A note from Meg Marco:
Francesco Marconi is appointed R&D Chief and Head of Media Science Lab. Francesco joins The Wall Street Journal from the Associated Press, where he has been serving as strategy manager and co-lead on artificial intelligence. In his previous function at AP, Francesco helped implement emerging processes and technologies to enable journalists to analyze data, identify patterns, and scale news output
In this new role, Francesco will be responsible for establishing the media science lab, a shared resource in the heart of the WSJ newsroom that leverages media science methods to produce innovative forms of journalism.
The lab’s ultimate goal is to develop best practices and support journalists as they explore the story as their unit of innovation, particularly on two fronts: the first centered around ‘ambitious and thoughtful journalism (using computational methods to identify patterns that in turn provide context and depth to stories) and the second centered around ‘smart and fast’ journalism (leveraging algorithms to source facts and produce real-time insights). The lab places a particular emphasis on research to inform content strategy, as well as rapid prototyping so as to experiment with new tools and methodologies.Francesco was recently recognized by MediaShift as one of the top 20 digital media innovators and named 25 under 35 next generation of publishing leaders by Editor & Publisher Magazine. He is a Tow Fellow at Columbia Journalism School and an affiliate researcher at the Laboratory of Social Machines at MIT Media Lab.

Meg Marco
Editor, Digital Content Strategy

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A note from Gerard Baker:
I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Halberstadt as the new editor of Mansion. Heather comes to us from a distinguished career as a magazine editor, and some of you know her from her most recent freelance role, as editorial director of Far & Away, a new travel magazine we are creating jointly with National Geographic. Its pilot issue will be distributed in the Wall Street Journal of Saturday May 19.
Heather spent six years at Departures magazine as features director, more than a year at our own WSJ magazine and a decade or so at Vanity Fair, rising from intern to s​enior editor. In all these roles, Heather displayed a mixture of journalistic rigor, conceptual creativity and outstanding visual skills, assets that will suit her well at Mansion.
Heather has ​also worked on former Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s CNBC talk show, Conversations with Michael Eisner, and with former Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter on a couple of books. She lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and almost eight-year-old son. ​She’ll start at Mansion on May 14.​
Please join me in congratulating Heather on her new role and welcoming her (back) to The Journal.

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The Wall Street Journal will convene nearly two dozen of Asia’s leading business and political leaders to address critical issues facing the region at the Journal’s second annual CEO Council Tokyo. The meeting will take place on May 15 at The Palace Hotel.
The conference will explore how businesses and governments can capitalize on the return to global growth, and will assess how monetary policy, nationalism, security and technology are creating new opportunities and challenges. Key issues include North Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policy and the implications for further friction between the U.S. and China.
The event will be hosted by Wall Street Journal editors including Editor in Chief Gerard Baker, Associate Editor John Bussey, Asia Editor Andrew Dowell, Tokyo Bureau Chief Peter Landers, Senior Editor Yun-Hee Kim and Executive Washington Editor and Chief Commentator Gerald Seib. It will feature in-depth interviews on stage and unrivaled networking opportunities with some of Asia’s top business and political figures.
“This year’s CEO Council takes place at a pivotal moment in Asia’s development,” said Gerard Baker, Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal. “With continued uncertainty around the Korean Peninsula and ongoing trade friction between the U.S. and China, it is a fascinating time in the region’s history. I am delighted once again to host some of the leading decision makers in Asian business and politics as we analyze the key issues affecting the region.”
Scheduled speakers include:

Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China
William F. Hagerty IV, U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Chung-in Moon, Special Advisor for Unification, Foreign and Security Affairs for President Moon Jae-in, South Korea
Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister elect, Malaysia
Shyam Saran, Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Research; Foreign Secretary, India (2004-2006)
Yibing Wu, Joint Head, Portfolio Strategy and Risk Group, and Joint Head, China, Temasek
Kathy Xu, Founder and Managing Partner, Capital Today Group
Sophie Richardson, China Director, Human Rights Watch
Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO, SoftBank Group Corp.

