The Wall Street Journal has named veteran reporter Kevin Delaney managing editor of The Journal Online. Delaney has been with the paper since 1992 and was most recently deputy managing editor at WSJ.com.
The move is tied to a few other changes at The Journal this week. Deputy managing editor Nik Deogun left to join CNBC. Rebecca Blumenstein was then promoted to international editor-deputy managing editor, leaving the position of online managing editor open, which the paper quickly filled with Delaney. FishbowlNY has the memo announcing Blumenstein’s move. Also, as both memos mention “the troika,” we’ve asked Dow Jones PR exactly what that word means at the Journal.
UPDATE: A WSJ spokesperson tells PRNewser: The “troika” is what Robert Thomson, “dubbed the three deputy managing editors who coordinate all the news teams and coverage… It was first used in a memo last year when he announced the new structure, and it’s stayed with us. The troika is made up of a national editor (Matt Murray), international editor (was Nik Deogun, now Rebecca Blumenstein) and enterprise/page one editor (Mike Williams).
After the jump, the full memo to staffers from WSJ editor-in-chief Robert Thomson.
I’m delighted to announce that Kevin Delaney will take over as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online, succeeding Rebecca Blumenstein, who has been elevated to the dizzy heights of the troika.
Kevin is deftly digital and been a knowing leader of the development of WSJ.com in recent years. He’s been deputy managing editor at WSJ.com since July 2008, and played a critical role in commissioning content, crafting topics pages, and fashioning outside partnerships. Before joining WSJ.com, he was a senior special writer in the San Francisco bureau, where he covered Google, Yahoo and other Internet companies, and learned the mysterious secrets of the tech trade. Prior to that, he covered technology and other topics in the Paris bureau, having begun his Journal career as a college intern in 1992.
Kevin will report to Alan Murray and will benefit from the connection with his two predecessors, Rebecca and Almar Latour, who have moved to very senior posts in our far-flung empire, on which the digital sun never sets.