Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Musical Chairs: New Media, Old Media personnel news; federal judge rejects Google digital books settlement

Lots of personnel news to report today but first some news from Libya. French news agency AFP is reporting that two of their journalists, Dave Clark and Roberto Schmidt, as well as Getty Images photographer Joe Raedle, will be released, according to the Libyan regime.

Twitter gets a new head of operations, Mazen Rawashdeh, formerly the Vice President, Technology Operations, eBay Marketplaces. The news was broke, of course, with a tweet.

The Guardian announced today that it has hired a new chief revenue office to be officed in New York. Steve Howe, former guitarist with Yes former advertising executive at the WSJ and Financial Times, will lead the sales effort for US efforts, which have been pretty dormant in the area of business operations, though the British news organization has been focusing on US news for quite some time.

Deborah S. Tomilson has been named divisional vice president of audience, business development and digital at The Providence Journal. Tomilson joined the Journal in the advertising department as the director of marketing and business development and was later named executive director. WPRI.com speculates that Tomilson will become the Projo's "paywall czar" -- we'll see.

And just as politicians seem to have a revolving door, so, too, do Washington journalists. Shailagh Murray, a reporter with the Washington Post, has resigned to become communications director for Vice President Joe Biden. Murray has worked as a journalist for 20 years and covered the Obama-Biden campaign in 2008. Chummy, huh? The previous communication director for the veep was Jay Carney, formerly Time Magazine's Washington Bureau Deputy Chief, and then Chief from 2003 to 2008.

Talking Points Memo is hiring an Associate Editor for its Washington DC office -- though Josh Marshall will also consider NYC candidates.

"Associate Editor will be responsible for working with a team of three to four reporters, with responsibility for story assignment, story editing and working with reporters to produce great copy," the job description reads. Three weeks vacation! Go for it.

Finally, in case you missed this: a New York federal judge has rejected the 125 million class-action settlement between Google and authors and publishers, saying the deal goes too far in granting Google rights to exploit books, according to the New York Times post.

“While the digitization of books and the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many, the ASA would simply go too far,” Chin wrote in his decision.