Tomorrow, The Wall Street Journal will complete its move from its home downtown to News Corp.’s corporate headquarters at 1211 Avenue of the Americas.
In advance of the move from a “newsroom with the hush of the library” to the building that some WSJ reporters call the Death Star, The Observer‘s John Koblin sat down with Journal managing editor Robert Thomson and got a look at the new space. Thomson, who was appointed by News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch last year after the billionaire bought the financial paper, told Koblin that it was “impossible” to make the Journal work in its current offices.
About a quarter of the Dow Jones properties have already moved to News Corp.’s HQ, and the Journal will be taking over floors four through eight. Thomson described the sixth floor newsroom, where he’ll be sitting, to Koblin as “amoeba-like.” He went on:
“It’s obviously designed in a way that at the very heart of it you can have a conversation between the news wires, the paper, online and Market Watch. It’s difficult to describe because it’s so unprecedented.”
Of course, not everyone is happy about the move. As Koblin points out, some reporters complain they won’t have any personal space, while others are not looking to sharing the building with Fox News or being under Murdoch’s thumb. Some even admit to being sick of people gossiping about the venerable financial broadsheet like they talk about The New York Times. The indecency!