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Career beat: Juliet Williams named administrative correspondent in Sacramento

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

  • Juliet Williams is now an administrative correspondent for The Associated Press. She joined the AP’s Sacramento bureau in 2005. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • James Oliphant is now a political correspondent at Reuters. Previously, he was deputy editor for National Journal magazine. (Email)
  • Eric Markowitz is now a senior technology writer at International Business Times. Previously, he covered business and tech for Vocativ. (Fishbowl NY)

Job of the day: The Memphis Business Journal is looking for an editor-in-chief. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Career Beat: Conn Carroll named White House correspondent for Townhall

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

  • Conn Carroll will be White House correspondent for Townhall. He has previously worked at National Journal. (Politico)
  • Jack Shafer will be a columnist and reporter for Politico. Previously, he was press critic for Reuters. (Poynter)
  • Hugo Sánchez will be a soccer analyst for ESPN Deportes. Previously, he was a guest analyst there. (Media Moves)
  • Erika Maldonado will be an anchor at Univision Chicago. Previously, she was a general assignment reporter there. (Robert Feder)
  • Laura Zelenko will be interim senior executive editor for beat reporting at Bloomberg News. Previously, she was executive editor for markets there. (Poynter)
  • Susan Montoya Bryan will be New Mexico correspondent for The Associated Press. Previously, she was a reporter in the AP’s New Mexico bureau. (AP)
  • Maria Sanminiatelli will be evening global news manager for The Associated Press. She’s currently North America editor there. (AP)
  • Gwin Grimes is now editor and publisher of the Alpine (Texas) Avalanche. Previously, she was an assistant city editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. (Email)
  • Sue Callaway has been named senior automotive editor for Time Inc. Previously, she was founder of The Auto 100. (Email)

Job of the day: The Helena (Montana) Independent Record is looking for a sports reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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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. Sacha Scoblic will be copy chief at National Journal. Previously, she was a copy editor at The New Republic. (Email)
  • Ian Bremmer is now foreign affairs columnist and editor at large at Time. He is president and founder of Eurasia Group. (Email)
  • Tasneem Raja is now senior digital editor at NPR. She is interactive editor at Mother Jones. (Email)

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Career Beat: Newsday makes 2 executive appointments

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

  • Paul Likins is now vice president of digital operations at Newsday Media Group. Previously, he was head of revenue operations and programmatic solutions for Wenner Media. Stefanie Angeli is now senior director of national sales at Newsday Media Group. She previously led sales at Mom365.com. (Email)
  • Gregg Birnbaum is now managing editor, head of political content at New York Daily News. He is a deputy managing editor at Politico. (Email)
  • Matt Cooper is now politics editor at Newsweek. He has covered the White House for Time, The New Republic and U.S. News and World Report. Ross Schneiderman is now a senior editor at Newsweek. He has contributed to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Jonathan Broder is now a senior writer at Newsweek. Previously, he was the defense and foreign policy editor at Congressional Quarterly. Winston Ross is now a national correspondent for Newsweek. Previously, he was a freelancer for Newsweek, Time, National Journal and Vocativ. Azeen Ghorayshi is now a staff writer for Newsweek. Previously, she contributed to The Guardian, New Scientist and Wired UK. Max Kutner is now a staff writer for Newsweek. Previously, he was a contributor to Smithsonian and Boston magazines. Polly Mosendz is now a breaking news reporter for Newsweek. She previously worked at the Atlantic Wire. (Poynter)
  • Gaurav Mishra is now digital director at Condé Nast India. He is the founder of FutureCrafting. (LinkedIn)
  • Ross Levitt will be a supervising producer for the national security team at CNN. Previously, he was a field producer there. (Fishbowl DC)

Job of the day: New York Daily News is looking for a copy editor and Web producer. Get your résumés in! (Mediabistro)

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Correction: A previous version of this story confused Stefanie Angeli’s new title. She is senior director of national sales at Newsday Media Group, not senior director of national sales at Wenner Media. Read more

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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. (Email)
  • Eric Jaffe will be a full-time writer and editor for CityLab. Previously, he was a contributing writer there. (@sommermathis)
  • Nicole Caro is now beauty editor at Siempre Mujer. Previously, she was a fashion and beauty writer at People en Español. (Email)
  • Zunaira Zaki is now managing editor of specialized units at ABC News. Previously, she was senior business editor there. Heather Riley is now vice president of communications for ABC News. Previously, she was senior publicity director there. (Mediabistro)
  • Kathryn Schulz will be a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the book critic for New York magazine. (Capital)

Job of the day: The American Press Institute is looking for an editorial coordinator. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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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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