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Career Beat: Loren Mayor named chief operating officer for NPR

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

  • David Gillen is now executive editor of news enterprise at Bloomberg News. Previously, he was deputy business editor of enterprise at The New York Times. (Politico)
  • Loren Mayor is now chief operating officer for NPR. Previously, she was senior vice president of strategy there. (Poynter)
  • Weston Phippen is now a reporter for the National Journal. Previously, he was a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times. Lauren Fox will be a Congress reporter at the National Journal. Previously, she was a political reporter at U.S. News and World Report. (Email)
  • Mark Brackenbury has been named executive editor for the Connecticut Group at Digital First Media. He is managing editor for the New Haven Register. (New Haven Register)
  • Colleen Noonan has been named vice president of marketing and creative service for the New York Daily News. Previously, she was a digital media and marketing consultant at Pitney Bowes. Melanie Schnuriger is now vice president of product development for the New York Daily News. Previously, she was general manager of fashion and beauty for Hearst Digital Media. Kristen Lee is director of digital development for the New York Daily News. Previously, she was digital integration editor there. Brad Gerick is now director of social media for the New York Daily News. He has been social media manager and regional editor for Patch.com. Zach Haberman is now deputy managing editor for digital at the New York Daily News. Previously, he was digital news editor there. Cristina Everett is now deputy managing editor for digital entertainment at the New York Daily News. Previously, she was senior digital entertainment editor there. Andy Clayton is now deputy managing editor for digital sports at the New York Daily News. Previously, he was senior online sports editor there. Christine Roberts is mobile and emerging products editor at the New York Daily News. Previously, she was an associate homepage editor there. (Email)

Job of the day: BuzzFeed is looking for a National LGBT Reporter. Get your résumés in! (BuzzFeed)

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Fresh from Ferguson Fellowship, Beacon eyes new projects

Earlier this year, The New York Times profiled Beacon, a crowdfunding platform for journalists. The writer wondered: With all the hand-wringing in the news industry about asking readers to pay for content, would they ever sponsor a journalist?

Now, just a few months later, that question has been answered. As of this week, Beacon readers have raised $41,074 in partnership with The Huffington Post for a reporter covering the ongoing story of Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. The recipient of the funding, Mariah Stewart, has been catapulted from her job as a bra fitter at a nearby mall — she’s since put in her two weeks notice — to the front lines of a national story.

The last few months have been big for Beacon, too. Stewart’s funding represents the first time the company has ever bankrolled an entire reporter’s annual salary. And as of last month, Beacon has paid out more than $500,000 to its network of journalists. August also saw the company reach 10,000 subscribers, individuals who pay for the work they read on Beacon.

The company has also expanded a bit. In July, the startup brought aboard Catherine Hollander, a former correspondent for the National Journal, to coordinate with its growing network of writers. In June, they hired Malcolm McDonald, formerly chief architect of financial services company Markit, to help handle Beacon’s technical side. And they’re looking to add three computer engineers to their ranks.

As the company grows, it’s partnering with news organizations for increasingly ambitious projects. This summer, the company worked with Tech Dirt to raise nearly $70,000 for the online news organization’s coverage of net neutrality. It’s also in the midst of two partnerships with non-profit news organizations. This week, The Texas Tribune joined with Beacon to raise funds for its Shale Life Project, which aims to examine the impact of the shale oil boom on Texas residents. On Monday, Beacon will debut a campaign with The Colorado Independent to fund a year’s worth of political cartooning from Pulitzer Prize winner Mike Keefe — just in time for the fall elections.

The initial conversations for both of these projects preceded the much-publicized campaign to fund a Ferguson reporter, said Dan Fletcher, Beacon’s co-founder, in a phone interview. But the campaign was a good proof-of-concept. Now, Beacon uses that example when building partnerships with other news organizations.

“It becomes very easy to go to other news organizations and say, ‘look, this works, The Huffington Post did it,’” Fletcher said.

Fletcher, who was formerly the managing editor at Facebook and social media director at Bloomberg, says the company’s biggest challenge for further expansion is making news organizations and other journalists aware of the company’s services.

Beacon got some of that publicity — not all of it positive — shortly after Stewart’s funding was announced in August. The Huffington Post partnership took flak from critics saying the news organization had the means to fund it without readers. Editors at HuffPost knew they’d be taking criticism when they announced the idea, Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim said in a phone interview.

“You know, we’re big kids,” he said. “We can certainly take a few lumps for something we believe in.”

The public criticism might have actually prompted a groundswell of support for the program, Grim said. Many of the donations came in small increments, but one journalism professor kicked in $5,000. And several Huffington Post staffers contributed without telling him.

Grim said he’s open to using Beacon to crowdfund projects in the future, but would likely restrict his pitches to local projects and specific topics that people can rally around.

Maintaining relationships with news organizations like The Huffington Post are key to Beacon’s success, said David Cohn, the chief content officer at Circa, in a phone interview. The biggest obstacle for Beacon — and any niche crowdfunding startup — is that relationships built around crowdfunding projects are temporary by necessity.

Cohn should know. In 2008, he founded a crowdfunding site for journalists, Spot.us, which by February 2011 had funded over 160 journalism projects with the help of 5,000 contributors. That year, the site was acquired by American Public Media, which eventually mothballed it.

The site fell by the wayside without a champion willing to scare up new partnerships and coordinate with writers, Cohn said. And the same thing could happen to Beacon if it doesn’t tirelessly identify new crowdfunding projects.

“It’s like a shark — they have to constantly be swimming.”

