Friday, May 1, 2009

Kansas City Star looking for a business editor

The Kansas City Star has an opening for a Business editor.

The Star is looking for an experienced, trouble-shooting, hands-on, journalist to run the Business department. This AME-level position has oversight of an award-winning staff of reporters and editors.

This is a full-time, exempt position with standard benefits.

Requirements:

Among the skills/qualities we’re seeking, we need someone who:

  • Has a vision for covering the biggest story in the world right now but can bring those economic issues back home to Kansas City.

  • Understands, embraces and has ideas for multi-platform business products.

  • Can work copy and push stories to A-1 while developing a strategy for daily business centerpieces.

  • Brings energy and creativity to meetings and to problem-solving.

  • Works well with his staff and also with other newsroom departments.

The previous business editor, Chris Lester, jumped ship last month.

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25 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's a matter? All the Marxists who ran it in the past mucked it all up?

Anonymous said...

No, it’s a quasi-admission (the best we’ll get prior to bankruptcy) of running it into the ground, and their desperate last gasp need of a competent capitalist to clean up their poo-poo

Anonymous said...

Between lokeman and or williams, I think we have a winner in either?

Anonymous said...

I am trying to think of a single person who might be qualified that would actually take the job. I can't think of even one.

Talk about professional suicide, it would be like taking a job in the Treasury department with prior knowledge that your new boss is a known Tax Evader.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:44

Talk about professional suicide, it would be like taking a job in the Treasury department with prior knowledge that your new boss is a known Tax Evader.
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Dude, you continue to make me laugh!

Anonymous said...

Washington Post Co. reports loss, ad plunge (Yahoo Finance)

The Washington Post Co. lost money in the first quarter, as advertising revenue fell 33 percent at the namesake newspaper and the company's education and cable TV businesses couldn't make up the difference.

Washington Post stock slid $61.09, or 15 percent, to $357.50 in midday trading Friday after the earnings report.

The publisher, whose properties also include Newsweek magazine and Kaplan education services, lost $19.2 million, or $2.04 per share, compared with a profit of $38.8 million, or $4.08 per share, in the year-ago quarter.

The newspaper division reported an operating loss of $54 million. And to punctuate that unit's decline, cable TV revenue overtook publishing for the first time. Now newspapers bring The Washington Post Co. less revenue than either cable or Kaplan education services, two units that have helped shield the company from the publishing industry's woes. The Post Co. had seen nine straight quarters of declining profit before the loss this time around.

Kaplan was not as much of a help as usual in the first quarter. The education group's revenue climbed 9 percent to $593.5 million, but higher costs and restructuring charges cut the unit's operating income by 76 percent.

Overall, first-quarter results included $16.9 million in restructuring costs at Kaplan, a $13.4 million write-down on the value of The Washington Post newspaper and $6.6 million in early retirement costs at Newsweek.

Revenue slid 1 percent to $1.05 billion from $1.06 billion, mostly because of falling ad sales in the newspaper, television and magazine divisions.

Anonymous said...

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM

Looking over the criteria points, the final requirement is the real fly in the ointment, making the proposition doomed to abject failure.

Your asking a newly hired, and very qualified business professional, to work well with Marxists staff and Marxist newsroom people. It will NEVER work.*****


1) Has a vision for covering the biggest story in the world right now but can bring those economic issues back home to Kansas City.

2) Understands, embraces and has ideas for multi-platform business products.

3) Can work copy and push stories to A-1 while developing a strategy for daily business centerpieces.

4) Brings energy and creativity to meetings and to problem-solving.

5*****) Works well with his staff and also with other newsroom departments.

Anonymous said...

BREATH DEEPLY BOYS, IT'S ALMOST OVER

Seattle Times Cutting Classified Sales Hours

NEW YORK The Seattle Times is apparently reducing hours for some classified advertising staffers after a 59% drop in incoming classified calls, according to a memo from Times Advertising Vice President Mei-Mei Chan. The memo was first posted on the Web site of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild.

"At The Seattle Times, the dwindling numbers of classified ads has prompted the Advertising department to reduce hours for Classified Customer Sales employees," a guild notice on the site states. "Inside territory classified salespeople will have their schedules changed, with no reductions in hours. Although the Classified Customer Sales employees have worked full-time hours in the past, they officially are classified as part-time employees."

Anonymous said...

Where’s that independently wealthy guy? The one making $2,000 a month selling McClatchy ads? You know, always 120% over his sales goals? “Come on, Stand up Chuck”

Anonymous said...

HOWS McCLATCHY'S ONLINE PRESENCE?

Layoffs Leading to Digital Future For Baltimore Sun

This week the Baltimore Sun laid off 61 newsroom staffers. The cuts represent nearly a third of the paper's newsroom, which previously had 205 employees.

