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Dayton Business Journal

Converting from weekly reporters to daily and hourly

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Carol Clark, the publisher of the Dayton Business Journal, writes Friday about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Clark writes, “Our move into the future is a bright one in which we continue to bring you the local business news and provide you connections. However, now we bring you the news how you want it, whether it is in 140 characters or less on Twitter, or an in-depth analytical piece in our weekly edition, or headlines on your smart phone. We are platform agnostic — however you choose to digest the news that we deliver daily, we have options with social media, mobile, tablet, laptop, PC or in print.

“Over the past year, our reporters have converted from weekly reporters to daily, even hourly, reporters who are charged with bringing you the business news heard nowhere else before. It seems that the changes we have already made over the past year have resonated with our readers, as we were 4th in subscriber growth in our chain of 43 business journals.

“News is now a conversation. We invite you to take part in that conversation by engaging with us all the ways you see here. We want to know what you are thinking and we want to report on news that matters to you and your industry.

“Of course, we thank our premium subscribers for your trust in us as a critical source of business news. And if you do not subscribe, or if you only subscribe to our e-mail newsletters, you are missing our best news and analysis in our weekly edition.”

Read more here.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Las Vegas paper updates stock listings

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal will introduce a new stock agate page on Tuesday that includes more listings.

An item on its website states, “The new grid offers more more stock listings and more information in a sharper, easier-to-read package.

“Among the new features are listings of Top Mutual Funds and Widely Held Stocks.

“The new grid, which appears Tuesday through Saturday on Page 3 of the Business section, will include a closer look at Stocks in the News in graphics-illustrated form.

“Readers are always welcome to suggest which stocks should appear under a section called Local Stock Watch. While space is limited, every effort will be made to include stocks that local readers find of interest.”

Read more here.

Birmingham Business Journal new

Birmingham Biz Journal unveils redesign

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Cindy Crawford, the editor of the Birmingham Business Journal, writes about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Crawford writes, “In the past year, we have become a digital media company with a digital-first news strategy. When we get news, we run it online. We don’t wait until the Friday weekly edition for you to get the scoops, get in the know and use that knowledge to be better informed and make good business decisions.

“Every day we are breaking news here on our website, on Twitter at @BhamBizJrnl, and on our Facebook page. On LinkedIn and on Google+, we share helpful ‘how to’ content as well as other items from bbj.com that can help let you know what is going on in Birmingham’s business community.

“And, under our new strategy, we take an in-depth look at an issue in the weekly edition that makes you think, gives you the all the angles and maybe even stirs up controversy. Inside, our reporters give you analysis and context to what’s going on in the top industries using expert sources and their learned expertise.”

Read more here.

WSJ

Dow Jones names head of digital design

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Himesh Patel has joined Dow Jones to lead the digital design of The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and Barron’s.

Patel was previously the creative director of London-based Telegraph Media Group, where he spearheaded the design of the Daily Telegraph newspaper and the award-winning Telegraph.co.uk website and apps.

“My goal at Dow Jones is to add zest and modernity to the consumer brands,” Patel said in a statement. “WSJ, MarketWatch and Barron’s should be consistent across platforms – web, mobile, newspaper. I want a subscriber to feel the same emotional response to our digital products that you get from an outstanding newspaper front page.

“I look forward to working closely with the editorial department on ways to make our journalism a joy to read or watch on digital platforms. We have some tough questions to answer: What is the role of a newspaper in the 21st century? What values do we need to retain and preserve from traditional newspaper cultures? And what needs to change? But we start with some critical advantages: WSJ is as essential today as it has been at any point in its 125-year history. The tsunami of second-rate content that washes across the Internet is creating an opportunity for high-quality media that stands out.”

“Readers’ experiences of our journalism on digital platforms needs to radically improve,” said Edward Roussel, head of consumer products at Dow Jones, in a statement. “This is where Himesh’s skills and leadership will be invaluable.”

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How The Tennessean will use USA Today biz news content

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Lance Williams, the business editor of The Tennessean in Nashville, writes about what business news content the paper will publish from USA Today.

Williams writes, “Each day, the USA Today section inside The Tennessean will contain at least two pages of national business coverage. One page will be devoted to the biggest business news stories of the day, whether it’s the latest decision from the Federal Reserve or the newest headlines from Twitter or Google. This past week, for instance, USA Today had expanded coverage of the Detroit auto show.

“Meanwhile, the second business page of each day’s section will feature expanded markets coverage. Listings will include a recap of the biggest gainers and losers from the stock market  along with a variety of listings, including top mutual funds, mortgage rates, commodities prices, foreign currency prices and recaps of foreign stock exchanges. There’s also a daily investing Q&A.

“In the weekend USA Today section, there will be additional business content with a special focus on retirement planning.

“All in all, it’s the best return on investment you can find — combining the best in local business coverage with all the markets-related coverage you’ve been asking for.”

