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MEDIA News: National Journal, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal and More

http://prnbloggers.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/agility-logo.png?w=127&h=125&h=125PR Newswire’s Audience Research Department makes thousands of updates to the  database of journalists and bloggers that underpins our Agility media targeting and distribution platform.  Below is a sampling of recent media moves and news from the research team.  Learn more about Agility media targeting here.

National Journal National Journal (Washington, DC): Amanda Cormier has been hired as Managing Editor @nationaljournal.

The New RepublicThe New Republic (Washington, D.C.): Alice Robb (@AliceLRobb) and Danny Vinik (@DannyVinik) are now Staff Writers for The New Republic (@TNR).

Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal (New York, NY): Jack Marshall (@JackMarshall) is leaving Digiday for a position as Advertising and Marketing Reporter at the Journal (@WSJ).

The New York Times The New York Times (New York, NY): Publishing Reporter Julie Bosman (@JulieBosman) is leaving The New York Times (@nytimes) to move to Chicago as Midwest Correspondent. Also, Former Technology Editor Kevin McKenna (@kemcke) is now Deputy Business Editor. In addition, Adrienne Carter (@adriennecarter) has become International Business Editor.

The New York Times – Chicago Bureau (Chicago, IL): Julie Bosman (@juliebosman) joins the daily (@nytimes) as a Midwest Correspondent covering book publishing.

The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ): Business Editor Rick Everett announced his retirement from The Star-Ledger  (@starledger).  There is currently no replacement.

New York Post New York Post (New York, NY): Veteran Reporter Jeane MacIntosh is leaving the Post (@nypost) to join a PR firm. She has been a staple at the paper for nearly 20 years where she started @PageSix.

IBTimes The International Business Times – New York Bureau (New York, NY): Peter Goodman (@petersgoodman) is leaving The Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) to become Editor-in-Chief of The International Business Times (@IBTimes).

Cosmopolitan Cosmopolitan (New York, NY): Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) welcomes Madeline Haller (@madeline_haller) as Social Media Editor and Patti Greco (@PattiGreco) as the Online Entertainment Editor. She begins March 24th.
AdweekAdweek (New York, NY): Long-time Blogger and Contributor David Griner (@griner) becomes the first Social Editor at Adweek (@Adweek). Also, Staff Writer Christopher Heine (@chris_heine) has been promoted to Digital Editor. Also, Michelle Castillo (@MishCastillo) and Kristina Monllos (@KristinaMonllos) are joining as Staff Writers.

Crain's Chicago Crain’s Chicago Business (Chicago, IL): Illinois Political Reporter, Editor and Blogger Rich Miller (@capitolfax) is set to join the trade publication (@CrainsChicago) as Political Columnist.

NBC Chicago WMAQ-TV (Chicago, IL): Tammy Leitner (@TammyLeitnerNBC), a Peabody Award-winning Reporter is joining the NBC station’s (@nbcchicago) expanded investigative unit as Investigative Reporter.

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): LA Times (@latimes) Staff Writer Sam Quinones who was already on sabbatical while writing a book has parted ways with the paper. Tim Logan (@bytimlogan) joins as Real Estate Reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Reporter Dawn Chmielewski has parted ways with the paper for a position with Re/code (@recode).

Bloomberg News – Los Angeles Bureau (Los Angeles, CA): Anousha Sakoui (@anoushasakoui) joins the Los Angeles Bureau as a Reporter covering Hollywood.

BillboardThe Hollywood Reporter (Los Angeles, CA): Music Editor Shirley Halperin (@shirleyhalperin) is now also Music Editor for Billboard (@billboard).

The Game 87.7 WGWG-FM (Chicago, IL): Jarrett Payton (@paytonsun) is set to join the sports/talk station (@gamechicago) as afternoon Co-Host with Harry Teinowitz (@HeyTweetHarry) and Spike Manton. You may know Payton as the former NFL running back and son of the late Walter Payton.

Local 12/WKRC-TV WKRC-TV (Cincinnati, OH): Sheila Gray (@SheilaGrayTV) joins as Co-Anchor of Good Morning Cincinnati at the CBS station (@Local12). Tiffany Wilson is leaving the morning show to join her husband in San Francisco.

Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Sun-Times.com (Chicago, IL): The daily (@Suntimes) is set to rehire four photographers after cutting the entire photo staff last year.

CNNMoney.com CNNMoney.com – CNN (New York, NY): CNNMoney.com (@CNNMoney) welcomes Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) aboard as Markets and Investing Editor.

CBS NewsCBS News (New York, NY): Vinita Nair is now a CBS News Correspondent in
addition to Co-Host of CBS This Morning: Saturday (@CBSThisMorning).

CBS News – Miami Bureau (Miami, FL): CBS News (@CBSNews) welcomes Vicente Arenas as a Miami Correspondent.

