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Gerard Baker

WSJ’s Baker: We’re a better paper under Murdoch


Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker was interviewed by Isabel Hülsen of Spiegel in Germany about the paper and the future of journalism.

Here is an excerpt:

SPIEGEL: How has Rupert Murdoch changed the WSJ ?

Baker: We are a better newspaper. We’ve expanded the reach of the WSJ, we’ve added coverage of politics, sports, entertainment, fashion and culture. We added new sections and a magazine — while maintaining our core strength in business and financial coverage. Our subscription base is growing. At the same time we became more news focused, more immediate, we made our stories livelier and more accessible. We have fewer of the very, very long-form stories you would traditionally find in the WSJ.

SPIEGEL: Critics would say this is one of the reasons why the WSJ has only won two Pulitzer prizes since Murdoch took over seven years ago.

Baker: I don’t judge the success of the Journal by the number of Pulitzer prizes. It doesn’t say anything about the quality of our journalism.

Read more here.

Wall Street Journal

WSJ website about to reboot


Joe Pompeo of Capital New York writes Thursday about an upcoming reboot of the Wall Street Journal website.

Pompeo writes, “Editors at the paper have been getting previews of the new wsj.com in recent weeks, though a spokeswoman said ‘the visuals are in no way final. They were shown as part of the consulting/feedback process.’

“She also said there’s no official launch date and that the changes will be rolled out iteratively.

“In any case, one person who’s seen the prototype described a cleaner homepage with less text, more photos and fewer navigation bars at the top. The spokeswoman said the new site will have a responsive design with ‘streamlined navigation.’

“The relaunch is part of a ‘digital transformation’ that Baker, writing in a Dec. 31 year-end memo, told Journal employees to expect in 2014. He also mentioned ‘new digital home[s], complete with additional digital and reporting staff’ for coverage areas including politics and policy; global markets and finance; arts & entertainment and China.

“The spokeswoman said those projects are still in the works.”

Read more here. A subscription is required.

Tanya Rivero

WSJ hires Rivero to anchor WSJ Live


The Wall Street Journal has hired Tanya Rivero as an anchor and reporter for WSJ Live.

Rivero was most recently a correspondent and anchor with ABC News Now where she reported on daily breaking news, as well as the financial news of the day with a live Wall Street Opening Bell segment. In addition, she anchored Good Morning America Heath, was a fill-in anchor on Good Morning America and GMA Weekend. As a reporter she filed for World News, Nightline and Good Morning America.

“Tanya is an important part of our strategy to move our video journalism to the next level of excellence,” said Chris Cramer, the Journal’s global head of video, in a statement. “With a deep business background, coupled with an intimate understanding of arts and culture, Tanya will further our emphasis on multi-platform storytelling.”

A graduate from Yale University, Rivero also holds a M.S. from the Columbia University School of Journalism. Before pursuing journalism, Riverowas a Corps de Ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet.

WSJ Live offers more than 100 hours of original video content per month – distributed on 30 platforms including WSJ.com, Apple TV, YouTube and Roku.

Dionne Searcey

NYTimes biz desk hires Searcey from WSJ


New York Times business editor Dean Murphy sent out the following announcement on Wednesday:

We’re pleased to announce that Dionne Searcey of the Wall Street Journal is coming to BizDay to write about the economy.

For the past four years, Dionne has been an investigative reporter for the Journal’s Page One enterprise team, and before that was the paper’s national legal correspondent and its telecom reporter. She has also worked at Newsday, the Seattle Times and Chicago Tribune.

Dionne contributed to an award-winning series in 2011 that examined the Social Security disability program, and most recently wrote a series about fraud in asbestos claims that was based on her exclusive access to a database of privileged legal and medical records.  She has an eye for quirky angles and details that has made her a regular contributor to the Journal’s signature A-hed feature, including one about a convention of twins in Ohio where she revealed that fraternal twins suffer from an inferiority complex. “Some fraternal twins and their parents think identical twins have all the fun,” she wrote.

