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Wall Street Journal's Grueskin Quits for Columbia Job (Update2)

June 04, 2008

Bill Grueskin, deputy managing editor of News Corp. (NWSA:US)'s Wall Street Journal, will step down in a few weeks to join Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Grueskin, 52, will serve as dean of academic affairs, responsible for the school's staff and syllabus, reporting to Nicholas Lemann, the school's dean, according to an e-mailed memo confirmed today by Journal spokesman Robert Christie.

At the Journal, Grueskin had been in charge of integrating the print newsroom with the Web site. The job at Columbia will let him help ``adapt the course of study amid the tectonic shifts in our industry,'' the memo said.

The newspaper was acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in December, six months after Grueskin took his last position at the Journal. He worked almost 13 years at the publication, serving as online managing editor before last year. His former boss, managing editor Marcus Brauchli, 46, quit in April.

News Corp. Class A shares rose 16 cents to $17.94 at 4:15 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading (2FA:US). They have declined 12 percent this year.

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