times writes Monday about the Harvard Business Review and the success of its recent changes.

Peters writes, “According to the Review’s figures, unit sales on the newsstand, where copies cost $16.95, are up 19 percent. New blogs and additional content on its Web site have pushed up visits. Page views in April grew to seven million, compared with 600,000 four years ago, the Review said.

“Among the features that are drawing attention are very un-Harvard Business Review-like items — especially features like a Q. and A. with the comedian Ricky Gervais, below. Mr. Ignatius proudly pointed to other reader feedback that landed in his in-box recently.

“‘Just want to compliment you on the quality of HBR. I have never seen it better,’ said one e-mail Mr. Ignatius shared that was signed ‘Jeff,’ as in Jeffrey R. Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric.

“The magazine has also signed several new advertisers this year, like Cartier, British Airways and Goldman Sachs. Circulation, after falling in 2008 and 2009, was essentially flat in 2010, at 237,000.”

Read more here.

Bloomberg.com overhaul about building prestige

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The goal of the redesign of Bloomberg.com is to bring all the various moving parts of Bloomberg’s news operations together and do more than just just compete against it financial news rivals — it wants prestige, writes David Kaplan of PaidContent.org.

Kaplan writes, “‘Over the years, Blooomberg, has continued to add a lot of terminal subscribers,’ said Tyrangiel, who is the editor for Bloomberg Businessweek and responsible for editorial content on Bloomberg.com and Businessweek. ‘The website was a gravy boat. We could get by with that. But the company wants tot be the most influential news organization—and the web is the way to take advantage of of it.’

“Among the other things Bloomberg wants to take advantage of is its 2,300 reporters in 72 countries, its HD-television network and package it all in a way that enhances the real-time data product. Ultimately, the caché that it hopes to accrue, it will have time to build a stronger online ad operation. In March, for example, Bloomberg reformed the division that houses its TV, print, radio, mobile and digital media properties. It also gave Paul Bascobert, president of Bloomberg Businessweek, the additional role of head of Business Operations for the Bloomberg Media Group, as the multimedia unit is now called, the company hopes to make it easier to reach advertisers interested in Bloomberg’s cross-platform offerings.

“Now that it has all these pieces in place for the site, Tyrangiel says it will take time for Bloomberg.com to develop a true identity. The hope is that Bloomberg View won’t just counter Thomson Reuters’ blog offering that it started doing over a year ago when it acquired Breakingviews for $18 million, but that it will help provide a voice and tone that will help it set the news cycle’s agenda.”

Read more here.

Change in design at the WSJ

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Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson sent out the following announcement to the staff on Tuesday:

Over the last few years, the Wall Street Journal has developed into a newspaper recognized internationally for its visual style. As Creative Director since 2008, Tomaso Capuano has spearheaded that transformation, crafting the new magazine, recasting the paper and redrafting our digital sites.

As we continue to pursue increasingly ambitious initiatives, in the U.S. and abroad, Tomaso is shifting his focus to concentrate primarily on the design and development of new products at the Journal and Dow Jones. Thus the esteemed John Nichols will become Chief Art Director, responsible for day-to-day management of our team of art directors.

Tomaso and John, along with photography director Jack van Antwerp and graphics chief Seth Hamblin, will report to Deborah Brewster.

Bloomberg View to launch Wednesday as company redesigns website

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Dylan Byers of Adweek reports that Bloomberg View, the new opinion section of Bloomberg News, will launch on Wednesday as part of the company’s redesigned website.

Byers writes, “Bloomberg View’s first columns will come from Ron Klain, the former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden; author William Cohan; and Tufts international politics professor Vali Nasr. Bloomberg News writers Margaret Carlson, William Pesek, Paul Kedrosky, and Amity Shales will also have columns out late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

“New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in December of last year that his company, Bloomberg L.P., would publish editorials that would appear across the company’s many platforms, including Bloomberg Terminal, Bloomberg TV, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

David Shipley, former Op-Ed page editor at the New York Times, and Jamie Rubin, who served as an assistant secretary of state for public affairs in the Clinton administration , will oversee the new section, and will report to Matt Winkler, editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News.”

Read more here. The redesigned website will include a market snapshot streaming across the top of the page and news headlines streaming on the far right side.

AllThingsD launches redesign

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AllThingsD, the Dow Jones & Co. website that covers tech news, has been redesigned.

Co-executive editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg write, “As you will see, in the new set-up, all blog posts belong to AllThingsD and no longer operate under a variety of column names.

“We thought long and hard about this change, which entailed moving all the content from the various blogs under the single AllThingsD.com moniker.

“This will make everything look more cohesive from a branding standpoint. We’re AllThingsD now, and not the blogging nation states of BoomTown, Digital Daily, MediaMemo, Mobilized, NetworkEffect, eMoney and NewEnterprise.

“While we liked all those pretty names, it’s become clear that it’s gotten a little confusing to readers that we are one single news organization.”

Read more here.

Washington state paper changing business coverage

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The Bellingham Herald in Washington state is changing some details of its business news coverage due to layoffs at the paper.

An item on its website states, “Several changes to Business coverage will occur this week as The Bellingham Herald continues to focus on Whatcom County while restructuring due to a decrease in national advertising.

“Eight staff positions were eliminated May 13 in news, advertising and circulation departments.

“Business Editor Dave Gallagher’s Sunday Biz Talk column is moving to Thursdays in The Bellingham Herald and his Retail Tipsheet is moving to Sundays. The Monday national business page will be eliminated. The Dilbert comic strip will appear Mondays with the other comics.

Read more here.

SmartMoney.com has a new look

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Janet Paskin, the editor of SmartMoney.com, writes about the personal finance magazine’s new look on the Internet.

Paskin writes, “You’ll still find breaking news and advice from our award-winning staff, in addition to our full suite of portfolio and market-research tools and weekly favorites like ‘Ten Things They Won’t Tell You.’ But we’ve also reached across the Dow Jones family to gather the best personal finance news and analysis from the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Barron’s, and the Dow Jones Newswires — all at SmartMoney.com.

“We’ve built new tools, with more on the way, and reorganized the site so that it’s easier to find the information you need, when you need it. Here are some features we think you’ll particularly like:

“Home page: Breaking news, analysis and smart advice from SmartMoney and the rest of the Dow Jones family, as well as ’5 Must-Reads’ the stories you just can’t miss. Portfolios, watch-lists and market data are all here too, in the Investor Center on the right side of the page, along with daily investing ideas from across the network.

“Articles: We’ve made it easier to share our award-winning journalism with your friends (or send advice to your children) via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. We’ve also added relevant tools, guides and references, so you can turn information into action, when you’re ready.”

Read more here.