As these things go, Dionne is the mother of 6-year-old identical twin girls (and their older brother), is married to the climate change program director for the Wildlife Conservation Society (his office is near the sea lion pool at the Bronx Zoo) and grew up in a town in Nebraska that was so small that she signed her name at the grocery store instead of paying on the spot. “My kids’ Brooklyn elementary school is far bigger than the population of my entire hometown,” Dionne said.

Dionne studied journalism and French at the University of Nebraska. and took her first big-city job as a cop reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago. “I arrived at my first murder scene on my Chicago crime beat after being raised in Nebraska where police checks on barking dogs still make my hometown newspaper,” she said.

Dionne will join Nelson Schwartz and Shaila Dewan in covering the national economy later this month. Barking dogs beware.

WSJ Office

WSJ Office Network is sold


Captivate Network, which already owns the bulk of those business screens in elevators, is buying the company that owns most of the screens in lobbies, Office Media Network, operator of The Wall Street Journal Office Network, in a cash and stock deal, the companies said Tuesday.

Michael Sebastian of Advertising Age writes, “The Wall Street Journal Office Network, the result of a licensing deal between Office Media Network and Journal parent Dow Jones, debuted in building lobbies in 2006 and expanded to elevators a year later. But it always trailed Captivate in terms of the number of people it could reach.

“Buying the Wall Street Journal Office Network means the 17-year-old Captivate Network increases its screens to 12,000 from 10,000, according to the company. It is North America’s largest in-office media network, reaching roughly 65 million adults each month, according to the company. A third company in the digital-placed based market, RMG Network, has screens inside Regus business centers.

“‘It bodes well not just for the future of Captivate but also for our entire industry,’ Mark Shapiro, Captivate’s chairman of the board, said in a prepared statement.

“Media buyers said the consolidation is a positive development for the out-of-home industry, particularly digital place-based media, the term used to describe video screens in offices, elevators, retail locations and taxis. Digital place-based media is a small but growing part of the media pie. Marketers are expected to spend just over $1 billion for ads on video screens in 2014, a 12.6% boost from the prior year, according to the MyersBizNet Media Business Report.”

Read more here.

Wall Street Journal

WSJ economics team adds two reporters


Wall Street Journal economics editor Neil King sent out the following staff announcement on Monday:

We’re pleased to announce two big additions to the Journal’s expanding economics team: Nick Timiraos, Journal housing reporter extraordinaire, and Josh Zumbrun, until just weeks ago Bloomberg’s crack Fed reporter.

The two Hoyas bring a wide array of skills to our econ team at a critical moment for the U.S. economy. They’ll play key roles in our coverage across all platforms, including our upcoming expansion of Real Time Economics on WSJ.com.

Nick, who is wrapping up his service on the housing beat while already rooted in DC, joined the Journal in 2006 as an intern in his native L.A. and did a stint for us on the 2008 campaign trail. He went on to earn his stripes as the nation’s top housing reporter, covering developments across the sector, including housing-finance policy.

Josh, who grew up on a hog farm in Indiana, has covered vast terrain in a decade of D.C. reporting. He started on the Metro and Style desks at the Washington Post, where he pioneered the practice of—and the term—hypermiling. (He’ll explain.) He went on to excel in covering the economy and the Fed, first at Forbes and then Bloomberg. His resume notes his service as a Citgo gas station attendant and a cook at Hot Stuff Pizza.

Nick and Josh also happen to be pals. They even followed each other — Josh went first — as editors of The Hoya, Georgetown’s premier campus newspaper.



WSJ names new Chesapeake reporter


Kirsten Danis, the Northeast editor of The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following announcement last week:

We are very pleased to announce a new hire in US News.

Award-winning investigative reporter Scott Calvert joined us this week as the mid-Atlantic regional reporter, a new position covering Maryland, Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia. He will be based in Baltimore as part of the Northeast U.S. team.

Scott comes to the Journal from the Baltimore Sun. He covered the Iraq invasion in 2003 while embedded with the 101st Airborne and spent three years in South Africa as the paper’s last foreign correspondent. More recently, he led investigations that found widespread problems with property tax breaks and speed camera tickets in Baltimore. Before joining the Sun, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times and Concord (N.H.) Monitor. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he lives in Baltimore with his wife Tricia and their young daughter.

