After a 23 year tenure at the Wall Street Journal, Christina Binkley is departing the paper. The longtime style columnist and news editor, who cut her teeth at the Journal reporting on gambling, hotels, travel, and real estate, before taking on fashion with her On Style column, said she will continue to freelance there but is leaving her full-time post to work on two books, according to a report from WWD.
Her exit is made amidst a flurry of changes at the paper, including a new editorial strategy and a focus on digital. In a memo to staff in October, editor-in-chief Gerard Baker wrote, “For all reporters and editors, writing must come into sharper focus. We write many excellent stories, but in total, every day we write too many long stories and aren’t nearly creative enough about how to tell stories in ways that engage our readers.
“We also need to work harder as a news organization to think about how content works best on digital and especially mobile platforms, and what engages our readers, including better graphics, photos, video and other features,” the memo went on to say. “The digital desk will be a launching point for rethinking how we present our content digitally and how our digital storytelling needs to change as our readers do.”
There’s no doubt more to come, so stay tuned for updates as we head into 2017.