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by Chris Roush
David Crook, the editor of The Wall Street Journal Sunday, writes about the section’s 14th birthday and the gains it has made in the past year.
Crook writes, “Despite all of the cuts you hear or read about in newspapers these days, Sunday Journal in the last year has added new writers and features, such as Jeanette Pavini‘s ‘Best Buys’ column and Jennifer Waters‘s ‘Personal Business’ column devoted to your questions about Social Security and Medicare. And our ’10 Things’ column, produced with our colleagues at MarketWatch.com, is doing a bang-up job amusing readers and infuriating its subjects.
“I’m also quite happy to report that our business is looking up. We’ve welcomed new advertisers, including one this week. Our circulation is 6,791,890 in 70 partner newspapers. Not only is that up considerably from the 10 papers and 4.5 million readers we started with in 1999, it’s also greater than the circulations of Money, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune and the Economist…combined.
“I love to reel off those numbers. But what I love most are the relationships we have built with you and our partner newspapers. We are proud to have won and maintained your trust over the years.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
The Wall Street Journal‘s “Heard on the Street” department is looking for two new staffers — an Asia editor to be based in Hong Kong and a tech columnist to be based in New York.
In an email to the staff, co-deputy editoers David Reilly and Liam Denning write, “Please feel free to forward to folks you think might be interested, internally or externally. For those interested in applying, please email Heard co-editors Liam Denning and David Reilly — firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com –with a cover letter, resume and clips.
Editor, Heard on the Street, Asia
Heard on the Street is looking for an energetic and ambitious Hong-Kong-based editor and columnist to lead its Asia team. The position involves commissioning, writing, and editing incisive financial commentary for all editions of The Wall Street Journal, Newswires and WSJ.com.
The successful candidate will have a front-row seat for one of the most important news stories of the day. China’s rapid economic development has been staggering and its companies are among the most powerful in the world. Japan’s economy is at a critical point as the government seeks to implement “Abenomics” and the country remains home to some of the world’s biggest brands. Meanwhile, countries ranging from established leaders such as South Korea to frontier economies such as Myanmar offer a wealth of companies and themes for the Heard to identify and explore.
Candidates should be deeply analytical and able to take a reported view on complex topics. The ability to work under tight deadlines and on a wide range of topics is critical, as is a high level of financial and economic literacy. The successful candidate needs to be comfortable building sources at the very highest levels and should relish setting the agenda on corporate and financial stories.
As Asia Editor for the Heard, the candidate would lead a regional team of columnists, forming an integral part of the global Heard team. The candidate would be expected to plan coverage of the region’s most important financial topics and work with columnists to develop their stories and skills, as well as liaise with Heard teams elsewhere to add Asian input to columns on global themes. In addition, he or she will champion the Heard brand in Asia.
Tech Columnist, Heard on the Street, New York
Heard on the Street is looking for an energetic and ambitious New York-based tech columnist to join its global team. The position involves writing incisive financial commentary for all editions of the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires and on WSJ.com.
Candidates should be deeply analytical and able to take a reported view on complex topics. The ability to work under tight deadlines and on a wide range of topics is critical, as is a high level of financial and economic literacy. The successful candidate needs to be comfortable building sources at the highest levels and should relish setting the agenda on corporate and financial stories.
In this role, the candidate would be responsible for coverage of the technology sector from a HEARD perspective. Familiarity with that industry’s key topics, biggest companies, emerging trends in mobile, social media and the Internet, financial and valuation metrics, as well as a strong set of relevant sources are a must. The beat touches on a wide variety of companies and areas ranging from software to hardware to social networking to Big Data.
The Heard columnist must be able to write authoritative analysis of news and developments at companies and within the broad tech sector. The ideal candidate will have several years of experience as a reporter or columnist, or a background in finance and strong writing ability.
by Chris Roush
David Oyama of The Wall Street Journal corporate news desk sent out the following to the news staff on Wednesday:
I’ve read a lot of these notes over the years, and now it’s my turn to say thanks and farewell on my last day for the privilege of working with you for more than 20 years at the Journal.
The landscape of The Wall Street Journal has changed dramatically in that time. When I arrived in 1993, globalization was the buzz word, and many thought it remarkable that our European and Asian editions were edited mainly in New York. A company called AOL was bringing Internet service to many homes for the first time, and Dow Jones still had high hopes in an electronic financial-data provider called Telerate. Mobile phones couldn’t be put in one’s pocket and didn’t do much more than make calls.
Thirty years before that, I was a college summer intern at the Chicago Daily News under a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund grant. I was able to cover organized-crime bombings of restaurants, watch the best litigators argue in federal court and a few summers later follow Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s open-housing campaign in Chicago. Some of my peers were heading to reporting assignments in Vietnam.
I took some detours from journalism into college teaching, Asian American community work and the New York theater before returning to journalism. My wife and I raised two wonderful daughters, now both lawyers with a commitment to public service.
