Changes in journalism this week: Career moves, bear death


Emily Steel has been named US media and marketing correspondent at the Financial Times. She was a social media editor at The Wall Street Journal.

Wendy Ruderman will be a reporter at the New York Times. She was a reporter at the Philadelphia Daily News.

Christopher Orr is the new film critic for He is and will remain a senior editor at The Atlantic.

Brett Johnson is an associate editor at The Root. He's previously worked at a number of outlets, including AOL BlackVoices/BVX, Vibe and Time Out New York.

• Joaquin Alvarado is the chief strategy officer for the Center for Investigative Reporting. He was most recently senior vice president for digital innovation at American Public Media.


• The Newport News, Va., Daily Press, The Virginia Gazette and the Tidewater Review will be printed by Media General. About 85 job losses will result from the move.


• At a panel sponsored by the Guardian, Felix Salmon said Twitter was worth paying for, Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger said his paper paid a lot of money to investigate phone-hacking and BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith expressed a fear of Taco Bell's media capabilities (Capital New York). Juan Williams told Glynnis MacNicol at that event that he missed working for NPR "big time"; he told Jerry Barmash "It’s not fun being called a bigot and a bad journalist."

• At a panel at Baruch College in New York, Jeff Jarvis said he had "no friggin’ idea" what the future of news is, Joshua Benton used "Clay Shirky and Clay Christensen in the same sentence" and Dean Starkman's wife asked Benton a question (Capital New York).


• A bear who caused a media sensation after being photographed falling from a tree died after being hit by two cars Thursday. A dispute over who owned that photograph led to University of Colorado Boulder changing its policy of demanding copyright from student journalists.

An attempt at a regular, in-no-way-comprehensive feature. Keep me in the loop:

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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