WBZ-TV (Boston, MA): Katie Brace bids farewell to Atlanta’s WGCL-TV and joins Boston’s WBZ-TV to Co-Anchor the weekend evening news

The Litchfield County Times
(Torrington, CT): Jenny Golfin (@JennyGrc) joins the paper as a Breaking News Reporter.

The Middletown Press The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT): The paper (@Middletownpress) hires Kaitlyn Schroyer (@whenravensfly) as a Breaking News Reporter

New Haven Register The New Haven Register (New Haven, CT): Charlotte Adinolfi (@NHR_CharlotteA) and Mercy Quaye (@Mrs_WriteNow) join the paper (@nhregister) both as Breaking News Reporters. Previously, Quaye was a Reporter for sister paper The Register Citizen. 

The TelegraphThe Telegraph (Hudson, NH): The paper (@NashuaTelegraph) has hired Jim Konig as Publisher.

WAAF-FM (Boston, MA): Later on this month, Rob Stevens will join the rock station as a Producer for the Hill-Man Morning Show

WAVZ-AM
(Hamden, CT): Afternoon Host Mike Bower has parted ways with ESPN’s sports radio WAVZ-AM.

BuzzFeed BuzzFeed (New York, NY): BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) welcomes Jeremy Singer-Vine (@jsvine) as  Data Editor.  He moves to BuzzFeed from The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ).

Esquire MagazineEsquire Magazine (New York, NY): Andrew Luecke joins Esquire (@Esquiremag) as Online Style Editor.

KFOGRadio KFOG-FM (San Francisco, CA): Music Director/Host Renee Richardson moves from midday to mornings as Annalisa Parziale returns as Midday Host for KFOG-FM (@KFOGRadio).

KFWB NEWS TALK 980 KFWB News Talk 980 (Los Angeles, CA): KFWB News Talk 980 (@KFWB) is losing General Manager Valerie Blackburn next month. No replacement has been named.

KREV-FM (San Francisco, CA): San Francisco station KREV-FM names James Palomares (@djsupajames) Program Director and Eric Sean Casucci is Assistant Program Director/Music Director.

Huffington Post The Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost):: Sara Bondioli (@SBondioli) has been hired at The Huffington Post as the Deputy Politics Editor. She begins March 14th.

HuffPost Taste (New York, NY): Rebecca Orchant (@SMcPickles) is no longer at HuffPost Taste
(@HuffPostTaste), where she was Associate Food Editor.

Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure (New York, NY): Laura Begley Bloom (@laurabegley) is leaving her role as Deputy Editor at Travel + Leisure (@TravlandLeisure).

WNYM-AM (New York, NY): Joe Piscopo (@JrzyJoePiscopo) has joined the station as Host of Piscopo in the Morning from 6am-9am.

Good Housekeeping Good Housekeeping (New York, NY): Lauren Piro (@HelloLaurenPiro) is the new Web Editor for Good Housekeeping (@GoodHouseMag). She replaces Nicole Price Fasig.

HGTV Magazine HGTV Magazine (New York, NY): Kate English Mankoff (@KOEMankoff) has been named Associate Publisher at HGTV Magazine (@HGTVMag).

The Awl
(New York, NY): John Herrman (@jwherrman) of BuzzFeed (@Buzzfeed) and Matt Buchanan (@Mattbuchanan) of The New Yorker (@NewYorker) are leaving their respective publications to join The Awl (@Awl) as Editors.

The Daily Southerner (Tarboro, NC): The Southerner has promoted Calvin Adkins to News Editor upon the retirement of Editor/Publisher John Walker.

FOX10News | WALA WALA-TV (Mobile, AL): Former WCBD-TV (@wcbd) News Director Scott Flannigan is now News Director at WALA-TV (@FOX10News) in Mobile, AL.

PHLBizJournal Philadelphia Business Journal (Philadelphia, PA): Lauren Hertlzer is a new Reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal (@PHLBizJournal).

inforum The Forum (Fargo, ND):  Sherri Richards (@sherririchards) is now the Business Editor at The Forum (@inforum). Richards was previously Features Reporter at the publication.

KWQC News KWQC-TV (Davenport, IA): Richard Kurz has been named News Director at KWQC-TV (@kwqcnews).

Delaware Today Delaware Magazine/Delaware Today (Wilmington, DE): Editor-in-Chief Maria Hess has left Delaware Today (@delawaretoday) and Delaware Bride.

NBC 6 South Florida WTVJ-TV (Miami, FL): Investigative Reporter Tony Pipitone has joined WTVJ-TV (@NBC6)

KIRO 7 KIRO-TV (Seattle, WA): Rob Munoz (@ActionNewsRob) has joined  the station (@kiro7seattle) as a News Reporter. He was previously at WFTS-TV (@abcactionnews)  in Tampa, FL.