As Heraclitus said long ago, “No man ever steps in the same river twice.” But some things endure. There will always be journalists who won’t settle for less than knowing and reporting the whole story and who recognize that part of the greatness of American journalism is that it is, in some measure, a public trust.
I bid you all a fond farewell, and wish the greatest success for this now nearly 125-year-old enterprise called The Wall Street Journal.
In an email to Talking Biz News, Oyama wrote, “I’m basically retiring and have no set plans other than to let the projects that mean most to me assert themselves while I undertake the remake that our apartment has needed for almost as long as I’ve been at the Journal.”
by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal technology editor Jonathan Krim sent out the following staff hire announcement on Wednesday:
We are thrilled to announce that long-time technology writer Farhad Manjoo is joining the Wall Street Journal as a columnist writing about tech companies, people, issues, products and trends.
Manjoo, who currently writes for Slate and Fast Company magazine, is a leading and influential Silicon Valley voice, read widely across multiple platforms. His hiring is another key piece in our global tech expansion. He will write twice a week, at least one of which will appear in print.
Manjoo has been covering the tech industry and tech culture since the peak of the last dot-com boom. At Slate, he has chronicled the rise of mobile devices, Facebook’s ascendancy, Google’s rebirth under Larry Page, Apple’s transition under Tim Cook, and Amazon’s ever-soaring ambitions.
He is adapting his 2012 Fast Company cover story on Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook into a book for Simon & Schuster. Manjoo’s previous book, True Enough: Learning To Live in a Post-Fact Society, was published in 2008.
Prior to Slate, Manjoo covered the tech industry for Salon and Wired, and his work has also been featured in the New York Times, Pando Daily, and National Public Radio.
Manjoo attended Cornell University, where he edited his college newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Manjoo was born in South Africa, raised in Southern California, and now lives in Palo Alto with his wife and two young children.
You can follow Farhad @fmanjoo. He’ll start on Sept. 23. Please join us in welcoming him.
by Chris Roush
Thorold Barker, the editor of Europe, Middle East and Africa at Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following announcement on Tuesday:
We are delighted to announced that Chip Cummins is appointed Business Editor, Europe.
Based in London with a local team of writers and editors, Chip will oversee corporate coverage across the continent both in real-time and print. The role is vital as we complete the integration of wsj and newswires – positioning the staff to take on more high impact analytical pieces and break more news in European hours.
Chip will report to Bruce Orwall in London with a dotted line to Dennis Berman in New York.
Chip’s career at Dow Jones spans 17 years and three continents, establishing him as one of our newsroom’s premier editors and reporters. He joined Dow Jones in 1996 as an overnight copy editor for The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. He was a staff reporter for Dow Jones Newswires in London, then moved to Dallas as a staff reporter for the Journal. He then returned to London, where he reported on energy for the Journal and helped cover the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Next, he served as the Journal’s bureau chief for the Middle East and Africa, based in Dubai. Most recently, he was based in Toronto as Canada bureau chief for the Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.
Born and raised in Louisville, Ky., he graduated from Harvard College, after which he served four years in the U.S. Navy.
Please join us in wishing Chip the very best for his new role.
by Chris Roush
Edward Roussel, who joined Dow Jones this past June as head of consumer product, speaks with the Dow Jones newsletter The Lead about the redesign of WSJ.com and data-driven journalism.
Here is an excerpt:
Tell us what the WSJ.com facelift will look like.
ER: The biggest single change since the last overhaul of the website in 2008 is the emergence of mobile as the dominant medium for distributing information. So the challenge is to take a website designed for desktop computers and turn it into a website that looks great regardless of whether you’re on mobile, tablet, or desktop.
This makes simplicity the overriding design goal. On a 7×5 cm screen there is no room for extraneous detail – every pixel counts. Like a great editor who rigorously weeds out superfluous words, our designers need to challenge themselves to endlessly simplify the experience. Consistency is critical, too. With most of our readers working on multiple screens these days, we need to make it easy for them to find their favorite content as they switch between devices.
The data-driven journalism trend – what does it mean for us?
ER: How we use data has implications for the entire company. On the business side, it will help us to serve ads that are more relevant to our readers and help us better serve subscribers as we get to know them.
On the editorial side, it opens up a whole new avenue of investigative reporting. This isn’t without risk: think Wikileaks, Edward Snowden or the Bloomberg journalists who hacked their own customers’ data. But there is no question that this will be a major trend in journalism in the months and years ahead. Nate Silver was, arguably, the most influential journalist of the 2012 presidential election because his grasp of data gave him a competitive edge over old-school political reporters and pundits.
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal business editor Dennis Berman sent out the following staff announcements on Tuesday:
Please join in congratulating Marcelo Prince and Lex Kaptik in their new official roles as Deputy Business Editors of the combined Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.
