Where did they go? Journalists on the move week of November 28

by | Dec 2, 2016 | Journalism, Media, Media Moves

Notable journalist and media industry moves:

  • Quartz: Sarah Kessler, former senior writer for Fast Company, joins as reporter covering the future of work. Dan Kopf, former data journalist of Priceonomics, joins as economics and markets reporter. Heather Timmons moves from Asia bureau chief to White House correspondent in January.
  • Mashable: Brett Williams joins as technology reporter.
  • Politico Magazine: Michael Hirsh, national editor, resigns after publishing home address of Richard B. Spencer.
  • Fortune: Roger Parloff, editor-at-large and writer on legal affairs, leaves.
  • Salon: Scott Eric Kaufman, assistant editor, passed away.
  • Digital First Media: The Cannifornian, a website covering social, economic, political, health, and cultural issues of marijuana legalization in California, launches. Brooke Edwards Staggs, Orange County Register reporter, oversees the site.
  • Salt Lake Tribune: Matt Canham moves from investigative reporter to senior managing editor.
  • Triad Business Journal (Winston-Salem, NC): Rebbecca Troyer, former managing editor of Triangle Business Journal, replaces Mark Sutter as editor; Sutter leaves publication.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek: Michelle Bosso leaves.
  • Time: Siobhan O’Connor moves from health director to executive editor of health, food, science, religion, relationships, and social trends. Matt Vella moves from foreign editor to executive editor of enterprise stories, arts & entertainment, business, and technology. Kelly Conniff moves from features director to assistant managing editor overseeing digital entertainment. Ben Goldberger moves from nation editor to assistant managing editor; he now oversees national stories, sports, and special projects, such as the Person of the Year. Claire Howorth moves from editorial director of “Time Ideas” to assistant managing editor. Eliza Berman moves from associate editor to deputy cultural editor. Alex Fitzpatrick moves from deputy technology editor to lifestyle editor; he now oversees travel, food, leisure, and “the intersection of technology and daily life”. Eben Shapiro, former global arts editor for The Wall Street Journal, joins as deputy editor; he replaces Radhika Jones, who is now editorial director for books at The New York Times.
  • Reuters: Erica Teichert, former New York bureau chief for Modern Healthcare, joins as reporter covering product liability law for “Practitioner Insights”.
  • Fortune: Andrew Nusca, former deputy digital editor, replaces Aaron Task as digital editor; Task leaves.
  • The Washington Post: Max Rosenthal, formerly a reporter for Mother Jones, joins as assistant editor of the foreign desk on December 12; he is to manage a daily newsletter that launches in January. Amanda Erickson moves from assistant opinion editor to staff writer for the WorldViews team on January 3.
  • Merion Matters: Jonathan Bassett replaces Michelle Perron as editorial director, who leaves; Bassett remains the lead editor for ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine and Occupational Therapy Practioners. Danielle Bullen moves from managing editor to editor of ADVANCE for Nurses, ADVANCE for NPs & PAs, and Nurse Practitioner Perspective.
  • Morning Consult: launches new section covering marketing, media, and communications, called “Morning Consult Brands”. Laura Nichols, formerly a PR Week reporter, will be primary contributor.
  • Washington Examiner: Tim Carney moves from senior political columnist to commentary editor. Salena Zito, formerly a reporter for Pittsburgh Tribune Review, joins as political correspondent on December 1.  
  • The Daily Caller: Vince Coglianese moves from executive editor to editor-in-chief; he replaces Tucker Carlson, who retains ownership.
  • Self: regular print publications will stop in February 2017, but digital offers will continue, as well as occasional special print editions. Carolyn Kylstra moves from digital director to editor-in-chief; she replaces Joyce Chang, who leaves.
  • Axios: launches in January as a digital platform covering business, technology, politics, healthcare, and media; Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, former executives at Politico, are co-founders. David Nather, former STAT Washington editor, joins as healthcare editor. Caitlin Owens, formerly of The Morning Consult, joins as healthcare reporter. Dan Primack, former senior editor of Fortune, joins as business editor; he will edit the “Axios Pro Rata” newsletter, which covers deals and dealmakers. Bubba Atkinson, former editor-in-chief of Independent Journal Review, joins as managing editor. Justin Green, former news editor of Independent Journal Review, joins as news desk editor. David McCabe, former staff writer for The Hill, joins as technology reporter. Stef Wasko, former writer for Veer Magazine, joins as social media reporter. Catherine Sheffo, data reporter for Capital News Service, joins as data reporter and web developer.
  • Women’s Wear Daily: Kara Smoke, formerly with The New York Observer, joins as media reporter.
  • Vogue: Koa Beck, former senior features editor at MarieClaire.com, joins as digital executive editor.
  • The Atlantic: McKay Coppins, former senior political writer for BuzzFeed, joins as staff writer in January.
  • National Post: employees who have accepted buyouts: Angela Hickman, Kelly McParland, Jesse Kline, Nancy Truman, John Shmuel, Damon Van der Linde, Brian Hutchinson, Araminta Wordsworth, Graham Runciman, Gordon Isfeld, Liza Sardi, Jeff Wasserman, Ron Hartwell, David Berry, and Gillian Grace.
  • Toronto Star: Garnet Fraser moves from city assignment editor to deputy entertainment editor in January. Alex Ballingall moves from general assignment reporter to Ottawa bureau. Dave Washurn moves from tablet producer/content editor to acting sports editor. Josh Rubin moves to acting sports deputy editor and will continue to act as paper’s beer columnist. Ray Beauchemin moves from production editor to deputy news editor for print production. Jennifer Yang moves from health reporter to covering identity and inequality.
  • Global News: Tom Clark, host of “The West Block”, leaves journalism January 1.
  • Globe and Mail: eighteen staff members are laid off:  Jim Sheppard, Guy Nicholson, Noreen Rasbach, Brian Milner, Paul Koring, Richard Blackwell, Simon Beck, and John Allemang. James Bradshaw leaves publication and moves to banking at Globe Business in January.
  • Ottawa Citizen: Janet Wilson, reporter for “Capital Style”, leaves after 23 years. Ian MacLeod and Jason Fekete, parliamentary reporters, take buyouts.
  • BuzzFeed: freelance reporter Jane Lytvynenko joins as researcher and analyst.
  • Newspapers Canada: Pierre-Elliott Levasseur is the new president of La Presse, after Guy Crevier steps down from day-to-day operations.
  • TVO: Chantal Braganza, writer and digital editor at TVO, begins maternity leave.
  • Chatelaine: Gillian Grace, former online editor at National Post, joins as senior managing editor of digital.
  • The Daily Gleaner: Peter Conradi, former editor-in-chief of St. Catherines Standard, joins as managing editor.
  • Toronto Sun: Don Peat, assistant city editor, leaves to work for City of Toronto on the mayor’s communication staff.
  • LouLou: ceases publication at end of year, as parent company Rogers Media could not find buyer.
  • Rogers Media: changes to Chatelaine, L’actualite and LouLou lead to 60 terminations in November. In addition, 27 full-time employees are laid off from English-language digital content and publishing divisions. Transcontinental Media G.P. acquires all business-to-business brands from Rogers Media Inc. Acquired publications include Advisor’s Edge, Advisor’s Edge Report, Canadian Insurance Top Broker, Benefits Canada, Canadian Investment Review, and Canadian Institutional Investment Network.

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