Babad, longtime Canadian biz journalist, dies at 66

Michael BabadMichael Babad, a longtime Canadian business journalist who was at The Globe and Mail in Toronto, died Thursday at 66 from cancer.Andrew WIllis of The Globe and Mail writes, “For much of his career, Mr. Babad was part of a team that ran business coverage at major Canadian media outlets and helped chronicle the corporate agenda. As a Toronto-based wire-service writer and editor at UPI, his articles appeared around the world. A graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism program, Mr. Babad started his career at the Oshawa Times in 1977. He was editor of The Globe’s Report on Business section for…

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Flybe goes into administration after outbreak struggle

Flybe has gone into administration after struggling to raise funds amid a steep fall in bookings due to coronavirus. One of Britain’s largest airlines, Flybe entered administration just after 3am on Thursday, with all flights grounded and the business having ceased trading “with immediate effect”. It prompted pilots’ union Balpa to accuse the government and the airline’s owners of “betrayal and broken promises” – and questions about how vital regional transport links will be maintained. The GMB union warned that, in addition to Flybe’s 2,400 staff, the collapse threatened 1,400 jobs in the supply chain and put the future of…

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Work remains on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day on Sunday March 8 is a time to celebrate women’s achievements. It’s also a time for courageous conversations about how we can better support women at work and in society. Leading those conversations are some of Western Australia’s business, education and indigenous leaders, who reflect on International Women’s Day and what it means for the state. Leaders’ views The University of Western Australia’s vice-chancellor elect, Amit Chakma, sees International Women’s Day as a day of celebration and reflection, a day “When I take stock of what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done”. Fortescue…

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Seattle Times wins Scripps Howard award for business/financial reporting

The Seattle Times has won the William Brewster Styles award for business and financial reporting in the Scripps Howard Awards.The Times won for its coverage of the Boeing 737 MAX crisis led by reporter Dominic Gates.Judges applauded the series, saying it “deftly explores the issue of who is to blame and why those who could have stopped this from happening did not act.”Other finalists in the category were ProPublica for “The TurboTax Trap” and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for “Turned Away.”The Scripps Howard Awards are one of the nation’s most prestigious American journalism competitions, offering $170,000 in prize money in…

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Bond fans ask for No Time to Die delay due to coronavirus

The founders of two of the most popular James Bond fan sites are asking the studios behind the next Bond film to delay its release due to coronovirus. No Time to Die is due for release on 3 April but fans have asked for it to be held back to the summer “when experts expect the epidemic to have peaked”. The open letter is from the founders of MI6 Confidential and The James Bond Dossier, James Page and David Leigh. “It is time to put public health above marketing release schedules.” The letter, titled No Time for Indecision, continued: “With…

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Examining the culture within Bloomberg News

Al HuntNicole Einbinder and Dakin Campbell of Business Insider write about the culture within the Bloomberg News editorial operations.Einbinder and Campbell write, “Few names came up in Business Insider’s conversations with employees more than Al Hunt, Bloomberg News’ former Washington editor and one of the organization’s most visible faces in politics until his 2018 exit. Hunt’s behavior was at issue in numerous human resources complaints and at least two financial settlements, according to people with knowledge of the complaints and settlements.“Hunt joined Bloomberg in 2005, while Mike Bloomberg was New York City mayor, after nearly four decades as a reporter…

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Wichita Biz Journal editor Roy discloses ALS diagnosis

Bill RoyBill Roy, the editor of the Wichita Business Journal, disclosed to his readers that he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.Roy writes, “Which is ironic, since I was not a great baseball player.“I do, however, consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth, to steal Gehrig’s words, because of the love and support shared with me since I was diagnosed in October.Read more here.

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CoStar Group hires Burke to cover San Fran real estate

Katie BurkeSan Francisco Business Times real estate reporter Katie Burke has been hired by CoStar Group to cover real estate in the Bay area.At the Business Times, she covered the hospitality/food and beverage/retail beat.Burke, a Bay Area native, had worked as a reporter intern for the Times, and spent more than two years as the commercial and residential real estate, retail and legal reporter for the San Antonio Business Journal.She has been at the Business Times since June 2017.Burke has also written for Crittenden Research in Novato, California, and graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with degrees in journalism and art history.

