WSJ names editorial director for blogs
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Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson sent out the following announcement to the staff on Tuesday:
I’m pleased to announce that Chris Farley will assume the role of editorial director for WSJ blogs. Over the past 18 months, Chris has built Speakeasy into one of the most popular destinations on WSJ.com, thanks to clever posts, puckish essays and ceaseless creativity.
As editorial director for the blogs, Chris, who will continue to edit Speakeasy, will work with our bloggers to maximize the quality and impact of their efforts. He will serve as their representative in discussions with our technology and business colleagues, and bring new blogs blinking into the world.
Chris’s appointment comes amid ongoing efforts to improve our platform and to expand our use of blogging and liveblogging. Readership of WSJ blogs continues to expand rapidly, with traffic up well over 50% from last year.
Prior to editing Speakeasy, Chris was an editor for the Marketplace section and Weekend. Along with members of the video team, he helped launch the WSJ Cafe, an acoustic music series that has featured performances by Adele, Jakob Dylan, Sarah McLachlan, John Legend and others. Chris is the author of two novels and a number of non-fiction books (including “Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley” and the bestseller “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman”). He was also the co-author and co-editor of the “The Blues”, the companion volume to the Martin Scorsese documentary series. A former senior editor and pop music critic for Time magazine, Chris is a graduate of Harvard.
We wish all the best in his expanded, crucial role.