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by Chris Roush
The Journal is seeking a reporter to join its deals team on a beat focused on antitrust. This reporter, part of the Journal & DJX deals team, will be expected to break news on antitrust, CFIUS and other regulatory decisions affecting specific deals. The reporter will also be expected to write enterprise pieces on deal regulation and its effect on the M&A environment. The reporter will be based in Washington, D.C., or New York.
Position Requirements: The ideal candidate is a proven news breaker who also has a demonstrated ability to write conceptual enterprise pieces. Experience covering deals, law or antitrust is a plus.
Dow Jones: Making Careers Newsworthy
At Dow Jones our Managers work to meet our equal opportunity and affirmative action objectives and our Employees help to foster a professional, welcoming and encouraging environment.
To apply, go here.
by Chris Roush
The following statements from Dow Jones CEO Lex Fenwick and Dow Jones CEO Robert Thomson were released Monday by Dow Jones & Co., the parent of The Wall Street Journal:
Message From Lex Fenwick
It is with warm wishes that I announce today Michael Rooney will be leaving Dow Jones to take a well-earned sabbatical. After a successful 35-year career in advertising sales, the last six with The Wall Street Journal, Michael will fulfill his dream of traveling around the world with his wife. During his tenure with Dow Jones, Michael has been one of the loudest cheerleaders for the Journal franchise. He built a strong sales team and laid the groundwork for our current and future advertising successes. Through it all, he has never failed to bring a sense of fun to everything he does. We are all indebted to his dedication and leadership. Please join me in wishing him all the very best — here’s to many passport stamps and new adventures.
I am also pleased to share the news that Trevor Fellows will be joining Dow Jones as the new Head of Global Advertising Sales. Trevor, who joins us from Bloomberg, has had a long and successful career in global ad sales. He has served as Bloomberg’s Head of Global Media Sales in the U.S. and the U.K. and was also Head of Distribution and Ad Sales for EMEA and Asia. He brings an impressive breadth of experience and leadership, please join me in welcoming him to Dow Jones.
Michael remains with us for a short while to ensure a smooth transition with Trevor, who begins work in a few weeks’ time. Trevor will report directly to me.
Quote From Robert Thomson
“Michael has built a team that transformed the ad fortunes of the company by hard-charging into the digital domain and fashioning a prestige consumer business that became a cornerstone of the Journal’s contemporary success.”
by Chris Roush
Karen Miller Pensiero, the editor for standards at the Wall Street Journal, sent out the following announcement Friday morning:
We are pleased to announce that Neal Templin is named Deputy Editor, Newsroom Standards, joining our team dedicated to helping uphold high journalistic standards at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones. Neal will engage in a wide range of duties, including final reading of articles, video and multimedia projects and will help in many ways to ensure accuracy and fairness in all our content and on all our platforms.
A Los Angeles native, Neal started his career at the Imperial Valley Press, where he covered agriculture, and then the El Paso Times, where he was business editor. Neal joined the Journal in 1989 as an automotive reporter in the Detroit bureau. He later moved to Dallas in 1995 where he covered technology, then commercial real estate. During the past 13 years, he has held a variety of editing jobs, including editor of the Texas Journal, Dallas bureau chief and two stints as the paper’s personal finance editor. Neal also wrote the Journal’s Cheapskate column. He was most recently a senior editor on page one.
Neal joins the team of Karen Pensiero, editor, newsroom standards, and Neal Lipschutz, editor, ethics. He will report to Neal Lipschutz. We’ll work on the two-Neals issue.
Please join us in wishing Neal good luck with his important new assignment.
by Chris Roush
David Reilly and Liam Denning, co-deputy editors of The Wall Street Journal “Heard on the Street” feature, sent out the following staff promotion on Wednesday:
We are happy to announce that Alex Frangos becomes Heard on the Street’s new Asia editor, based in Hong Kong. In his new role, Alex will direct the development of the Heard in the region while supervising the Heard’s team of Asia-based reporters. He will also write for the column.
