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The Post-It Episode

Emma Tucker
Thursday’s protesters appeared to take issue with the fact that Tucker was implementing these eight layoffs despite the fact that the Journal is growing digital subscribers, and netting strong profits for Dow Jones. Photo: Matthias Balk/picture alliance/Getty Images
Dylan Byers
May 31, 2024

On Thursday afternoon, several disgruntled staffers at The Wall Street Journal made a brief march to the office of Emma Tucker, their sprightly, charismatic, and still new-ish editor-in-chief. Since she arrived at the Journal in late 2022, following a stint running The Sunday Times, Tucker has embodied the role that some organizations call a change agent or a transformation executive. In other words, she’s gone through the byzantine org charts and weeded out a lot of employees who got away with not doing a whole lot of work for a long time, or focused their attention on avocational parts of journalism, like mentorship.

In the process, Tucker has pissed off plenty of the institutionalists within her realm. But she’s also made the Journal better, quicker, less erudite. And I’m not just talking about risqué exposés, like the Musk drug story. The Journal had the news of the Paramount deal denouement (albeit after I first flagged it) earlier this week. Even today’s exclusive story about Bill Ackman considering an I.P.O. for Pershing Square, which would capitalize on his new culture warrior street cred, evinces some of the cheeky wit of the Tucker era.