The conference will be covered in the Journal’s digital home, WSJ.com.
For more information about CEO Council, please visit https://ceocouncil.wsj.com/annual-meetings/
Media contact: [email protected]

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Joann S. Lublin to Receive 2018 Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award
Award Recognizes Lublin’s Nearly 47 Year Career at The Wall Street Journal and her “Consistent, Superior Insight and Professional Skills Necessary To Further The Understanding Of Business, Financial and Economic Issues”
Joann S. Lublin, The Wall Street Journal’s former Management News Editor, who recently retired after nearly 47 years at the Journal, will be honored with the 2018 Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award at the banquet and celebration to be held on June 25th in New York.
“Joann’s byline is one of the fixtures of The Wall Street Journal,” said Gerard Baker, Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal. She has earned several thousand of them over the years, writing about many of the biggest stories in recent business history as well as many of the boldface ames and leaders in the global economy. Her source list is a Who’s Who of prominent figures, many of whom have come to respect her knowledge, professionalism and doggedness even as they often cower at the prospect of her calls.”
Lublin joined The Wall Street Journal in 1971, as a reporter in the San Francisco bureau. She then spent time in both the Chicago and Washington bureaus before joining the London office, where she helped run the Journal’s first women-led bureau. She then joined the New York bureau, where she launched the Journal’s management coverage as well as its first careers colum. In 2003, she was part of the Journal team that shared a Pulitzer Prize for a series of stories on corporate malfeasance.
Most recently, Joann’s reporting has helped drive coverage of corporate governance and management issues. She’s also offered advice via her “Your Executive Career” column. She is also an author. Her book, “Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons From Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World,” was published in 2016.
Lublin was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal’s Face of Real News video series. The animated film features her journalistic feats as well as her dedication to women’s advancement in the newsroom. The film can be viewed here.
Journal reporters are also finalists for two Loeb Awards. Dana Mattioli, Anna Wilde Matthews, Sharon Terlep, Charley Grant, and Laura Stevens are finalists in the Breaking News Category for “The CVS-Aetna Deal” and Josh Chin, Liza Lin, Eva Dou, Clément Bürge, Wenxin Fan, Natasha Khan, Dan Strumpf, Natasha Khan, Charles Rollet, Jeremy Page, Elliot Bentley, Jenny O’Grady, Tyler Paige, and Giulia Marchi are finalists in the International Category for “China’s Surveillance State.”
The 2018 Gerald Loeb Awards banquet and celebration will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018, at Capitale in New York City. For more information, click here.
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Gerard Baker To Become Editor-at-Large; Will Host WSJ Conferences and a new WSJ Program on Fox Business Network
NEW YORK (June 5, 2018) – Matt Murray has been named Editor-in-Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, succeeding Gerard Baker, who is to take up a new position as the Journal’s Editor-at-Large, which will include regular writing, hosting the paper’s expanding network of conferences and events, and television presenting. Mr. Murray is currently Executive Editor of the Journal.
Under Mr. Baker’s five-and-a-half year tenure, the Journal’s daily circulation has grown by more than a third, led by a rapid digital expansion, and at a time of declining trust in news media the paper has cemented its position as the most trusted newspaper in America. The Journal has consistently led the field with the deepest and most consequential reporting on US and global business, finance and economics news, and it has been the principal contributor to Dow Jones hitting three million memberships this year, creating a firm base for the future of the highest quality journalism. The paper’s technological transformation has resulted in rapid international expansion under Mr. Baker’s leadership and its Conference network is continuing to grow on a global scale.
Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp, said: “Gerry has been a very successful editor at a time when journalism has been digitally challenged. I have no doubt that Matt is a worthy successor as Editor-in-Chief and will be a leader of the highest commitment and integrity. His strong reporting and editing background and his passion for the Journal are obvious to all who have the privilege of working with him.
“In his new role, Gerry, who is a gifted writer and skillful and intelligent interviewer, will continue to make an important contribution to the Journal’s development.”
William Lewis, Chief Executive of Dow Jones & Company, said: “I thank Gerry for his contribution to the great growth of the Journal in recent years, and look forward to his continuing work with us in his new roles. And I know Matt is the right person to take the reins and help us seize the great, new opportunities before us. We see many fruits from our work in embracing digital transformation and a deeper membership model, and there is much yet to do.”
