Vol. 22, No.1/Fall 1999
By Jeff Graveline
Leslie Kuizemahas been promoted from Reference Specialist to a managerial positions at The CBS News Reference Library. She will be the primary contact for many of CBS News' production and newsgathering units, including 60 Minutes II and the new Early Show, due to debut November 1 with Bryant Gumbel anchoring. Prior to joining CBS News in May 1998, Leslie was Internet Services Librarian at the Elmhurst (IL) Public Library. She has developed Web sites for several libraries and for the City of Bloomingdale (IL).
Filling the Reference Specialist spot is Michael DeCicco, previously with the trade publisher Lebhar-Friedman. Among his responsibilities are the CBS Television and Radio Groups' stations, including the flagship WCBS in New York City.
The San Antonio Express-News has seen a lot of changes recently. Jennifer Small Evert, former Assistant Information Editor and current News Library News Editor, is gearing up for life on the road as a Library Consultant with Lexis-Nexis. Her coverage area will include Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Jalyn Kelley has been promoted to the open Assistant Editor, Information position. Stacy Gilbert has also received a promotion. In addition to her news research duties, Stacey is the new ENsite (company intranet) Editor.
The competitive intelligence community will be a little wiser after Susan Kaufman's upcoming presentation "From Data to Intelligence: Making Information Useful." Susan is the Director of the Knowledge Center at Manning, Selvage and Lee in New York City and will be a speaker at the 1999 Competitive Intelligence Seminar.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has undergone a reorganization. Ginny Everett is now Director, Information Services. In addition to overseeing News Research and Stacks Information Service, Ginny will devote more time to strategic planning and to leveraging and repurposing AJC content (including Web and online archives and other information products). She will also be looking for new income-producing venues for AJC content. Kathleen Flynn is now Deputy Director, Information Services. In addition to assisting in overseeing departmental operations, Kathleen will devote more time to developing and delivering information resources via the newsroom intranet, among other tools. She will also help lead development of a company-wide intranet. Day-to-day operational responsibilities will be the responsibilities of these managers:
Richard Hallman, formerly Reference Supervisor, becomes Manager, Research Services. Richard will continue to oversee research operations and he will be responsible for selecting information resources and newsroom training. He will also work on intranet and Web archive development. Kevin Gnewikow, formerly Digital Technologies Specialist, becomes Manager, Image Archives/Digital Technologies. Kevin will oversee image archives operations. He will work on intranent development and will continue to identify and implement technology applications for the department. Frank Meyer, has joined the staff as Manager, Text Archives. He comes to the AJC from NBC where he was archives administrator. He will oversee operations of the AJC's round-the-clock text archiving group who make AJC stories available on the Web and on commercial and Web archives on the day of publication. Kyle Sanford, joined the staff as Manager, Stacks Information Service. She comes to the AJC with a strong sales and marketing background from CompUSA. She will be responsible for fee-based information service operations. She will be concentrating on developing and marketing information products and she will be responsible for the online photo store.
Karen Van Rossem, former Library Manager at New York Newsday, has joined the staff of Scholastic Inc's New York City Information Center. Scholastic, in conjunction with the New York Times, publishes Upfront, a news magazine for high school readers. Scholastic publishes 30 classroom and professional magazines including Instructor, Parent and Child and Early Childhood Today. You can reach Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey welcomes Shannon Martin as the new data coach and member of the news research team. "We are thrilled to have Shannon join our team, as she brings her journalistic skills (Raleigh News and Observer); her teaching skills (6 years at Rutgers University) and her enthusiasm for information research, computer- assisted reporting and great stories," says M. J. Crowley.
The American Association of Law Librarians(AALL) annual conference held in Washington this July had the privilege of having three news librarians as speakers. During the session "All The News That's Fit: A Look Inside News Media Libraries" Margot Williams (Washington Post), Melinda Carlson (ABC News) and Rob Robinson (NPR) made brief presentations and fielded questions from some of the 150 law librarians in attendance.
We welcome Lyn Winchell back into the world of news libraries. Lyn was recently hired as the primary text-enhancement librarian at The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, IN. Lyn worked for 15 years in the library at the Jackson (Michigan) Citizen Patriot and various human resource positions before returning to news libraries. Welcome back, Lyn.
Sperry Krueger, Director of Newsroom Operations at the Raleigh News and Observer, is currently on leave of absence. She is living in Cambridge, MA, with her husband , Bill, a N&O investigative reporter who is on a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University until June 2000.
After five years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Jackson headed west in July to become a reference librarian at the Los Angeles Times. He has a great apartment near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and loves working in the grand old Times building downtown. John didn't miss the recent East Coast heatwave one bit.
Hot off the presses this fall will be Great Scouts! Cyber Guides for Subject Searching the Web which was co-authored by Nora Paul (Poynter Institute) and Margot Williams (Washington Post). Another of Nora's books, Computer-Assisted Research: A Guide to Tapping Online Information, will be printed in its 4th edition in September. Nora will be giving Internet training courses at Journalism Institutes in Norway and Denmark this November.
And finally, News Division member Michael Keating has won two 1999 writing trophies. Keating, who is both a senior research analyst at Penton Media and a part-time reporter for the Westlaker (OH) Times, won the Press Club of Cleveland's Ohio Excellence in Journalism award. Keating's article, "Board Uncorks Beverage Agreement at $406,000 a Pop," was the first place winner in the Headline--Non-Daily Newspaper category. Award judges described the headline as "Creative but to the point. Informative." Keating's entry also won a 1999 Cleveland Communicators Award, presented by the Cleveland Professional Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications (WIC).
Jeff Graveline is the Director of News Research at the Tuscaloosa News. His email is email@example.com.
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