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WSJ hires Frosch as Denver-based reporter


Miguel Bustillo, the U.S. Southwest editor at The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following staff hire announcement on Wednesday:

We’re excited to announce that Dan Frosch has joined us this week as our new Denver-based U.S. News reporter.

Dan comes to the Journal from the New York Times, where he reported on a breadth of stories, from the 2012 shooting rampage at a Colorado cinema to the struggles of migrant sheepherders, from the paper’s Rocky Mountain Bureau since 2007.

He previously worked last decade for the Santa Fe Reporter, where he won an investigative reporting award from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for a series on corruption in New Mexico, and for the rap magazine The Source, where he profiled Snoop Dog and Cypress Hill, and wrote about the lives of young Bloods gang members in Los Angeles, as west coast editor.

He’s not actually a DJ, but admits to having been in a forgettable rap group in the late 1990s at his alma mater, Wisconsin’s Beloit College, a musical pastime he has mercifully left behind. He’s originally from New York City, but now resides in Denver, from where he will cover New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming for us.

Please join me in welcoming Dan to the Journal.

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NYTimes should have acknowledged WSJ


Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of The New York Times, writes Wednesday that its story about doctors who are paid huge sums from Medicare should have acknowledged The Wall Street Journal, whose litigation led to the release of the data.

Sullivan writes, “The Journal, through its publisher, Dow Jones, has pushed hard on this, as have some individuals and consumer groups, suing to overturn an injunction won by the American Medical Association that would have kept the information private. It has followed up relentlessly, as detailed in a sidebar with today’s Journal article.

“That kind of legal action is crucial for news organizations — and it requires time, expense and persistence. (The Times has done similar kinds of things on many occasions, too. Such efforts are a cornerstone of investigative reporting.)

“I asked Susan Chira, an assistant managing editor involved in the story’s editing and publication, about crediting The Journal. She responded in an email: ‘I agree it would have been better to mention it and I wish we had. It was an oversight.’

“Times reporters Reed Abelson and Sarah Cohen did an excellent job of digging into the data and analyzing it, and the Times story seems well edited and solid. But the underlying information probably would not have been available without the legal fight; there should have been at least a nod to The Journal’s role in that.”

Read more here.

Andrea Fuller

WSJ hires digital reporter Fuller


Andrea Fuller, who has been crunching data for the interactive applications team at Gannett Digital, has been hired to work on the data investigations team at The Wall Street Journal.

She will be working with Rob Barry and Tom McGinty.

At Gannett, Fuller used Python and SQL daily to scrape and analyze data on education, weather, entertainment and other topics.

Before Gannett, had worked at the Center for Public Integrity in September 2012 as a data reporter. She previously worked at The Chronicle of Higher Education in a similar role. There, she oversaw the publication’s award-winning analysis of presidential pay at non-profit colleges. She also worked on stories and interactive graphics about a number of other higher-education issues, including student debt, conflicts of interest, and fraud.

Fuller previously interned for The Chronicle, The New York Times, The Hill, and The Asheville-Citizen-Times. She is a graduate of Stanford University.

Matt Stiles

WSJ hires Stiles from NPR


Matt Stiles, who is the data editor for National Public Radio’s news apps team, has been hired by The Wall Street Journal.

Stiles will be an economics reporter at The Journal.

In an email to Talking Biz News, he wrote, “It’s not strictly defined yet, but generally I’ll be a data-focused reporter on the economics team. But I hope I’ll also be a resource for politics reporters and others in the bureau.”

In his NPR role, Stiles is responsible for obtaining and analyzing databases and using them to help the team tell interactive stories on npr.org. He also works with reporters and editors in the newsroom to help them understand the data they encounter on their beats.

Stiles began his career at NPR in June 2011, as the data reporting coordinator for NPR’s StateImpact, a project started to develop state-focused content as well as identify and train public media journalists in cross-platform reporting and digital storytelling tools. Stiles supported the project’s reporters, training them in ways to use data in stories. He also oversaw the development of data-related tools in the StateImpact content management system.

