Ellison Will Leave Journal for a Year to Write and Report Book on Murdoch Takeover

Sarah Ellison, the Wall Street Journal media reporter who recently signed a deal with Houghton Mifflin to write a book about Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of Dow Jones, said she will leave the paper for a year in order to work on the book.

Ms. Ellison would not comment further on what will be in the book, but George Hodgman, her editor at Houghton Mifflin, said the book will contain new reporting.

“Of course it will have new information,” Mr. Hodgman said. “We think that [the takeover] is the perfect vehicle to really look at Murdoch in action. There’ve been several biographies and there’ll be several more, and I think we’re much more interested in, you know, an action-oriented narrative of the takeover not weighted down with a lot of biographical history on Murdoch. We’re interested in a page turner about the era, and the change of the media with this as a very active central narrative.”