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by Chris Roush
Off Duty is looking for an editor with a true digital metabolism. Ideal candidates will have a feel for our subject matter—style, travel, design, food, personal tech—and the ability to take it to the next level across all digital platforms.
That might mean repackaging stories into more digital-friendly formats or creating special interactives (e.g. quizzes, flow charts). We want someone who can: think strategically about how to archive and surface our evergreen content; grow traffic and engagement with our stories via social media; liaise with the Journal’s digital, video and social teams to execute projects.
Familiarity with programming a plus.
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.
To apply, go here.
by Chris Roush
John Crowley, digital editor The Wall Street Journal, shared his tips for immersive storytelling at a recent digital journalism conference.
Abigail Edge of journalism.co.uk writes, “He also noted that although WSJ London does not have the same resources as the outlet’s New York office, you do not need ‘a cast of thousands’ to produce engaging immersive content.
“Just six people worked on the Golden Dawn project. And it was a great success, with a bounce rate of just 14 per cent compared to 72 per cent for a typical WSJ article.
“For The Wall Street Journal, it was also a way to cover the rise of Golden Dawn, which had won 7 per cent per cent of the popular vote in Greece and taken 20 seats in the Greek government.
“‘We would not have had this information without Marcus drilling down and working with Jovi to visualise this data in this way,’ explained Crowley.
“He also highlighted The Crossing interactive, which used video and audio slideshows to tell the story of a African migrant who had risked his life to travel by boat from Eritrea to Lampedusa in the Italian Pelagie Islands.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Dow Jones & Co., the parent of The Wall Street Journal, has removed its head of digital, Michael Rolnick, amid a strategy shakeup that has been unfolding over the past month, Joe Pompeo of Capital has learned.
Pompeo writes, “A Silicon Valley veteran hired by Fenwick in August 2013, Rolnick’s job was to increase digital and mobile readership, a role in which he oversaw teams focused on business development, digital circulation, audience engagement and analytics. During his brief tenure, the company explored changes to The Journal‘s online paywall and struck deals to put its content on third-party networks such as the Google Play Newsstand.
“Since Rolnick’s Feb. 12 departure, his teams have been redeployed under other Dow Jones executives, including Ed Roussel, head of consumer and institutional products, and Christina Komporlis, who oversees print circulation. One insider familiar with the decision said the goal was to streamline print and digital circulation.
“Rolnick declined to comment, as did a spokesperson for Dow Jones.
“Sources cautioned against drawing any conclusions about Rolnick’s firing insofar as what it might suggest about Lewis’ digital consumer strategy, which Dow Jones plans to ‘expand’ and ‘invest in,’ Lewis told employees recently in a memo.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal world editor Adam Horvath sent out the following message on Friday:
We’re pleased to announce a pair of major additions to our team in Brazil, reflecting our ever-rising ambitions in coverage of Latin America’s largest economy as the World Cup, the Olympics, falling fiscal fortunes and rising class conflicts are casting large shadows.
Marla Dickerson, business editor of the Los Angeles Times, will become Brazil bureau chief.
Marla has been directing a staff of more than 30 editors and reporters carrying out corporate and markets coverage for the L.A. Times, and previously was the deputy editor. She also is a former Mexico correspondent for the Times, its first and only full-time business reporter there.
In Mexico, Marla documented the decline of Mexican oil giant Pemex and the rise of industries now powering the nation’s growth. She profiled Carlos Slim, then-president Vicente Fox and the great-grandmother and ex-con who was Mexico’s leading sidewalk-vendor czar. Traveling the region, she has written about the influence of free trade agreements in Central America, the ethanol boom in Brazil, and why it’s so hard to decipher street addresses in Costa Rica.
For the Times she also covered beats including the California economy, renewable energy and tourism, and shared an Overseas Press Club award for a series on the rise of China. Marla earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Reed Johnson joins us as a general-assignment reporter specializing in society and culture in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America.