For the past four years, Alex has been a reporter in Hong Kong covering Asian economics and markets, giving him a wide-ranging view of the region. He was an important contributor to this year’s China’s Rising Risks series on dangers lurking in the financial system of the world’s second-largest economy and was among the first to identify the shifting tides for investors in emerging markets. His reporting on the return of high debt levels in Asia has taken readers from towering Malaysian skyscrapers to Korean fried chicken shacks.
A long-time Journal reporter, Alex joined the paper in New York in 2000. Before his move to Asia, he had covered real estate, digging into the finances of the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and Donald Trump’s property flops. He also covered the 2008 U.S. presidential primaries. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley.
Please join us in congratulating Alex on his new role.
by Chris Roush
Dave Pettit, editor of institutional news and data at The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following staff promotion on Monday afternoon:
We’re pleased to announce that Nick Elliott is taking on additional duties as a real-time-news special-project editor.
Nick joins the newsroom team helping drive development of features and analytics that will enhance our news on DJX and our growing specialized coverage areas that appear in Dominant. Nick remains editor of the specialized, professional news services that he has led since 2010 and editor of Risk & Compliance Journal. Nick has been with Dow Jones since 1990, working in London and New York. He was managing editor of the Dow Jones Commodities Service before joining his current group when it was formed in 2003.
Nick will report to Dave Pettit for news strategy and DJX/Newswires development. He will report to Francesco Guerrera for news matters tied to the private equity and bankruptcy services and to Dennis Berman for news matters tied to venture capital and risk & compliance services.
Please join us in congratulating Nick.
by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal technology editor Jonathan Krim sent out the following staff promotion on Monday:
I am excited to announce that Scott Thurm has been named Senior Deputy Technology Editor.
Scott will play a crucial role as we build out our global technology expansion and post-AllThingsD initiative. He brings a powerful combination of keen analytical thinking, expertise with data and company forensics, and experience covering Silicon Valley to the task. He is also a natural-born editor and creative leader.
Scott’s been a Senior Editor since 2010, and was part of the team that produced the Journal’s What They Know project on digital privacy. Previously, he was chief of the Journal’s Management bureau, supervising a bi-coastal group of reporters in New York and San Francisco.
Scott joined the Journal in 1998 as a reporter in the San Francisco bureau, and later was deputy chief of the bureau. He previously worked at the San Jose Mercury News and the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., where he was part of a team of reporters that won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for general news reporting.
Scott will start his new role Oct. 7, and you can follow him @ScottThurm. Please join me in congratulating him.
by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker sent out the following staff announcement on Friday morning:
Our highly talented sports team continues to out-run, out-hit, out-score, out-box and generally vanquish all-comers for intelligent sports coverage and so I’m delighted to announce some changes designed to give it an even bigger global, digital and real-time lead.
Sam Walker becomes global sports editor. In this expanded role, Sam and his team will extend the reach of the Journal’s unique and much-admired brand of sports coverage. In addition to working more closely with our news desks and bureaux around the world to coordinate coverage of major news stories and global events like the upcoming Olympics and World Cup, Sam and senior editor Kevin Helliker will step up the paper’s efforts to conduct larger global investigations. The global sports desk will also work to create a 24-hour system for editing and curating real-time sports news across all print editions, digital platforms and real-time blogs — and leap boldly into the digital future with more liveblogs, video features, interactives and exercises in social media.
The New York-based sports desk will work closely with editors Joshua Robinson in London and Will Davies in Hong Kong, who will be the lead contacts for sports coverage in their regions.
Sam came to Dow Jones in 1998 as a reporter for Weekend Journal. He became the paper’s “On Sports” columnist in 2002 and sports editor in 2009. He is the founding editor of the Journal’s prizewinning and indispensable daily sports pages. Before the Journal, Sam worked at the Christian Science Monitor and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of the 2006 book Fantasyland.
Darren Everson is appointed deputy sports editor. In this new role, Darren will be responsible for the day-to-day planning and production of the print and online sports pages and coordination of our coverage of real-time news. Darren, an organizational wizard who is preternaturally cool under fire, will be the first point of contact for breaking sports news worldwide and for coordinating coverage of major events.
