A reporter upsets the precedent, manages rare switch from ‘Post’ to ‘Journal’

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Back in 2007 when News Corp. bought The Wall Street Journal's parent company, Dow Jones, it seemed likely that the company would be able to stem some losses at The New York Post by finding, well, synergies between the two papers. The Journal is the country's premier financial newspaper, and the Post was doing a good business in its buisiness section. But it didn't really happen.

When the Journal's local section, Greater New York, debuted in the spring of last year it started to seem even more likely. But it's been a rule of thumb at News Corp. that neither stories nor reporters really move between the two local papers.

It was always a bit of a strange wall, given how freely News Corp. ships employees among its properties in Britain and Australia and elsewhere. Nor does it simply seem to be a matter of the very different personalities of the Post and the Journal's New York section: Employees moved frequently between such downscale papers as the late, lamented News of the World and the tonier Times of London; and between all of them and both the Journal and the Post.

So there was increasing interest in the newsrooms of both papers over the last several days in the fact that Heather Haddon, who had been an enterprise reporter at the Post, had been hired on at the Journal to cover New Jersey; a Journal source tipped us off to the shuffle on Friday, noting that there was intense competition for the slot within the generally starving Jersey press corps, presumably meaning she'd beaten out some impressive Jersey reporters to land the spot. (PolitickerNJ also noted Haddon's hiring in a brief post last week.)

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She begins her new job today, replacing Lisa Fleisher, who has switched over to the New York City education beat.

Haddon cut her teeth at the West Paterson-based Herald News from 2006 to 2009 before taking a job covering transit for amNY. From there she moved to The Post, which put her on its Sunday enterprise team.