As many of you know from working directly with them, Marcelo and Lex are without match– helping craft and lead our best stories about companies and business. Each has proven expert at managing the demands of journalism on multiple platforms, which is key as we adapt to our readers’ rapidly-changing tastes. Most important, they have earned the respect and trust of editors and reporters here in the U.S. and abroad.
Both Marcelo and Lex will be focused on our many platforms, with growing attention to mobile. Lex will take the lead in the mornings, getting our day started online and working with our new real-time desk. Marcelo will continue his leadership role producing the Marketplace section for both iPad and in print.
As part of these changes, the Corporate News Desk is renamed the Business News Desk and will report to Marcelo. Both Marcelo and Lex will report to me.
A congratulations is in order for Scott Austin, who is named Senior Technology Editor (@scottmaustin). As you have seen from our groundbreaking wireless calculator, Scott is adept at building complex projects. Scott will be working closely with our invigorated tech effort in San Francisco, while crafting a few new tech surprises. He will continue to be responsible for editing tech stories, from urgents to Extras, here in New York.
by Chris Roush
Dylan Byers and Hadas Gold of Politico write about allegations of plagiarism levied by Daniel Flynn, a conservative author and columnist, against The Wall Street Journal.
Byers and Gold write, “What followed was a battle between Flynn and the Journal that ultimately resulted in Flynn publicly accusing the Journal and author Max Boot — a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times — of plagiarism. In a column for The American Spectator published Friday, Flynn claimed that Boot’s article “freeloaded” the “research, structure, and ideas” from his work.
“Boot and representatives from the Journal deny that charge, and both Boot and his research assistant say they had no knowledge of Flynn or his work until they received inquiries from POLITICO. This was simply an instance of two writers with a similar viewpoint on an issue marshaling the limited set of facts and arguments available to make their case, Boot said.
“In an email on Thursday night, Boot threatened to take legal action against POLITICO if it printed Flynn’s ‘scurrilous and unsubstantiated allegations.’
“The entire episode, as outlined in extensive email correspondence and notes provided to POLITICO by both Flynn and Boot, offers a unique window into a very complicated fight that has left both parties feeling unfairly treated by the other side. It also sheds some light on how editors at the Journal handle the process of freelance submissions.”
by Chris Roush
Dow Jones Newswires executive editor Almar Latour sent out the following email to the staff:
I’m pleased to announce that Nell Henderson is appointed Editor, Global Central Banks. In this new role, she will oversee an expansion in central banks coverage for DJX, our new specialized real-time digital news service, and The Journal.
Nell joined the Journal as economics editor in January 2011, overseeing coverage of the Federal Reserve, fiscal policy and international economics. Previously, she covered the Fed as a reporter at the Washington Post, where she spent more than 20 years as a reporter and economics editor. Between the Journal and Post, Nell spent three years at McKinsey Global Institute.
Nell will remain based in Washington and will report to Jerry Seib for news matters and to Dave Pettit for DJX strategy and development.
by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal real-time news editor Steve Wisnefski sent out the following staff appointments:
We are pleased to announce the appointment of editors leading coverage of world, finance, and business news on the Real-Time News Desk. These New York-based editors will help drive breaking news coverage in close coordination with news desks and bureau chiefs around the globe, and lead teams of journalists on the real-time desk, with an emphasis on digital output. The appointments to these newly created positions reflect our commitment to providing the fastest, smartest coverage of breaking news and to serving WSJ.com, DJX and mobile platforms with exclusive, innovative content.
Margaret de Streel will lead world news coverage on the real-time desk. Margaret has a wealth of international experience and comes to the real-time desk from the World News Desk. Margaret began her career at The Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels, where she worked on the monitor desk, as corporate-news editor, and helped launch a magazine focusing on Central Europe. She returned to New York eight years ago as a news editor for the Real Estate and Media & Marketing pages before moving to the International desk.
Geoffrey Rogow will manage the finance team on the real-time desk, looking after coverage of financial services companies and markets.
Geoff, who joined Dow Jones Newswires in 2004 on the spot news desk, has ample experience covering financial markets in real time. Most recently, he served as an editor for DJ FX Trader. Among his previous roles, Geoff was an economics and markets reporter in Sydney, and he was a stock market reporter in New York during the crash of 2008.
Geoff is also a regular WSJ Live host.
George Stahl will guide the desk’s coverage of business news, including corporate disclosure and important industry developments.
George started as a copyreader on the Dow Jones Newswires Spot News desk in 1996 and eventually became a manager there. He later led the Newswires Hot Stocks desk; edited and contributed to Market Talk; and supervised the Rewrite Desk. Most recently, George was deputy managing editor for Newswires, responsible for tech, health and media coverage, among other duties.
Please join us in wishing Margaret, Geoff and George much success in their new roles.
We expect to name a U.S. news editor for the real-time desk soon. You will also hear more in coming weeks about the development of the real-time desk and changes in the newsroom that we hope will significantly enhance our real-time and digital news.