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PoynterVision: Transitioning from newspapers to corporate communications

After working for 27 years in newspapers, Butch Ward, senior faculty and former managing director at Poynter, left his final newspaper post at The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2001. Eight months later, Ward joined the Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia as the vice president for corporate and public affairs, putting him “on the other side of the wall” with journalists. Watch the video to hear how Ward navigated the transition.


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How laid-off journalists can stay afloat while the industry moves ‘to new moorings’

When Patch laid me off along with many other editors last May, I remember thinking I should have left sooner.

I received a severance but then faced tough competition from dozens of downsized journalists, all chasing after what seemed at the time like precious few journalism jobs.

Economic conditions have improved since last year. I see more listings on Poynter, JournalismJobs, Mediabistro, Gorkana and other job boards. Still, the number of opportunities won’t match the hundreds of Patch and Time Inc. workers laid off lately.

Journalists who have not sought employment recently may be shocked at how drastically the jobs landscape has changed. The market they are walking into won’t be the one that greeted them when they first got their J-school degrees.… Read more

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Live chat replay: What happens when a journalism career breaks?

Thousands of journalists have had to pick up the pieces and start over because of layoffs, firings and downsizing.

Warren Watson, executive director of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, has interviewed several of them and is working on a project about broken journalism careers.

He has had some career interruptions himself. We talked about how journalists restart their career, what they have experienced, how you can be prepared and what kinds of entirely different careers former journalists enter.

Replay the live chat for an honest conversation about strategies for dealing with career interruptions. Watson even shared some very unique career transitions such as a photojournalist who started a gourmet pizza business and another former journalist who is now a dog and horse trainer.… Read more

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Time Inc. CEO: Layoffs, big organizational changes coming today

New York Post

Time Inc. will begin layoffs today — about 500, Keith Kelly reports. In a memo to staffers, Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp says the company’s plans require “substantive and sometimes painful changes to the way we operate and approach our business.”

All Time Inc.’s U.S. brands “will be consolidated into a single portfolio under two executives, Evelyn Webster and Todd Larsen,” Ripp writes. Executive Vice President David Geithner will leave, as will American Express Publishing CEO Ed Kelly. Mark Ford will become executive VP of advertising sales, Ripp says.

Kelly reports that AmEx Publishing’s Executive Travel magazine will be shut down.

As Time Inc. approaches its planned IPO, Ripp writes, “Wall Street’s focus will be on the performance of Time Inc.… Read more

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Through Facebook, current and former Patch employees stay connected

Hank Kalet shared this shot of Patch merch on Facebook. Photo by Hank Kalet.

Jim Romenesko | Business Insider

Two years ago, Hank Kalet found out he no longer worked for Patch at a New Jersey coffee shop with his supervisor and someone from HR. Today, he learned that hundreds more Patch employees were laid off through a former editor on Facebook.

Not too long ago, Kalet joined the Patch alumni group, a closed page on Facebook. That page currently has 452 members, former Patch editor Anthony Leone told Poynter via phone.

“And I wouldn’t be surprised if that grows by the end of the day,” he said.… Read more

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CNN laid off more than 40 journalists at end of 2013

Financial Times

CNN and HLN “laid off more than 40 senior journalists in its newsgathering operation” at the end of 2013, Matthew Garrahan reports in the Financial Times.

The cuts “coincide with changes to the network’s programming,” Garrahan writes. CNN President Jeff Zucker “has hired new presenters and diversified CNN’s output, adding documentary and reality series to its traditional live news coverage.”

The layoffs were concentrated in Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles, Garrahan reports.

A CNN spokesperson said it would add about 100 people to its headcount this year, adding that the network was investing in journalism. “We’re expanding the definition of news,” she said. “We’re not abandoning news by any stretch of the imagination . . . there will be more people working at CNN today than last year.”

Last November The Wrap reported CNN had laid off producers as “part of a plan to restructure the cable news network’s approach to entertainment coverage.” FTV Live reported on some cuts Dec.Read more

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Martha Stewart cuts 100 employees

New York Post | AdWeek

On Thursday, as predicted, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia fired 100 employees, Keith Kelly reported Thursday in the New York Post.

Included in the downsizing were some of the company’s upper-level executives, including executive vice president Daniel Taitz, who had served as acting CEO before Dienst was appointed Oct. 29.

Chief Revenue Officer Joe Lagani; Martha Stewart Living Publisher Peter Medwid; Vice President of Integrated Sales Laura Petasnick; and head of digital sales Jess Hollander.

Adweek reported Thursday on the cuts, writing that one MSLO employee said the office atmosphere was awful. “It’s really scary and terrible right before the holidays.”

Advertisingwise, Martha Stewart Living had an up year, with full-year ad pages rising nearly 16 percent over 2012. Circulation was flat in the first half of 2013, and newsstand sales dropped 13 percent.

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Mike Forsythe leaves Bloomberg, as do others

The New York Times | Los Angeles Times | Talking Biz News

Bloomberg News reporter Mike Forsythe said on Twitter Tuesday he had left Bloomberg News.

 

Forsythe was a reporter on a story about China that Bloomberg News decided not to publish. The company maintains that story and another are still active.

Bloomberg undertook an unrelated round of layoffs Monday, shrinking its arts staff in particular. Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler told employees “the company was scaling back its art coverage and eliminating the Muse brand under which it was presented,” Christine Haughney reports. “It will stop covering sports matches and focus more on sports stories that intersect with business.”… Read more

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographers will become ‘multimedia visual journalists’

NetNewsCheck | Jim Romenesko | Creative Loafing Atlanta | NPAA

Photographers at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution will become “multimedia visual journalists” after planned job cuts, a spokesperson tells Lou Carlozo. The cuts, once planned for Nov. 1, haven’t taken place yet, AJC spokesperson Drue Miller tells Poynter, but “internal announcements will be made soon.”

“The newspaper and its websites will be expected to provide video, and to engage our audience through social media, apps and any other products that might come along,” Andy McDill said. “Ultimately the model could follow what Cox did at the Dayton Daily News, which converged print, Web, TV and radio platforms in 2010,” Carlozo reports.

“There, our strategy involves all media reporters with iPhones, [along with] photographers, TV videographers, and even our customers,” McDill told him.… Read more

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A.J. Daulerio out at SpinMedia

A.J. Daulerio is leaving SpinMedia, he confirms to Poynter in an email. The company named the former Gawker editor-in-chief to the role of editorial director in August.

CEO Dale Strang told staffers Wednesday the company would be making “a number of structural adjustments,” including layoffs. SpinMedia spokesperson Julia Walker told Poynter in an email the company was “neither confirming nor denying specific staff names.”… Read more

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