Binkley confirmed the news, offering that she will be leaving in early January but that she will occasionally freelance for the paper. The journalist said her next project will involve writing two books “on the fashion space.”
“This is something that I’ve wanted to do for some time,” said Binkley, who has already nabbed a publisher for the project. She would not provide further details of her books, but said that at least one will entail that she covers fashion week in the U.S. and Europe.
“I will be around for the shows. I’ve already booked my hotels,” she said with a laugh.
Binkley began her career at the Journal as a reporter covering gambling, hotels, travel and real estate She spent the last 10 years writing the On Style column and contributing to WSJ Magazine, Off Duty, Weekend, Personal Journal and other sections of the paper.
Although Binkley’s exit marks the end of an era for the reporter and the paper, The Journal will continue to cover fashion and style via Off Duty and WSJ magazine.
Her departure follows a broader change at the newspaper, which includes large-scale buyouts and a reorganization of its arts and culture coverage and business sections. The rebooted Journal included the combination of Personal Journal and Arena to become a section called Life & Arts. Greater New York, a Rupert Murdoch machination, was cut and moved to the front of the paper, and Marshall Heyman’s social column “Heard & Scene” was also ended. Other consolidations included the Business & Finance section made up of Business & Tech and Money & Investing verticals.
At the time, Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker, said of the reorganization and buyouts: “All newspapers face structural challenges and we must move to create a print edition that can stand on a sound financial footing for the foreseeable future while our digital horizons continue to expand. As I previously mentioned, there will unfortunately need to be an elimination of some positions as part of this process. But I want to stress that these changes and their ramifications for the newsroom are necessary not just because we must adjust to changing conditions in the print advertising business, but because we know from audience research that readers want a more digestible newspaper.”