The Wall Street Journal continues to play up M&A news. A NewsBios analysis of the Journal’s page one bylines for the first six months of the year shows Dennis Berman’s byline gracing the front page far more often than that of any his colleagues at the paper.
Berman, whose focus is mergers and acquisitions, wrote or co-wrote 20 page one stories from January through June. His next closest colleagues were Henny Sender with 13, who tracks investing for the paper, and 12 stories from Yochi J. Dreazen, who reports out of Washington on the Iraqi war and who earlier this year reported from Iraq.
(It should be noted thatÂ a number of Berman’s front-page articles involved stories related to The Journal’s takeover by News Corp.) The JournalÂ devoted considerable high-visible coverage to its own takeover saga.
Page one of the Journal remains one of the most influential corners of news real estate in the business and financial journalism profession.
Other reporters whose work was most often found on page one for the first six months of 2007 were: Sarah Ellison, media; Matthew Karnitschnig, media; Gregory Zuckerman, hedge funds and investments; Greg Jaffe, international political news; Greg Ip, economic news; Mark Whitehouse, foreign economic news; James R. Hagerty, housing; and Dionne Searcey, telecom.
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