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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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Keller’s Letter To Award Committee Comes To Light, Journal Responds

nytwsj.jpgEarlier this week, New York Times‘ media columnist David Carr wrote a piece summarizing the last two years at The Wall Street Journal since it was sold by the Bancroft family to Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp.

The article boiled down to the fact that the publication has become, in Carr’s opinion, much more right-wing and conservative, especially in its D.C. bureau, following the takeover. Immediately after the piece was published, we received a comment from Robert Thompson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, who accused Carr of bringing up old rivalries between the two publications. Although it has to be mentioned that in his statement it was Thompson who rehashed old fights, by mentioning how last year Times‘ executive editor Bill Keller wrote a memo to “a prize committee” urging them to look closer at some of the Journal‘s stories before handing out awards for excellence in journalism.

And in case you thought that would be the end of it, you were wrong: now that the two print titans have each other in the crosshairs, neither is backing down. Oooh, fight!

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