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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.”

 

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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.”

For more, click here.

July 2014 Marks Highest Trafficked Month for WashingtonPost.com

The month of July 2014 marked the highest trafficked month ever for WashingtonPost.com, surpassing October 2013 when the Post reported on the government shutdown as the previous high.

An announcement from executive editor Martin Baron, managing editor Kevin Merida and managing editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz sang praises “in every corner of the newsroom and with our partners in engineering.”

“We delivered deep, insightful coverage of the shootdown of MA 17 and the war in Gaza,” Baron, Merida, and Garcia-Ruiz said in the announcement. “We delighted readers with accounts from the middle stages of the World Cup and covered every angle of the Silver Line opening and the McDonnell run-up and trial. We offered readers authoritative ledealls when those stories warranted them, fast-paced live blogs and a stream of videos, graphics, photos, and standalone posts for each. We broke news on everything from the NSA to a local teen sexting case.”

For more, click here.

ABC’s Tom Johnson and ‘Daily Show’s’ Pat King Join Bloomberg

Bloomberg senior executive editor Josh Tyrangiel announced to staff today in a memo that Tom Johnson will soon join Bloomberg’s politics vertical as executive editor and that Pat King has recently as a senior producer.

Johnson joins Bloomberg from ABC News, where he served as a senior broadcast producer for “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.” King comes from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” where he was a segment producer.

TVNewser reports that “Johnson and King will serve as executive producer and senior producer, respectively, for the daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann slated to launch in October.”

Read the full memo, after the jump.

All,

Happy news about Bloomberg Politics. Tom Johnson is joining us as executive editor, and Pat King has joined us senior producer.

Tom has a mere twenty years experience at ABC News, where he was most recently senior broadcast producer at ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. In addition to imbuing the show with great story judgment, Tom led WN’s international coverage and digital strategy. During his tenure, ABC World News piled up awards and accolades, which is all very nice. More important is that Tom brings a spectacular mix of talent and temperament—his colleagues at ABC note that he’s usually the smartest guy in the room, and rarely feels the need to remind anyone of it.

Pat King comes to Bloomberg after a nine-year stint at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he was most recently a segment producer. So to answer your question, yes, Pat is funny. However he’s not here to make the show funny. (Obviously that’s my job.) Pat’s a passionate observer of national politics with a tremendous instinct for research. He finds clips that lead to stories, and then he tells those stories expertly.

Tom starts ASAP. Pat recently completed orientation and is already hard at work. Both are based in New York.

I think you’re going to love working with them.

Josh

PBS NewsHour Names ABC’s Sara Just Executive Producer

Sara JustPBS NewsHour today announced that 25+ year ABC News-er Sara Just has been tapped to serve as the program’s executive producer and SVP of NewsHour Productions LLC. Just is currently Washington deputy bureau chief at ABC News and senior Washington producer for “Good Morning America.”

“I look forward to leading the PBS NewsHour, a cherished and trusted brand for journalism,” said Just in a NewsHour announcement. “I am honored to play a role in its journalistic legacy and bring that to the next generation as well…There is an ever-growing audience hungry for thoughtful, in-depth reporting and PBS NewsHour will continue to be an essential guide for understanding our complex world. We will create vital, engaging content for all audiences — on any platform or device.”

Just succeeds Linda Winslow, who’s retiring from the program after serving as its executive producer for more than nine years.

For more, click on over to The New York Times.

Susan Glasser Names WaPo’s Eva Rodriguez Senior Editor of POLITICO Magazine

Screen-Shot-2013-11-14-at-9.15.52-AM-2POLITICO Magazine editor Susan Glasser today announced to staff in a noon email that The Washington Post editorial writer Eva Rodriguez will join the magazine as senior editor.

Prior to her seven years at the Post, Rodriguez was the Washington bureau chief for BusinessWeek and spent 10 years with the Legal Times.

Glasser’s email:

From: Susan Glasser
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:00 PM
Subject: A new editor at the Magazine

Dear Politicos — We’re delighted to announce that Eva Rodriguez will be joining the Magazine as our senior editor. Eva comes to us from the Washington Post, where she’s spent the last seven years wearing many hats from politics editor and deputy at the Style section to editorial board member. She’s also been editor in chief of Legal Times, DC bureau chief for BusinessWeek and an editor in the Washington bureau of the New York Times — a wide-ranging experience that gives her fluency in so many of the subjects that the Magazine aims to tackle. She also just loves to work with writers. Eva is mother of two college-sophomore twins and lives in Takoma Park with her partner Debra, and we can’t wait to welcome her in mid-August.

Journalism Census Depicts Slight Shrink in Newspaper Staff

header_logoThe American Society of News Editors and the Missouri School of Journalism’s Center for Advanced Social Research Archives yesterday announced the results of its newsroom census. In 2013, there were 36,700 full-time newspaper journalists at 1,400 daily U.S. newspapers, down approximately 3.5 percent compared to 2012.

“Producing the employment census each year is a significant effort on the part of ASNE, but as the leaders of America’s newsrooms, we feel it’s essential to keep this data front and center,” said ASNE president David Boardman in the census results announcement. ”We remain committed to doing all we can to help our newsrooms, and our news reports, better reflect the diverse nature of the communities we cover.”

The census found that approximately 4,900 (13.34 percent) of said journalists are racial and ethnic minorities, a 200 person (approximately 1 percent) increase from 2012. ASNE also reports that “63 percent of the news organizations surveyed have at least one woman among their top three editors.”

For more, click here.

FCC Approves Sale of WJLA, News Channel 8 to Sinclair Broadcast Group

sinclair_allbrittonThe FCC yesterday approved the sale of Allbritton Communications, owner of WJLA and News Channel 8, to Sinclair Broadcast Group. The deal was announced in July 2013 pending FCC approval for $985 million.

According to TVSpy, with the acquisition, ”Sinclair owns, operates, programs or provides sales service to 162 stations in 78 markets. Sinclair stations now reach nearly 40 percent of US television households.”

POLITICO publisher Robert Allbritton, who’s family owned Allbritton Communications for nearly four decades, tweeted:

In an interview for POLITICO, he touted the successes of POLITICO - not WJLA or News Channel 8 - and supported the future of Internet-based communications. Read more

AP Makes Changes Within Its Video Leadership

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Vaughn Morrison

Denise Vance

Denise Vance

The Associated Press today announced several changes within its video leadership. Denise Vance, deputy director of U.S. video, will be head of U.S. video and radio, and Vaughn Morrison, a former CNN and Fox executive, was named earlier this month head of U.S. video production. Both are based in DC.

The announcement also named Derl McCrudden, previously head of video newsgathering, head of international video news for The Associated Press. He is based in London.

Debora Gorbutt, head of video content development, will now have a hand in the AP Middle East Extra, a new video service offering video content centered on news most relevant to the region.

For the full announcement, click here.

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