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WSJ Names New Digital Design Lead

Dow Jones has named Himesh Patel to lead the digital design The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and Barron’s. Patel comes to the company from London’s Telegraph Media Group, where he served as creative director.

“Readers’ experiences of our journalism on digital platforms needs to radically improve,” said Edward Roussel, head of consumer products at Dow Jones, in a statement. “This is where Himesh’s skills and leadership will be invaluable.”

Patel’s appointment is effective immediately.

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Score That Job: Dow Jones

A few weeks ago we took you inside Dow Jones in an episode of Cubes. If that made you say, “I’d love to work there one day,” here’s your chance to find out how to make that happen.

Vicki Salemi, mediabistro’s very own career expert, author and editor sits down with Meredith Lubitz, vice president of Talent Acquisition at Dow Jones to hear what it takes to go from candidate to employee.

A couple of hints? Who you are outside the office is just as important as who you are inside. So tighten up that social media presence. They want to know what you’re saying to the world.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Dow Jones Promotes Gerard Baker, Robert Thomson to Lead New Publishing Unit

A couple big changes at Dow Jones & Company are taking place. Effective January 1, 2013, Gerard Baker will be the editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, and Robert Thomson will be CEO of News Corp’s publishing unit.

Baker was most recently the deputy editor-in-chief of the Journal, a role he has had since 2009. He is succeeding Thomson, who had been editor of Dow Jones and managing editor of the Journal for the past five years.

“Gerry Baker’s extensive background across digital and print, as well as publications and geographies, has helped shape the Journal’s coverage during his time as deputy editor-in-chief, said Lex Fenwick, CEO of Dow Jones & Company and publisher of the Journal, in a statement. ”I am thrilled to work with him as he builds on Robert Thomson’s fantastic work to steer us to even greater heights.”

“It has been a joy and an education to be a member of the Dow Jones newsroom these last four years, and I am acutely conscious of what an extraordinary privilege and profound responsibility it is to be editor-in-chief,” added Baker.

Dow Jones to Acquire Full Ownership of Japanese Edition

Dow Jones & Company is set to expand its reach in Japan by acquiring SBI Holdings’ 40 percent stake in The Wall Street Journal Japan K.K., the co-publisher of’s Japanese-language edition. Once the purchase is made, Dow Jones will have full ownership of the site, with plans to grow the operations.

“The acquisition demonstrates Dow Jones’s continued investment in publishing, particularly in high-growth markets and in digital, local-language initiatives,” said Lex Fenwick, CEO of Dow Jones & Company and publisher of The Wall Street Journal, in a press release. “Together with the Chinese-language edition and soon-to-launch Bahasa Indonesia news site, the expansion in Japanese enables us to continue reaching new readers in Asia and to introduce them to the broader, comprehensive coverage of The Wall Street Journal worldwide.”

The Japanese language edition of the Journal is edited from the paper’s Tokyo bureau and carries a mix of local stories and articles translated from the U.S. version.

Dow Jones Shuffles Executive Team

The dust around the resignation of Todd Larsen is beginning to settle at Dow Jones, and Talking Biz News reports that there have been several moves at the top of the company.

Alisa Bowen has been promoted from general manager of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network to head of product for Dow Jones. Kelly Leach has been promoted from senior vice president of strategy to managing director of Dow Jones’ Europe, Middle East and Africa businesses. Leach has also been named publisher of The Wall Street Journal Europe. She is based in London.

Additionally, Jennifer Jehn has been promoted to head of circulation from senior vice president of marketing. Tracy David will succeed her.

For more moves and additional details, click through to Talking Biz News.

Todd Larsen Steps Down at Dow Jones

Todd Larsen is stepping down as president of Dow Jones & Company. Larsen has been with the company since 1999, serving as president since 2010.

“Todd has been an inspiring leader during his time at Dow Jones, providing guidance and insight when there has been a paucity of prescience in our industry,” said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, in a press release. “He has been a comradely colleague and played a particularly important role in our successful digital transition.”

“I believe strongly in the company’s products and brands, and I have been blessed to work with a wonderful group of talented people,” said Larsen. “I look forward to watching the continued success of the organization in the years to come.”

Former Bloomberg LP Chief Executive Joins Dow Jones as CEO

Lex Fenwick, the former head of Bloomberg LP, has been named the new CEO of Dow Jones & Company. Fenwick succeeds Les Hinton, who stepped down last summer as the phone hacking scandal heated up. According to the New York Times, Fenwick had been with Bloomberg since 1987, and most recently lead Bloomberg Ventures.

Rupert Murdoch said in a statement that Fenwick was the right man to guide the company as the digital realm becomes increasingly important. Robert Thomson, Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal, echoed those feelings in an email to the Times.

“[Fenwick] has a genuine feel for the character of contemporary content and its value, and this instinct and insight and drive will be the stuff of our future prosperity,” wrote Thomson.

The Wall Street Journal Launches German Site

On its journey to leave no market unturned, today, Dow Jones & Company launched  The Wall Street Journal Deutschland, a German-language news site.

“Germany needs to know more about the world and the world needs to be better informed about Germany,” said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. The country is entering a period of unprecedented economic and financial challenges, and its role on the European and world stage will be crucial over the coming years.” joins other regionally focused initiatives in China, Japan, Korea, India, Southeast Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.

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Wall Street Journal Covers Corporate Beat

3008.jpgRupert Murdoch‘s Dow Jones & Co announced today that effective immediately (their words, not ours) former Dow Jones Newswires editor Andrew Dowell will be heading up a new “corporate group” that will be covering the goings-on at large companies such as IBM, GE, and “New York retail and fashion.”

The Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Robert Thomson clarifies:

“We formed the New York corporate group to focus on the importance and raise the visibility of the main corporate beats that the Journal covers. This group will also help to strengthen the cooperation between Newswires and Journal reporters.”

So think: a whole network of wire reporters focused entirely on New York businesses. Sounds like the Journal wants to make itself the go-to publication for covering our fair city and the compa

This is just the latest in Dow Jones’ moves to restructure the way it covers the news. Earlier this week, the Journal publisher unveiled plans to combine is consumer arm of its news coverage with the enterprise operations — or the newswire. Today’s news shows Dow Jones’ first attempt to split up this new combined division into smaller, more manageable (we would imagine) beats.

Press release after the jump.

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Wall Street Journal Launches Site Aimed At Coeds

wsj2.jpgThe Wall Street Journal has always been ahead of the curve when it comes putting their chronicles online…and making a buck off of it. Dow Jones was one of the first publishers to enact a pay wall for their Web site, alleviating the burden of online ad revenue by making their users pay for the content. It’s a very Rupert Murdoch concept (he who grew up learning paper trade from single-stand sales), while at the same completely antithetical to the Murdochian legend of the Luddite who doesn’t even believe in using email.

So too, is the launch of WSJ on Campusa new site partnered with online developers Unigo – a mix of unlikely forces. Are many students into the Journal these days? Then again, Murdoch also purchased MySpace and subsequently ran it into the ground, so News Corp. isn’t exactly known for having its finger on the pulse of youth culture.

Still, WSJ on Campus doesn’t promise itself as a social networking platform, but a guide for parents, professors, and students on how to navigate and excel in their pursuit of secondary education. So maybe the Journal is on to something. Pick up young readers by attracting them with things they care about most, and maybe gain some consumers for life. Even the number one circulation paper in the U.S. can use more readers — especially if they’re willing to pay for online content.

Press release after the jump.

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