Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thompson just sent out a memo to his staff notifying them that Rebecca Blumenstein has been appointed managing editor of the paper’s Website. Blumenstein will be replacing Almar Latour who will be heading up the Journal’s Asia bureau.
Blumenstein has been an international news editor since December after serving as China bureau chief. In his memo, Thompson said “in her short stint at the desk, she has shown the genuine leadership necessary for a rather rapid promotion to one of the most important positions at Dow Jones.” Thompson also added that “there is no doubt that much of our future will be digital and that the coming few years will be crucial for our online operations, in the U.S. and far beyond.”
A source at the Journal who sent the memo our way speculated that Latour’s move may be part of a plan to beef up the paper’s coverage in Asia. Last month, the Wall Street Journal announced a major print and digital initiative in India. Our tipster wasn’t too familiar with Blumenstein, but they told us that some in the newsroom are wondering if she has the web savvy necessary for the position. Our source also says Blumenstein is highly respected among her colleagues. In 2007, Blumenstein was part of the Wall Street Journal team that won the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for their coverage of “the adverse impact of China’s booming capitalism.”
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I’m delighted to announce that Rebecca Blumenstein will become Managing Editor of WSJ.com, replacing the Asia-bound Almar Latour. Rebecca was bureau chief in China, before returning to New York last December as International News Editor. In her short stint at the desk, she has shown the genuine leadership necessary for a rather rapid promotion to one of the most important positions at Dow Jones. There is no doubt that much of our future will be digital and that the coming few years will be crucial for our online operations, in the U.S. and far beyond.
Before moving to China in 2005, Rebecca ran the paper’s New York Technology Group, overseeing coverage of upheaval in the telecommunications industry. She has worked for the Journal since 1995, when she joined as a reporter in the Detroit Bureau. Rebecca will report to Alan Murray and will take up her new position later in the summer. You can articulate your congratulations digitally by tweeting Rebecca or even by talking to her,