Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson sent a memo to the paper’s staff yesterday announcing the appointment of Rebecca Blumenstein as international editor and deputy managing editor of the paper. Blumenstein, who was just appointed managing editor of WSJ.com in June, is replacing Nik Deogun, who is leaving print journalism altogether — he’s joining CNBC as the network’s managing editor.
Before joining WSJ.com earlier this year, Blumenstein served as international news editor and China editor at the paper, making her the perfect candidate to oversee the Journal‘s international coverage, Thomson pointed out. “[S]he 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,” he said in his memo.
Thomson’s full memo after the jump. Bonus points to anyone who can explain what the “troika” is at WSJ. (Update: We’ve learned that Thomson coined the term, which refers to the three deputy managing editors who coordinate the news teams and coverage for the Journal, in a memo last year. The troika is now made up of national editor Matt Murray, Page One editor Mike Williams and Blumenstein.)
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From: Thomson, Robert
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 5:21 PM
To: WSJ All News Staff
Subject: the troika
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.