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Mark Miller Headed to American Public Media’s Marketplace

MarkMillerPicMark Miller is crossing over from the print side to the public radio side.

Starting next month, the former Hollywood Reporter deputy editorial director and Newsweek-Daily Beast director of editorial operations will be installed as managing editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace. He will be based in the downtown Los Angeles office. From today’s announcement:

“As a longtime listener of Marketplace, I’ve always admired the innovative and smart way it explores and illuminates the world of business, finance and economics,” said Miller. “To be able to join Marketplace, especially as it continues to expand its reach digitally and through live events, and to be able to work with such a talented group of journalists is incredibly exciting.”

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Michael Sherrod Joins The Texas Tribune As Publisher

TT-Staff-Michael-Sherrod.jpgRecently launched non-profit investigative news organization The Texas Tribune has brought on former AOL exec and Examiner.com CEO Michael Sherrod to serve as its first publisher.

Sherrod was named CEO of Examiner.com in February 2008, where he helped relaunch the brand. Prior to that, he spent eight years at AOL, where he last worked as VP and GM of Community Operations and Network Integration. He’s also worked for Ancestry.com, DigitalCity.com, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Business Courier, and launched his own company, Sherrod Publishing Co. Sherrod has been serving on the Texas Tribune’s board as well.

“As a Tribune board member, Sherrod has consistently provided sound advice regarding approaching challenges, raising funds, promoting membership development and much more,” the company said today.

“Michael was courted by many media organizations, much larger than ours,” said the Texas Tribune’s editor and CEO Evan Smith. “I’m humbled that he’s chosen to become publisher of the Texas Tribune.”

Full release, after the jump

Previously: 4 Questions For Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

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2010 Trends: Non-Profit Journalism Takes On Investigative Work

notebook.jpgWhen our friends at Folio magazine asked us to contribute to their compilation of media predictions for 2010, we knew we had to include something about non-profit journalism organizations. Here’s part of what we said:

“Media companies will also be looking to partner up in order to pool resources and keep costs low. Non-profit journalism organizations and Web sites that rely on citizen journalism are a good place for traditional media to look for partners.”

Of course, we were thinking of sites like ProPublica, which we wrote about yesterday with respect to its use of crowdsourcing. And long-standing non-profit news organizations like NPR and PBS continue to expand their hyperlocal coverage and online presence. But 2009 also saw the launch a few big non-profit journalism ventures, like The Texas Tribune and The Huffington Post Investigative Fund. They’re poised to grow in the coming year and may become an important part of the media dialogue.

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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: The Biggest Launches Of The Year

modern2.pngNews of magazine closures was, sadly, pretty prevalent throughout 2009. But, although 428 magazines folded during the year, according to MediaFinder.com, 275 launched.

Launching a magazine or Web site in the midst of a recession is never an easy task. But we think there are a few new pubs on the block that will be around for awhile. Even mediabistro.com got in the launching spirit, debuting four new blogs this year: WebNewser, MediaJobsDaily, BayNewser and eBookNewser.

As the year closes out, here’s a look at some of the biggest launches in print and online.

Magazines
Much-anticipated travel magazine Afar celebrated its launch in August with an opulent party, pretty unheard of these days.

getmarried.jpgGet Married proved that there is still room in the bridal magazine market, despite the closure of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride this year.

And Modern added another design magazine to the mix.

Cookie may have crumbled, but Bonnier Corp. successfully split its parenting magazine into two editions, Parenting Early Years and Parenting School Years, later raising the rate base of School Years.

Other notable launches: Children’s Health, Organic Beauty, Women’s magazine VAIN and two Reader’s Digest Association launches, DIY mag Fresh Home and Rick Warren‘s Purpose Driven Connection, which folded later in the year.

After the jump, online magazine and blog launches

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Knight Foundation Pledges $200K To Huffington Post Investigative Fund

knightfond.jpgLooking to the New Year, we’re sure that non-profit journalism is going to play a big role in the world of media and reporting.

