Wall Street Journal to Shed 50 Editing Positions

The speculation has been rampant for some time now that The Wall Street Journal would pare down some of its copyediting functions. Sure enough, Robert Thomson, editor of the Journal made the announcement in a memo to staff today.

He wrote that editing and page production will be handled in New York and will serve all platforms. The global news, global copy, global pagination, monitor and standalone WSJ.com editing desks “will cease to exist” and most of the editorial operations in South Brunswick, N.J., will be closed starting in August. The result will be a loss of 50 positions.