RF|Binder Media Intelligence: Monday, July 8

RFB Media Intelligence

CNN Business Perspectives Adds Editor
Mark Naida, former editorial page fellow for The Detroit News, has joined the CNN Business Perspectives team as an editor. At CNN, Naida will assist in commissioning and editing articles for Perspectives, the outlet’s online business op-ed section. 

New Appointments at the WSJ
The Wall Street Journal welcomed new reporters to various positions throughout the organization. Jaewon Kang joins the publication’s Chicago bureau to take on the food retail beat. Katherine Sayre is the publication’s new gambling reporter in Los Angeles. Sayre was most recently an investigative reporter for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

New Reporter at Debtwire
Eva Llorens-Velez, a journalist and licensed attorney, will be joining Debtwire as a senior reporter. Llorens-Velez will be based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and primarily reporting about the debt restructuring of the territory that has been a significant issue since 2017.

Mad Magazine to Stop Publishing
Once a cultural touchstone, Mad Magazine is halting the publication of new content and vanishing from newsstands. The seminal humor publication will no longer be available on newsstands after its August issue. 

Journalism Layoffs at Record High
The news business is on pace for its worst job losses in a decade as about 3,000 people have been laid off or been offered buyouts in the first five months of this year. The cuts have been widespread. Newspapers owned by Gannett and McClatchy, digital media companies like BuzzFeed and Vice Media, and the cable news channel CNN have all shed employees. The level of attrition is the highest since 2009. 

WSJ Has 21 People Detecting ‘Deepfakes’
To combat the growing threat of spreading misinformation ahead of the U.S. 2020 general election, The Wall Street Journal has formed a committee to help reporters navigate fake content. Last September, the publisher assigned 21 of its staff from across its newsroom to form the committee. Each of them is on-call to answer reporters’ queries about whether a piece of content has been manipulated. 

Climate Change Coverage
As Europe heats up, Greenland melts and the Midwest floods, many news organizations are devoting more resources to climate change as they cover the topic with more urgency. In Florida, six newsrooms with different owners have taken the unusual step of pooling their resources and sharing their reporting on the issue.