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TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE
During a time when many daily newspapers are cutting back on the space devoted to business and financial news, the Orange County Register newspaper is slated to debut a new real estate section this Sunday.
The section, called “Real Estate” after initially being called “O.C. Homes,” will have as much news hole as many daily metros devote to regular business news on the weekend.
“We’re not cutting. This is expansion, and it’s local content. That excites me. I hope it catches on,” said Register real estate columnist Jon Lansner. The new section is his brainchild, according to business team leader Julie Gallego.
Talking Biz News obtained a copy of a prototype dated April 1, 2010. The prototype is a 16-page section with 10 pages of ads. One page included median home prices for each zip code in the Orange County market, including sales data for each zip code as well. Another feature took a look at the market for foreclosed homes in the area.
The regularly Sunday business section, which is primarily content from the Sunday Wall Street Journal, will remain and has space for late-breaking or significant staff-produced stories. “Real Estate” will include content from the paper’s popular real estate blogs, where staffers post at least three times a day.
The biggest hurdle in creating the section is converting some of the business section’s Web content into a printed version.
“Most exciting to me — besides the potential for this to be a moneymaking cooperative venture between the newsroom and advertising — is the potential for this to solve some production challenges we have struggled with since going ‘web first’ a few years ago; namely how to get what we write each day on our blogs easily into print,” said Gallego in an e-mail. “And how to make it an attractive section for newspaper readers who don’t read news on our Website. The result is broader cooperative effort between newsgatherers, print team designers, editors and our tech team.”
The new section, said Lansner, “is based off the fact that we have six real estate blogs and more real estate news than we know what to do with.” He called real estate news “religion” for Southern California consumers.
The paper has five out of its nine full-time business journalists covering real estate. There’s reporter Jeff Collins, Huntington Beach real estate reporter Marilyn Kalfus, south beach cities real estate reporter Kelli Hart, and Irvine housing reporter Erika Chavez, currently on maternity leave. Real estate finance reporter Matthew Padilla recently left for a communications job at PIMCO, but his position will be filled.
Gallego said that the advertising department, which was part of a task force that created the section, has committed to selling ads for the new section.
Lee Barnes, the editor of the Hickory Daily Record in North Carolina, writes Sunday about the decision to drop printed stock listings from the paper.
Barnes writes, “Did you notice that we no longer have the stock market listings in our newspaper?
“Judging by reader response, you probably didn’t. We had 30 people call to complain. That’s well under 1 percent of our readers.
“Any regular feature in our paper that attracts less than 1 percent of our readership would be considered a dismal failure, but this decision was different. Those 30 callers were older, loyal readers who don’t have home computers, or prefer not to use them.
“In this electronic age, stocks reports are one of two things that newspapers do poorly. When you pick up your paper in the morning, those stocks listings have already been available for free on the Internet for more than 12 hours.”
Read more here. Disclosure: I have been a trainer on business news coverage for the Hickory Daily Record in the past three months and worked with Barnes at the Tampa Tribune.
Los Angeles Times reader representative Deirdre Edgar writes about changes made to the paper recently in the wake of reader complaints.
Edgar writes, “Cuts to the Daily Market Roundup in the Business section have drawn a number of calls and e-mails as well. One specific source of puzzlement was the elimination of the British pound in the foreign currencies list.
“Claudia Albert called to say, ‘In your new Business section, I’m not sure why you don’t think the British pound is important in the currencies.’
“And Sara Lafare wrote, ‘How can you possibly have a section on currencies and leave out pound sterling?? Only one of the most important currencies in the world. (I’m not British.)’
“That omission is being fixed, and the pound will again be listed starting Friday.”
Read more here.
Toluse Olorunnipa of the Miami Herald writes Saturday about the changes that were made to the PBS show “Nightly Business Report” at the beginning of the year, noting some viewers are upset with the changes.
Olorunnipa writes, “The changes, which include fancier graphics, an increased focus on market analysis and less raw data detailing stock performances, come in the wake of the retirement of Paul Kangas, who co-anchored the show for 30 years.
“NBR’s production team said the revised look and format are part of an attempt to make Nightly Business Report more useful for the 21st Century viewer, since most people no longer have to wait until dinnertime to learn what had happened in the stock market on a particular day.
“‘We wanted to create a program that was as relevant to today’s audience as the program was relevant to the audience that began with the program back in 1979,’ said Rodney Ward, the show’s executive producer. ‘We wanted to do a program that focused more on the analysis rather than just the facts and give people the `why’ of what happened.’
“The new show features longer interviews with economists and political leaders, more commentators fleshing out the details of economic data and the extension of analytical series like ‘Climate Economy,’ which looks at how businesses are dealing with climate change.”
Read more here.
Keith Kelly of the New York Post reports that Arthur Hochstein, the former art director at Time magazine, is headed to work for Bloomberg as a consultant on a redesign of its recently acquired BusinessWeek magazine.
Kelly writes, “Hochstein’s predecessor, BusinessWeek Art Director Andrew Horton, left the magazine Friday, after having joined in 2007 and worked with former editor Steve Adler on the mag’s last redesign.
