April 6, 2023

1. What's the news?

  • As of Tuesday, just 3% of verified Twitter accounts had subscribed to the paid Twitter Blue plan, as the platform’s sweeping – and unevenly enforced – policy changes continue. Also this week, the site faced pushback for labeling NPR as “U.S. state-affiliated media.” 
  • PressPal, a new tool announced by the PR tech platform Muck Rack, will use AI to draft press releases and recommend media targets based on the content.  
  • The Financial Times acquired a controlling stake in the medical news publication Endpoints News. 
  • With Meta shuttering its Reels Play bonus program and the looming threat of a TikTok ban in the U.S., thousands of Gen Zers are turning to Patreon rival Fanfix to monetize their content.

2. What's trending?

  • Average monthly spending on video streaming services in the U.S. dropped 23% from Q1 2021 to Q3 2022. However, 87% of internet households have at least one streaming services.
  • Journalists’ beats in the U.S. vary widely by gender and other factors, new Pew Research shows. According to a survey of 12,000 U.S. based journalists, women are far more likely to cover health and education. 
  • YouTube began integrating podcasts to its Channel pages in an effort to bring users closer to popular podcast playlists, rather than requiring a manual search.

3. Journalist moves

Business [Reporting on business from newspapers, magazines and online sources]

  • Jhodie-Ann Williams – editor (business/finance), Bloomberg Opinion; previous: opinion editor, NBC News (Cision)
  • Katia Porzecanski – New York bureau chief, Bloomberg News; promotion (Cision
  • Hanna Rosin – host of The Atlantic podcast “Radio Atlantic;” previous: writer, The Atlantic (Muck Rack)
  • Henry Epp – radio reporter, Marketplace; previous: business and economy reporter, Vermont Public (Cision)
  • Rosie Bradbury – financial news writer (VC + startups), PitchBook Data; previous: freelance journalist, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (Muck Rack)
  • Katherine Hamilton – team reporter, Forbes; previous: staff reporter, CoStar Group (Cision)
  • Monika Drake – deputy managing editor, The New York Times; promotion (Cision)

Technology [Covering startups, advanced technologies and the intersection of tech/business]

  • Sara Ruberg – associate producer, NBC News; previous: reporting intern, The Wall Street Journal (Twitter)
  • Anissa Gardizy – reporter, The Information; previous: technology reporter, The Boston Globe (Muck Rack)

Health/Science [Writing about health and science across mainstream + trade publications]

  • Kelly Hooper – health care reporter, Politico; previous: breaking news reporter, Politico (Talking Biz News)
  • Lauren Young – associate health editor, Scientific American; previous: associate science editor, Popular Science (Talking Biz News)

More Moves of Interest [Additional updates from notable journalists + editors]

  • Claire Bryan – higher education reporter, The Seattle Times; previous: higher education reporter, San Antonio Express News (Cision)
  • Laura Testino – education reporter, Chalkbeat; previous: reporting fellow, (Talking Biz News)
  • Carl Nasman – senior broadcast journalist, BBC; previous: producer, ITN (Talking Biz News)