TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE
Steve Wisnefski, senior editor of the Americas for Dow Jones Newswires, sent out the following announcement to the staff on Wednesday:
I am pleased to announce that Linda Fung, manager of North American corporate coverage for Dow Jones Newswires, will add commodities and energy to her editorial responsibilities. The expanded role will bring more reporters under a single umbrella, promoting cooperation across asset classes. It also closely aligns Linda’s responsibilities with those of Newswires editors in Singapore and London who oversee a wide range of news across those regions. Linda will work closely with various Wall Street Journal editors to ensure smart coverage for all platforms.
The Resources team that Linda adds to her portfolio comprises about three dozen reporters in New York, Chicago, Kansas City, Houston and elsewhere in the Americas. It covers a wide range of markets, corporate news and data, contributing to Newswires and The Wall Street Journal franchise. Linda, who has held positions that include spot news chief, Chicago bureau chief and deputy managing editor for North American equities in more than two decades with Newswires, will continue to report to me.
Linda will no longer have responsibility for the Newswires spot news group and the NewsPlus team, which, as announced, are being combined with the copy desk and media monitoring desk under the leadership of Michelle LaRoche.
Linda takes over management of the Resources team from Anna Raff, who will move full-time into a role working with the Journal’s Money & Investing team as an editor, helping coordinate the daily “In the Markets” section. Anna’s new role, in which she draws on the markets coverage of reporters throughout the newsroom, is an important step in the ongoing integration of Newswires and the Journal. Anna, who has been working part time with the M&I team since October, joined Dow Jones in 2002 and has served as a Moscow-based correspondent, an energy editor and most recently as head of the Resources team.
Paul Rekoff, who has served as deputy editor on the Resources team since August, will take on responsibility for day-to-day management of the Resources team. He will report to Linda. Paul joined Dow Jones in 1997 and served as deputy managing editor of the copy desk before moving to the Resources group.
Please join me in wishing Linda, Anna and Paul the best as they take on new challenges.