Wall Street Journal names Style & Substance editors

Wall Street Journal day editor Bill Power and digital news deputy editor Jennifer Hicks have been put in charge of the Style & Substance blog, “a beacon for the proper use of English in our journalistic pursuits.”ss

Journal editor Gerard Baker writes in a memo: “I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to Paul Martin for his exemplary stewardship of Style & Substance and for his many other contributions to the Journal and Dow Jones. Paul joined the Journal in 1960 and held a multitude of important positions in the newsroom.”

Martin wrote his farewell column on July 1, after a 27-year run.

Baker’s memo is after the jump.

From: Baker, Gerard
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:30 AM
To: WSJ All News Staff; Newswires_USERS
Subject: Style and Substance

I’m pleased to announce that two of our top editors, both steeped in the traditions and style of The Wall Street Journal in its various formats, will take over responsibility for the Style & Substance blog, a beacon for the proper use of English in our journalistic pursuits.

Bill Power, the Journal’s day editor, will join with Jennifer Hicks, who oversees the U.S. homepage team, in this important endeavor. Bill and Jennifer are receiving the reins from one of the great Journal editors, Paul Martin, who founded Style & Substance more than 25 years ago and published his final issue earlier this month.

Bill joined the Journal in 1984 on the old Monitor Desk and has since filled a number of roles, including reporter, Heard on the Street columnist and first editor of the Markets Desk, dating to its creation in 2008.

Jennifer joined the Journal in 2004 as an online news assistant. She spent five years as an editor working evenings for WSJ.com and also served more than three years as the London-based editor of the European website.

News editor Jim Winston will continue his role of updating the online stylebook.

I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to Paul Martin for his exemplary stewardship of Style & Substance and for his many other contributions to the Journal and Dow Jones. Paul joined the Journal in 1960 and held a multitude of important positions in the newsroom, including chief of the national copydesk, senior special writer and assistant managing editor.

Paul’s enduring legacy can be read and observed in the output of the Journal every minute of every day. We all owe him an irredeemable debt.

Gerry

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