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Career Beat: Arianna Huffington to get new chief of staff

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

  • Elise Hu will be NPR’s Asia correspondent in Seoul. She covers tech and culture at NPR. (Poynter)
  • Mitra Kalita is now executive editor-at-large for Quartz. Previously, she was ideas editor there. Paul Smalera will be Quartz’ new ideas editor. He is editor of The New York Times opinion app. (Poynter)
  • Donald Baer is now chairman of PBS’ board of directors. He is CEO of Burson-Marsteller. (PBS)
  • Jessica Coen is now a contributing editor at Marie Claire. She is an editor-at-large with Jezebel. (Fishbowl NY)
  • Stephen Lacy is now chairman of the Association of Magazine Media. He is CEO of the Meredith Corporation. (Email)
  • Dan Katz will be chief of staff to Arianna Huffington. He’s currently a chief researcher for David Gergen. Maxwell Strachan is now senior editor of business and tech at The Huffington Post. Previously, he was business editor there. (email)
  • Emily Yoshida will be entertainment editor at The Verge. Previously, she was culture editor at Grantland. (Muck Rack)

Job of the day: The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a digital news editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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NPR to open Seoul bureau

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National Public Radio Wednesday revealed plans to open a bureau in Seoul, South Korea, naming culture and technology reporter Elise Hu its Asia correspondent there.

In addition to being at the heart of a technological and economic force, the bureau is strategically placed near multiple countries of interest to NPR, including Japan and China, Hu said. From there, she’ll be able to coordinate with NPR bureaus in other cities, including New Delhi, Islamabad and Beijing.

The opportunity to report overseas is a huge privilege, she said. Her family — including her husband, Wall Street Journal data journalist Matt Stiles — will make the move with her.

“I obviously had to talk it over with my family,” Hu said. “This is indeed a cross-planet move, but my husband is on board. He’s an incredibly talented journalist in his own right, so I’m confident that something will work out for him.”

The bureau, which will open in 2015, will consist of Hu and a translator-assistant, who she’ll hire.

Hu came to NPR in 2011 to help develop StateImpact network, a government reporting project, according to the announcement. Before that, she was a founding reporter at The Texas Tribune, a journalism non-profit based in Austin, Texas.

Hu wrote about the move on her blog:

I don’t know what to do with our house yet. I am panicked about getting to see the final episodes of Mad Men without too much time delay. I worry about my 16-year-old dog surviving a cross-planet move. I am unsure of my own abilities to cover a place where I am illiterate.

But I’m also filled with excitement and wonder and gratitude for the chance to do this. I know how rare a privilege it is these days to get a chance to work overseas, supported by a large, well-funded news organization. As my friend and mentor Kinsey said, it’s invaluable experience that will change and shape our lives.

She also tweeted about it:

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Career Beat: Fred Santarpia named chief digital officer at Condé Nast

Good morning! Here are some job moves from the journalism community:

  • Sarah Lumbard is now senior digital curator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Institute of Holocaust Education. Previously, she was vice president of content strategy and operations at NPR. (Poynter)
  • Fred Santarpia will be executive vice president and chief digital officer at Condé Nast. Previously, he was executive vice president at Condé Nast Entertainment. (Poynter)
  • Hassan Hamdani is editor-in-chief at HuffPost Morocco. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of TelQuel’s multimedia division. (HuffPost)
  • Bernardo Chévez is now vice president of technology at Hearst Magazines International. Previously, he was director of engineering at Condé Nast. (Fishbowl NY)

Job of the day: The Washington Post is looking for an editorial copyeditor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Sarah Lumbard leaves NPR

Sarah Lumbard, NPR’s vice president of content strategy and operations, has left the organization, continuing an exodus from NPR’s leadership ranks since the appointment of CEO Jarl Mohn in May.

Lumbard, whose last day was Friday, will start Dec. 3 as senior digital curator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Institute of Holocaust Education, according to Mike Abramowitz, the institute’s director.

The move comes just a few weeks after Mohn announced a shakeup of NPR’s upper ranks that included the departure of Lumbard’s boss, chief content officer Kinsey Wilson. After the reorganization, Lumbard and the teams she managed began reporting to Loren Mayor, who was named the organization’s chief operating officer, according to an email from Isabel Lara, NPR’s director of media relations.

Two other executives that used to report to Wilson now are now under Mayor: Zach Brand, vice president of digital media and Bob Kempf, vice president of digital services.

In addition to Wilson and Lumbard, two marquee names from NPR have announced their intention to leave the organization in recent months. In July, Margaret Low Smith, senior vice president for programming, moved to Atlantic Media to become vice president of the Atlantic’s live events division. Ellen McDonnell, NPR’s executive editor for news programming, said Sept. 4 she would leave the company in December after nearly 35 years.

Lumbard spearheaded a number of projects at NPR, including a series of “mini-retreats” that led to digital initiatives including include NPR One, the organization’s new radio app, Lara said. She also managed the budget of NPR’s content division and guided cooperation for several big projects, including the Planet Money T-shirt Kickstarter.

In her new role at the National Institute of Holocaust Education, she’ll be running a digital unit responsible for creating new Holocaust education resources. Read more

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Career Beat: Rachel Zarrell named news editor at BuzzFeed News

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

  • Rachel Zarrell is now news editor at BuzzFeed News. Previously, she was a weekend editor there. (‏@rachelzarrell)
  • Ben Calhoun is now director of content and programming at WBEZ in Chicago. Previously, he was a producer for “This American Life.” (Robert Feder)
  • Ada Guerin is now creative director at The Wrap. Previously, she was design director and associate art director at The Hollywood Reporter. (The Wrap)
  • Jose Zamora is now on the board of directors of the Online News Association. He is director of strategic communications at Univision Network. (ONA)
  • Carla Zanoni will be global audience development director at The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was director of social media and engagement at (Carla Zanoni)
  • Tara Adiseshan is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at The New York Times and The Washington Post. Previously, she worked on search design at Autodesk and conducted research focused on harvesting rainwater in India. Juan Elosua is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at La Nacion. He is a telecommunications engineer and data journalist. Livia Labate is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at NPR. Previously, she led Marriott’s digital standards and practices group. Linda Sandvik is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at The Guardian. Previously, she worked in local government. Julia Smith is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was a designer and developer on news sites and mobile applications. Francis Tseng is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at The New York Times and The Washington Post He currently teaches at the New School’s Design + Journalism program. (
  • Jon Garinn is now medical editor of the Radiology Administration department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Previously, he was managing editor of CURE Magazine. (email)

Job of the day: Politico is looking for a lobbying reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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The New York Times might be snapping you soon

A Wednesday staff memo announcing the hire of New York Times deputy editor of audience development Justin Bank noted that he will be in charge of formulating “strategies for all existing and new social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest but also new ones like Snapchat and WhatsApp).”

At least one Poynter follower wondered publicly whether that means The Gray Lady is jumping onto Snapchat.

The answer? Maybe, says Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokesperson for The New York Times. Although The Times doesn’t currently have Snapchat or WhatsApp accounts, the paper “may experiment on those platforms.”

RELATED: Here’s how to use Snapchat (and how not to use Snapchat)

If The Times starts snapping its readers, it won’t be the first news organization to do so. The Washington Post, NPR and NowThisNews have all used the ephemeral messaging app to engage with their audiences. In August, BuzzFeed announced a new division that would use social platforms, including Snapchat, to propagate its content. Read more


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 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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Kinsey Wilson leaves NPR

NPR chief content officer Kinsey Wilson will leave NPR, new NPR CEO Jarl Mohn announced Monday in a note to staff (below). NPR media reporter David Folkenflik broke the news on Twitter:

Wilson is a trustee for Poynter. Mohn has promoted senior vice president for strategy Loren Mayor to COO. NPR plans to hire an SVP of News, a search that’s still active, a network spokesman tells Poynter. That person “will report to the CEO,” Mohn says in the memo. He also says he “will continue the practice of not being involved in day-to-day editorial decision-making and will have the same ‘publisher’ relationship with the SVP of News that exists at other media organizations.” Wilson’s position “will not be filled,” Mohn writes.