Read more here.

Boulder County Business Report

Colorado, Wyoming biz journals rethinking print publications

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Chris Wood, the publisher of the Boulder County Business Report, writes about how it and its sister publications, the Northern Colorado Business Report and the Wyoming Business Report, are looking to overhaul their content.

Wood writes, “At our three publications, print revenue is up, though not at the levels of 2006 or 2007. We still see a large majority of readers who value and use the print publication, either supplementing what they get from us online or in place of it. But we also are looking for how our print products can best serve our readers. We are about to undertake not just a redesign but also a ‘rethinking’ of the role of our print publications in this new era.

“As part of that effort, we will be conducting focus groups in the Boulder Valley, Northern Colorado and Wyoming to help determine what our audiences find valuable (and what they don’t). What are we doing well? What are we not doing well, or not doing at all? How should print interact with our constant online offerings of breaking business news?

“We will supplement those focus groups with surveys, social-media conversations and polling. In the end, our editorial staffs will have to take the input, interpret it and come up with ideas for our own ‘next generation of business journals.’

“These efforts also will help us to plan the next generation of our Web, tablet and mobile offerings.”

Read more here.

Milwaukee Business Journal

Milwaukee Biz Journal unveils redesign

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Mark Sabljak, the publisher of the Milwaukee Business Journal, writes about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Sabljak writes, “For one week, we’re making available to all our online readers our weekly edition — normally a privilege of only our annual subscribers.

“That’s because we’ve renamed, redesigned and reimagined our print publication and can’t wait to share it with a wide audience – and to get feedback from those who see it.

“The redesign is just the exclamation point of a multi-year process in which we changed the way we deliver news to an increasingly digital audience.

“But we are still bullish on print – and with the help of internationally renowned designer Mario Garcia, have proof in the Jan. 17 edition of your new Milwaukee Business Journal.”

Read more here.

Baltimore Business Journal video

Baltimore Biz Journal unveils redesign

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Joanna Sullivan, the editor of the Baltimore Business Journal, writes about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Sullivan writes, “I used to lie awake on Thursday nights hoping the competition didn’t have the Baltimore Business Journal’s front-page stories.

“We went to press on Wednesday so there was a nearly two-day lag time where I feared our exclusive news would no longer be exclusive. We often knew about the story for days and just had to sit and wait to deliver the news to our readers.

“Praying and crossing my fingers gave way to a mad dash to the vestibule in my home to grab the daily paper as it was pushed through the mail slot. I either jumped for joy or walked away in defeat.

“Wow. My life has changed. Sleepless nights are still part of the job description. But I don’t worry about being beaten on an exclusive story as much.”

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Memphis Biz Journal

Memphis Business Journal launches rare redesign

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Bill Wellborn, the editor of the Memphis Business Journal, writes about the rarity of the redesign at the American City Business Journals paper that was unveiled on Friday.

Wellborn writes, “It hasn’t happened too often. I wasn’t around for the first one, which came in 1983 and changed the biweekly Mid-South Business into Memphis Business Journal with a design that was not unlike The Wall Street Journal during its heyday of gray pages.

“Our pages were gray, too. We had an original illustration, much like an editorial cartoon, to go along with one of our front page stories.

“We made a big change in 1990 when, for the first time, we used a photograph on Page One instead of an illustration. Pretty radical, huh?

“We added some color around 1998, then underwent a major redesign to mark our 20th anniversary in 1999. The design was tweaked again in 2005 and we had been using pretty much the same model until we began ushering in some format changes last year.

“What you see this week is the culmination of a process that began more than a year ago.

“And what you see is not the traditional business journal. We have spent the past several months reinventing the way we deliver news. Our new design in print complements what we now deliver online, at events and through social media.”

Read more here.

Orlando Business Journal

Orlando Business Journal unveils redesign

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Cindy Barth, the editor of the Orlando Business Journal, writes Friday about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Barth writes, “The first principle of our new design is the in-depth cover story. The ‘deep dive’ on an issue of local importance reflects the irony of the hyper-information age: The more readers are inundated with content and various forms of news, the more desperate they are for context and perspective. Our goal is to provide a cover story each week that gives subscribers a surprising and original report that reveals something important on Central Florida’s business scene.

“This week’s cover story on the gambling debate is a subject near and dear to everyone. OBJ talked with business and government leaders, as well as other experts who helped dissect the issues involved. We believe the result of our reporting efforts gives you an in-depth look at gambling and the myriad ways it could change the local landscape should the voters or Legislature approve expanding it.

“Another key component to the new design are the pages organized by industry. These pages are designed to give readers a distillation of the best of our reporters’ online reporting for the week. Here, you’ll see a mix of their top stories along with original (and usually very quick) takes that reflect our reporting knowledge of Orlando’s core industries.”

Read more here.