RF|Binder Media Intelligence: Monday, September 30

RFB Media Intelligence

New Reporter at CBS Moneywatch
CBS Moneywatch has hired Khristopher Brooks, a reporter at Newsday. Brooks, who had been covering town government for Newsday, will cover economic disparities for the personal finance website.

Barron’s Reporter Joins NPR
Business journalist Mary Childs, who has been a senior reporter at Barron’s since the beginning of 2018, is joining “Planet Money,” National Public Radio’s show. She will be a reporter and host. She has already been doing segments called “Finance Fridays with Mary” on “Planet Money” sister show “The Indicator.”

Workforce Reporter Departs WSJ
Kelsey Gee, who covers the entry-level workforce, business education and trends in training for the Wall Street Journal, announced on Twitter that she is leaving the paper.

AP Names Deputy International Editor
The Associated Press announced that Washington Bureau Chief Elizabeth Kennedy will add the role of deputy international editor, as the organization is looking to make its news report more global. Elizabeth will help direct and coordinate reporting from different parts of the globe to break more news.

Staff Changes at Bloomberg
Bloomberg News announced a number of staff changes in advance of its annual editorial and research managers’ meeting. Among the changes: Tim Quinson will become czar of environment, sustainability and green finance coverage. Edwards Evans takes over from Emma Ross Thomas in the job of overseeing Brexit coverage.

New NY Times Deputy Biz Editor
Rich Barbieri will join New York Times as deputy business editor. Barbieri was previously executive editor at CNN Business.

Addition to Fed Team at Bloomberg
Catarina Saraiva is joining the Fed team at Bloomberg. She will be based in Houston, covering regional Fed banks and focusing on trends in the labor market and broader economy.

USA Today Adds a Travel Reporter
Curtis Tate has joined USA Today as a senior travel reporter. He will be based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Solomon Leaves The Hill
John Solomon, a conservative columnist and executive vice president of The Hill, announced last week that he was leaving to start his own, unspecified online media venture. Solomon, who many call a source of Trump’s Ukraine ideas, has had a long career as an editor and investigative reporter in Washington, though his more recent work has been trailed by claims that it is biased and lacks rigor.

Vox Media Acquires New York Magazine
Vox Media is merging with New York Media, the company behind the biweekly print magazine and five popular online offshoots, in an all-stock transaction. The combined business will be called Vox Media. The news about the merger has rattled staffers at both companies, who are uncertain about the impact the merger will have on their jobs.

CNBC Launches Daily Podcast
CNBC last week announced the launch of ″Squawk Pod,” a new daily podcast from the network’s flagship morning show “Squawk Box,” which will publish around 10am ET each weekday. The podcast features excerpts from the show’s most newsmaking interviews and behind-the-scenes commentary from “Squawk Box” Senior Producer Katie Kramer.

NBCU Takes Local News to Millennials
NBCUniversal’s local TV division is taking a new tack to reach younger audiences that don’t tune in to its traditional newscasts. NBCU’s 42-station local TV group is launching LX — a digital news brand that will produce original content for online distribution and, in 2020, via a live-streaming internet network and multicast over-the-air channel.

Fox Business’ Refresh
The Fox Business Network is officially launching a “refreshed” brand with the new slogan, “Invested in You.” The new branding emphasizes focus on “Main Street rather than Wall Street,” which was part of the network’s strategy from its launch.

Instagram’s Content Factories
Instagram’s content factories are huge—and that’s a problem for Facebook. The draw of 1 billion monthly users has spawned an aggressive behind-the-scenes advertising economy that threatens the site’s originality and appeal.

Facebook Tests Hiding Likes
Facebook is testing hiding how many “likes” a post gets on its platform, a move some experts say will help alleviate social media-related anxiety, while others argue it will ruin the influencer industry.

Yahoo Makes Charts Accessible To Blind
Yahoo Finance is making its stock charts on iOS and Android apps accessible to the blind and visually impaired. When the user first lands on the chart, they will hear a short summary to orient them to the chart, including the ticker, time horizon, previous close price, highest and lowest points on the chart.