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WSJ Law Blog: Ashby Jones Moves On, