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Career Beat: Lenika Cruz named associate editor at The Atlantic

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

  • David Cohn is now executive producer at AJ+. Previously, he was chief content officer at Circa. (Dave Cohn)
  • Lenika Cruz has been named associate editor at The Atlantic. Previously, she was a contributing editor at Circa. Grace White will be a reporter at CBS Houston. Previously, she was a reporter and anchor at Fox 29 San Antonio. (Muck Rack)
  • Rick Daniels has been named publisher at The Hartford (Connecticut) Courant. Previously, he was chief operating officer of GoLocal24. Nancy Meyer has been named publisher and CEO of Orlando Sentinel Media Group. Previously, she was publisher of the Courant. (Poynter)
  • Dana Hahn has been named news director for KTVU in San Francisco. Previously, she was news director for WTTG in Washington, D.C. Sara Suarez has been named news director for WFDC in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was news director for WUNI in Boston. Matt King has been named news director for WCNC in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, he was assistant news director at WXIA in Atlanta. Jeff Mulligan has been named news director for WMBD/WYZZ in Peoria, Illinois. Previously, he was assistant news director for WISH in Indianapolis. Lee Rosenthal has been named news director at WFXT in Boston. Previously, he was news director at KTVU. Rick Moll has been named news director at WSLS in Roanoke, Virginia. Previously, he was news director for WMBD/WYZZ in Peoria, Illinois. Brian Nemitz has been named assistant news director at WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. Previously, he was a nightside executive producer at WTVJ in Miami. Martha Jennings has been named assistant news director at WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee. Previously, she was nightside executive producer at WFLA in Tampa, Flordia. Troy Conhain has been named nightside executive producer at KOLD in Tucson, Arizona. Previously, he was morning executive producer at KPHO in Phoenix, Arizona. (Rick Gevers)

Job of the day The Hill is looking for a campaign reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org Read more


Changes at the Orlando Sentinel felt ‘extremely familiar’ for a former Sun-Times photographer

Andrew Nelles, a former Chicago Sun-Times photographer. (Photo by Andrew Nelles)

When the photo staff at the Orlando Sentinel was told they’d have to reapply for their jobs last week and that those jobs would be “videocentric,” according to a report from the National Press Photographers Association, “it seemed extremely familiar,” said Andrew Nelles, a Chicago-based freelance photographer, in a phone interview.

Nelles only worked for the Chicago Sun-Times for nine months before he and the entire photo staff were laid off in May of last year. Nelles, who freelanced before that job, was able to bounce back into freelance quickly.

“But that’s not the case for most people,” he said. Read more


Orlando Sentinel photographers must reapply for jobs


The National Press Photographers Association reported Thursday that photographers at the Orlando Sentinel have been told they’ll have to reapply for their jobs, which will largely be “videocentric.”

Todd Stewart, the newspaper’s design, graphics and multimedia editor who is the senior manager responsible for supervising the photography department, told the shooters during a meeting on Monday that the new job definitions will center on video. The gathering was Stewart’s very first meeting with the photography staff.

Kenneth Irby, Poynter senior faculty for visual journalism and diversity, said by email that the move to have photographers reapply for jobs is a “continued devaluing of quality photographic reporting in American newsrooms.” Read more


Editor Mark Russell to leave Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel | Jim Romenesko

Orlando Sentinel Editor Mark Russell is leaving the paper “as part of a restructuring,” Jason Garcia reports. His responsibilities will pass to Avido Khahaifa, whose title will remain director of content. Khahaifa is also director of content for the Sun Sentinel.

Sun Sentinel Editor Howard Saltz will now report to Publisher Howard Greenberg, Greenberg says in a memo to staffers.

The Tribune Co.-owned newspaper named Russell editor in 2010. He replaced Charlotte Hall, who retired. At the time, Khahaifa said promoting Russell was an “easy decision.” Russell has been with the paper since 2004. Read more


Tribune CEO: ‘no decision to sell our publishing assets is imminent’

Chicago Tribune | LA Observed | Orlando Sentinel

“A sale transaction is only one of our possible strategic options, and there are many others,” Tribune Co. CEO Peter Liguori wrote in an email to employees Wednesday, Robert Channick reports.

Kevin Roderick shares the whole memo. In it, Liguori writes that the company “will continue exploring all strategic options to maximize shareholder value, including retaining and operating our publishing assets. The process is ongoing and no decision to sell our publishing assets is imminent.” Read more


Orlando Sentinel editor: ‘We chose to cut news pages to help bolster our bottom line’

Orlando Sentinel
Give Mark Russell a few points for honesty. The editor of Orlando Sentinel tells readers that “the move to cut news pages was driven by our need to reduce expenses …[but] we also decided to expand the space for local news — the content we think is most valuable to our readers.” The Tribune-owned paper is reducing news pages two months after the Chicago Tribune announced that it’s adding 40 more news pages a week and said its news hole is larger than it was five years ago.
Tribune ESOP settlement near, reports Crain’s Chicago Business Read more


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