“Hochstein was part of the team that won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2007 and an award in 2002 for Time’s 9/11 coverage. He will continue doing some consulting work for Time Inc. Hochstein actually stepped down as Time’s art director at the end of last year, and was replaced by his deputy, D.W. Pine.
“In the weeks ahead, sources said more Time Inc. people are expected to jump on the Bloomberg train as Time Inc. staff look to reunite with Bloomberg Chief Content Officer Norm Pearlstine, a former Time Inc. editor.”
Steve Sink, the business editor of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, writes Sunday about changes being made to the paper’s business coverage.
Sink writes, “To shine a light on these entrepreneurs, we’re beginning a weekly series, Our New Economy, that will run for several Sundays. We’ll follow that with a series on … well, we want you to tell us what subject we should tackle in the next set of stories.
“BusinessLife also welcomes Enid Arbelo, the Democrat and Chronicle’s Young Professionals editor, who will write a weekly column that debuts today on Page 3E.
“Other changes include:
- Â An expanded report on new shops, restaurants and other startups by reporter Tom Tobin on Page 2E.
- A new feature on local stocks by reporter Matt Daneman on Page 5E.
- A daily business blog at http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/business.”
Read more here.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student newspaper, The Royal Purple, has added a business section, according to a brief story on its Web site.
Editor Sarah Kloepping writes, “Last semester, the student-run newspaper tested a sample section to gain reader feedback about making it a permanent edition.
“‘There was an overwhelmingly positive response from students,’ Managing Editor Tyler Lamb said. ‘The business section will allow the Royal Purple to reach an untapped area of campus as we attempt to cover a wider variety of student life.’
“Business Editor Grant Nelson said he hopes the readers find the sections interesting and useful.
“‘The business section will be a great addition to the Royal Purple, because the business school makes up an important part of UW-Whitewater,’ he said. ‘With so many student organizations in the College of Business and Economics it can be difficult to keep up with all of their activities, and this section will provide coverage of the events that often times go unnoticed around campus.’”
Read more here.
Ryan Schuster, the editor of North Dakota-based Prairie Business magaizne, writes about the changes to the publication in the latest issue. The magazine covers both Dakotas and western Minnesota.
Schuster writes, “The changes include a new Business Briefs page of short news items, graphics and elements and a By The Numbers page of economic indicators at the back of the magazine, which will continue to grow and evolve in future months.
“Regular readers of the magazine will notice that we have made some changes to the monthly Prairie People and Industry Progress features. The three-page Prairie People feature of briefs has been shortened to one page focusing on people, namely awards, new jobs and promotions earned by executive-level business leaders. The remaining news brief items that have been appearing in Prairie People and Industry Progress have been combined into a new two-page feature called Prairie News.
“By separating the people-related announcements and awards from more traditional business news like the construction of a new wind farm, we hope to make the magazine more focused, less cluttered and easier to navigate.
“Another major change is the presentation of the Q&A feature with women business leaders. The monthly series of interviews with one woman manager each from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota has been replaced by a half-page Women in Business Q&A with a female business leader from our three-state coverage area. The full-page Q&A with a regional business leader that we have been experimenting with in recent months will also become a regular monthly feature, space permitting.”
Read more here.
The Toronto Globe and Mail announced Monday that it was revamping its business coverage and its monthly business magazine to focus more on news and issues pertaining to small- and medium-sized businesses.
Starting Monday, a new web hub launched at www.globeandmail.com using the Your Business brand banner. As of the March issue, Report on (Small) Business magazine will be renamed Your Business and also coming shortly is a weekly Your Business page in the Report on Business section of the newspaper.
The Your Business web site will have a social media component where readers will be able to connect with Your Business Editor Sean Stanleigh and other readers through LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
“Entrepreneurial business owners and operators don’t define their businesses as ‘small’. What they want is meaningful, practical information, inspiration and insight that they can apply to the specific needs of their business,” said Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO, The Globe and Mail, in a statement.
The web site at globeandmail.com/yourbusiness will feature content in key areas including: starting a business; growing and maintaining an existing business; and succession planning/selling a business. Content will also be clustered around key themes such as leadership, finance and taxation, innovation, technology, and more.
Read more here.
The Boston Globe has a brief Friday about the redesigned Harvard Business Review.
The brief states, “‘The redesigns will more fully integrate the print magazine and website content and include new article departments, columnists, and new online features,’ the Review said in a press release.
“The release included a statement from publisher Joshua Macht, who said: ‘The new design is an important milestone in Harvard Business Reviewâ€™s growth as a global media brand. By more fully integrating our ideas across platforms and giving our audience more choices to access our content â€” from print magazine to books published by Harvard Business Press to new mobile applications and other online products in development â€” we are extending the reach and impact of our authors, our ideas, and our global partners.’
“The release added, ‘Inside the magazine, three new sections make their debut, Idea Watch, which presents new thinking and research in progress, Spotlight, in which a series of articles focuses on a topic of critical importance, and Experience, which delivers ideas and best practices to help leaders excel professionally.’”
Read more here.