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The magic of ‘experiment land’ in legacy newsrooms

Masuma Ahuja and Sarah Marshall had never met before. Once the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media kicked off on April 12, though, they soon discovered they had plenty in common.

Ahuja and Marshall, two of the 25 women in the inaugural Leadership Academy class, are both tasked with helping their legacy media organizations experiment with new technologies, platforms and forms of storytelling.

That can be a tough proposition in any newsroom, and places as revered at The Washington Post, where Ahuja is a national digital editor, and The Wall Street Journal, where Marshall oversees social media for Europe, Middle East and Africa, pose their unique challenges.

The duo is up to the task. Midway through the leadership week, they sat together for a short conversation about what it takes to push newsrooms to experiment. Read more

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Career Beat: Molly Wood will be a host and reporter at Marketplace

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

  • Molly Wood will be a host and reporter at Marketplace. Previously, she was deputy technology editor at The New York Times. (Email)
  • Felicia Sonmez will edit the China Real Time blog for The Wall Street Journal. She is a China correspondent for Agence France-Presse. (@feliciasonmez)
  • Daniel Wagner will join BuzzFeed News’ investigative team. He is an investigative reporter at the Center for Public Integrity. (@wagnerreports)
  • Lizette Carbajal is now vice president of community relations at KVEA in Los Angeles. Previously, she was manager of community education and outreach at Southern California Gas Company. (Media Moves)
  • Jay Yarow has been named executive editor at Business Insider. Previously, he was a deputy editor there.
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Bill O’Reilly to NYT reporter: ‘I am coming after you with everything I have’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Bill O’Reilly threatens jounalist

    In an interview with The New York Times Monday, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly warned reporter Emily Steel there could be consequences for inappropriate coverage surrounding disputed claims about his reportage of the Falklands War. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.” (The New York Times) | Politico's Dylan Byers followed up with Steel, who told him "the story speaks for itself." (Politico) | Here's Steel's tweet. (@emilysteel) | O'Reilly continued defending his coverage Monday and sought to end the controversy. (CNN Money) | Meanwhile, the author of a New York Times story that O'Reilly cited in his defense said the anchor "cut out an important phrase" while reading it on air.

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Career Beat: LinkedIn adds 3 to editorial team

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

  • Caroline Fairchild has been named new economy editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was a reporter at Fortune. Ramya Venugopal is now a senior editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was managing editor of YourStory. Maya Pope-Chappell is now an editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was social media and analytics editor at The Wall Street Journal. (Email)
  • Jose Antonio Vargas is now editor at #EmergingUS. He is a journalist and documentarian. (Poynter)
  • Tom Gjelten is now a religion reporter at NPR. Previously, he reported on national security, intelligence, the military and terrorism there. (Email)
  • Kat Odell is now the editor of Eater Drinks. Previously, she was an editorial producer at Eater. (Poynter)
  • Charlie LeDuff is now a contributor at Vice News.
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Meet WSJ’s new Business & Tech. section (and don’t forget the period)

On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal announced that “Marketplace” had been renamed to “Business & Tech.”. Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker’s memo to staff notes some design changes, the new section change and a point on punctuation.

The biggest change is that the old Marketplace section is renamed “Business & Tech.”. The new name not only more closely reflects the content in the section, but it also reinforces our commitment to expanded technology coverage, which we began a year ago with the launch of WSJD.

For purists, I would note that the word Tech. is indeed an abbreviation, with the Journal’s iconic – and in this case stylistically correct – period appended.

Here’s the full memo:

From: Baker, Gerard
Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 9:59 AM
Subject: Refreshing the print Journal

While we press ahead with our plans for a genuinely digital news organization, we never forget the need to ensure that our print product is refreshed periodically to ensure its continuing clarity, consistency and accessibility to the many millions of readers who see us in that format every day.

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4 reasons the New York Times Company won’t be sold anytime soon

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We learned last week that Michael Bloomberg would like to buy the New York Times Company. He even spoke to Chairman Arthur Sulzberger about it a couple of years ago. So what else is new? Rupert Murdoch covets the Times as well.

The only live question is whether the Sulzberger family would sell.  Through a spokesman Sulzberger said Friday, as he has many times before, that the company was not on the market whatever the offer.

Case closed?  Not quite.  The Wall Street Journal was not for sale until Murdoch’s News Corp. made the Bancroft family an offer — 67 percent above their shares’ trading value — they felt they could not refuse.  Nor did any but the inner circle know the Graham’s Washington Post was for sale until Jeff Bezos bought it in August 2013. Read more

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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.
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Career Beat: Tommy Craggs is executive editor at Gawker Media

Tommy Craggs has been named executive editor at Gawker Media. Previously, he was editor of Deadspin. Heather Dietrick has been named president of Gawker Media. Previously, she was general counsel there. Andrew Gorenstein has been named president of advertising and partnerships at Gawker Media. Previously, he was chief revenue officer there. Scott Kidder has been named chief operating officer at Gawker Media. Previously, he was vice president of operations there. Erin Pettigrew has been named chief strategy officer at Gawker Media. Previously, she was vice president of business development there. Nick Denton has been named CEO of Gawker Media. Previously, he was publisher there. (New York Observer) | Alan Rusbridger will become chair of the Scott Trust. He is editor-in-chief of The Guardian. (Poynter) | Greg Ip will be chief economics commentator at The Wall Street Journal. Read more

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Career Beat: Matthew Kaminski named executive editor of Politico in Europe

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

  • Matthew Kaminski will be executive editor of Politico’s European operation. He’s a member of the editorial board at The Wall Street Journal. Bill Nichols will be a founding editor-at-large of Politico’s European operation. He’s an editor-at-large at Politico. Carrie Budoff Brown will be associate editor and senior policy reporter at Politico’s European operation. She’s a White House reporter at Politico. Florian Eder will be managing editor at Politico’s European operation. He is a correspondent at Die Welt. Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson will be managing director of Politico’s European operation. She is the owner and publisher of European Voice. (Poynter)
  • Matthew Winkler will be Editor in Chief Emeritus at Bloomberg News. Previously, he was editor-in-chief there.
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Career Beat: Matt Thompson to join theatlantic.com

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

  • Matt Thompson will be deputy editor of theatlantic.com. He’s currently director of vertical initiatives for NPR. (Poynter)
  • Mat Honan will be Silicon Valley bureau chief for BuzzFeed. He’s an editor and writer at Wired. (Re/code)
  • Justin Yurkanin is now manager of multimedia at Alabama Media Group. Previously, he was a photojournalist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Email)
  • Sarah Karnasiewicz is now food editor of RealSimple.com. Previously, she was a writer at The Wall Street Journal. (Fishbowl NY)

Job of the Day: The (Rochester, New York) Democrat and Chronicle is looking for a senior engagement editor. Get your résumés in! (Career Builder)

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