Tag Archives: Technology coverage

Dawn Chmielewski

Re/code hires Chmielewski from LA Times


John Corrigan, assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment at the Los Angeles Times, sent out the following staff announcement on Wednesday:

After a great run at The Times covering entertainment and technology, Dawn Chmielewski is leaving to work for the tech news startup Re/Code.

Among her many memorable stories, Dawn chronicled Disney’s struggles with “John Carter,” one of the costliest film flops ever, and (with Harriet Ryan) broke the story of the Hollywood casting agent who worked with child actors, even though he was a registered sex offender.

More recently, Dawn led our coverage of Netflix, writing last week’s A-1 story about the deal it cut with Comcast to keep its video streams running smoothly.

Dawn’s deep knowledge of technology helped shape our coverage of Hollywood, and she’s regularly contributed breaking news to Company Town’s report. And who could forget her first-person Column One about participating in “Dancing with the Stars?”

Dawn’s last day will be Friday, March 14. We’ll have details on her send-off soon.

tech coverage

Why journalism schools should teach tech reporting


Tech journalist David Cohn writes for The Poynter Institute about why journalism schools should have technology reporting classes.

Cohn writes, “Technology isn’t something students should learn because ‘it’s the future.’ Students can learn about technology because it will be their beat and they want to be good reporters. When students aren’t even paying attention, they’ll begin to understand the power of technology, the richness of the industry and the culture of the community.

“For the traditionalists: Have no fear, it’s still reporting! A tech reporting class isn’t about gadgets and gizmos and ‘whosits and whatsits galore.’ It’s about reporting and writing. Unlike most ‘teaching hospital’ classes, the topic is around an industry rather than a geography. But it’s an exciting industry that has giants like Google/Facebook as well as new upstarts run by people not much older than your students.

“Tech reporting requires desk reporting, but it is done best with old-fashioned boots on the ground, making sources, calling, following up, etc. You want students to learn how to report and write. They can do that while on the tech beat.

“For the small J-school: You probably want to bring entrepreneurship and technology into your curriculum but maybe you haven’t been able to attract the high-profile journo-preneurs-coders. Maybe the multimillion-dollar foundation grant to fund the new innovation building is out of reach. Starting a technology beat class isn’t.”

Read more here.

WSJD personal tech

WSJ launches personal tech page


Wall Street Journal global technology editor Jonathan Krim posted the following on its website Wednesday:

Welcome to WSJD’s new home for personal technology coverage. Here you’ll find concentrated news and reviews about the devices, apps and other products that touch our lives every day, at home and at work.

Need help making decisions? Our coverage will include in-depth reviews and videos, spearheaded by columnists Geoffrey Fowler and Joanna Stern. Our regular #AskWSJD allows you to submit questions that they answer in video. And check out our One-Minute Video reviews on a variety of gadgets.

Our new Personal Tech News blog will showcase regular items and updates on new products, advice and consumer alerts about software updates and security breaches, and more.

Finally, you can search for items on specific products or categories.

Read more here.

The Awl

Tech journalists Buchanan, Herrman hired by The Awl


Matt Buchanan and John Herrman are leaving their positions at The New Yorker and Buzzfeed, respectively, to work for The Awl, reports Joe Pompeo and Tom McGeveran of Capital New York.

Pompeo and McGeveran write, “The pair worked together at FWD, Buzzfeed’s tech vertical, before Buchanan left to become deputy editor of The New Yorker’s online science and tech vertical. Herrman rose to fill his position as Buzzfeed’s tech editor. Buzzfeed employees were informed of Herrman’s departure in a memo sent this evening.

“The Awl has been conducting a search for an editor in chief. Last week, Choire Sicha, co-founder of the site with Alex Balk, hinted to Capital that an announcement was coming soon about the position.

“And earlier today, The New Yorker‘s Nicholas Thompson tweeted that newyorker.com was seeking “another great science & technology editor.”

“It was not immediately clear what positions Buchanan and Herrman would take at The Awl, but one source said the understanding is that they will be editors at the site.”

Read more here.


Boston Globe launches tech site called BetaBoston.com


The Boston Globe has launched a new website, BetaBoston.com, chronicling the technologies, ideas, new ventures and people shaping the future and the culture of Boston and beyond.

The free site will cover several sectors driving the Massachusetts economy and the changes that have an impact on how we live and work, as well as the people behind them — venture capital, life sciences, medical devices, startups, and emerging technologies, including robotics and big data.

“Boston’s wealth of consumer technology, life sciences and biosciences companies is reshaping the economy and culture, locally and globally,” said Brian McGrory, Boston Globe editor, in a statement. “We will cover, in-depth, not only the technologies themselves, but the broader social impact of those technologies.”

BetaBoston will also report on the culture of invention – what it means to develop something new or unusual – and how these developments impact the daily lives of Bostonians and people around the world.

The site will feature the reporting of a dedicated staff of writers including newly hired senior writers Kyle Alspach and Dennis Keohane, Innovation Economy columnist Scott Kirsner, and Globe business reporter Callum Borchers.

“We already cover technology in our business section, but this is something altogether different,” said BetaBoston editor Michael Morisy. “It’s a standalone, branded site that embraces a specialized but very significant community in Boston. BetaBoston’s focus will be on companies and people that change the game in their industry, whether they’re three-person startups or multinationals.”
Read more at http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/03/03/boston-globe-launches-betabostoncom-covering-startups-and-culture-invention-boston#jWITLgWdUOrHdd4p.99

Dan Farber

Editor Farber leaves CNET/CBS


Dan Farber, who was editor of technology news site CNET.com and then editor of CBSNews.com, has left the company.