Reed is uniquely qualified for this after covering Latin American culture as a roving reporter for the Times based in Mexico City, and also since his return to L.A. in 2008. In the region he has covered natural disasters, a Mexican presidential election and artist collectives in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
Reed started his professional journalism career as a suburbs and city neighborhoods reporter at the Times-Union in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. Later, he spent five years at The Detroit News as a feature writer and theater critic.
Marla worked those two places, too. Marla and Reed are married. They will both report to Latin America Editor David Luhnow. With the recent addition of Juan Forero (formerly of the Washington Post) as the Colombia-based bureau chief supervising correspondents in five South American countries, David and his deputy Santiago Perez now have the management team to raise our game ever higher across Latin America.
by Chris Roush
The Wall Street Journal is looking for a dogged reporter to dominate print and real-time coverage of Bank of America and the U.S. banking sector.
The ideal candidate will be able to break news on a regular basis and synthesize bits of reporting and analysis into richly woven narratives. A track record of excellence in corporate coverage is essential.
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 from bureaus around the world.
Interested candidates should contact Banking Editor Rob Hunter at email@example.com.
by Chris Roush
A fraudster created a fund-raising page to help find missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird but likely planned to pocket the cash, reports Sasha Goldstein of the New York Daily News.
Goldstein writes, “Little has been revealed publicly about the search for Bird, 55, who left his Long Hill, N.J. home for an afternoon stroll Jan. 11 and never came back.
“Bird, who covers energy markets for the Journal, had just finished putting away Christmas decorations with his wife before going for the 4:30 p.m. walk and did not bring his phone.
“Long Hill cops confirmed with the man’s family that the bogus page ‘is an unauthorized solicitation and the creator of this link has been messaged to remove it immediately,’ the department wrote on its Facebook page.
“Only one person has contributed just a measly dollar and wrote, ‘This is a scam: don’t contribute!’
“The page, titled ‘Help Find David Bird’ and created by someone named Wang Manci of the nonexistent Haerbin, China, contains broken English and a description that appears to be an amalgamation of local news stories written about Bird’s disappearance.”
by Chris Roush
Andrew Tangel of the Los Angeles Times has been hired to be the new transportation reporter at The Wall Street Journal, reports Joe Pompeo of Capital New York.
Pompeo writes, “The Wall Street Journal has found a replacement for Ted Mann, the breakout transportation reporter who made a name for himself with recent coverage that drove the Chris Christie Bridgegate Scandal.
“As Daily Intel reported earlier this month, Mann is leaving the paper’s Greater New York section to cover GE, Honeywell, and United Technologies. Capital has learned that his successor on the transportation beat will be Andrew Tangel, who is currently a New York-based national business correspondent and Wall Street reporter for The Los Angeles Times.
“Tangel was in transit (fittingly) when we reached him via email and did not immediately have a comment. But a source with knowledge of the move said Mann’s official last day covering transportation is March 3 and that Tangel is expected to start sometime in the coming weeks.
“Greater New York has one other slot it’s looking to fill: An education reporter to replace Lisa Fleisher, who’s headed to London to cover tech for The Journal‘s new WSJD vertical.”
by Chris Roush
The Wall Street Journal is seeking a reporter to join its team in Houston to help cover the U.S. energy boom.
The reporter will focus on users of the petroleum the country is now producing in abundance: refiners, chemical companies, would-be exporters of liquefied natural gas and, if the industry gets its way, oil. The beat includes well-known corporate giants like Dow Chemical, major refiners Valero and Tesoro, upstart exporters like Cheniere, as well as companies including BP, Exxon and Delta Airlines that own chemical and refining plants. Refiners are also big players in the increasingly complicated effort to move petroleum around the country via pipeline, train, truck and barge.
The successful candidate should have some familiarity with the energy industry, strong reporting and analysis skills, and the ability to connect dots and find stories others don’t see. Other important attributes include mastery of clear and colorful writing, along with the ability to work with a group of top-notch reporters in Texas and around the globe. No, Houston doesn’t have zoning – but it has great food, wonderful museums and snow-free winters.