Mr. Baker will write a regular column in Review, the paper’s weekend section, as well as other articles for the paper. In addition, he will host a WSJ-branded news and interview show on Fox Business Network and be a leading voice of the Journal’s rapidly expanding live journalism and events business, conducting interviews with leading figures from business, politics and culture.
The five-member Dow Jones Special Committee, formed in 2007 to monitor editorial standards and ethics issues at The Wall Street Journal, has unanimously approved the changes. Under the Agreement which established the committee, as well as subsequent amendments, management is required to give the committee timely notice of plans to make changes in top editorial leadership.
Commenting on the changes Gerry Baker said:
“It has been an extraordinary opportunity to have led the world’s greatest and most trusted news organization. I’m enormously grateful to Rupert, Lachlan and Robert for entrusting me with the Journal’s mission and it has been an unsurpassed privilege to have worked with so many talented and dedicated colleagues,” he said.
“There has never been a more important time nor a greater demand for trusted, authoritative, objective journalism and I am very much looking forward to continuing to pursue that mission as a writer, commentator and interviewer. I am honored to hand over the reins of this venerable institution to Matt Murray, an editor of unsurpassed quality and a trusted friend and colleague.”
Matt Murray said:
“I am honored to have been appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Wall Street Journal and it is a privilege to serve our millions of readers in print and digital. Our diverse array of talented journalists, ranging from reporters to graphic artists, video producers to data experts, are the best in the business. Every day, we set out to ensure that we are the most trusted source of news and information. We’re especially proud that the Journal is absolutely the preeminent news organization in business, economics and markets, the forces that shape so much in the modern world, and that Dow Jones Newswires is growing digitally and internationally as it provides business and market insights and analysis to clients around the world.”
“There is little doubt that at a time when journalism faces a host of challenges, readers are hungry for sophisticated, fair, illuminating and fact-based journalism–and see us as a uniquely trusted news source.”
“I especially appreciate the support of Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch, Robert, Will, and the leadership of Dow Jones, and I thank Gerry for his significant contributions to the Journal and his support for me.”
Prior to his appointment as Executive Editor, Mr. Murray was Deputy Editor-in-Chief since 2013, and had been a Deputy Managing Editor since 2008. He joined Dow Jones & Company in 1994 as a reporter for the Pittsburgh bureau. In 1997, he joined the Journal’s Money & Investing section, where he covered banking.
Mr. Murray joined the news desk in 2004, and later served as a deputy national editor and national news editor. He is the author of The Father and the Son and the co-author, with former New York City fire commissioner Thomas Von Essen, of Strong of Heart. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
Mr. Murray will formally take the Editorship of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires on Monday, June 11.
About News CorpNews Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) is a global, diversified media and information services company focused on creating and distributing authoritative and engaging content to consumers throughout the world. The company comprises businesses across a range of media, including: news and information services, book publishing, digital real estate services, and cable network programming and pay-TV distribution in Australia. Headquartered in New York, the activities of News Corp are conducted primarily in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. More information: http://www.newscorp.com.
About Dow JonesDow Jones is a global provider of news and business information, delivering content to consumers and organizations around the world across multiple formats, including print, digital, mobile and live events. Dow Jones has produced unrivaled quality content for more than 130 years and today has one of the world’s largest news gathering operations globally. It produces leading publications and products including the flagship Wall Street Journal, America’s largest newspaper by paid circulation; Factiva, Barron’s, MarketWatch, Financial News, Mansion Global, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance, Dow Jones Newswires, and Dow Jones VentureSource. Dow Jones is a division of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV).
About Dow Jones Special CommitteeThe five-person Dow Jones Special Committee operates under an Agreement between the former owners of Dow Jones and News Corp after the purchase in 2007. Its charter gives it the responsibility for monitoring the adherence of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires to the highest journalistic, ethical and professional standards.
Dow Jones Special Committee
Thomas Bray, chairLouis BoccardiPaul IngrassiaNicholas NegroponteAnne W. Patterson
ContactsNews Corp Corporate CommunicationsIlana [email protected]
Dow Jones Corporate CommunicationsAndrew RobinsonUK: +44 746 773 4730USA: [email protected]
Dow Jones Special CommitteeThomas [email protected]

