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Career Beat: Sandra Martin named interim CFO at Tribune Publishing

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Sandra Martin will be interim chief financial officer at Tribune Publishing. Previously, she was senior vice president of corporate finance there. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Liz Carter is now president and CEO at The Scripps Howard Foundation. Previously, she was executive director of Cincinnati’s St. Vincent de Paul. (Scripps Howard)
  • David Pierce will be a senior writer at Wired. Previously, he was deputy editor at The Verge. Robert Capps will be head of editorial for Wired. Previously, he was deputy editor there. Mark McClusky will be head of operations at Wired. Previously, he was editor of Wired.com. Mark Robinson will be an executive editor at Wired. Previously, he was features editor there. Joe Brown will be an executive editor at Wired. Previously, he was deputy editor there. Kathleen Vignos is now director of engineering at Wired. Previously, she was interim director of engineering there.
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Career Beat: Joe Germuska named Knight Lab interim director

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Joe Germuska will be interim director at the Knight Lab. Previously, he was director of software engineering there. (Knight Lab)
  • Millie Tran is now a writer for BuzzFeed’s news apps team. Previously, she was editorial coordinator at the American Press Institute. (Email)
  • Noah Kotch is senior editor and director of video at The Washington Post. Previously, he was chief content officer at Vocativ. (Washington Post)
  • Suzette Moyer will be a senior designer at The Washington Post. Previously, she was creative director of Bay magazine at the Tampa Bay Times. Carey Jordan will be a designer at The Washington Post. Previously, she was art director at Washington City Paper. (Washington Post)
  • Josef Reyes will be creative director at Foreign Policy. Currently, he is art director at Wired. Sean Naylor is now a senior reporter at Foreign Policy.
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Career Beat: Joel Lovell joins ‘This American Life,’ The Atavist

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community.

  • Joel Lovell will join “This American Life” and The Atavist. He was editing special projects for The New York Times. (Huffington Post)
  • Hernán Rozemberg will be editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Current. He is metro editor for the Lafayette Journal and Courier. (Media Moves)
  • Mike Wilson will be editor of The Dallas Morning News. He’s the managing editor of FiveThirtyEight. (Poynter)
  • Byron Pitts has been named co-anchor of “Nightline.” Pitts is chief national correspondent at ABC News. (Huffington Post)
  • Ben Pershing will be editor at National Journal Daily. He’s the Washington editor at National Journal. Tim Alberta is now a senior political correspondent at National Journal. Previously, he was senior editor of National Journal Hotline. Shane Goldmacher is a senior political correspondent for National Journal. Previously, he was a congressional correspondent there.
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Career Beat: Mark Little steps down as CEO at Storyful

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Rahul Chopra is now CEO at Storyful. Previously, he was chief revenue officer there. Mark Little is now director of editorial innovation at Storyful. Previously, he was CEO there. (Storyful)
  • Skip Foster has been named president and publisher of the Tallahassee (Florida) Democrat. Previously, he was publisher of the Northwest Florida Daily News. (Poynter)
  • Cheryl Scott has joined the weather team at WLS-Channel 7. Previously, she was a meteorologist at WMAQ-Channel 5. (Robert Feder)
  • Jana Winter is now a national security reporter at The Intercept. Previously, she was an investigative reporter at Fox News. (The Intercept)
  • Dan Berman will be assistant managing editor at the National Journal. Previously, he was White House editor at Politico. (Huffington Post)
  • Mary Beth Marklein is now a full-time student at George Mason University. Previously, she was the education editor for Politico Pro.
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ABC News says story Craigslist calls a ‘Hit Piece’ will be fair

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Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster says ABC News plans a piece that “mischaracterizes our efforts to prevent free classified ads for recalled sale items by craigslist users, and falsely accuses us of not cooperating with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

The story will unfold across a couple programs, and the segments will begin to roll out Friday.

Buckmaster says the news org wouldn’t take calls from Craigslist and “chose instead to ambush our largely-retired founder, Craig Newmark, outside his home on November 11.”

“Our piece will be fair and accurate and will include comments from Craigslist and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the results of our ABC News investigation of the country’s product recall system conducted with 17 ABC stations across the country,” an ABC News spokesperson told Poynter.

Disclosure: Newmark is on the Poynter Foundation’s board and has donated to Poynter. Read more

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ESPN ‘frees’ Bill Simmons, but will he seek more freedom elsewhere?

mediawiremorningIt’s Wednesday. That means you get 10 media stories.

