Nick Elliott, head of professional products and innovation at The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following announcement on Friday:
I’m very pleased to announce that Tom Corrigan has been appointed as editor for professional data. This is an important role at a time when our aim is to create more robust data offerings within our professional products.
Tom is no stranger to data, having spent the past six years working as a bankruptcy reporter in the WSJ Pro group. By its nature, bankruptcy reporting entails sifting and making sense of large quantities of data contained in court filings. Tom mined this vein with alacrity, working on multiple data-centric projects, including a year-long investigation of the concentration of power in the restructuring industry. He also reported on possible conflicts of interest in bankruptcy work done by McKinsey & Co., coverage that culminated in a trial now underway.
In his new role Tom will help identify internal and external data that professionals will put to use in their jobs and work on integrating that data into our products alongside our news and analysis. This is a strategic priority as customers request more data in their information products and as we seek to deepen their engagement through providing more utility.
One of Tom’s initial projects will be an enhancement of WSJ Pro Bankruptcy being developed with the Pulsar team under Clancy Childs. This will use data-extraction and machine-learning technology to surface important information from court filings.
Tom began with The Wall Street Journal in 2013 as an editor on Startup of the Year, a documentary series on entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. He holds a B.A. in history and law from Stanford University and an M.S. in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is an avid skier and traveler.
Please join me in congratulating Tom.