The Huffington Post
‘s non-profit arm, The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, came on to the scene this year. But today, the fund got an injection of cash from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, an organization known to support such non-profit groups, including recently launched online pub The Texas Tribune.

hpif.jpgThe Knight Foundation has contributed $200,000 the HuffPost Fund, becoming one of its key donors along with the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, Atlantic Philanthropies, the Markle Foundation and HuffPost itself.

Since the announcement of its creation earlier this year, the Washington, D.C.-based HuffPost Investigative Fund has hired 11 full-time staffers, including executive director Nick Penniman, former publisher of Washington Monthly, and former Washington Post editor Lawrence Roberts, who is serving as the fund’s executive editor. HuffPost’s editor-in-chief, Arianna Huffington, is leading the non-profit’s board. Said Huffington:

“Knight’s grant is an important milestone in the young history of The Huffington Post Investigative Fund. We’re incredibly grateful to Alberto Ibargüen and Eric Newton of Knight Foundation for their passion for championing innovative solutions in the face of the crisis facing investigative journalism. Everyone who understands the vital role good journalism plays in our democracy is looking for ways to preserve and strengthen it during this time of great transition for the media, and Knight is playing a lead role in this effort.”

Full release after the jump

Previously: HuffPo Investigative Fund Gets Ready For Action

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NY Nonprofit Buys Investigative Public Policy Pub City Limits

city limits.jpgThe nonprofit Community Service Society of New York is launching a journalism experiment, by buying investigative public policy publication City Limits for $200,000.

CSS plans to retain the title’s current staff and name, and will invest $1 million into it, in the hopes of spinning it off into an independent publication within six months, Crain’s reports.

CSS’s vice president of government relations and public affairs, Walter Fields, will be taking over the role of publisher, and he plans to immediately revamp the magazine’s Web site and increase the print pub’s frequency to eight times a year up from four. The magazine will also be available on newsstands.

Recently, a slew of nonprofit investigative news outlets have taken root, from The Huffington Post‘s new venture to The Texas Tribune. Following this nonprofit model, and backed by a powerful nonprofit group, City Limits has the chance to add to the discourse in New York City in a positive way. But CSS president David Jones promises the pub will act independently, albeit with a clear mission:

“Clearly the news environment in New York City has changed dramatically. The discussion on many of the things we work on — poverty, the working poor and moderate income people — doesn’t get much space in mainstream media.”

NYC nonprofit takes on journalism assignmentCrain’s New York Business

Related: HuffPo Launching Nonprofit Investigative Journalism Venture

More Info Emerges About AP Layoffs

AP logo2.pngThe Associated Press may be staying mum about the number of staffers laid off yesterday, but more information about how many and who have been cut are starting to surface from various sources.

According to the AP’s own report on the layoffs, 38 reporters, editors and photographers covered by the News Media Guild had been let go as of last night, but that number does not include managers and editors working outside the U.S.

Other sources are reporting that four business reporters were cut from the AP, including reporter Dan Lovering from the Pittsburgh bureau, Donna Borak, a reporter in Washington, D.C., and Mike Obel and Alan Higbie out of the New York offices. And The Texas Tribune has news that veteran photographer Harry Cabluck was one of two Texas-based AP photogs laid off yesterday.

Know of anyone else? Send us tips via email or leave a note in the anonymous tip box at right.

Update: The guild has posted a statement on its Web site revealing that 57 employees got the axe during “Black Tuesday,” including “33 newspersons, 19 editorial assistants, and five photographers.”

AP lays off employees to hit cost-cutting goal –Associated Press

Earlier: Layoffs Underway At The Associated Press?

Nonprofit Online News Startup Texas Tribune Receives $750K In Grants

The Texas Tribune, a new non-profit news organization launched by former Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith, today announced that it has received $750,000 in grants a month before its Web site goes live. $500,000 was donated by Houston Endowment, a private foundation created by Mr. and Mrs. Jesse H. Jones, while the Knight Foundation contributed another $250,000.

Full release about the funding after the jump.

Earlier: From Texas Monthly To Texas Weekly: Evan Smith Picks Up Experienced Staff For New Venture

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