  1. Freed Simmons: ESPN’s Bill Simmons returns to the network today after his three-week suspension “for calling N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell a ‘liar’ during a podcast, and then effectively daring ESPN to punish him.” His contract expires next fall, Jonathan Mahler and Richard Sandomir report. Will he leave? (New York Times) | Deadspin would take him. (Deadspin) | Previously: At the time of the suspension, Kelly McBride wrote, “when your biggest star declares himself above his newsroom’s standards, the boss has to respond.” (Poynter)
  2. Oops — ABC News didn’t beat NBC after all: Two weeks ago, Nielsen reported that ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped “NBC Nightly News” for the first time in 260 weeks. But it turns out NBC actually kept its streak alive thanks to revised ratings after Nielsen discovered inaccuracies, Bill Carter reports. (New York Times)
  3. How Time is getting all that traffic: “Time, together with sister site Money, published at least five different pieces” on the day the cable channel FXX began its marathon of “The Simpsons.” Joseph Lichterman takes a deep look at how Time is engaging its audience — and how it has more than doubled its unique visitors in a year.
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Career Beat: Yahoo names editors for 2 verticals

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Kate Lanphear is now editor-in-chief of Maxim. Previously, she was style editor at T Magazine. (WWD)
  • Kerry Diamond is now editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food. She is the co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe. Kristen Baldwin is editor-in-chief of Yahoo TV. Previously, she was deputy editor at Entertainment Weekly. (Email)
  • Alice Gabriner will be international photo editor for Time magazine. She was a senior photo editor at National Geographic. Mandy Oaklander will be a staff writer for Time magazine. Previously, she was a senior writer for Prevention.com. Jack Linshi is a breaking news reporter and homepage editor at Time magazine. He was a weekend arts and living editor at the Yale Daily News. Lily Rothman will be an archive editor at Time magazine. Previously, she was a reporter there. Reno Ong will be an audience engagement editor at Time magazine.
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Career beat: Jonathan Greenberger is DC bureau chief for ABC News

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Robert Lopez will be communications director for California State University, Los Angeles. Previously, he was an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. (LA Observed)
  • Robin Sproul will be vice president of public affairs for ABC News. Previously, she was Washington bureau chief there. Jonathan Greenberger will be ABC’s Washington bureau chief. He is executive producer of “This Week.” (ABC News)
  • Rebecca Nelson will be a staff correspondent at the National Journal. Previously, she was an assistant editor at The Washingtonian. (Fishbowl DC)
  • Dennis Rodkin will run a nursery in California. Previously, he was a reporter at Crain’s Chicago Business. (Crain’s)
  • Michael Wright will be CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Previously, he was head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. (New York Times)

Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for an administrative correspondent in Austin, Texas. Read more

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Diane Sawyer steps down as ‘ABC World News’ anchor

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Diane Sawyer will step down as the anchor of “ABC World News,” Chris Ariens reports in TV Newser. David Muir will be the new anchor and managing editor.

George Stephanopoulos will be ABC News’ chief anchor, Ariens reports: “He’ll lead special reports, breaking news and election night coverage for the network as well as continuing with ‘GMA’ and ‘This Week.’”

Sawyer in May. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Sawyer in May. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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Sawyer “will focus on primetime specials, big interviews, and enterprise reporting for the network,” Ariens writes. In a memo to staff, ABC News President Ben Sherwood says “I’m excited to watch her elevate all of our programs and platforms with her new ideas, dynamic team, and her signature reporting, interviewing and storytelling.” He continues:

I also want to salute George and David, consummate and complementary pros who will – as always – make ABC News shine on the biggest, most important stories around the clock and around the world.

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Time Inc. launches digital sports network; Yahoo hires editor for breaking news desk

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day):

— Time Inc.’s new digital sports network, 120 Sports, launches tonight. The network, backed by professional sports leagues (but not the NFL), is geared for mobile and social media users, Emily Steel reports in The New York Times: “240 clips, each two minutes long, across eight hours of daily programming.”

— In the UK, more people now use the Internet for news (41 percent) than newspapers (40 percent). But TV (75 percent) is still the dominant provider of news, according to Ofcom’s annual News Consumption study, reports BBC News.

— Yahoo has hired Lauren Johnston, previously digital editorial director for the Daily News, “as a managing editor to build out a breaking news desk,” Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo writes.

— A new Apple TV app from ABC News “will deliver a 24-hour video news channel; content will include about eight hours of live video per day,” according to Capital New York’s Alex Weprin. Read more

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