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Sandra Smith Goes from Trader to Reporter

For Sandra Smith the trading floor is like a second home. “That’s really the environment I grew up in,” says the Fox Business Network correspondent. Following in her father’s footsteps, she worked her way on to the floor of Chicago’s CME. But instead of trading on the action, she’s covering it for FBN. And for Smith, the road from trader to reporter doesn’t end there. Here’s part II of our Media Beat interview:

Part I: Yesterday, From the Windy City to Wall Street, FBN’s Sandra Smith Follows the Money
Part III: Tomorrow, How being an LSU Athlete Prepared Sandra Smith for the Real World

From the Windy City to Wall Street, FBN’s Sandra Smith Follows the Money

We know where Fox Business Network correspondent Sandra Smith will be tonight. The LSU grad will be watching her Tigers play for the National Championship against Alabama. And tomorrow morning, she’ll be back at the iconic Chicago Board of Trade building, with her picks for The Trade, her daily segment. As we found out in the first part of our Media Beat interview, the Chicago native is a rare breed of business correspondents who splits her time between the Chicago pits and Wall Street.

Part II, tomorrow: Making the move from trader to reporter
Part III, Wednesday: How being an LSU athlete prepared Sandra Smith for the real world

Mandy Drury’s Dream Job

In the just released November 2011 ratings, CNBC’s Business Day programming (9am-5pm) is up +31% in A25-54 viewers. The network’s midday show, “Street Signs” up +29% in younger viewers. Last November the show was anchored by Erin Burnett, now with CNN. This year, it’s an ensemble of Mandy Drury, Brian Sullivan, Herb Greenberg and the occasional drop-in by Jim Cramer.

Drury calls what she’s doing now her dream job. “It was my dream to come to New York,” says the Australian native Drury in part III of our Media Beat interview. “As a business journalist, there’s probably only a few cities in the world where you can get as much of a stimulating challenge as I have now.” WATCH:

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Mandy Drury on Breaking into Business News and Those Money-Themed Nicknames

“I hate that,” says CNBC’s Mandy Drury of the latest nickname placed upon her: Mandy Candy. In part II of our Media Beat interview, the “Street Signs” co-anchor tells us what she really thinks of those nicknames, plus her take on American politics and how she broke in to business news: “I almost fell into it by accident.”

  • Part III Tomorrow: Mandy Drury on Balancing Moneytalk and Motherhood

Mandy Drury on the ‘Big Personalities’ at CNBC

CNBC in the U.S. took a little getting used to for Mandy Drury. After working for nearly a decade in the relatively staid newsrooms in Singapore and Sydney, Drury says her arrival at CNBC’s World Headquarters in New Jersey was a bit intimidating at first. In this week’s Media Beat Drury tells us about the “big personalities with big voices” and how she’s settling in to “Street Signs.”

  • Part II Tuesday: Mandy Drury has no time for nicknames
  • Part III Wednesday: Mandy Drury on balancing moneytalk and motherhood

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How TV and News Are Two Very Different Things

“J” schools can teach all they want, but nothing tops getting real-life experience in a newsroom. MSNBC’s Chris Jansing has spent spent time in radio news, local TV news and national TV news, as a writer, reporter, anchor. In Part III of our Media Beat interview Jansing has some words of wisdom for future TVNewsers.

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Veteran MSNBC Anchor Chris Jansing Talks About the Network’s Move to the Left

What do down-the-middle news anchors do when the cable network around them moves predominantly left? We asked MSNBC’s Chris Jansing, who anchors the network’s 10amET “Jansing & Co.” In Part II of our Media Beat interview, Jansing also tells us about her most meaningful assignment: a month spent in Rome in 2005 covering the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Chris Jansing on How to Make it in Cable News: ‘I Keep My Head Down and I Work Hard’

If there was a “Survivor: Cable News” Chris Jansing would get the $1 million and Jeff Probst‘s admiration. The anchor of MSNBC’s 10amET show “Jansing & Co.” has been with the network for most of its existence, and she’s seen a revolving door of anchors come and go since. She left daily anchoring a few years ago to cover the West Coast for NBC News. In our MediaBeat interview, Jansing says the assignment was like, “being reborn … I remembered what my roots were.” So, how has she survived?

  • Tuesday, Part II: How MSNBC has changed throughout Jansing’s 13 years
  • Wednesday, Part III: From national tragedies to disputed elections to a Papal change, Jansing’s front-row seat to history

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ESPN Partners With foursquare

ESPN will provide stats, facts, and up-to-the-minute news on foursquare’s new Events platform as part of a new agreement announced Thursday.

During foursquare check-ins at sporting events, fans will be able to access news and information from ESPN about that game.

At the end of a game, foursquare users will see an ESPN link in their check-in history that will take them to a mobile site in order to view more information about the event.

“Through our new Events platform, users can easily tell their friends not just where they are, but also what they’re doing, while unlocking valuable information about the events they’re attending,” said Jonathan Crowley, director of business development for foursquare. “We’re thrilled to work with ESPN to provide our more than 10 million users with the most up-to-date information on the sporting events they’re checking in to.” Read more

FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinal Scores Huge Ratings

The 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup quarterfinal between Mexico and Colombia averaged over 1.3 million total viewers on Galavisión, the fourth most-watched Spanish-language cable telecast in history.

Over 2.3 million viewers watched all or part of the 3-1 victory by Mexico over Colombia.

Numbers are up across the board during the first 12 games of the soccer tournament, outpacing the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup when it comes to total viewers 2+ (272 percent), adults 18-49 (259 percent), adults 18-34 (262 percent), men 18-49 (254 percent) and men 18-34 (255 percent).

 

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