Staff were notified of the layoffs Wednesday and, in some cases, on Tuesday evening. Three reporters and a photographer got the news that they were losing their jobs by phone in the press box during last night's game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels.

In the past few weeks, the Baltimore Sun Media Group has also made cuts at its Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland.

The Sun is owned by Tribune Co., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December. Last year, revenues and circulation were both down at the paper.

Anonymous said...

MORE GREAT NEWS, WELL, FOR P&G, NOT McCLATCHY

P&G Gets 5% More Media for $440 Million Less

Procter & Gamble Co. cut marketing spending more than $440 million globally last quarter, yet still increased media weight or impressions 5%, executives said today, and the company is eyeing more cost concessions from media as the TV upfront nears.

In all, marketing-spending cuts by the world's largest advertiser, including traditional advertising and shopper marketing, amounted to 2.4% of sales, a P&G spokesman said.

That means P&G's marketing cuts last quarter amounted to about 5% of its reported advertising spending for the entire fiscal year that ended last June. If sustained for a full year, last quarter's spending level likely would reduce the company's ad-to-sales ratio to its lowest level in at least 15 years.

Pg1News said...

I saw this ad on Sunday and laughed. The KC Star has all these AME-types, but few reporters left. No one I know in KC who's in the business would touch this one with a 10-foot pole. It's ironic ... anyone with an ounce of business sense is staying out of print. Wonder how long it will take the KC Star to shuffle around the people who are left to fill this spot.

Anonymous said...

Gee whiz Andy, how long as stuff like this bin goin on?
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ALBANY -- Gov. Paterson, who raised state taxes by $8 billion last month, just cost state taxpayers $300,000 more.

The state has secretly settled an embarrassing federal racial-discrimination lawsuit, The Post has learned. The suit accused Paterson, back when he was Senate minority leader in 2003, of [firing a white Senate photographer in order to replace him with an African-American. ]

Anonymous said...

McCLATCHY BUSINESS EDITOR POSSIBLY FOUND! (HAS SHARED VALUES)

Glossy Internet Magazine Targets Americans for Jihad Training

It's been likened to Al Qaeda's "Vanity Fair," a new English-language Internet magazine called "Jihad Recollections" that focuses on the terrorist group, its founder, Usama Bin Laden, and how to commit jihad. It also predicts the demise of the United States.

“This is designed for Americans,” says noted terrorism expert Steven Emerson, founder of the Investigative Project on Terrorism in Washington, D.C., and author of the book "American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us."

“It’s not for Brits, not for Germans, not for jihadists in the Middle East. It’s designed for Americans and it’s designed to get them to convert to Islam or to carry out jihad acts of terror,” he said.

Anonymous said...

We need to bring Melanie Sill to KC. They don't call her the great 'Turdster' for nothing.

Anonymous said...

When did Zieman and Lokeman first collaborate?

Anonymous said...

12:20 PM
Sources within the Catholic Church and The Emanuel Cleaver Baptist Playboy Club both confirm the act has never been consummated.

We can't run the story yet as we are still waiting for verification that during her strip search after her booking, officers found one receipt for 4 kids. Lokeman maintained in her semi conscious state that the 4 kids were baby goats that they BBQ'd at her Art Studio Party, claiming it was a Caribbean Theme.

Detectives are still investigating.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:36 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:46 That is.

I was, and still, laughing so hard while squinting, I was off by 10 minutes. And no Asian jokes please!

Anonymous said...

2:46 PM You racist. I know that you really wanted to say, "Officers found a receipt for 4 Oreos during her strip search." You racist. Everyone knows the word "kid" is just a code word for half black.

Signed,
The Spirit of Lewis Duiguid ...or...The 2k Tycoon.

Anonymous said...

Re: 10:48 AM Thanks

Good info there on Washington Post situation. Could you explain how Newsweek keeps going.There is nothing in it and absolutely no advertising. What is their survival status??

Anonymous said...

What is their survival status??






I would estimate quite good. Even if they lose millions having a company that can publish false stories causing riots and mass murder, and get away with it, is a very valuable asset in any portfolio.

Anonymous said...

how about Bernie Cohen, last year's SABEW president? he was walked to the door of the baltimore sun this week. he's the second SABEW president in recent years to lose a biz news job while holding the national group's presidency.
he's smart, former Wash Po. maybe that jump to the sunpaper with Tim Franklin was not such a good idea.

Anonymous said...

They should try to get that new guy at the Chamber.

Anonymous said...

It is pretty tough to have any credibility as a business editor when you are working for a business that is going broke.

Kind of like being Liz Taylors marriage counselor.