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Dow Jones today announced the appointment of Smita Pillai as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
Ms Pillai will lead the creation and delivery of a progressive, global diversity strategy at Dow Jones, shaping innovative approaches to foster an inclusive culture throughout the business.
William Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Dow Jones and Publisher of The Wall Street Journal, said: “Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the future success of Dow Jones. While we have made great strides, there is a lot more work to be done which stretches beyond gender equality. Smita will aim to make a significant impact in our efforts to recruit, develop, retain and advance a diverse and inclusive workforce.”
Ms Pillai said: “As our company’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, I’ll design a multidimensional approach to ensure that Dow Jones is a place where people from a range of backgrounds and circumstances feel like they belong and can contribute fully. This is vital to ensuring that we remain relevant and responsive to our diverse customer base.”
Mark Musgrave, Chief People Officer of Dow Jones, said: “In 2017, we showed our commitment to our workforce by upgrading our parental leave policy to 20 weeks full pay, creating new leadership programs for emerging talent, pay equity reviews, and continued investment and support for existing internal and external partnerships. The challenge now is to ensure greater transparency, strategy and accountability at every level, which Smita will help us to lead and deliver.”
Ms Pillai will lead on the development of a global set of metrics, as well as the creation of a cross-functional Diversity and Inclusion Council, which will play a key role in building momentum and monitoring progress.
Ms Pillai joins Dow Jones from Prudential Financial, where she served as Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion. She previously held a number of global diversity and marketing roles at Johnson & Johnson, most notably as Senior Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion for the company’s Medical Device segment.
Ms Pillai will be based in New York, and will report directly to Mark Musgrave.
About Dow JonesDow Jones is a global provider of news and business information, delivering content to consumers and organizations around the world across multiple formats, including print, digital, mobile and live events. Dow Jones has produced unrivaled quality content for more than 130 years and today has one of the world’s largest newsgathering operations globally. It produces leading publications and products including the flagship Wall Street Journal, America’s largest newspaper by paid circulation; Factiva, Barron’s, MarketWatch, Mansion Global, Financial News, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance, Dow Jones Newswires, and Dow Jones VentureSource. Dow Jones is a division of News Corp (NASDAQ:NWS) (NASDAQ:NWSA) (ASX:NWS) (ASX:NWSLV).
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Please see below for a note that Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Matt Murray shared with the newsroom:
Dear All,
Last week was a big one for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, with trade battles, Facebook revelations, California’s primary, a bunch of corporate scoops, a packed second edition of Exchange and much more.
This week will be just as big, with the US-North Korea summit, Fed and ECB meetings, the AT&T ruling and the CFO Network annual meeting in Washington, among other things.
As I assume my newest role in my 24 years here, this hardly exhaustive list is a reminder that this place depends on far more than any one person. Continued success–something we can never take for granted–requires all of us coming together as one team, resisting complacency and aiming to outdo ourselves every day.
I feel prouder than ever to work for an organization that does so much so well. This newsroom has never had more talent than we have right here, today. I’m excited to meet with and hear from as many of you as possible in the coming days. I can tell you right now that the things we’ll be focusing on are really pretty simple:
–Scoops, sourcing and unique, ambitious stories. In every area of coverage, we must drive the agenda and expect nothing less than that we break every significant story first. Our journalism must be fair, insightful, deeply reported and relevant, guided by the most rigorous standards in journalism. Our writing must be both compelling and concise, whether for a daily news story or a revelatory investigation. And our metabolism when it comes to reporting, editing, publishing and promoting our work needs to be, frankly, faster.
–Accelerating our digital progress. We’ve vastly improved our mobile products and are building a top-flight team of engineers, developers and product managers. But the bar for tech keeps getting higher, the storytelling tools grow ever-more sophisticated and the data tell us our users expect much more from us.
–Professional news, live journalism, engaging with members and other growth opportunities. On the first, we’ve built up the leadership team, invested in the portfolio and refined the missions and growth strategies. Our slate of events and conferences is growing, offering new ways for us to tell stories and opportunities for members to engage with us and each other. WSJ Magazine shines brightly, we’ve overhauled our newsletters and video strategy and franchises like The Future of Everything are blossoming. But we must quicken our pace amid the headwinds reshaping journalism.