And since everyone asks: He claims no relation to George Calvert, First Lord Baltimore.

Please join me in welcoming Scott to The Wall Street Journal.


Changes coming to Sunday Wall Street Journal


David Crook, the editor of The Sunday Wall Street Journal, writes about changes coming to the content that runs in metro dailies across the country.

Crook writes, “We’re happy to announce that veteran financial journalist Jonathan Clements is returning to Sunday Journal, where he will write weekly on investing and personal-finance issues.

“Longtime readers will remember Jonathan’s no-nonsense, down-to-earth advice was a mainstay of the Sunday Journal until his departure in 2008. New readers are certain to find Jonathan’s column a refreshing antidote to the blather that passes for investment advice on television, the Web and, too often, in print. Jonathan’s column will run online at MarketWatch.com.

“Here are some other changes to watch for:

“Carolyn T. Geer is refocusing her every-other-week Investing Basics column, personalizing it with stories from her own family along with stories from her friends and acquaintances, readers and, from time to time, even some boldface names.

“Anne Tergesen, who has long been writing an abbreviated retirement-related Encore item, will now write a full column, alternating with Tom Lauricella.

Jennifer Waters, who has been writing a monthly Personal Business column devoted to answering reader questions about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other government benefits, will now write every other week. Her column will be called Your Benefits. Starting Out, Health Costs and Careers will continue to appear on weeks when Your Benefits doesn’t run.”

Read more here.

James Graff

WSJ names new World desk editor


Wall Street Journal world editor Adam Horvath sent out the following announcement on Friday:

I’m glad to announce that James Graff is starting as the newest editor of World coverage in New York. James is an experienced editor and foreign correspondent whose career has ranged from covering the war in Bosnia for Time to helping build a world news operation for AOL.

Since 2010 he has been the Executive Editor and second-in-command of The Week, the 550,000-circulation magazine that was ahead of its time in building its success through aggregating news. Before taking that post James was AOL’s World editor, an immersive experience in online news issues. He spent 20 years at Time, as bureau chief in Canada, Eastern Europe, Brussels and Paris before becoming a senior editor based in London, where he supervised 16 correspondents. He oversaw print magazine layouts and the online management of Time.com in the European day, trading off with counterparts in Hong Kong and New York. James speaks four languages – ask him which when you meet him. He earned a postgraduate degree in Munich, taught a course at Sciences Po in Paris, and graduated from University of Chicago.

Thanks for already welcoming James and please continue to do so!

Jo Craven McGinty

WSJ hires Pulitzer winner McGinty for numbers column


Wall Street Journal U.S. editor Jennifer Forsyth sent out the following staff hire announcement on Friday:

We’re thrilled to announce the hiring of Jo Craven McGinty as a columnist to tell the tale behind numbers in the news. She will be a successor to Carl Bialik, who wrote the Numbers Guy column for eight years. (Obviously, the name will change.)

This column has been influential and well-read, bringing deep and entertaining analysis to news events and the use—and misuse—of statistics. Jo’s hiring is the first step in a plan to enlarge the scope and reach of the column; more on that soon.

A Pulitzer Prize winner, Jo is one of the country’s foremost data reporters. She comes to us from the New York Times, where her subjects included disparities in hospital billings, deadly railroad crossings and favoritism among banks in the Fed’s lending program. She also wrote a fun first-person piece for the Dining section on how she set up a database of recipes that pops out a list of groceries she needs for a given week, complete with what grocery-store aisle the ingredients are on.

Jo worked as an enterprise reporter at Newsday, as a professor of computer-assisted reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and as adviser to Investigative Reporters and Editors. Before that, she was a database specialist at the Washington Post, where her research led to the 1999 Pulitzer for Public Service and the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for a series on the use of deadly force by DC police.

Earlier in her career, she held a number of reporting and editing jobs in her native North Carolina.