Outgoing WSJ EIC Murray to employees: Immense gratitude
Outgoing Wall Avenue Journal editor in chief Matt Murray despatched out the next on Monday:
As you’ve seen, after practically 5 years on this submit, I’ll quickly be taking a brand new function within the firm and handing the newsroom reins to a brand new editor. I’m thrilled for Emma Tucker, a extremely achieved editor and chief, and I do know she has all our greatest needs and assist on this transition as she steps into the very best job in journalism.
I’m assured that with Emma working intently with Almar and the Dow Jones crew, the stage is about for the following nice chapter within the 130-year-plus historical past of this essential establishment that all of us love. Our resilience has been proven repeatedly in recent times as we navigated unusually robust financial, social and political turmoil, a world pandemic, return to work and continued upheaval in our personal business. Because of you, we now have risen to each problem and brought the group to new heights.
Once I took this job, we talked about areas the place we wanted to reinvent the Journal: digital product and attain; a better emphasis on corporations, markets and the areas that differentiate us; higher coaching and employees growth and variety; development of video, audio, reside occasions and different new mediums; extra output and new codecs; and at all times, huge scoops and tales that matter. Immediately, our circulation is the very best it’s ever been. Journal subs at the moment are greater than 80 p.c digital. Visitors has doubled, and output has gone up in each space. Journal occasions are booming. All newsroom processes and planning are remodeled. We’ve constructed strong groups to serve new companions and codecs and inform information tales in new methods, from Apple Information to YouTube. We retain the belief of readers to a singular diploma in our business. And naturally, you’ve delivered a historic run of tales—and you recognize I don’t like to make use of that adjective frivolously.
I really feel immense gratitude after practically three many years on this newsroom. It nonetheless amazes me that I used to be ever allowed into the constructing, not to mention supplied so many alternatives over time. I’m deeply grateful to Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch and to Robert Thomson for asking me to function editor in chief practically 5 years in the past, and for trusting me once more to tackle new obligations at Information Corp.
Most of all, I really feel profoundly lucky to work with and be taught from so many nice journalists and colleagues, previous and current. It’s onerous to place into phrases how a lot of a blessing that has been. Within the coming weeks, I sit up for spending time with you, welcoming Emma and toasting what lies forward for all of us.