‘Wall Street Journal’ Names Blumenstein International Editor

By: Joe Strupp

The Wall Street Journal has named Rebecca Blumenstein, managing editor of WSJ.com, its new international editor, according to an internal memo from Managing Editor Robert Thomson. She replaces Nik Deogun, who is leaving to purse other opportunities.

“Rebecca has done outstanding work at WSJ.com this year and her role overseeing our correspondents will allow her to continue the important phase of integration she has begun at dotcom,” the memo stated. “Before taking the role at online, she was International News Editor and China Editor, so she is well aware of the challenges of life as a correspondent and acutely conscious of our digital potential, which she will continue to realize with her customary vigor and creativity.”

Thomson later writes: “There is no doubt that the Journal now has by far the most comprehensive international coverage.”

The entire memo is below:

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From: Thomson, Robert
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 5:21 PM
To: WSJ All News Staff
Subject: the troika


Dear all,
I am delighted to announce that Rebecca Blumenstein will be joining the troika as International Editor of The Wall Street Journal and Deputy Managing Editor, replacing the esteemed Nik Deogun, who is leaving the paper to pursue opportunities in the land of wonder that is television.

Rebecca has done outstanding work at WSJ.com this year and her role overseeing our correspondents will allow her to continue the important phase of integration she has begun at dotcom. Before taking the role at online, she was International News Editor and China Editor, so she is well aware of the challenges of life as a correspondent and acutely conscious of our digital potential, which she will continue to realize with her customary vigor and creativity.

There is no doubt that the Journal now has by far the most comprehensive international coverage and that is a tribute to the efforts of Nik, Rebecca, Adam, Dagmar and the team. Rebecca will also inherit the leadership of our financial coverage, steered by Ken Brown’s excellent Money and Investing team, which provides peerless reporting and editing on a subject of crucial importance to our readers.

I would like to thank Nik for his long service and distinguished contribution to the Journal, and wish him well, personally, in his future pursuits.

Robert

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