Darren joined the Journal in 2006 after nine years as a sports reporter at the Daily News. After a stint covering travel for PJ, he joined the sports staff in 2008 where he distinguished himself as the paper’s first-ever college football writer. Darren is a Michigan native, a University of Michigan graduate and an outfielder on the Journal’s four-time media-league champion softball team.
Geoff Foster becomes digital, multimedia and special projects editor for sports. In this newly created role, Geoff will focus on creating sports content that will help the Journal conquer new platforms and engage new readers. He will be responsible for long-lead projects aimed at special events, while also overseeing the videos, interactive graphics, social media promotions, home page design and any number of things that haven’t been invented yet. He’ll continue to oversee the sports page’s much-imitated but inimitable quantitative feature, “The Count” and look for ways to build it into a bustling franchise.
Geoff helped launch the daily sports page in 2009 and the Greater New York sports pages in 2010. He has been a creative force behind dozens of the paper’s best sports stories and multimedia bits, including “Blindfold Brackets,” “Homemade Highlights,” and the Sports Retort podcast. A New York native and Michigan graduate, Geoff came to the Dow Jones from the New York Sun, where he was sports editor. He likes to relax by sailing into deep water to fish for 200-pound tuna.
Please join me in congratulating Sam, Darren and Geoff on their new roles.
by Chris Roush
Here are excerpts from a Q&A he did with the company’s public relations staff about the changes:
WHY DID WE HAVE TWO NEWSROOMS TO BEGIN WITH?
We had two separate units, one focusing on professional real-time readers, the other a daily newspaper. Each had its own revenue stream, its own news agenda, its own team, and even its own headquarters and bureaus around the world. The two organizations did not coordinate very well, if at all. Reporters from each news teams would cover the same news events, talk to the same sources, compete for the same news.
HOW AND WHY DID DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION BECOME A PRIORITY?
In the digital age, traditional borders between our businesses disappeared. All stories are digital, some are print. We have to practice “total journalism”: Tell our stories, break news, offer our unique analysis in the most suitable way for any platform, at the most suitable time for all our global users.
WHAT SPECIFIC MILESTONES HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED THIS PAST YEAR?
We have a single global news management team for all our platforms under Gerry Baker, our editor-in-chief. We’ve also refocused our coverage on core areas, routing more talent and resources to areas such as Markets, Central Banks, Economy, Technology, Politics and Policy. We are recruiting the best journalists in their field.
WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN GOALS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD?
Create a unique, global, 24/7 real-time news organization that serves both consumers and professionals anytime, anywhere. To do that we have to strengthen our global network of expert reporters and editors.
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
David Holmes of Pando Daily has some interesting data that shows why The Wall Street Journal will miss tech journalists Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher, who ran All Things Digital but are leaving the company at the end of the year.
Holmes writes, “What about overall brand strength? How many eyeballs and clicks will News Corp. lose when the ATD staff rides off into the sunset? These charts from content intelligence company Kontera, which measures what consumers are reading and hearing on social media sites and blogs, reveal just how important Mossberg, Swisher, and Kafka were to the Wall Street Journal.
Thanks to its reporters’ cozy relationship with Apple executives, AllThingsD was an Apple scoop machine, and these reporting coups netted real traffic for News Corp. Around August 10, 2013, when AllThingsD broke the news about the iPhone 5S launch, the site held a share of up to 64 percent of AllThingsD and Wall Street Journal’s combined telecommunications coverage.
AllThingsD also netted big traffic on entertainment scoops. The week of July 15, when Peter Kafka broke the news about Hulu’s plans to compete with Netflix, AllThingsD share of entertainment consumption topped 77 percent.
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Jennifer Forsyth, the U.S. news editor of The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following staff hires and promotions in an email on Wednesday:
Dear valued colleagues,
As many of you know, we have reorganized our U.S. News coverage. I am very excited about a new team of leaders the Journal has allowed me to assemble to greatly enhance our regional coverage. This will make our national report stronger and more competitive. Please congratulate them on their new roles. Candy and flowers optional.
