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Paul Smalera Named Quartz Ideas Editor; S. Mitra Kalita Promoted to Executive Editor at Large

qz_og_imgQuartz’s president and editor in chief Kevin Delaney announced that Paul Smalera will join the Atlantic Media property as its Ideas editor. Smalera joins from The New York Times where he was the founding editor of Op-Talk and editor of the NYT Opinion iPhone app.

Prior to The New York TimesSmalera was with Reuters and Fortune.

Smalera replaces S. Mitra Kalita, who was recently named executive editor at large for Quartz. In her new role, she will focus on global brand expansion and Ideas.

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Calling VOA Volunteers: Receive Ebola Vaccine And Report on Experience

n-EBOLA-VIRUS-largeVOA’s acting managing editor for its central news division David Jones emailed staff yesterday to offer the chance to receive and report on the Ebola vaccine currently being tested at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, reported on Wednesday by USA Today.

While Jones does not yet have access to the vaccine (it’s merely an idea to be pursued), he told FishbowlDC today that per the news service’s legal department, VOA cannot guarantee that it will publish or broadcast employee reporting on the experience. So far, three staff have expressed interest.

So for those at the U.S. government-funded international news broadcasting service who missed it, this might be your chance. See Jones’ note to staff after the jump. Read more

Two New Hires for Morning Consult, Tech Vertical to Launch this Month

8y4hMLAdThe Morning Consult announced today that Marissa Evans and Davis Burroughs will join the digital media company that in the past six months has grown to cover health, energy, and finance policy.

Evans joins the Consult as health editor after a fellowship at Kaiser Health News, replacing Jonathan Easley who later this month will launch its new tech vertical. Evans is the founder and editor-in-chief of InHue Magazine, a digital health publication for women of color.

Burroughs joins Morning Consult as an editorial assistant and will manage its columns section.

The Washington Post Owner Jeff Bezos to Replace Publisher Katharine Weymouth

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Katharine Weymouth

In a 9am email to staff this morning, The Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth announced her imminent departure as the paper’s publisher after 7 years. Beginning October 1, Fred Ryan, formerly with Allbritton Communications and POLITICO, will be publisher and CEO.

According to The Washington Post, its owner Jeff Bezos told Weymouth on August 18th that he had selected a new publisher.

In an interview with the outlet he’ll now lead, Ryan said that he does not have plans to replace executive editor Martin Baron or editorial page editor Fred Hiatt.

The Washington Post was bought by Weymouth’s great grandfather in 1933 and sold to Bezos in August 2013. In her email, Weymouth said that she will offer Ryan and the Post support as an advisor through the end of 2014.

Weymouth’s note to staff after the jump.

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Philip Klein Promoted to Commentary Editor of Washington Examiner

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Philip Klein

Washington Examiner editorial director Hugo Gurdon today announced that senior writer Philip Klein has been promoted to commentary editor. Klein has been with the Examiner since 2011 and begins his new role tomorrow.

In addition, freelancer David Freddoso will return to the Examiner as a contributing editor for the commentary section, overseeing columnists and staff writers for the Beltway Confidential blog.

Opinion editor Charles Hoskinson was also named a senior writer, to cover national security.

HuffPost Responds to Criticisms on Crowd Sourced Ferguson Fellowship

Yesterday, The Huffington Post announced the creation of the Ferguson Fellowship, a partnership with the Beacon Reader to enable a citizen journalist to “monitor the activity of the local and county police forces once the national spotlight dims” and “learn the intricacies of public records requests in an effort to divine the funding sources and uses of military gear in the county.”

Today, HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim and HuffPost Ferguson Fellow Mariah Stewart went on HuffPost Live to respond to criticisms. HuffPost tells FishbowlDC that critics of the crowd funded fellowship – The Guardian’s Alex Koppelman (via this tweet), Jim Romenesko (via this post), and AdAge’s Simon Dumenco (via this article) – were invited on as guests by producers, but all declined.

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WaPo Editorial Board Bans Use of the Word ‘Redskins’ in Reference to DC NFL Team

The Washington Post’s editorial board Friday announced that it will stop writing the word ‘Redskins’ in reference to the Washington NFL football team. “Except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves,” the board wrote.

In May, 50 Senators signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of a name change for the team as many consider it disparaging to Native Americans.

“While we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves,” the board declared Friday. “That’s the standard we apply to all offensive vocabulary, and the team name unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.” Read more

Layoffs Hit Bloomberg’s DC Bureau

Bloomberg recently announced layoffs in its DC bureau, relocating several TV production positions to New York, where its daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann - slated to launch in October – will be produced.

Amid news of the layoffs, Bloomberg spokeswoman Amanda Cowie shared the following statement with FishbowlDC: ”Our TV operation — in the U.S. and around the world — is growing in size. We are changing how, and where, the TV operation is run.”

“We will continue to expand our Washington coverage,” Cowie added. “We’re launching a new politics platform – including for the first time a daily political show – expanding initiatives like First Word DC, investing in financial crimes reporting, and the changes are a part of the overall new structure being put into place.”

POLITICO reports that “several print staff wil also be laid off” and that “some New York-based production jobs to London.”

 

CNN Digital Restructure Underway

cnndigitalOn Wednesday, CNN informed more than a dozen DC-based politics reporters that their positions would soon be eliminated. Fifteen politically-focused digital positions in Washington have also been posted on its careers page, and those as part of the layoff were encouraged to apply. Capital New York reports that, “the number of new positions added will be greater than the number of positions eliminated.”

“The reorganization of CNN Politics is a recognition of the shifting landscape of media, and positions CNN to disrupt rather than be disrupted,” said CNN spokesman Matt Dornic.

The network emphasized that the reorg was not about cost-cutting or downsizing, but rather, about evolving, in its effort to create “a brand new re-imagined digital politics product.”

In June, CNN announced plans to drastically grow its digital political coverage, shortly after hiring NowThis News’ Ed O’Keefe in May as VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital.

“What we really need to do now and plan to do in 2016 is hyper-focus on the audience we want to reach…We want the names and the reporting that [are] absolutely essential for the influence makers in Washington,” said O’Keefe in a piece by Erik Wemple for The Washington Post in early June.

Gannett to Form Separate Publishing and ‘Broadcasting and Digital’ Companies

client-logo-gannettGannett today announced its plan to split into two separate companies, one for its broadcasting and digital endeavors and another for its publishing ventures. It will also acquire full ownership, a remaining 73%, of Classified Ventures LLC, which owns Cars.com.

Gracia Martore, Gannett president and CEO, said in a news release, “These transformative transactions will give both the Publishing company and the Broadcasting and Digital company enhanced strategic, operating, financial, and regulatory flexibility to pursue growth and consolidation opportunities in their respective markets, while delivering strong cash flow to build further upon Gannett’s long-standing traditions of award-winning journalism and service to our local communities. We are creating two companies that will be among the largest and strongest in their peer groups, with increased abilities to focus resources on the most promising areas of their businesses.”

Gannett is the largest newspaper publisher in the US, and owns the USA Today and 81 local daily newspapers. It also owns or operates 46 television stations.

From the release:

“Following the separation, the Publishing company, which will retain the Gannett name, is expected to be listed for trading on the NYSE and will remain headquartered in McLean, Virginia. Robert J. Dickey, currently president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing division, will become Chief Executive Officer of the Publishing company upon completion of the separation.”

“Following the separation, Gannett’s Broadcasting and Digital company, which has yet to be named, will remain headquartered in McLean, Virginia, and will trade on the NYSE. Gracia Martore will serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcasting and Digital company at that time.”

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