To apply, go here.
by Tammy Joyner
Angelo Henderson never met a stranger.
Who else could have skillfully juxtaposed a journalism career writing about the heads of Fortune 500 companies as well as America’s common man and the forgotten underclass?
His Rolodex and his street cred were the envy of many journalists. So was his writing style.
The veteran print and broadcast journalist died Feb. 15 at his home in Pontiac, Mich. He was 51.
When his name is included in the annals of American journalism – and it will be – there’ll be mention of his Pulitizer Prize, his vaulted and rarified seat at that exclusive table reserved for journalism giants. His raw,unvarnished account of a pharmacist’s self-defense shooting of a would-be robber masterfully told the story of both men’s lives. It clinched the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing while he worked at The Wall Street Journal.
But those who got the chance to work with Henderson, to hang out with him, to just be around him say he’ll be remembered most as the people’s journalist. (His gift for being able to make an intimate connection with people would later served him well as a radio show host and minister.)
“The minute Angelo hit the newsroom, you would have thought readers knew when exactly he came into the newsroom. They would start calling. The phone would be ringing off the hook,” recalled Oralandar Brand-Williams, courts reporter for The Detroit News who had known Henderson for 25 years. They worked together as reporters at The News and in the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
During his days as a reporter, he was not only welcomed into the inner-sanctum of corporate America (he covered Chrysler for The Wall Street Journal among other high-profile beats) but he was given unfettered access to the very pulse of Detroit itself: its people and their thoughts.
“You can’t fake liking people,” said Kim Trent, a communications consultant in Detroit who worked with Angelo during his 30-year career and was a longtime friend. “When you really love people, it shines through. The reason he had this Rolodex everybody envied is because people really liked him and he really liked people. People trusted him. He had incredible integrity about how he approached a story.”
Part of it was his unique way of making people feel that – for the time he was with you, you were the only one who mattered. Nowhere was that more evident than on social media, where many people went to mourn as news of his death spread.
His “Friends of Angelo B. Henderson” Facebook page boasts more than 2,200 followers or, as Henderson called them, “FB cuzins.” Everyone was family The page is a place for people to share what’s on their mind. As was his three-times-a-week radio show.
“He just had a way about him that will never be seen again,’ one follower Stacey M. Skipp posted Tuesday, three days after his death. “His love for his fellow man was always at the forefront. Heaven has indeed gained a precious jewel.”
“He had the human touch,” Brand-Williams said. “He could talk to anybody on any level, people from diverse backgrounds. For people who aren’t perhaps used to dealing with reporters or the media, he put them at ease. He was a very, very smart hard-nosed reporter who knew how to spot a good story.”
And good socioeconomic trends – often in places no one else would think to look.
He wrote a Page One story for the Wall Street Journal about the hip, high-tech and haute couture nature wheelchairs were adapting after noticing a lot of young black men in the mall riding in souped-up wheelchairs. It was that street-level, beyond-the-Rolodex eye for reporting that set him a part from the rest of the industry which tends to run with the herd.
Among his peers and in the industry, he was the go-to guy.
Not long after winning his Pulitzer, he was asked to speak at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for instance. He booked his calendar and made the trip. In addition to professional groups, he spoke to church groups and schools. He rarely said no.
When the Detroit NABJ, hoping to raise money for its scholarship fund, asked if he’d be willing to be “roasted” – ribbed and teased – he good-naturedly obliged.
“Even after all the accolades he attained – the highest and most prestigious prize in print journalism which was the Pulitzer Prize, he was still down-to-earth, community-minded and willing to help people,” Brand-Williams said. “He was very gregarious, kind and upliftng and a fun person to be around.”
Now one of Detroit’s most vibrant voices is silent.
