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By: E&P Staff

Dow Jones & Company Tuesday appointed Richard J. Levine, executive editor of Dow Jones Newswires, to the newly created position of vice president of news and staff development. He will be responsible for developing a staff training program for all Dow Jones journalists, plus expanding and coordinating the collaboration of the company’s two largest news departments, the newswire and the flagship Wall Street Journal.

Levine, 63, will report to Journal Managing Editor Paul E. Steiger and Dow Jones Newswires President Paul J. Ingrassia.

Separately, the Journal announced in London that John Housman, the former CEO and co-founder of the New York-based media company Jungle Media Group, will be the new managing director of its European edition. He succeeds Rien van Lent, 50, who is leaving the company to establish his own consulting business based in Europe, the newspaper said.

Housman, 37, takes charge on the eve of big changes at the Wall Street Journal Europe. On Oct. 17, the paper will re-launch as a compact, the first pan-European daily to move to a compact format. The paper is also promising “enhanced and unique content integration between the print and online editions.”

In his new role, Levine “will seek to improve the Company’s relationships with third-party content providers whose material is used throughout Dow Jones,” the company said.

“In addressing these important issues, Dick will draw on his nearly 40 years of experience across the Company’s print and electronic news operations,” Dow Jones Chairman and CEO Peter R. Kann said in a statement. “The expertise that he brings to this position, which comes from one of the longest and broadest editorial careers at Dow Jones, makes Dick uniquely qualified for his new role.”

Levine started with Dow Jones in 1966 as a reporter in the Journal’s Washington bureau, where he was chief economic writer for assignments ranging from labor to military affairs. In 1980, he moved to the company’s South Brunswick, N.J., facility as editorial director of database publishing. He became a vice president of the Information Services Group in 1987, and was named vice president and managing editor of Dow Jones Newswires in 1995 and executive editor in 2001.

Earlier this year, he took on the added assignment of president of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving journalism.

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