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VETTING THE CANDIDATES: With WSJ. editor in chief Tina Gaudoin returning home to London this summer and her number two, Owen Phillips, decamping to The Hollywood Reporter, the future of The Wall Street Journal’s glossy supplement is unclear. And for the past several weeks, editors — both employed and out of work — have been making their case for the lead role. Now sources are pointing to a short list of candidates for that top spot; managing editor Robert Thomson is said to be casting a wide net, apparently with the hope of landing a “star.” Among those said to be in the running are Marie Claire editor in chief Joanna Coles, as well as Jay Fielden, former editor of Men’s Vogue, Horacio Silva, online director of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Julie L. Belcove, the former deputy editor of W and Deborah Needleman, the former Domino editor, who is already inside the Journal. Needleman is consulting on the launch of a weekend lifestyle section, which is likely why her name is in the mix. “We’ll decline comment on potential candidates…though there is very hot competition for the much-coveted job,” said a spokeswoman for the Journal.
With regard to the position, insiders said the new editor will be given enormous leeway (and a frequency boost could be on the horizon), though a known goal is to make the magazine more female-friendly — no doubt, to appeal to deep-pocketed fashion and beauty advertisers. The next issue of WSJ. will be published in September.
— Amy Wicks and Nick Axelrod