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Posts Tagged ‘Wall St. Journal’

Obama Presser: ‘Sam Stein, Huffington Post — Where’s Sam?’

s-PRESSER-large.jpgThose of you watching President Barack Obama‘s first national press conference last night — and due to the blanket press coverage it was hard to miss — may have done a small double take when the President called on Sam Stein of The Huffington Post for a question. Considering the President only made time for 13 questions, and those left out included the Wall St Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek, the selection (journalists had been pre-selected by the White House) turned some heads. But hey, it’s supposed to be the Internet presidency right! And anyway, Stein asked a good question (in full after the jump).

We caught up with Stein, who in our opinion was remarkably composed last night, and asked him what it was like to be thrust into the Obama presser klieg lights.

I think this underscores just how far new media has come. I can’t pretend that it wasn’t great to be called on by the President. But I think this says more about the how journalism has changed and evolved. And, I should add, there are tons of other online reporters that deserve the chance (more than I probably did) to pose questions to the president.

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NYT Adds Breakingviews.com to its Opinion Roster

breakingv.pngHow does the saying go? One person’s trash is another person’s treasure? Well, looks like it works for newspaper columns also. Reuters is reporting that the New York Times is planning on launching a daily business column (what timing!) to be provided by Breakingviews.com.

You may recall the Wall St. Journal, which had a contract with the site through 2009, dropped Breakingviews.com last week so that it might focus on its “Heard on the Street” column, but retains a six percent stake in the company. The Times plans on running the column daily beginning next week. Hopefully there will still be businesses to report on at that time.

Former WSJer Fred Wiegold Dead at 61

wiegold.pngFishbowlNY is sad to report the passing of Fred Wiegold, who died suddenly over the weekend. He was 61. Wiegold was most recently a senior editor at Bloomberg News. Prior to this he spent 18 years at the Wall St. Journal as the founding editor of the Money & Investing section, as well as a contributing editor at Smart Money magazine. He also served as the Journal’s personal finance columnist for more than a decade.

WaPo Names Brauchli Top Editor

brauchli-190.jpgPolitico, FishbowlDC and Portfolio have been predicting it for a while (though maybe the Times doesn’t read other blogs?), and now it’s official: the Washington Post has named Marcus W. Brauchli as its new executive editor.

Brauchli’s appointment follows a period of some upheaval at WaPo that saw a large buyout at the paper as well as the appointment of new publisher Katharine Weymouth. Long-time WaPo executive editor Len Downie announced his retirement last month, and many see this appointment as Weymouth’s attempt to “put her stamp on one of the nation’s great newspapers.” Brauchli was most recently managing editor at the Wall St. Journal but resigned in April amidst rumors that he no longer felt welcome under Rupe‘s new regime. Is this just the beginning of structural changes at WaPo? FBDC seems to think so, apparently they’ve been hearing that that some managing editors may be added to the mix or that an entirely different leadership structure may eventually be put in place. They also have Weymouth’s full memo announcing the appointment.