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CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: As Rupert Murdoch's retooling of The Wall Street Journal continues, a major reorganization shook up the newsroom once again on Thursday. Just over a month after Robert Thomson took over as the paper's managing editor, he realigned his management team and outlined a slew of changes to the newsroom: Thomson promoted several staffers to deputy managing editors and created a central news desk comprising a threesome of national, international and enterprise editors. The changes may have sounded dramatic, but according to sources close to the paper, the creation of the "trioka" and the promotion of money and investing editor Nikhil Deogun to international editor seem to be the most significant moves. Otherwise, the shuffling seems to be more significant in title change than in change of responsibility.
The fallout sends another deputy managing editor packing: Laurie Hays, who departs after 23 years to join Bloomberg News (another deputy managing editor, Bill Grueskin, revealed his departure earlier this month to become dean of academic affairs at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism).
Thomson promoted general news editor Matt Murray to national editor. Page One will still be overseen by Mike Williams, who will now also oversee investigative journalism, which used to be overseen by Hays. Along with Deogun, who will preside over the paper's global bureaus and correspondents, the two were named deputy managing editors and essentially will run the newsroom.
Deputy managing editor Mike Miller, who is responsible for WSJ's feature sections, was promoted to senior deputy managing editor and given responsibility for "editing the paper if I am otherwise engaged," Thomson wrote in a memo to staffers. In the past, Barney Calame and deputy managing editor Dan Hertzberg filled that role.
Thomson also promoted assistant managing editor Cathy Panagoulias, who was in charge of hiring for the paper, and vice president, special projects, Jim Pensiero to deputy managing editors. Alix Freedman remains a deputy managing editor. Finally, deputy managing editor Dan Hertzberg will still oversee the paper's European and Asian editions and will report to Thomson. Reginald Chua, assistant managing editor, will become senior assistant managing editor, and will oversee design.
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