Correction: A previous version of this story said Spot.us was sold to American Public Media. In fact, it was acquired. Read more

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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. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Alexia Campbell and Reena Flores wrote Thursday about trying to cover Ferguson for National Journal with “How Police Are Keeping Journalists From Doing Their Jobs in Ferguson.” On Wednesday night, Flores and Campbell tried to get to protests but were threatened with arrest by police.

I had never witnessed police treat journalist like this in the four years I worked as a crime reporter in South Florida. Some officers have tried to keep me away from crime scenes, but never stopped me from covering a story altogether.

It was also the first time I had ever felt afraid of a police officer. Flores and I felt far more afraid of them than we did of any protesters.

Alexia Campbell and Reena Flores

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National Journal bets on longform content with magazine redesign

“Print is not for everything anymore,” Richard Just said in an interview with Poynter. Just is the editor of National Journal magazine, which relaunches with a new print design Thursday.

So what’s print for? “It’s for longform, it’s for things that are beautifully crafted, it’s for things that reflect months and months of reporting,” Just said. He came to National Journal in March after stints at the tops of Newsweek’s and The New Republic’s mastheads, and National Journal Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve said that Just has been tasked with bringing the magazine to a place “where it can compete with the best magazines in the country.”

The first issue of the rethought magazine features six long features (including a buzzy interview with former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer), as well as a new front-of-book section called The Inner Loop, featuring three 1,000-word “storytelling” features about politics and policy. This issue opens with an article by NJ staffer Alex Seitz-Wald about New Hampshire towns jockeying to replace Dixville Notch as one of the first places to declare its election results, now that its voting population has dropped to two people. Read more

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National Journal eliminates comments from non-members

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As of Friday, National Journal Editor-in-Chief writes, “we’ll join the growing number of sites that are choosing to forgo public comments on most stories.”

Comments are currently disappointing, he writes: “For every smart argument, there’s a round of ad hominem attacks—not just fierce partisan feuding, but the worst kind of abusive, racist, and sexist name-calling imaginable.”

Comments sections will stay “open and visible to National Journal’s members” and “Our reporters and editors will remain extremely active and accessible on Twitter, where the discourse is abbreviated but usually civil,” he writes. You can also email your thoughts, and occastionally NJ will open up comments sections on stories “where the unique perspectives and ideas and suggestions of individual readers can add immeasurably to our journalism.”

Last year The Huffington Post changed its commenting policy, requiring a Facebook login to post. Splitsider and Popular Science eliminated comments altogether. Ugly comments “became too much to really fight back” against, Dan Nosowitz, then a PopSci writer, said in an interview at the time.

“Some sites have responded by devoting substantial time and effort to monitoring and editing comments,” Grieve writes, “but we’d rather put our resources into the journalism that brings readers to National Journal in the first place.”

Related: Anonymous comments can be ‘a frothing, bubbling cauldron of insanity’ Read more

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Richard Just named editor of National Journal magazine

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Richard Just is the new editor of National Journal’s magazine, the publication announced Tuesday.

Just will oversee the print edition of National Journal, which “isn’t found on newsstands, but is distributed through a membership model aimed at Washington’s elite,” Michael Calderone reports in The Huffington Post. Just told Calderone he plans to “make National Journal the non-ideological magazine about politics and policy.” Calderone continues: Read more

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National Journal’s Ben Terris heads to WP’s Style

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Ben Terris, National Journal writer, announced on Twitter that he is joining The Washington Post’s Style section:

Washington Post Style Editor Frances Sellers and Eva Rodriquez, Style deputy features editor, said in a statement:

Ben comes to us from National Journal where in three years he rocketed from writing spot news to covering the conservative freshman class of 2010 and recently distinguished himself with a series of insightful political feature stories.

Terris has big shoes to fill; he succeeds Jason Horowitz, who joined The New York Times and whose stories at The Washington Post included the relevation of young Mitt Romney’s bullying of a student who he and his friends thought was gay. Read more

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National Journal copy editor not a millionaire

Tonia Moore is not a millionaire. The National Journal copy editor incorrectly answered a question about the origin of Universal Studios’ name on an episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” broadcast Friday, ending a run that began with a show broadcast the day before.

In a phone interview, Moore said the taping — originally scheduled for Oct. 31 in New York — was rescheduled for early November after Hurricane Sandy hit. Moore took a week off work to be in New York for the taping. “I know the timing’s awful” given the election, she said she told her boss, who “stressed (repeatedly) that I had to be at work on Nov. 6 no matter what,” she wrote in an email. Read more

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Ron Fournier: Story about son ‘was the hardest article I’ll ever write’

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After he wrote about interviewing presidents with his son Tyler, Ron Fournier heard from lots from people whose kids also have Asperger’s syndrome. But he was surprised by how many people who reacted were “Parents seizing on the story as a reminder to strike a work-life balance.”

“I read every word of your story,” wrote Rich Matthews, a former colleague of mine at the Associated Press. “And the whole time I said to myself, “Am I a good dad?” How do my kids feel when they are looking me in the eye talking to me and I’m reading ‘an important’ e-mail on the Blackberry?”

Reached by phone, Fournier says the story “easily was the hardest article I’ll ever write, and one of the reasons was I’m not used to writing in the first person.” But it “wasn’t the voice but the subject matter” that gave him the most trouble.

The piece, Fournier says, was his wife’s idea, and he’d originally conceived it as a book proposal. The best way to get a book agent, he thought, was to write a magazine article. He first turned in the piece to Adam B. Kushner, then the magazine’s deputy editor, a couple months ago, Fournier says. Read more

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