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Da Costa, ex-Reuters, joining Wall Street Journal


Federal Reserve Board reporter Pedro Da Costa, who left Reuters last week, has been hired by The Wall Street Journal.

Da Costa will be part of The Journal’s global central banks team.

Da Costa also spent six years covering the markets for Reuters. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of California, San Diego.

In 2001, he received a Deadline Club Award for Online Enterprise Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists’ New York chapter for “The Ties that Bind at the Federal Reserve,” which exposed lucrative leaks from Fed insiders to former staffers in the private sector and led to an official policy change at the central bank.

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Not your father’s Wall Street Journal


Joe Pompeo of Capital New York writes Thursday about how The Wall Street Journal has changed since it was purchased by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. at the end of 2007.

Pompeo writes, “While its course still steers right as far as the opinion pages are concerned, the editorial integrity of the news report has remained intact. The most significant changes (masthead moves aside) have made the stories shorter, the prose more concise and, above all, the content broader and more appealing to a consumer base that reaches beyond the Journal‘s core readership of Wall Street traders and money wonks.

“The paper has managed this without much of a stoop, courting its general-interest audience by adding more coverage of national and foreign affairs outside the scope of finance, and giving these stories Page One real estate. There’s even a New York metro section that launched in 2010 as a reflection of Murdoch’s ambition to bloody The New York Times in its own backyard.

“But nowhere has the shift been more pronounced than in the metastasizing portfolio of luxury, leisure and lifestyle content that Journal executives might describe as more infectious than a Daft Punk summer jam.

“The enigmatic French dance duo’s cameo at the Innovator Awards, where tastemakers like David Chang, Pharrell Williams and Terry Richardson were also in attendance, was more or less the apotheosis of the Journal‘s newfound sex appeal.”

Read more here.

WSJ crash

WSJ seeks reporter to cover JP Morgan/Citigroup


The Wall Street Journal is looking for a dogged reporter to dominate print and real-time coverage of two of the most important financial companies in the world: J.P. Morgan Chase and Citigroup.

The ideal candidate will be able to break news on a regular basis, synthesize bits of reporting and analysis into richly woven narratives, and possess a track record of excellence in corporate coverage. We are looking for a quick study who can write with precision and flair on everything from bond trading and mortgages to investment banking and regulatory matters.

There also will be ample opportunities to work on broader industry pieces with fellow reporters on the banking team and in bureaus around the world.

Interested candidates should contact Banking Editor Rob Hunter at rob.hunter@wsj.com.

Bradley Hope

Hope joins WSJ Money & Investing team


Bradley Hope, a former foreign correspondent, has begun work at The Wall Street Journal on its Money & Investing desk, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

Hope is the market structure reporter.

Hope is formerly a Beirut- and Cairo-based foreign correspondent for The National newspaper, which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Hope reported from Egypt for two years and visited Afghanistan, Iraq, UAE, Oman, Libya, South Sudan, Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Bahrain on reporting trips.

Hope is the author of “Last Days of the Pharaoh,” an Amazon Kindle Single about the power struggle inside the presidential palace of Hosni Mubarak during the 18-day revolution that forced him to resign.

Previously, Hope was the police bureau chief and features writer for the New York Sun. He is a New York University graduate.

Stephanie Armour

Bloomberg reporter joins Wall Street Journal


Stephanie Armour has joined The Wall Street Journal as a financial, banking and consumer regulation reporter based in Washington, D.C, a company spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

She previously worked at Bloomberg News where she covered food safety and public health. Earlier this year, she won a Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in Magazine Journalism for “Poisoned System,” which she reported and wrote along with John Lippert and Michael Smith for Bloomberg Markets.

The story was a months-long investigation that detailed broad conflict-of-interest problems with private food-safety auditing firms, including Peanut Corporation of America’s auditor, which gave the company’s Georgia plant a “superior” rating before the Salmonella outbreak.

It also won a National Press Club award in July.

Armour previously worked as a reporter at USA Today and the Des Moines Register. She is a 1997 graduate of the University of Minnesota and also went through the Knight Science Program boot camp at MIT.

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WSJ mobile usage is up 59 percent from a year ago


Joe Pompeo of Capital New York writes about some details that emerged Monday from the News Corp. earnings conference call about The Wall Street Journal.

Pompeo writes, “At The Wall Street Journal, News Corp’s tony U.S. broadsheet, mobile usage was up 59 percent this September compared to the same month in 2012, Thomson said.

“Chief financial officer Bedi Singh added that News Corp., which also publishes the New York Post, The Times of London and many other papers in the U.K. and Australia, was ‘seeing traction’ across all of its digital efforts. Those also include things like paid online subscriptions for the British and Australian papers and e-books at HarperCollins, News Corp’s book-publishing arm.