Wilson “declines to comment about his departure,” Folkenflik reports. Margaret Low Smith announced in July she would leave her post as NPR’s senior vice president for news for a job at The Atlantic. NPR news programming boss Ellen McDonnell announced last month she would leave. Mohn got the top spot at NPR in May.

Here’s Mohn’s note to staff:

Dear Colleagues,

It’s been just over 90 days since my first day on the job, and I’m even more enthusiastic about our future. From day one I’ve said my most important responsibility will be to secure the resources that allow you to do the best work of your careers and to ensure that NPR and our Member Station community not only grow but thrive.

Today I’m announcing a reorganization of the senior leadership team that enables us to deliver on that commitment.

First, Loren Mayor, Senior Vice President of Strategy, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

As many of you know, Loren brings a sharp strategic lens to NPR and has demonstrated her ability to convene and advance conversations across the entirety of the organization. Thanks to her leadership, we have our first strategic plan in 10 years. It clearly lays out our four strategic priorities: create exceptional content; expand, diversify and engage our audience; collaborate; and grow net revenue.

As part of the reorganization, Kinsey Wilson, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, will leave NPR after six years of vital contributions.

Loren will manage the daily operations across the organization, enabling me to focus on areas that most immediately impact content, station relations, philanthropy and corporate underwriting, and audience development (research, positioning, promotion, marketing), and help build NPR’s public profile.

I’ll naturally be involved in strategic decisions across the organization, but areas that will report up to Loren are: Corporate Strategy, Digital Media, Digital Services, Diversity, Engineering/IT, Human Resources, Member Partnership, and Policy and Representation.

Given my commitment to ensuring that NPR journalism continues to thrive as a preeminent and trusted news source, the newly selected Senior Vice President of News will report to the CEO. Our priority is to continue the quality and reach of our news programming across all platforms, especially for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. I will continue the practice of not being involved in day-to-day editorial decision-making and will have the same “publisher” relationship with the SVP of News that exists at other media organizations.

Chris Turpin will remain as acting head of news while we search for someone to fill that spot permanently.

Anya Grundmann, Director and Executive Producer of NPR Music, will report to the SVP of News, and Sarah Lumbard, VP of Content Strategy and Operations, Zach Brand, VP of Digital Media, and Bob Kempf, VP of Digital Services, will report to Loren. Eric Nuzum, VP of Programming, will report to Chief Marketing Officer Emma Carrasco, whose portfolio will expand to include audience development and the alignment of promotion and marketing across all platforms. All news-focused programming will eventually shift to the SVP of News, while non-news programs will continue to be led by Eric. All previously reported to Kinsey. Kinsey’s position will not be filled.

Kinsey, whose last day in the office will be Friday, joined NPR in October 2008 as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media. He is widely credited with positioning NPR as a leader in the digital space, building editorial excellence and growing audience across platforms. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer in 2012, with responsibility for NPR’s worldwide newsgathering, programming, and digital operations. Under his leadership, NPR’s news and cultural coverage has flourished and been recognized with numerous broadcast and digital journalism awards. He championed NPR’s investigative reporting, led the development of new areas of editorial focus including Code Switch, expanded education and global health coverage, and created NPR’s new Culture and Identity unit. He forged groundbreaking partnerships with WBUR’s Here & Now and more recently with Marketplace Morning Report. And he oversaw the development of successful new programs, including TED Radio Hour and Ask Me Another.

