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'WSJ' Names New Page One Editor in Newsroom Shuffle

Three top editors get promotions
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Wall Street Journal Page One Editor and Deputy Managing Editor Alix Freedman’s decision to move to Reuters (along with every other journalist, it appears) has led to some shuffling at her old newspaper.

"Our Troika is in transition," WSJ managing editor Robert Thomson told staffers Friday in a memo in which he announced a trio of new appointments, all promoted “from within the luxuriant ranks of our homegrown talent.”

Replacing Freedman as Page One editor and deputy managing editor will be Rebecca Blumenstein. She’s held a deputy managing editor position at the newspaper since 2009. Prior to that, she was managing editor of WSJ.com and China bureau chief

“[Freedman] will bring her verve, energy, creativity and logistical acumen to the important task of enterprising journalism, both in landmark projects and in driving the news agenda (not being driven by it),” Thomson wrote in his memo. “Rebecca’s global and digital background will ensure that our stories have maximum impact, here and abroad, and across languages and platforms.”

Matt Murray will take Freedman’s old post as International/Investing editor and deputy managing editor. Murray joined the WSJ in 1994, and has acted as general news editor, national news editor, deputy editor, and senior special writer for the management group, and until his recent promotion, was the paper’s deputy managing editor and national editor.

Finally, succeeding Murray will be Alex Martin. The new deputy managing editor and national editor joined the newspaper in 2005 as deputy editor of its Marketplace section. Before that, he worked at Newsday.