OLD Media Moves

WSJ moves former editor Baker to opinion page

June 10, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

Gerard Baker

The Wall Street Journal has moved former editor Gerard Baker to its opinion page after complaints from the union that represents journalists in the newsroom, reports Marc Tracy of the New York Times.

Tracy reports, “The letter, from the board of the Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees, the union that represents Journal staff members, criticized a column by Mr. Baker on race and accused him of tweeting in a way that went against the paper’s social media policy.

“While Mr. Baker expresses opinions in a weekly column, called Editor at Large, The Journal had classified him as a member of the news division, just as it had during his five-and-a-half-year run as the editor in chief.

“On Tuesday, The Journal reassigned Mr. Baker, formally making him a member of the opinion staff, which is led by the editorial page editor, Paul A. Gigot, and is run separately from the news department. Those who work on the opinion side do not have to abide by the rules that apply to the paper’s news reporters and editors. They have more leeway in The Journal’s pages and on social media.”

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