Kinsey also spearheaded efforts to adapt NPR’s programming to changing audience demands and to extend the organization’s influence and reach. He sponsored an ongoing effort to deepen NPR’s editorial ties with Member Stations. He championed the development of the Public Media Platform, forged a deal to make NPR the first news and information service on Apple’s iTunes Radio, and drove the vision and fundraising for NPR’s newest digital listening platform, NPR One, which launched in July.

I understand these changes may be disruptive to you but you have my assurance that the transition of responsibilities will be as seamless as possible. We will have an opportunity to discuss these changes during the upcoming all-staff meeting on October 8 at 12:30 PM ET.

While other outlets in our line of work have been retrenching, NPR has remained a leading brand in American journalism and a unique national asset. We must leverage this asset more than ever. Thanks to the commitment of our Member Stations, staff, listeners and sponsors, we have a bright future.

Please join me in congratulating Loren on her new role and thanking Kinsey for his years of leadership and service.

- Jarl

Correction: This post originally said Wilson promoted Mayor; Mohn did. Read more


Career Beat: Ali Watkins joins HuffPost Politics

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

  • Marjorie Powell is now vice president of human resources at NPR. Previously, she was chief human resources officer at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. (NPR)
  • Tim O’Shaughnessy is now president of Graham Holdings Company. Previously, he was CEO of LivingSocial. (GraHoCo)
  • Victor Caivano is now news director for The Associated Press’ “Southern Cone” countries — Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Previously, he was a photojournalist there. (AP)
  • Ali Watkins will be a reporter at HuffPost Politics. Previously, she worked for McClatchy DC. (Email)
  • Zach Goldfarb will be policy editor at The Washington Post. Previously, he was a White House and economics correspondent there. (Washington Post)

Job of the day The Washington Post is hiring a video producer. Get your résumés in! (Wash Post PR)

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4 quick Twitter tips from Time, CNN, Mashable and NPR

Four social media experts offered tips from their experiences detecting news, reporting news, publishing news and engaging with audiences at a panel moderated by Twitter’s head of news, Vivian Schiller, at the Online News Association conference in Chicago. Here are four of them.

Get retweeted by telling people stuff they don’t know

Quiz time: Callie Schweitzer, director of digital innovation at Time, asked attendees to guess which of these two tweets received the most retweets:

Schweitzer said the second tweet gave people info that they didn’t already know, accounting for its success. “Thinking for the retweet” is part of Time’s larger strategy for boosting social traffic.

The second tweet above contains a factoid that’s useful to readers even if they don’t click the link. More retweets means potential for more impressions, but remember that sharing doesn’t always correlate with clicking. The most shareable tweets aren’t always those that are most likely to compel followers to click a link.

Even on social media, it’s possible to have difficult conversations

Engaging with audiences on Twitter can go much deeper than asking for opinions on the news. Kat Chow, a blogger/social media producer for NPR’s Code Switch, highlighted how she cultivated conversation around topics that wouldn’t ordinarily be broached on social media.

One such topic: interracial relationships. Check out a Storify of tweets on the topic that Chow put together here.

Use geolocation to find and verify content

Searching for tweets by location is an advanced search option on Twitter and Tweetdeck. It doesn’t prove that a user reporting on, say, the arrest of Justin Bieber is telling the truth, but if you find out she’s located in Los Angeles, that can set you on the right path toward verification.

CNN Digital’s Dorrine Mendoza, senior social media producer, talked about CNN’s use of Dataminr, a tool for surfacing potential breaking-news tweets that officially launched this week for all news organizations. Using Dataminr is “like learning to play the piano,” Mendoza said, and it still requires a human touch to verify what the service uncovers.

There’s no substitute for on-the-ground coverage

When Mashable’s real-time news editor Brian Ries — in Mashable’s New York offices — heard word on social media of tear gas being used during riots in Ferguson, Missouri, he messaged Amanda Wills, who was on the scene, to fill her in. Her response: “I know.”

Mashable’s mastery of social reporting from its New York office freed up those on the ground to do deeper reporting, Ries said.

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