“The executives declined to elaborate on digital revenues within the company’s news segment. But Singh cited ‘nice pickup in some of our digital statistics,’ while Thomson said: ‘What we are truly seeing is mass migration in mass media. It’s just a little early for us to quantify what that means in terms of long-term advertising trends.’

“The apparently sanguine digital outlook for the company’s news business comes amid declines in traditional advertising revenues, which were down 22 percent at the Australian papers during the first quarter, 7 percent at the U.K. papers and flat at The Wall Street Journal, said Singh. (The Post, which hemorrhages cash, was not mentioned beyond a quick plug for its recently relaunched website.)

“Advertising at Dow Jones, a financial news and information provider, was down in the ‘low single digits,’ said Singh.”

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WSJ crash

WSJ seeks reporter to cover New York Fed


The Wall Street Journal seeks an enterprising journalist to work with our Global Central Banks Editor and our Federal Reserve team in Washington to cover the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which sits at the intersection of central banking and the markets. This means breaking news and writing analytically about the New York Fed—one of Wall’s Street’s chief regulators—and its president, one of the central bank’s top monetary policy makers.

The job requires some travel to help cover public remarks by other Fed bank presidents. The reporter will work across all platforms: the Wall Street Journal, DJX, WSJ.com, WSJ video and Dow Jones Newswires. This ranges from writing headlines and spot-news stories for our newswires to writing major news stories and features for the Journal.

The successful candidate will have strong news judgment, writing ability and digital skills, have experience covering markets and economics, getting scoops and developing sources. Experience covering central banking would be a plus.

Please attach a resume, cover letter and three to five published clips to your online application.

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WSJ Startup of the Year

The WSJ and its reality TV experiment


Adrienne LaFrance of the Nieman Journalism Lab writes about The Wall Street Journal‘s recently completed “Startup of the Year” online show that recently completed.

LaFrance writes, “The project was a way for the Journal to continue experimenting with video at a time when there’s huge demand for it. (Last year, then-Digital Network managing editor Raju Narisetti told me that ‘from a business point of view, we cannot generate enough video streams.’)

“But Startup of the Year is also a way for the paper to go after an untapped audience of young entrepreneurs and business students. The Wall Street Journal believes it can convert this demographic into a new generation of Journal readers by showcasing a ‘dramatic slice’ of their own world, Regal said.

“The Journal’s definition of ‘dramatic’ means exploring the travails of launching a business without the traditional reality-television format of ‘taking entrepreneurs to bars and showing them in bikinis,’ Regal says. So it’s not surprising that much of Startup of the Year feels a bit closer to C-SPAN than E! on the reality TV spectrum. Still, the Journal learned that this kind of storytelling benefits from a lighter approach — combining a ‘documentary feel with more drama and suspense.’

“And although the show traced the path of 24 companies through elimination rounds to a single winner, video producers at the newspaper insist the storytelling approach was meant to be nonlinear.”

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WSJ Shops

Wall Street Journal launches WSJ Shops


The Wall Street Journal launched “WSJ Shops,” an e-commerce site that is now a permanent addition to its homepage and the broader Dow Jones family of publications, reports Alexandra Steigrad of Women’s Wear Daily.

Steigrad writes, “Running year-round, ‘The Shops’ is essentially a souped-up version of the e-commerce gift guide the newspaper unveiled last holiday, according to Zachary Martz, WSJ retail development manager, who noted that the site may be accessed from the homepage of a variety of Dow Jones’ properties.

“Calling the site a ‘second step,’ Martz noted that the online catalogue showcases ‘curated’ picks from the newspaper’s various staff members — including its editorial team. Asked how the newspaper intends to remain objective with editors handpicking items from their favorite brands, Martz said: ‘There is a definitive line between church and state, between editorial and content.’

UPDATE: The editorial team is not involved and WWD added this: There is no involvement of WSJ “reporting” staff, a spokeswoman stressed.

“Martz added, ‘We’re still exploring the line between editorial and content. We are not accepting money from brands or retailers.’

“Underscoring the importance of ‘curation’ over ‘brand recognition,’ he added that shoppers won’t be aware of the product’s label until they click specifically on the desired ware.”

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WSJ seeks U.S. night news editor


The Wall Street Journal seeks an experienced editor to run its U.S. News Desk at night. This person will work closely with the U.S. Editor to coordinate the publishing of politics, economics and general news in real-time formats and for the print version of The Wall Street Journal. Strong news judgment and a cool head under pressure are musts.

Work nights are normally Sunday through Thursday with Fridays and Saturdays off.

Please attach a resume, cover letter and three to five published clips to your online application.

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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. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

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