MEDIAware’s full weekly version can be found at:www.prnewswire.com/knowledge-center/medi…

PR Newswire’s Audience Research Department provides daily updates on Twitter (twitter.com/PRNmedia).

Detailed outlet and contact information is available at Agility (agility.prnewswire.com).

MEDIA News: Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, Fortune, USA Today

http://prnbloggers.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/agility-logo.png?w=127&h=125&h=125PR Newswire’s Audience Research Department makes thousands of updates to the  database of journalists and bloggers that underpins our Agility media targeting and distribution platform.  Below is a sampling of recent media moves and news from the research team.  Learn more about Agility media targeting here.

WSJ Health News The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY): Jeanne Whalen (@JeanneWhalen) has become the new Deputy Health and Science Bureau Chief. Follow @WSJHealth for more health and science news. Nathan Olivarez-Giles (@NateOG) is a new Technology Blogger and Web Producer for the outlet.

Roll Call Roll Call (Washington, DC): Kieran Sharpe is the new Banking & Finance Editor. Leslie Hoffecker (@lesliehoffecker) is the new Immigration News Editor. And Stephen Walsh is the new Legal News Editor. There are five new analysts: Security Analyst Eric Hammesfahr; Capital Markets Analyst William Ardinger; Corporate Governance Analyst Alexandra Higgins; Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst Jad Chamseddine and Immigration Analyst Christina Carr (@ChristieCarr).

Freedom Communications (Santa Ana, CA): Freedom Communications will launch a new daily newspaper in 2014 called Los Angeles Register. Freedom is the parent company of the Orange County Register (@ocregister).

CSMonitor.com The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA): Editor John Yemma will step down next month as Editor and Marshall Ingwerson will replace him. Stephen Kurczy (@KurczyBeast) is a new Correspondent and will be located in Rio de Janeiro.

Boston.com Boston.com (Boston, MA): Chart Girl (@_chartgirl_) Hilary Sargent (@lilsarg) joins as a Feature Reporter in January.

The New York Times Magazine (New York, NY): Editor Hugo Lindgren (@HugoLindgren) will be leaving after the new year.

NYT Magazine The New York Times – Washington Bureau (Washington, DC): Former Associated Press Pulitzer Prize winning Reporter Matt Apuzzo (@mattapuzzo) has joined the Times as a Justice Department Reporter.

Washington Post The Washington Post (Washington, DC): Ben Terris (@bterris) joins the Post (@washpost.com) as a Political Features Reporter after a stint at National Journal.

Fortune Magazine Fortune Magazine (New York, NY): Caroline Fairchild (@cfair1) is now a General Assignment Reporter at the magazine. Prior to joining @FortuneMagazine she was an Associate Business Editor at the Huffington Post.

LI Business News Long Island Business News (New York, NY): Former Senior Reporter Gregory Zeller (@QuantumAcres) has been elevated to Editor.

USA TODAY USA Today (McLean, VA): Former Associated Press Chicago Sports Writer Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) joins the team as a Sports Enterprise Reporter.

Popular Science Popular Science (@PopSci): Cliff Ransom was promoted to Editor-in-Chief at Popular Science.

VentureBeat VentureBeat (@VentureBeat): Dylan Tweney (@Dylan20) was promoted to Editor-in-Chief.

The Daily Beast The Daily Beast (@TheDailyBeast): PJ O’Rourke (@PJORourke) has joined the outlet as a Columnist.

Associated Press – Washington Bureau (Washington, DC): Political Editor Liz Sidoti (@lsidoti) has left AP (@AP) for a communications gig at BP.

Defense Systems Defense Systems (Vienna, VA): Kevin McCaney (@KevinMcCaney) is the new Editor-in-Chief at Defense Systems (@DefenseIT).

Business First Business First (Louisville, KY): Reporter John Karman (@BFLouJohn) has left the trade magazine  (@bflouisville) to join the University of Louisville media relations team.

Luxe Magazine Luxe Interiors + Design (Boca Raton, FL): Luxe Interiors + Design (@LuxeMag) has named Miranda Agee Features Editor.

PressHerald Portland Press Herald & Maine Sunday Telegram (Portland, ME): Michael Warshaw (@TechWarshaw) has joined the Press Herald/Telegram (@PressHerald) as their new Business Editor.

Idaho Press-Tribune Idaho Press-Tribune (Nampa, ID): Managing Editor Vickie Holbrook is leaving the paper to become the new spokeswoman for the city of Nampa, ID. She has been with the paper for over 30 years in a variety of roles.

MEDIAware’s full weekly version can be found at:www.prnewswire.com/knowledge-center/medi…

PR Newswire’s Audience Research Department provides daily updates on Twitter (twitter.com/PRNmedia).

Detailed outlet and contact information is available at Agility (agility.prnewswire.com).

