Media Moves, Spring Edition: Part 1

As a follow up to the holiday edition of our media moves list, we’ve compiled the latest round of changes among our favorite reporters and outlets. Not surprisingly, a lot of changes to start the New Year, both at prominent publications such as Bloomberg, Fortune and the Wall Street Journal as well as several other moves that may have flown under the radar. Don’t forget to update those media lists!...

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Bloomberg

Bloomberg Politics nominated Jennifer Jacobs to national political reporter and will be covering the 2016 election.

Margaret Talev has been named the senior White House reporter for the Washington bureau at Bloomberg.

Michael C. Bender has been named a senior reporter for the publication, covering national politics. He was previously a national political reporter at Bloomberg since January 2011.

Brendan Greeley will now be covering the intersection of politics and economy, as well as campaign finance at Bloomberg.

Alistair Barr, most recently Google reporter for WSJ, joined the U.S. technology team as editor.

Takeaway: Some interesting moves on the political side given that this is an election year. Alistair is a veteran technology reporter so those with enterprise clients should take note.

Fortune

Nin-Hai Tseng has been promoted to senior editor of Fortune Insider, a network of business leaders who offer career and leadership advice.

Patricia Sellers has left Fortune editorial to start her own media company, SellersEaston Media (SEM). Patricia will continue working with Fortune/Time Inc. as Co-Chair of the Most Powerful Women multimedia franchise. Joining Patricia in this endeavor is her former, Fortune editorial colleague, Nina Easton. Similar to Patricia, Nina will continue her role as Co-Chair of Most Powerful Women.

Aaron pressman has joined Fortune as a reporter covering technology. Previously, he covered technology and tech/telecommunication companies for Yahoo! Finance.

Rachel King has left SF for the East Coast and is now the technology editor in New York City. She was previously senior editor at CBS Interactive where she covered business and enterprise technology news and trends.

Takeaway: When reaching out to Aaron, keep in mind that he has started out covering the likes of Qualcomm, Verizon, Apple and did a feature on Intel’s CEO. At Fortune, Andrew Nusca told me that he and Adam Lashinsky still direct the technology team ship while Verne Kopytoff – and now Rachel – help “drive.”

Investor’s Business Daily

After 32 years of being published five days a week, Investor’s Business Daily is reducing its publishing frequency to once a week, effective May 2. The paper will move more of its editorial operations online and will retain the Investor’s Business Daily title. Additionally, 20 newsroom positions will be cut.

Takeaway: Another example of hard copy print publications being devalued and as a result, a legacy brand going digital.

Los Angeles Times                 

Ben Muessig has been named technology editor. The former business/tech editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, Ben replaced Russ Mitchell.

Takeaway: Interesting move by Ben. He was only here in San Francisco for about two years and prior to that, an eight-month stint at the New York Daily News. We’ll see how long he stays in Hollywood.

Mashable

Following recently announced layoffs Jim Roberts, executive editor, has left and will be replaced by Greg Gittrich.

Other departures include: Heidi Moore (business editor), Juana Summers (political editor), Cameron Joseph (political reporter) and Emily Cahn (political reporter)

Takeaway: Layoffs are always tough, but this part of the outlet’s shift away from hard news and more towards video content in partnership with Turner Broadcasting means they’ll be reporting on less timely news and producing more sharable content.

The New York Times

Mike Issac has relocated to San Francisco from New York and will be covering social media. He was previously a technology writer, covering the NYT’s business and technology Bits Blog.

Takeaway: Folks may not know that this is actually Mike’s second stint in the city by the bay. After 10 years in San Francisco, Mike moved back to the Big Apple in the summer of 2014. Apparently, he missed the fog.