For the past two years, he has been editor of CBS Interactive. Farber was also once an editor at Ziff-Davis.

In a post on his personal website, Farber writes, “It’s time for a new beginning. After more than 30 years working for various media companies as a writer, reporter, blogger, editor, designer, spellchecker, talking head, photographer, coach, I am leaving the nest. Today is my last day at CBS/CNET/ZDNet.

“It was a great journey, one path always leading to another, working with talented, dedicated people, blazing trails on the front lines of the Internet revolution.

 ”The journey and revolution continues, and I will be looking to help others on the path.”

Read more here.

Tim Lee

Tech writer Lee leaving Washington Post


Timothy B. Lee, who covers technology policy, including copyright and patent law, telecom regulation, privacy, and free speech for The Washington Post, is leaving to join Ezra Klein’s new Vox Media project, reports Dylan Byers of Politico.

Lee will leave the Post at the end of the month. He also writes about the economics of technology. He has previously written for Ars Technica and Forbes.

Lee was the editor of The Switch, the Post’s technology blog launched in July 2013.

Byers writes, “Klein has already stolen Melissa Bell, the former director of Platforms at The Washington Post; Max Fisher, who anchored The Washington Post’s WorldViews foreign affairs blog; and three more of his former Wonkblog colleagues: Dylan Matthews, Brad Plumer and Sarah Kliff. Last week, Klein also picked up POLITICO education reporter Libby Nelson.

“In a memo, Post editors said they’ll be hiring a new leader for The Switch. The Post has also tapped Jim Tankersley, an economic correspondent, to oversee a new “‘data/storytelling blog.’”

Read more here.

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Reuters seeks tech reporter in Tokyo


The Tokyo bureau of Reuters is looking for a savvy and dedicated journalist to cover the technology sector in our busy company news team.

From quirky start-ups making clever games for smartphones to stodgy conglomerates with deep pockets and cavernous R&D operations, the tech scene in Japan offers ample potential for a creative and tenacious reporter to develop original story ideas and break news of interest to a broad international audience.

The successful candidate will be able to beat the competition in spotting big-picture industry trends as well as emerging technologies and hot new gadgets in this often offbeat market, writing about them with flair and connecting the dots to economic and social issues of global import.

An ability to develop high-level sources and work smoothly with a hard-working bilingual team of industrial news reporters – as well as colleagues in visual media and in other bureaus around the globe – is also a must, while a strong background in business and finance journalism will be key to developing stories that make tech trends relevant to our investor readership.

Fluency in written and spoken Japanese is also required.The role will also require an all-rounder who can write broad-brush stories about how changes in Japan’s economy are playing out for Japanese industry, who can help with coverage of major breaking stories and jump into ambitious enterprise reporting projects.

To apply, go here.

Dan Primack

Primack to co-chair Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech


Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer sent out the following announcement on Tuesday:

I am delighted to announce that Dan Primack will become a co-chair of Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Conference.

As we all know Dan does an amazing job putting out his award-winning newsletter Term Sheet, breaking stories online, writing columns in the magazine, and hosting his Liquidity Event meet-ups, (which we also plan to expand going forward.) Some highlights: Term Sheet subscribers are up 54% from a year ago, and Dan’s scoops recently have included Justin Bieber investing in a social network, Tim Draper stepping down as a partner at DFJ, management changes at Kleiner Perkins, Warby Parker’s valuation and new fundraises by Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, USV and Accel Partners.

Exclusives include first post-firing interview with Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmerman. And more. Now Dan will bring his great knowledge-base and reporting skills to help his co-chairs, Stephanie Mehta, Adam Lashinsky and Jessi Hempel, take Brainstorm Tech to even greater heights.

As you all know, there is fantastic momentum in our conference division, with revenue, attendance and breaking news way up and a number of exciting new programs around the world added to the calendar, including our first-ever Brainstorm Tech Dinner in Las Vegas this winter.

We’re excited to have Dan helping look for even more ways to expand Brainstorm Tech. Please join me in congratulating Dan.


An homage to Om Malik


Kara Swisher, one of the founders of Re/code and a former founder of All Things D, writes about what Om Malik, the founder of GigaOm who stepped away from tech journalism on Thursday, has meant to others.

Swisher writes, “While Om has not been my only touchstone in the critical department of hey-kids-let’s-put-on-a show-that’s-all-ours — hello, Walt! — there is no question that his launch of Gigaom back then was one of the major watershed moments of my career.

“I remember sitting in my office at the Wall Street Journal and thinking: Wait. What?

“Having long been on the then-gravy train of working for a large and powerful newspaper — first at the Washington Post and then at the Journal — the kind of work Om was doing without all the claptrap of supposed media power was hard not to be riveted by.

“A sassy tech blog with class and standards and ethics and a big, big, voice? A well-regarded journalist who stepped away from a huge media company — in his case, Time Inc. — to do his own thing? All with the fantastic cigar and the ridonkulous hat and taking his fine reporting and writing and doing it in the forthright way we all knew all along it should be written?

“That is pretty much what made me realize that what Walt Mossberg and I had already been doing with our D: All Things Digital conference — started years earlier — could really be a 365/7/24 thing. It was an idea we had always wanted to launch for years, but never did for a variety of reasons. But seeing Om do it so well made all the difference in finally following through on our belief in 2007 that it was well past time to disrupt media.”

Read more here.