Media Moves: The Week of November 16

This is the first in a series of posts on Bateman Banter focused on what’s happening in the media, including reporter moves and fun reads. 

At Bateman Group, we’re always keeping our eye on what the media is up to. This week, we did it so you don’t have to. Here’s the latest media moves over the last week, compiled from a mix of public sources as well as intel straight from our very own Bateman team: 

Media on the Move


  • We saw several media moves in the world of ad and marketing tech this past week:
      • Ad Age welcomed Adrianne Pasquarelli as its newest reporter, covering retail and finance. She is based out of New York and comes to the publication after more than a decade at Crain’s New York Business.
      • Tobi Elkin replaces Tyler Loechner as programmatic reporter at Mediapost.
      • AdWeek has hired Marty Swant, where he’ll be covering tech and advertising.  


  • Quartz announced two new hires:
      • Chris Groskopf has joined as a reporter on its Things team, which manages its data-driven journalism efforts.
      • Alison Griswold of Slate fame will join as a business reporter. She starts November 30.


    • Ashley Carman is no longer with SC Magazine.


    • Grant Burningham was promoted to technology editor at Newsweek.


    • Charlene O’Hanlon has departed The VAR Guy.


    • John Simons at the International Business Times has been promoted to enterprise editor from his previous post as business editor.


    • Bloomberg’s Katie Drummond joins Gizmodo as its new editor-in-chief. 


    • CNBC’s personal finance editor Jennifer Barrett and personal finance writer Tom Anderson have both departed the publication.


    • Gawker is restructuring to focus more on politics. As part of the shift, several staffers will be laid off and the publisher is officially killing the Silicon Valley gossip rag, Valleywag. Read more here.


    • Don’t have Washington Post on your radar? Maybe you should. The publication’s online site topped The New York Times’ traffic for the first time ever in October. 


Time for a fun read?


File this under “Genius” or “Creepy”: The Wall Street Journal’s Jack Marshall reports that some PR and marketing companies are taking out ads targeting journalists on Facebook in an effort to influence their coverage, or at least keep their clients top of mind. We’d love to know how reporters feel about this!