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News Corp Names Former Clinton White House Rep to Top Comms Role

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The streams have crossed, people. News Corp, the “multinational media company” formed as a spinoff of boss Rupert Murdoch‘s larger, identically named venture in 2013, has appointed a veteran White House PR man to the CCO (chief communications officer) position.

That’s the Clinton White House, by the way, where Jim Kennedy worked as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to the President. Other past clients include Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, aka The Wall Street Journal‘s favorite people in the world.

Kennedy joins the Corp after a stint as SVP for strategic comms at Sony; his new boss Robert Thomson, who doubles as the EIC for Dow Jones & Company, writes that “His global experience and Washington expertise mean that he has a contact network that extends from Tokyo to Tucson.”

We just hope he won’t have to respond to all the defamation lawsuits filed against the New York Post or answer any NC-17 phone calls from Alec Baldwin.

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Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Robert Thomson’s Secret Twitter Feed

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Is The Wall Street Journal‘s managing editor Robert Thomson on Twitter? That’s what we asked Thomson at Dow Jones‘ summer social event last night in New York, hosted by the company’s PR team.

Thomson said that while he will occasionally scan Twitter, he has a “secret” account on the service. Not even his colleagues at Dow Jones know of his Twitter handle. One of the Dow Jones PR executives tell us they’re “trying to figure out” what the secret Twitter feed’s name is.

While we had his ear, we also had to ask Thomson about the Journal taking on The New York Times, with the launch of its “Greater New York” local news section.

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Does Observer Story Reflect A More Aggressive NY Times PR Strategy?

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How much more can be written about The New York Times versus The Wall Street Journal rivalry? A lot more, mostly because the Journal will launch its New York edition — aimed directly at taking advertising revenue and readers away from the Times — in a few weeks.

One of the recent moves in this battle is the Times hiring former Dow Jones VP of Communications Bob Christie to head up PR.

When we spoke with Christie the day the move was announced, he said little besides that he was “very excited about the opportunity.”

But now, it seems, the gloves are coming off.

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Changes At The WSJ: Kevin Delaney Named Managing Editor, Online

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The Wall Street Journal has named veteran reporter Kevin Delaney managing editor of The Journal Online. Delaney has been with the paper since 1992 and was most recently deputy managing editor at WSJ.com.

The move is tied to a few other changes at The Journal this week. Deputy managing editor Nik Deogun left to join CNBC. Rebecca Blumenstein was then promoted to international editor-deputy managing editor, leaving the position of online managing editor open, which the paper quickly filled with Delaney. FishbowlNY has the memo announcing Blumenstein’s move. Also, as both memos mention “the troika,” we’ve asked Dow Jones PR exactly what that word means at the Journal.

UPDATE: A WSJ spokesperson tells PRNewser: The “troika” is what Robert Thomson, “dubbed the three deputy managing editors who coordinate all the news teams and coverage… It was first used in a memo last year when he announced the new structure, and it’s stayed with us. The troika is made up of a national editor (Matt Murray), international editor (was Nik Deogun, now Rebecca Blumenstein) and enterprise/page one editor (Mike Williams).

After the jump, the full memo to staffers from WSJ editor-in-chief Robert Thomson.

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Dow Jones PR Issues Statement to Rebut NY Times’ Claim It Is ‘Tilting Rightward’

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Wall Street Journal editor in chief Robert Thomson is not happy with New York Time‘s reporter David Carr, who alleges in a story today that the Journal‘s Washington Bureau is “adopting a more conservative tone” and that the paper overall is “tilting rightward.”

Dow Jones PR forwarded a statement to media today from Thomson, which read in part, “The news column by a Mr David Carr today is yet more evidence that The New York Times is uncomfortable about the rise of an increasingly successful rival while its own circulation and credibility are in retreat…Whether it be in the quest for prizes or in the disparagement of competitors, principle is but a bystander at The New York Times.”

Of course, everyone knows the Journal is looking to dethrone the Times. Earlier this month, reports surfaced that the Journal will launch in April a New York edition with a budget of $15 million. As one PR executive quipped to PRNewser on the continuing battle, “Just wait until the WSJ’s NY edition goes full swing.”

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Wall Street Journal Closes Boston Bureau, Lays Off Nine

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At 11:26 AM this morning, Wall Street Journal Editor Robert Thomson sent an email notifying staff that the Boston bureau will close, and nine reporters will lose their jobs. Two minutes later it was blasted to an undisclosed list of media reporters.

Coverage mutual fund companies headquartered there (including behemoth Fidelity and others) will be picked up by Money & Investing in New York. The large swath that is the education beat will also be picked up by reporters in New York.

Full text of the memo is after the jump:

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