Robert Thomson, editor in chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, revealed on Wednesday that most of the editorial operations in South Brunswick, N.J., are closing, but those losing their jobs as a result will be able to apply for openings in New York. Fifty or so jobs will be eliminated from South Brunswick, and “The Global News, Global Copy, Global Pagination, Monitor and the stand-alone wsj.com editing desks as we know them will cease to exist,” he wrote in an e-mail to staff. A spokeswoman declined to comment on how many jobs from the 50 lost will be filled again. Thomson also pointed out that the budget leaves room for 95 new editorial hires at the Journal and for Newswires over the coming months, both on the Web and in international operations. The spokeswoman declined to say more, although she confirmed that wsj.com’s redesign will make its debut sometime this fall.
Meanwhile, job losses are also on the horizon at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The newspaper is cutting 189 jobs, including 58 currently filled newsroom positions, which will bring the newsroom to 350 full-timers. According to an internal memo, the newsroom is moving from four major departments to three, and all departments will see reductions except for digital. The paper is offering a voluntary separation program to employees with five or more years of pension vesting. In the event that the AJC does not receive enough voluntary requests, it will enact an involuntary program, based on past performance and skills. All job changes are slated to be completed by the end of August. A spokeswoman confirmed that the paper’s weekly shopping title, the Buyer’s Edge, is moving from a stand-alone in Saturday’s edition to run in the newly expanded Living section in Sunday’s paper. This is being done based on reader feedback and advertising support; it’s unclear at this point whether the move will impact any jobs.
This story first appeared in the July 17, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.