Stiles helped create an interactive application related to fracking in Pennsylvania as part of a package of drilling stories by the StateImpact team that received a DuPont-Columbia Award for member stations WITF and WHYY. Stiles also helped create “Deals for Developers,” an interactive story in partnership with WAMU in Washington, DC. The series was a finalist in the public service category of the Online News Association awards. Other projects Stiles helped develop for NPR include a crowd-sourced database of playgrounds designed to include children with disabilities, a map of the damage caused by the 2013 Moore, Okla., tornado and a database of workers killed in grain bins throughout the United States.

Prior to joining NPR, Stiles worked as a reporter in Texas. From 2001-2005 he was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News, where he wrote about local and federal law enforcement. In 2005, Stiles moved to The Houston Chronicle where he covered City Hall and state government. Then, in 2009, Stiles worked as a reporter and news applications editor at The Texas Tribune, a digital news startup in Austin.

In 2011, Stiles was given a special distinction citation at the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism recognizing his work at The Texas Tribune.

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WSJ hires finance reporters from Bloomberg, Reuters


Duncan Mavin, Europe finance editor at The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following staff announcements on Tuesday:

We’re very pleased to announce some significant new hires that will add depth and breadth to our coverage of finance and markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Simon Clark joins as private-equity reporter. Simon previously spent 13 years at Bloomberg News where he won numerous international awards. His previous reporting runs the gamut from U.K. banks in the financial crisis to the plight of Congolese child laborers. He holds degrees in English and Italian and International Relations.

Laurence Fletcher will cover hedge funds. Laurence comes to us from Reuters, where he worked for the past eight years in a variety of roles including European Hedge Fund Correspondent. His reporting earned several international awards and has included an exclusive investigation into the collapse of hedge fund Dynamic Decisions and revelations about Bernard Madoff’s U.K. business dealings. Laurence has a degree in English and has also worked for Bloomberg News and Citywire.

Shayndi Raice is appointed M&A reporter.  Shayndi joined Dow Jones Newswires in 2010 and was most recently covering the banking industry for the WSJ in New York. Prior to that she covered the tech sector in San Francisco, reporting on the IPOs of Facebook, Groupon and Zynga. She comes to London with a strong track record of scoops, arriving just as the M&A sector in this region starts to heat up. Shayndi previously worked for The Boston Courant, and has four degrees, including a Masters in Journalism from Columbia.



WSJ seeks social media editor


The Wall Street Journal seeks a social media editor who will work with the Social, Mobile and Audience Development team to extend social media integration within our newsgathering operation.

The editor will be an integral part of our real-time news desk and will train editors and reporters in best-practices regarding social media for reporting and engagement. The editor will be part of a team of editors responsible for running the main WSJ social accounts and innovating across social and mobile platforms.

We are looking for a digital journalist with a demonstrable passion for news. The successful candidate will also have in-depth experience of social media platforms, an understanding of digital analytics and an ability to train others on best social practices.

To apply, go here.

Alice Hagge

Marketwatch personal finance editor moves to WSJ


Alice Hagge has joined the U.S. team at the Wall Street Journal on the real time desk.

Hagge comes most recently from the WSJ’s sister publication MarketWatch, where she’s worked for the past two years as a senior editor for personal finance. She was responsible for assigning and editing the site’s popular 10 Things They Won’t Tell You feature, as well as daily articles, columns and slide shows.

Prior to joining MarketWatch, Hagge was the assistant managing editor at SmartMoney magazine for two and a half years. Before that, she helped launch the industry-respected glossy monthly magazine Conde Nast Portfolio, where she served as copy chief. She has also worked as a freelance writer and editor, and served on the copy desks of Money magazine and Time magazine in New York and Business 2.0 magazine in San Francisco.

She has a journalism degree from the University of Georgia.

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WSJ makes appointments to political team


Wall Street Journal executive editor Alma Latour sent out the following announcement on Monday:

We’re pleased to announce new appointments that will strengthen our political coverage in Washington, D.C.:

Reid Epstein joins the Wall Street Journal’s national reporting team and is named lead Washington Wire blogger. Reid comes to us from Politico, where among other prime assignments, he covered the 2012 presidential campaign and the White House. Before that he worked at Newsday and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; he began his career as a Journal intern in New York.

