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Shelly Banjo Joins Quartz

Shelly Banjo is leaving The Wall Street Journal and joining Quartz as a finance reporter. Banjo had been with the Journal since 2007, most recently as a corporate reporter focusing on retail.

“Shelly will lead our coverage of the future of finance, focusing on how factors including technology, changes in consumer behavior, and regulation have the potential to fundamentally reshape the business of banks and the underpinning of investing, currencies, and payments,” wrote Quartz’s editor, Kevin Delaney, in a memo.

Banjo starts January 12. You can read Delaney’s full note below.

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Quartz Makes Two Moves

There have been a lot of Revolving Door items today, so why not add one more? Quartz has made two moves. Details are below.

  • Paul Smalera is joining as ideas editor. Smalera was most recently with The New York Times, where he served as founding editor of its Op-Talk site. He previously worked as technology editor for Reuters. Smalera starts November 5.
  • Mitra Kalita has been named executive editor-at-large. She most recently served as ideas editor. In her new role, Kalita will “spearhead projects that stretch Quartz further and build up our readership and journalism globally,” write Quartz’s editor, Kevin Delaney, in a memo. “These include new initiatives focused outside of the US.”

THR and Billboard Tap Head of Video, Quartz Editor Expands Role

A couple Revolving Door items to note this afternoon, involving The Hollywood Reporter and Quartz. Details are below.

    • The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have named Jeremy Colfer head of video. He comes to the glossies from Sundance TV, where he worked as a senior producer for branded content. Previously Colfer served as senior director/GM, Official Comedy Network at Bedrocket Media Ventures.
    • Zach Seward, a senior editor at Quartz, has added product director to his role. In a memo announcing the change, Quartz’s editor, Kevin Delaney, wrote, “This move reflects the vision and importance of Zach’s contributions to what Quartz is as a digital product. He’s played a constant lead role in discussions about how to improve and expand our site, and has originated countless ideas for how it should look, work, and be structured.” Seward has been with Quartz since it launched in 2012.

Bobby Ghosh Leaves Time for Quartz

Bobby Ghosh GBobby Ghosh, who took over as Time International’s editor just last year, is leaving the magazine to join Quartz as its managing editor. Ghosh had been with Time since 1998.

During is tenure at Time Ghosh held a variety of roles. He served as Baghdad bureau chief and a correspondent in Hong Kong, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Washington DC. In 2007, Ghosh moved to London to become a senior editor at Time Europe, making him the magazine’s first non-American World editor.

“Bobby brings a sophisticated curiosity about the world, an obsessive news focus, and a strong identification with Quartz’s mission to cover the new global economy’s most important and interesting facets,” said Quartz’s editor, Kevin Delaney, in a memo.

Ghosh begins at Quartz next month.

Quartz Expands to India

Quartz, the online business brand from Atlantic Media, has expanded its operations to India. The site — available to users in India at qz.com and all others at qz.com/india — will be lead by Sruthijith KK, a reporter who previously worked for The Economic Times.

“We’re deeply committed to providing sophisticated coverage of India to our readers there and around the world,” said Quartz’s editor-in-chief, Kevin Delaney, in a statement. “And we’re very optimistic that through Quartz India, more Indian business people will come to value Quartz’s creative, digital, visual, data-rich approach to covering the region and the global economy.”

Quartz launched in 2012, and according to The Atlantic, it’s doing great. This year’s ad revenue is projected to be up more than 400 percent compared to 2013.

Quartz Adds Two, Promotes a Third

DanFrommerPicDan Frommer (pictured) is the new technology editor, starting this Friday; Annalisa Merelli is joining the Ideas team as a reporter; and Matt Phillips is now a markets and finance editor. Below is parsed info from the internal memos sent out by Quartz president and EIC  Kevin Delaney.

Frommer:

Dan is an experienced tech writer, beginning at Forbes and then from 2007 as one of the founding staff (with Henry Blodget and Peter Kafka) of Silicon Alley Insider, which later became Business Insider. He coded early versions of the site and wrote 5,700 posts while there.

Dan launched his own tech news site in 2011 called SplatF. Dan’s posts are rooted in scoops of analysis – and charts. This Netflix/AOL subscriber chart is my favorite example. We’re looking to Dan for much more of this great analytical and visual coverage of the tech industry for Quartz.

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Jay Lauf: Charts Are Quartz’s Version of Cat Videos

If you’re not already familiar with Flipboard’s excellent On the Red Couch interview series, the latest episode is a perfect introduction. Editorial team member Najib Aminy recently caught up with Quartz publisher Jay Lauf at the digital startup’s NYC headquarters.

At one point, Aminy asked Lauf what he meant exactly by the notion that “code will be what tomorrow’s journalism is based on.” The publisher’s reply:

“The easiest example [of that] right now is the way we approach charts. Probably 50% of Quartz stories have some sort of a chart in them. Kevin Delaney, our editor-in-chief, refers to charts as our version of cat videos.”

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Atlantic Media Names Four Co-Presidents

atlanticmedia_logo_rgb.PRAtlantic Media has named four new co-presidents. Details are below.

    • James Bennet and Bob Cohn have been named co-presidents of The Atlantic. Bennet — who has been editor-in-chief of the magazine since he joined in 2006 — will retain that role. Cohn, most recently The Atlantic’s digital editor, will now serve as co-president and chief operating officer of The Atlantic. He has been with the company since 2009.
    • Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf haven been tapped as co-presidents of Quartz, the business site from Atlantic Media. Delaney has been Quartz’s editor-in-chief since the site launched in 2012. He will retain that role. Lauf — Quartz’s publisher — will also continue with that role. Delaney joined Atlantic Media in 2012 and Lauf joined in 2008.

Former WSJ Reporter Gina Chon Joins Quartz

Gina Chon, who stepped down from The Wall Street Journal after details of her relationship with Brett McGurk — who at the time was working with the National Security Council in Iraq — were leaked, is joining Quartz. Chon had been with the Journal since 2005, and was its main reporter in Iraq from 2007 to 2009.

According to Talking Biz News, Chon will work as Quartz’s corporate reporter. “At Quartz, Gina will lead our growing coverage of businesses and their leaders,” wrote Kevin Delaney, the site’s editor-in-chief, in a memo to staff. “We’re looking to her to spot the most interesting and important corporate stories for our global readership, and apply her world-class reporting skills and expert analysis.”

When Chon resigned from the Journal, the paper released a statement explaining that her relationship with McGurk (now her husband) did not impeded her work in any way:

In 2008 Ms. Chon entered into a personal relationship with Mr. McGurk, which she failed to disclose to her editor. At this time the Journal has found no evidence that her coverage was tainted by her relationship with Mr. McGurk.

Quartz Hits 1 Million Visitor Mark

Quartz, the recently launched business site from The Atlantic, has hit a milestone. In December, the site registered over 1.4 million unique visitors, according to Omniture.

Quartz only launched at the end of September 2012, so the news that it has already grabbed one million visitors in a single month was naturally greeted with excitement by Jay Lauf, senior vice president and group publisher of the site and The Atlantic. “In just over three months, Quartz has reached beyond the benchmarks we set for ourselves,” said Lauf, in a statement. “Readers and advertisers are responding positively to the content, clean design, and the bold new ad formats.”

People obviously like what they see, but Kevin Delaney, Quartz’s editor-in-chief, said changes are coming. Changes for the better, that is. “We’re building on the success of our first three months by hiring more international journalists and readying a series of improvements to the site,” he explained.

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