RF|Binder Media Intelligence: Monday, March 16

RFB Media Intelligence

WSJ Staff Changes
Wall Street Journal reporter Nicole Friedman will be switching beats and will be taking on the role of U.S. housing and economics reporter. Most recently, she was a Berkshire Hathaway and insurance reporter for the publication. Also, The Wall Street Journal has hired Gwynn Guilford as an economics reporter. Previously, Guilford was with Quartz.

New Podcast on Leadership
Fortune magazine CEO Alan Murray plans to launch a podcast series later this month called “Leadership Next.” The first interview will be with Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella.

Major Publishers Take Down Paywalls
Business publications such as Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal have relaxed their paywalls due to coronavirus coverage.

Networks Cancel In-Person Pitches to Advertisers
Broadcast TV programmers called off their in-person upfront presentations to advertisers, which had been scheduled for May, citing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Coronavirus Impacts Newsrooms
The head of Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper chain and Fox News are the latest media companies to issue directives to workers to minimize visits to the office to counter transmission of coronavirus. Fox said it was encouraging its shows to book guest appearances via Skype or remote locations.

Cancellations Hit Experiential Marketers
For experiential marketing agencies, the global spread of COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on their businesses as industry events like SXSW and Advertising Week Europe as well as music festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach, among others, are either being canceled or postponed until later this year. Those agencies say that for a number of clients they are working on contingency plans to move the experiential event they had planned to a later date, or looking to figure out ways to digitize some of that experience.