Autumn Brewington will join as editor overseeing political analysis and expert contributions. Most recently, Autumn was the op-ed page editor at The Washington Post, where she not only oversaw all aspects of the paper’s daily op-ed page but its weekly Washington Forum and Sunday Opinion pages as well.

Natalie Wardel is appointed social media editor for the Journal’s Washington team. Natalie was social media director for KSL 5 News in Utah since 2011; while there, she oversaw sharp growth in online traffic. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

They join Sloan Dickey, who recently joined the Washington bureau as a video journalist, and will report to Jerry Seib, who will oversee Capital Journal, the new home for our political coverage on WSJ.com. More key hires will follow in time to come.

The Journal newsroom is committed to deepening our coverage and digital presence in Washington, including through the launch of a newsletter, new features and more events.

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WSJ names Canada bank reporter


Elena Cherney, the Canada bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following staff announcement on Friday afternoon:

We are delighted to announce that Rita Trichur will join the Journal’s Toronto bureau to take on the banking beat in Canada.

Rita comes to the Journal from the Globe and Mail, where she dominated coverage of the Canadian telecommunications beat. Before joining The Globe in late 2010, Rita reported on financial services and economics reporter for the Toronto Star. She also worked at the Canadian Press, Canada’s main wire service.

In both telecom and banking, Rita earned a track record of solid scoops. Her string of exclusives on the wireless industry included Verizon Communications Inc.’s flirtation with entering the Canadian market last summer. Canada’s big three carriers - Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. - lost billions in combined market capitalization the day the Globe’s story ran, and the companies launched a high-profile campaign aimed at limiting the sale of spectrum to a foreign entrant. When she covered financial-services, she scored exclusives on Visa Inc.’s entry into the Canadian debit-card market, which is dominated by the big five banks through a third-party entity, and on the federal government’s reform of credit-card regulations.

Rita, who grew up in the Toronto area, earned a B.A. in journalism and political science and an M.A. in Canadian studies, both from Carleton University in Ottawa. She is fluent in French.

In her new role, Rita will cover Canada’s five big banks, all of which have international footprints, and will also cover the country’s insurers. She’ll work closely with Toronto M & A reporter Ben Dummett, who also covers Canada’s pension funds and private-equity players, and with banking teams in New York and elsewhere to strengthen coverage of dealmaking and finance.

Please join us in welcoming Rita to the Journal.

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WSJ names senior visual editor


Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker sent out the following staff announcement on Friday:

I’m delighted to announce that Jessica Yu is appointed Senior Visual Editor, a crucial new role aimed at putting visual story-telling at the center of our journalism. Jessica will oversee the more than 100-strong team of editors in the graphics, interactive, photo, layout and design departments.

As we accelerate the digital transformation of The Wall Street Journal, Jessica will be responsible for sharply improving visual presentation on all Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones platforms and creating a team of visual journalists that will meet and exceed the demands of the digital age.

Jessica is uniquely qualified for this role, having led the transformation of Asia’s print graphics staff into a team of well-trained multimedia visual journalists. She knows both the world of print and that of digital. She has efficiently run the graphics of The Wall Street Journal in Asia and helped create the look for several blogs and sites in Asia.

Jessica is a journalist with a thirst for news: Facing tight deadlines, she and her team frequently deliver digital graphics that enjoy worldwide readership, including some of the graphics on the recent Malaysia flight news. Jessica has worked for more than 10 years in Hong Kong and has been involved in the Journal’s efforts in graphics, interactive, art direction, photography, new WSJ franchises, foreign language properties and social media.

Seth Hamblin will continue in his role as visual editor and will also serve as Jessica’s deputy. Seth will play an enhanced role in our digital visual push.  He will bring his manifold talents to bear as he works with Jessica to make Journal/Dow Jones output a genuine visual treat.

Photo Editor Jack Van Antwerp, Interactives Editor Jon Keegan and Layout Editor John Nichols will continue in their current roles and report to Jessica.

Jessica will report to me.