–You. We have the best team, but we can always be better. We’re amping up investment in training and development, and know we have plenty more to do. We will continue to cultivate greater diversity and define clearer paths to career advancement.
–Trust. Nothing is more precious than the trust of our readers. We hammer this point all the time for a reason; without it, nothing else we do can succeed as we hope. Attacks from many corners, alongside a few media missteps, have eroded faith in our industry. The worst temptations of social media and arrival of new technologies deepen the challenge of distilling the truth. Our paramount priority every day must be earning–and deserving–the trust of our millions of readers.
If we get this right, our best days lie ahead.
One more thing. Our daily mission is an important one. For some of us, reporting carries real risks, as our colleagues from Caracas to Kabul know. More prosaically, it can mean irritating deadlines, long days and weekends, occasional conflicts and lousy coffee. But let’s remember that it also is great fun. In what other job do you get to attend a presidential summit, go to the French Open finals, expose a massive accounting fraud, be first to test the latest cool tech gadget, travel to Pyongyang or fly a spy plane 70,000 feet above the earth?
– Matt
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New partnership program is designed to help leading marketers connect with high-influence audiences and tackle challenges in mobile advertising – Ralph Lauren, Lexus and a leading cloud computing provider are exclusive category launch partners for the Council
New York (June 13, 2018) – The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has launched a new program to tackle the biggest challenges in digital marketing and help brands to connect with hard to reach, high-influence audiences. Starting with mobile, the Council will work to ensure that advertising enhances user experiences, while developing effective, transparent measurement techniques.
Over the past six months, WSJ has been devising innovative ad concepts and is now set to partner with CMOs from some of the world’s leading brands to develop the concepts into transformative marketing solutions. Working in collaboration with WSJ creative and developer teams, all of the new ideas will be built, tested and launched inside the award winning WSJ iOS news app.
“Brands are finding it increasingly challenging to drive meaningful connections with coveted high-influence audiences,” said Suzi Watford, Chief Marketing & Membership Officer, The Wall Street Journal. “The WSJ Brand Council has been created to change that, it represents a new, collaborative approach that allows us to partner with brands and deliver real impact. The Council will convene some of the brightest marketing leaders and combine their collective thinking with the power of our creative and developer talent to bring concepts to life. Partners will be able to access the WSJ mobile app technology as well as our senior creatives and developers to help bring fresh and impactful ideas to reality.”
The announcement comes as three multinational brands have already signed up to partner the WSJ Brand Council, with Lexus representing automotive, and Ralph Lauren representing fashion, alongside a leading cloud computing provider. The CMOs will join other Council members at an inaugural meeting to be held at the 2018 Cannes Lions festival.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to work together with WSJ to reliably test consumer response and engagement while driving innovation,” said Spiros Fotinos, Global Head of Brand Management & Marketing, Lexus. “This collaborative project aimed at evaluating true ROI is especially important at a time when the integrity and accuracy of digital metrics is in question.”
The Brand Council has already worked closely with the founding signatories to develop a set of initial concepts in collaboration with each brand. For the first Council meeting at Cannes Lions, Brand Council members will be able to see the initial concepts for the first time as a group.
CMO members will then meet regularly post-Cannes Lions as the development phase progresses. As the WSJ Brand Council works towards new standards of effectiveness and collaboration, members will also co-author a white-paper to showcase and share learnings across the industry.
Notes to Editors
WSJ Brand Council intro video available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDo93PeZ77I&feature=youtu.be

About The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal is a global news organization that provides leading news, information, commentary and analysis. The Wall Street Journal engages readers across print, digital, mobile, social, and video. Building on its heritage as the preeminent source of global business and financial news, the Journal includes coverage of U.S. & world news, politics, arts, culture, lifestyle, sports, and health. It holds 37 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism. The Wall Street Journal is published by Dow Jones, a division of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV).

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