Michael Gray becomes West U.S. Editor, a newly created position. He will oversee coverage of the western states, including Hawaii and Alaska, and manage eight reporters in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland. Mike comes to us with more than 30 years of managing and editing experience. He was most recently deputy business editor focused on technology coverage at the San Francisco Chronicle. Before that he held several positions at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, including Sunday enterprise editor. Earlier stints include enterprise editor at the Baltimore Sun and various editing positions at the San Francisco Examiner, along with editing or reporting roles at the Hartford Courant, the Berkeley (CA) Gazette, the Montclarion in Oakland, Calif., the Point Reyes (CA) Light, and the Sonora (CA) Union-Democrat. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and did graduate work in Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Hawaii. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and will work out of our San Francisco bureau. He joins us on Monday.
Tamara Audi has been promoted to Senior Special Writer and team leader in Los Angeles, working closely with Mike Gray to improve and expand our coverage in the west. She has been a newspaper reporter for 20 years, first writing for small papers in suburban Boston, then working as a stringer and clerk for the New York Times, and as a correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She spent the bulk of her career in Detroit as an investigative projects reporter for the Detroit Free Press. She came to The Wall Street Journal’s Los Angeles bureau in 2007 to cover the casino industry. In 2009, she began covering general news out of L.A. She is a graduate of Boston University; is still angry about that “Lost” finale; and despite what her Detroit-born husband says, is skeptical that this is the Lions’ year.
Kirsten Danis becomes the Northeast U.S. Editor, coordinating coverage from Maine to West Virginia and overseeing reporters in Boston, New York and Pittsburgh. She will also oversee special projects for US News and will coordinate Remembrances, our staff-written obituaries. She joined the Journal in 2011 as deputy editor of the Greater New York Section, where she led coverage of superstorm Sandy and the Newtown school shooting. Before coming to the Journal, Kirsten was managing editor at the New York Daily News. She covered City Hall for the New York Post and began her career as an obit writer at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City. A graduate of Columbia University, she lives with her husband and their two children in Brooklyn. Kirsten is a proud Massachusetts native and says “wicked awesome” a lot, without irony.
Joe Barrett becomes Midwest U.S. Editor, overseeing reporters in Chicago and Detroit and coordinating our education coverage nationwide. He previously was the deputy bureau chief in Chicago for seven years, with a focus on writing and editing U.S. News stories. In 23 years at Dow Jones and the Journal, he has worked on page one in New York and Brussels, the old national copy desk and the Dow Jones “ticker” news service–when it still ticked out headlines in brokers’ offices. He has an m.phil. degree in American Studies from New York University and started his career as a night cops reporter and GA at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. He lives in Chicago with his wife, their two teenage kids and a big dog named Mucho.
Miguel Bustillo becomes Southwest U.S. Editor, overseeing reporters in Dallas and Austin and covering Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. He will continue to write often for the Journal. He joined the Journal five years ago and covered Wal-Mart and other big-box chains before becoming the deputy bureau chief in Dallas last year. He helped oversee coverage of numerous calamities since, including this year’s Oklahoma tornadoes and the West, Texas, fertilizer explosion, while also writing page-one stories. He previously worked as reporter for 15 years at the Los Angeles Times. Miguel was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Philadelphia, where he became a passionate but entirely non-violent Eagles fan. He is a graduate of New York University, and lives in Dallas with his wife and daughter.
Betsy McKay will continue to manage coverage of US news in the Southeast as Atlanta Bureau Chief, a position she has held since 2009. She has overseen coverage of the occasional hurricane and tornado and also continues to write often about public health issues. Betsy joined the Journal in 1996 as a reporter in Moscow and moved to the Atlanta bureau in 1999, where she covered beverages and public health before becoming deputy bureau chief in 2008. Betsy was a member of a team of Journal reporters awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for coverage of the Russian financial crisis. She is a graduate of Amherst College and holds an M.A. in Russian language and literature from Bryn Mawr College. She is a native of Vermont who loves the Southern sun but misses the snow.