Changes in journalism this week: Deaths, career moves

An attempt at a regular, in-no-way-comprehensive feature. Keep me in the loop: abeaujon@poynter.org

REST IN PEACE:
Emily Morris, who was the Web editor for Montgomery media and the editor of the Souderton Independent and News Herald, died after sustaining injuries in a traffic accident. She was 31.

Jesse Linares, who was a deputy editor at Hoy Los Angeles, died Saturday. He was 49 and had cancer.

JOB CHANGES:
Randy Smith has decided to retire from the Wall Street Journal “after 30 years, some 10 beats, a Polk award, a piece of a Pulitzer prize and a book,” Matt Murray writes in an email to staff.

Sharon Pian Chan will become new associate opinions editor/digital for The Seattle Times next month. She had been a senior producer for The Seattle Times home page and mobile platforms. Chan is also a vice president of UNITY Journalists and is a former president of the Asian American Journalists Association.

• The Huffington Post named John Pavley as its new chief technology officer. He had been at Spotify.

Jim Windolf has been named editor of Punch. He had been at Vanity Fair.

Trois announcements from Agence France-Presse: Pierre Célérier replaces Juliette Hollier Larousse as deputy global news director; Larousse is now director for Latin America in Montevideo. Florence Biedermann will be director for Europe/Africa. Christian Chaise will become director for the Middle East in Nicosia, mais pas jusqu’a Décembre.

Paula Madison is retiring from NBC, where she was executive vice president and chief diversity officer.

Rich Ross stepped down as chairman of Disney’s movie studios, sparking the most unbelievably petty war among media reporters in days.

Hopefully, I haven’t missed anyone.

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