Breaking News: Fast vs. Right and How the Media Continues to Adapt

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There’s no debating that websites and social media have made it easier to track breaking news as it happens. We saw that clearly with the tweets and photos around the Asiana Airlines crash earlier this year.

However, this immediacy also places pressure on the media to break news significantly faster than before – measured in minutes and seconds, 24/7.

In just the last year, Hurricane Sandy, Newtown and the Boston Marathon have demonstrated how our constant demand for immediate news can lead to misinformation.

With misinformation sometimes having serious consequences, the debate repeatedly comes up:

Which is more important: Getting news out first or getting it right?

Speed versus accuracy is an issue that affects all news organizations – from local media to the likes of the AP, The New York Times and CNN.  And it’s not a new concern.  Prior to social media, organizations had to adjust to the challenges of online news in the 90s and 24-hour cable news before that.

But with the ability to immediately post something on social media, how are journalists adapting to an even faster news cycle?

Accuracy = Credibility

Media’s value comes from how credible the news source is, and reporting the news accurately has historically been a key factor in credibility.

When a newsroom makes a mistake, trust is broken and the relationship damaged. Depending on the mistake, there can even be an economic impact from the loss of subscribers and advertisers.

Many newsrooms use the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics to preserve credibility.  Its concepts of seeking truth, being judicious, acting independently and holding oneself accountable are drilled into journalists’ heads in school.

Although no one is perfect, audiences and other journalists are less understanding when a news organization doesn’t own up to an error or makes a mistake because it was more important to break the news first instead of verify it.

When the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act in 2012, two cable news leaders incorrectly reported the Court’s ruling.

In “Getting News Fast and Wrong,” Kate Culver, Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Journalism Ethics, argued that their mistakes were avoidable since these organizations had advance access to resources which could have helped them check their interpretation.

Unlike smaller organizations such as SCOTUSblog who correctly read the ruling’s summary, some newsrooms’ desire to be faster than their competition overran the need to be precise.

Culver says it’s not just a question of ethics, but with audience fragmentation and other issues facing journalists, “They have a fiscal interest to retain their credibility and differentiate themselves from the waves of information, misinformation and disinformation that pound digital media shores.”

Adapting to an Evolving Process

After the Boston Marathon, The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi interviewed media observers about the mistakes that had been reported around the bombing.

Many said that although mistakes should be avoided, they may no longer be as consequential thanks to the media’s ability to immediately self-correct on social media and online.

Reporting news during unfolding events has always been a chaotic practice. The difference now is that social media has opened up a wider view to a previously behind-the-scenes process.  Today the public can watch the gathering and verification of rumors as they develop into news stories.

It also gives everyone an opportunity to participate in the process.  In a talk at April’s International Symposium for Online Journalists, NPR’s Andy Carvin stressed that news organizations should use social media and other tools not just for promoting the latest headlines.

Instead, when a story breaks, media “should be more transparent about what we know and don’t know. We should actively address rumors being circulated online. Rather than pretending they’re not circulating, or that they’re not our concern, we should tackle them head-on, challenging the public to question them, scrutinize them, understand where they might have come from, and why.”

That means replying to tweets as events happen by asking questions and helping the public understand how to properly confirm information.

By approaching it as a two-way flow of information, media can still respond to unfolding events but wait until they have the substantiated story before providing a report. Similarly, the public can contribute to the reporting process and be patient with a work in progress.

Tools Helping Journalists be Accurate and Fast

Although the Internet has added to the pressures of getting news out fast, online tools can benefit journalists when used in line with their code of ethics:

  • Josh Stearns, the Journalism and Public Media Campaign Director at Free Press, recently launched Verification Junkie, a growing directory of fact-checking tools and sites.
  • HootSuite’s white paper 3 Ways Social Media Command Centers Improve Newsrooms offers up techniques that any newsroom can leverage.
  • PR Newswire works closely with journalists and bloggers to provide them with the news they need, when they need it. By registering for PR Newswire for Journalists, media can access press releases, multimedia and subject matter experts to meet pressing deadlines.

No one wants to be wrong, but the reporting process is changing and each organization needs to communicate what their priority is: Whether that’s responding early and updating on the fly, or waiting until they’ve confirmed the facts and not worrying about the scoop.

Once a news organization decides on their approach and follows it consistently, social media and other online resources don’t have to be viewed as a source of stress.

If you are a journalist or blogger, register for PR Newswire for Journalists at http://media.prnewswire.com or email media.relations@prnewswire.com. The site’s 28,000 unique active registrants are able to customize news feeds by geography, subject and industry and receive news as soon as it is announced.

Amanda Hicken is a media relations manager at PR Newswire.  She can be found on Twitter @ADHicken or blogging about the city she loves at ClueIntoCleveland.com.