Henderson is survived by his wife, Felecia Dixon Henderson, an assistant managing editor at The Detroit News and his 20-year-old son, Grant, a student at The University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Tammy Joyner is a reporter with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper in Atlanta, Ga. She worked with Henderson at The Detroit News where they were business reporters and wrote a column together called “Equal Access.”
by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker sent out the following staff announcement on Tuesday:
I’m delighted to announce several appointments that will strengthen our investigations team, enhance our data-reporting resources and advance our push into immersive storytelling so that we can broaden and extend our storytelling capacity in the emerging digital era.
Mike Siconolfi is appointed Editor, Investigations, forming a new group that will combine our existing teams of investigative reporters and data reporters under one roof. Mike’s team, working closely with the senior newsroom leadership, will be tasked with producing more and more frequent investigations off news events, developing revelatory running enterprise stories and executing ambitious projects. As part of its mandate, the team will interact closely with editors and reporters across the entire news organization, with a charge to deepen the investigative and data skills of the entire staff. Mike’s team will have one overriding objective: to shine the public light of accountability into the darker recesses of the corporate, political, legal, governmental and financial worlds.
Mike, a 30-year veteran of the Journal, is uniquely suited to this vital role. As a reporter who covered Wall Street and as a deputy in Money & Investing and senior editor reporting to Page One, he has both broken and overseen many memorable stories in the past two decades, including revelations in a bond-trading scandal at Kidder Peabody that triggered the CEO’s ouster and General Electric’s sale of the firm; an investigation detailing collusion in the Treasury-bond market; series on research-analyst conflicts and on IPO “spinning,” which led to multiple investigations and new regulatory rules; the coverage of NYSE pay practices that led to the departure of CEO Dick Grasso; and the insider-trading, political-intelligence and high-speed trading stories we’ve run in recent years. Mike will report to Rebecca Blumenstein.
A crucial component of Mike’s team will be an enhanced data journalism effort that will be led by Tom McGinty and Rob Barry. Expanding our data reporting capability in a data-rich age is a priority, and Tom and Rob and their team will be working with all of you to deepen our data literacy. Tom has been an investigative reporter at the Journal since 2008, where his subjects have included grading abuses in the New York State Regents Exams, class-action trial attorneys who plied state-level officials with campaign donations to secure them as clients and the questionable surgical history of an Oregon spine surgeon who lost his license to practice as a result of the Journal’s stories. Rob has been an investigative reporter at the Journal since 2011, where his topics have included healthcare, foreign and domestic elections, airline safety and student loans. In one memorable piece, he worked with Greg White to analyze Russian parliamentary results that pointed to widespread fraud; more recently, he has worked on a series of stories about trading by corporate insiders and an investigation into the migratory patterns of troubled stockbrokers.
Mike Allen will take on a newly created role as Assistant Managing Editor, Enterprise Projects. Mike led the way into a new arena of storytelling last year with his visionary stewardship of and enthusiasm for the extraordinary Trials project. I’ve asked him to take us much further in using the terrific new tools available to us to tell stories in a digital age, which truly open many new pathways to inform and delight our readers. Mike will bring his own well-known gifts for narrative to the task of building an interactive team that cuts across departments to bring new dimensions to many of our best stories.
Mike got his start at the Journal in 1986 writing about the civil war in Nicaragua, and has dedicated the decades since covering all manner of conflict, foreign and domestic. In the Dallas bureau, his beats included banks, insurers and the PC business. He edited the paper’s first regional publication, Texas Journal, then moved to New York as assistant foreign editor, overseeing coverage of the emerging-market debt crisis. He created a money-laundering beat for the paper and spent the better part of a year getting to know shady people in sunny places, including Antigua financier Allen Stanford. After stints as a Page One editor and Latin America bureau chief, he became deputy Page One editor. As global enterprise editor, he has helped shape some of the most important stories the Journal has produced in recent years, and I am grateful for the work he has done there. In his new role, he will continue to report to Alex Martin.
Please join me in congratulating Mike, Rob, Tom and Mike in their important new roles.