More promotions at ‘WSJ’; ‘consolidation’ of Journal/Dow Jones news desks put off til the new year

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New Wall Street Journal top editor Gerard Baker announced more shuffling at the paper's masthead today.

An announcement yesterday heralded promotions, including Rebbeca Blumenstein to Deputy Editor in Chief, that left the role of Page One Editor and several other Page One jobs open.

In a staff memo, Baker named Deputy Managing Editor Alex Martin to the vacated top Page One post, citing "his unstinting passion for the enterprise story" among other things.

Also promoted are Mike Allen, who becomes Page One's Global Enterprise Editor, and Jason Anders, who becomes Alex Martin's deputy.

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In more ominous news, the staff memo also pointed to the ongoing effort to consolidate editorial operations at Dow Jones and the Journal, which will likely result in an overall downsizing and which, most Journal watchers are saying privately, is likely to affect the Dow Jones side more than the Journal side of the consolidation. Baker said that in today's memo the restructuring would focus on the Corporate, U.S., Financial and International news teams, but not until the new year.

Here's the memo:

I’m pleased to announce that Alex Martin is appointed Page One Editor. Alex’s mastery of news, his unstinting passion for the enterprise story and his sparkling writing and editing skills will ensure Page One rises to new glories and continues to be the primary showcase of our journalism. He remains a Deputy Managing Editor and will report to me.

Also on Page One, Mike Allen becomes Global Enterprise Editor. Mike has been responsible for some of the most memorable and important journalism the Journal has produced over many years. He will continue to work with the Page One team and will manage our expanding global enterprise reporting teams.

Jason Anders will be the Deputy Editor of Page One. Jason’s sharp intelligence, sound judgment, and patient good humor under deadline pressure have been a critical part of our success over the last year and a half and he will play an even larger role as Page One continues to excel.

With Matt Murray’s move to Deputy Editor in Chief and Alex’s to Page One, and as we prepare for the full integration of Newswires and the Journal, we will be reorganizing the reporting lines and responsibilities of the US, Corporate, Financial and International news teams. I’ll have more to say about this in the New Year but for now Corporate and US bureau chiefs will report to Rebecca Blumenstein and International and Financial chiefs will continue to report to Matt.

In the meantime I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your splendid endeavors this year and to wish you and your families a peaceful and relaxing holiday season and a happy 2013.

Gerry