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Dow Jones Makes Several Leadership Changes, Names Almar Latour Exec Editor

Dow Jones has made three changes to its editorial leadership. According to a memo from Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street JournalAlmar Latour has been promoted to executive editor, and Rebecca Blumenstein and Matt Murray have been promoted to deputy editors-in-chief.

Per the memo, Blumenstein will be overseeing news content and Murray will be overseeing output. In his new role, Latour will “assume responsibility for our editorial strategy around the world,” explained Baker.

Baker also writes that a new Page One editor for the Journal will be named in the next few days.

All appointments take effect January 1, 2013. Baker’s full note can be seen below.

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Rumors Circulate About New WSJ EIC

When News Corp. splits its companies into two segments — entertainment and publishing — it is expected that current Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Robert Thomson will head up the latter. With Thompson moving on, the Journal’s newsroom, according to The Huffington Post, is “buzzing” about who will replace him.

Here are all the people being considered for the top spot; or to replace the deputy editor-in-chief, Gerald Baker, should he get the nod:

  • Gerard Baker. He is naturally the lead candidate, but some at the Journal aren’t too happy about that. In fact, in 2011, one staffer said it would be “Horrifying” if Baker got the job. That might be a tad dramatic, but hey, nothing fuels a rumor like an overreaction.
  • Alan Murray. The deputy managing editor, executive editor of online is close behind Baker for grabbing Thomson’s role.
  • Michael Miller. Another deputy managing editor.
  • Matt Murray. International and investing editor.
  • Almar Latour. Editor-in-chief of the Journal’s Asia edition.

Randall Smith Retires from WSJ

Randall Smith, who has been with The Wall Street Journal for 30 years, has decided to retire. Talking Biz News has obtained the announcement from Matt Murray, who said that when Smith first joined the paper, it had only two sections.

“On behalf of ourselves and three decades of readers, we thank and congratulate Randy for his contribution to financial journalism and The Wall Street Journal,” said Murray in the memo. “We wish him the very best in his future endeavors and promise soon to arrange a chance for all to hoist a glass in his honor.”

Smith is a Polk Award winner, contributed to a Pulitzer prize winning piece and is a published author.

The Wall Street Journal Names New Page One Editor

Rebecca Blumenstein is The Wall Street Journal’s new Page One Editor. She will keep the title of Deputy Managing Editor as well. Robert Thomson said the following about the move:

She will bring her verve, energy, creativity and logistical acumen to the important task of enterprising journalism, both in landmark projects and in driving the news agenda (not being driven by it). Ambitious journalism is a vital part of our future. Rebecca’s global and digital background will ensure that our stories have maximum impact, here and abroad, and across languages and platforms. She will be traveling and talking far and wide to generate original ideas and pursue angles beyond the means or wit of our competitors.

Matt Murray will take over Blumenstein’s position as International Editor, and Alex Martin is now Deputy Managing Editor and National Editor, Murray’s former position.

WSJ.com Managing Editor Blumenstein Named Journal Deputy Editor

journal logo 2.pngWall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson sent a memo to the paper’s staff yesterday announcing the appointment of Rebecca Blumenstein as international editor and deputy managing editor of the paper. Blumenstein, who was just appointed managing editor of WSJ.com in June, is replacing Nik Deogun, who is leaving print journalism altogether — he’s joining CNBC as the network’s managing editor.

Before joining WSJ.com earlier this year, Blumenstein served as international news editor and China editor at the paper, making her the perfect candidate to oversee the Journal‘s international coverage, Thomson pointed out. “[S]he is well aware of the challenges of life as a correspondent and acutely conscious of our digital potential, which she will continue to realize with her customary vigor and creativity,” he said in his memo.

Thomson’s full memo after the jump. Bonus points to anyone who can explain what the “troika” is at WSJ. (Update: We’ve learned that Thomson coined the term, which refers to the three deputy managing editors who coordinate the news teams and coverage for the Journal, in a memo last year. The troika is now made up of national editor Matt Murray, Page One editor Mike Williams and Blumenstein.)

Related: Rebecca Blumenstein Named WSJ.com Managing Editor –WebNewser

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