Meet The Five Men Who Run the New Wall Street Journal

Deputy managing editor Jim Pensiero of The Wall Street Journal just sent an e-mail out to the enitre staff announcing, or clarifying, the roles of everyone on the new masthead of the newspaper working below Robert Thomson, whose title of managing editor is the traditional Journal title for the person on top of the pile.

There are four of them besides Mr. Thomson: Nik Deogun, Mike Miller, Matt Murray Mike Williams.

From the e-mail:

Senior DME/Features/Mike Miller

Key tasks: Senior deputy to the managing editor; responsible for features sections, including Personal Journal, Weekend Journal, Journal Reports and the WSJ magazine.

Works with: National, International and Page One editors.

Controls: Personal and Weekend Journal, Journal Reports and the magazine.

Reports to: Managing editor.

DME/National/Matt Murray

Key tasks: Together with DME/International, jointly manages the News Desk hub. Directs corporate, political and general news coverage in North America for all channels. Responsible for all U.S. news bureaus.

Works with: International, Markets and Page One desks, and Features operations.

Controls: Domestic bureaus, Corporate and National desks, News Desk hub.

Reports to: Managing editor.

DME/International/Nik Deogun

Key tasks: Together with DME/National, jointly manages the News Desk hub. Directs international corporate, markets, political and general news coverage for all channels. Manages foreign news bureaus and Money team.

Works with: National and Page One desks, and with Features operations.

Controls: Foreign bureaus, Money reporters and Markets desk, and News Desk hub.

Reports to: Managing editor.

DME/Page One/Mike Williams

Key tasks: Responsible for feature and investigative articles for all channels.

Works with: News and Features desks.

Controls: Investigative bureaus, including in DC, and the Page One desk.

Reports to: Managing editor.

The e-mail also tells us that The Journal’s move into News Corp. headquarters on Sixth Avenue will begin in January, and everyone will be in the new building by March.

Here’s the e-mail in its entirety:

To WSJ News staff:

Here’s a brief look at how the new desk structure will be organized for the print and online WSJ.

OVERVIEW

· The Journal’s daily news operations will be run by four deputy managing editors: National, International, Page One and Features.

· News-editing and news-production duties are divided into four broad areas: News and Page One desks, and Personal Journal and Weekend Journal.

· Matt Murray and Nik Deogun jointly manage the restructured News Desk, which is responsible for handling all political, corporate, economic, market and general news in their areas. Mike Williams oversees the Page One desk, which handles investigative and enterprise feature stories. Mike Miller runs Personal Journal and Weekend Journal, as well as Journal Reports and WSJ magazine.

· All reporting bureaus report to one of the top editors: U.S. bureaus to Matt Murray; international bureaus and the Money team to Nik Deogun; investigative teams. including the DC investigative unit, to Mike Williams; and features groups to Mike Miller.

· Four shared support groups—Design, Photo, Infographics and Prepress—will serve all desks and sections.

 

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE NEW STRUCTURE

LEADERSHIP

Managing Editor: Robert Thomson

Senior DME/Features: Mike Miller

DME/National: Matt Murray

DME/International: Nik Deogun

DME/Page One, Investigative: Mike Williams

 

KEY PLAYERS

Senior DME/Features/Mike Miller

Key tasks: Senior deputy to the managing editor; responsible for features sections, including Personal Journal, Weekend Journal, Journal Reports and the WSJ magazine.

Works with: National, International and Page One editors.

Controls: Personal and Weekend Journal, Journal Reports and the magazine.

Reports to: Managing editor.

 

 

DME/National/Matt Murray

Key tasks: Together with DME/International, jointly manages the News Desk hub. Directs corporate, political and general news coverage in North America for all channels. Responsible for all U.S. news bureaus.

Works with: International, Markets and Page One desks, and Features operations.

Controls: Domestic bureaus, Corporate and National desks, News Desk hub.

Reports to: Managing editor.

 

DME/International/Nik Deogun

Key tasks: Together with DME/National, jointly manages the News Desk hub. Directs international corporate, markets, political and general news coverage for all channels. Manages foreign news bureaus and Money team.

Works with: National and Page One desks, and with Features operations.

Controls: Foreign bureaus, Money reporters and Markets desk, and News Desk hub.

Reports to: Managing editor.

 

DME/Page One/Mike Williams

Key tasks: Responsible for feature and investigative articles for all channels.

Works with: News and Features desks.

Controls: Investigative bureaus, including in DC, and the Page One desk.

Reports to: Managing editor.

 

OPERATIONS

NEWS DESK

Leaders: Matt Murray, Nik Deogun

Key Components:

1. Hub

2. National News (U.S.)

3. International News

4. Corporate News

5. Markets and Finance News

 

Current print and online editing desks are combined and then subdivided into teams focused on editing stories and producing publications and services. The National and International DMEs will coordinate among the desks to ensure both quality and an even workload is maintained.

 

PAGE ONE

Leader: Mike Williams

Key Components:

1. Page One desk

 

Page One editor is tasked with working with National and International editors to commission edit and prepare major investigative and feature stories.

 

FEATURES

Leader: Mike Miller

Key Components:

1. Personal Journal

2. Weekend Journal

3. WSJ magazine

4. Journal Reports

 

These teams continue largely as stand-alone operations, though drawing on the shared desks for specific needs, such as photo editing.

 

 

D. SHARED DESKS

1. Design Desk

While all teams will have integrated design and pagination capability, a Design Desk will ensure design integrity across the Journal, help in load leveling as well as perform pagination and layout functions for the overseas editions, pages for partner papers and some Barron’s pages. The team includes headcut illustrators as well as the color lab for processing images.

 

2. Picture Desk

Perform photo research and assignment tasks for all desks. It also manages the Journal’s photo contracts.

 

3. Information Graphics Desk

The team researches and builds interactive and print graphics for all sections of the Journal, including databases and other stand-alone projects.

 

4. Prepress

Perform final quality control on Journal and Barron’s pages and ensure they arrive at print sites.

 

TIMELINE:

 

Mid-July Announce restructuring

 

Early August Interview and select new news desk teams

Mid-August Begin transition to new structure

 

September Complete move to WFC

 

Early December Begin training on Eidos; through January

 

Mid-January Prep for move to 1211 AoA.

 

Early February Begin rollout of Eidos system; completed by May.

 

Late March Move to 1211 AoA.

 

We’ll be presenting additional details in the weeks ahead.

 

Best regards,

Jim Pensiero

 

 

Meet The Five Men Who Run the New Wall Street Journal