WSJ Is Holding a Town Hall to Talk Trump Coverage, State of the Publication

EIC Gerard Baker to clear the air with staff on Monday

The new year has not been kind to The Wall Street Journal. There was news of cuts in January–the second round in three months–that the paper was initiating to cut costs. There was the much-criticized memo from editor in chief Gerard Baker to staff calling on them to steer clear of the “very loaded” description of the nations included in President Trump’s travel ban as “majority Muslim countries,” a precept he later loosened. And just yesterday, there came the announcement that Rebecca Blumenstein, the paper’s popular deputy editor in chief, described by Politico’s Joe Pompeo as the “newsroom’s de facto leader,” was moving to The New York Times after more than two decades at the Journal to serve as the Times’ deputy managing editor.