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Data editor McCartney departing Cincinnati Biz Courier

Hannah McCartneyCincinnati Business Courier data editor Hannah McCartney is leaving the paper, writes editor Rob Daumeyer.Daumeyer writes, “We snagged her six years ago from City Beat, and she created and refined not only our comprehensive weekly top 25 lists but also some of our most important and valuable publications, including the Book of Lists, Fast 55 and Cincinnati’s Largest Private Companies. Hannah directed our social media efforts, jumped in whenever and wherever we needed her on the editing side and was just generally a good egg. She’s moving on to Grey Advertising.”Read more here. 

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IoT News – Sprint Curiosity™ IoT Expands Into Europe

Already in the U.S. and Australia, new relationships with Swisscom and Telia Company extend Curiosity™ IoT across Europe.Sprint today announced collaborations with Swisscom and Telia Company to extend the Sprint Curiosity™ Internet of Things (IoT) platform to Europe.On the heels of the Australian expansion with Telstra, Curiosity IoT continues to go beyond roaming, enabling customers to activate their IoT solutions on local networks in parts of Europe. This will help customers to reduce roundtrip time and improve performance of their IoT applications by keeping traffic local. Swisscom and Telia Company customers will now also be able to better serve their…

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Former Columbus Dispatch biz editor dies at 87

Former Columbus Dispatch business editor Diana Britt Franklin died Monday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 87.Luke Feck and Chris Amatos write, “Franklin, born Peter D. Franklin in Bournemouth, England, in May 1932, transitioned in March 2003, explaining that, ‘For many years I felt as though I was born into the wrong body. Now, my mind and body are at peace with one another. That is the only way I can explain it.’“After her transition, she became active in the LGBTQ community, helping others transition. She also was active with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, where she helped coordinate the annual…

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How HBR and The Economist are using narrated audio articles

Gabe Bullard of Nieman Reports examines how the Harvard Business Review and The Economist are gaining readers with narrated audio articles.Bullard reports, “The Economist, which is available on Noa and Curio, has made podcasts since 2006 and has offered subscribers a narrated audio edition of each issue since 2007. Like with Zetland’s narration, The Economist’s audio edition is a way of maintaining its subscription base. ‘We are a premium-priced publication and people feel guilty if they don’t read many stories,’ says Economist deputy editor Tom Standage, who oversees audio strategy. ‘Our evidence suggests that the audio edition is a very effective retention…

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Chicago Magazine hires Smith to cover real estate

Ryan SmithChicago Magazine has hired Ryan Smith to cover real estate in the city.He will be writing for Chicago Magazine’s website, and he’ll be responsible for a weekly Friday newsletter about real estate.“I’ll be covering Chicago-area real estate but part of the idea is to go beyond the typical beat of listings round-ups and market trends,” said Smith in an email. “I’ll also be writing about the history, design, architecture of Chicago’s built environment and the politics of housing and gentrification issues.”He replaces AJ LaTrace who left in November.Smith is a freelance Chicago-based journalist with recent bylines in Chicago Sun-Times, The Guardian,…

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Middlesbrough launches £250m project to become a leading digital hub

A town synonymous with the chemical and steel industry today announced its intention to become a thriving digital hub with a £250m living and working tech campus which includes an amphitheatre, rooftop terrace and helipad as well as a working farm. Independent Middlesbrough Mayor and entrepreneur Andy Preston outlined the details of his plans to develop three skyscrapers in the heart of Teesside which looks to combine a thriving digital sector with state of the art residential apartments. The digital industry is currently worth £700m to the Tees Valley region, but the mayor believes this can increase tenfold thanks to the…

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Digital producer Caproni departing Cincinnati Business Courier

Erin CaproniErin Caproni, the digital producer at the Cincinnati Business Courier, is leaving the American City Business Journals publication after seven years.Her last day will be Friday. She will become director of public relations at Crossroads Church starting in March.Caproni manages the web operations for the weekly print publication with a digital-first philosophy. She edits stories, uploads them and maintains the homepage while also managing social media accounts and doing some reporting of her own.She previously worked as a copy editor at the Cincinnati Enquirer. She is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio.

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