Media Moves

Defining the future of stock pages for biz sections

July 17, 2006

According to this posting on JournalismJobs.com, the Associated Press is seeking to hire a news editor to replace Brad Skillman, who left earlier this year for a job at Bloomberg, and that person will have the task of coming up with a new AP product that will replace or supplement the typical stock listings found in daily newspaper business sections.

Skillman previously oversaw the AP’s stock pages products. His departure from AP can be read about here.

The job posting states, “AP is developing a financial data and content product, Money & Markets, for newspapers and their Web sites. The new product will replace or supplement traditional newspaper stock tables. The Money & Markets news editor will lead an experienced team of reporters and artists, producing content pegged to breaking financial, economic and company news. Content will be explanatory and analytical and will use graphics heavily. The team will work in close coordination with the AP’s existing business and financial reporting staff. The goal of Money & Markets will be to inform readers about markets news and trends and help them make investment decisions. This is an opportunity to take a new product and refine it, and to have broad impact on newspapers and their Web sites.

“The Money & Markets Editor must have deep knowledge of the financial markets and the economy. Candidates must be critical thinkers who can anticipate news that will affect the markets and direct coverage of breaking news that is explanatory and analytical. Applicants must be able to identify market trends and develop “story graphics” that explore investor themes of broad interest to readers.”

Read more here. It’s interesting in how the AP is looking at the changing landscape of daily business sections in the wake of dozens of newspapers cutting stock listings in the past nine months.

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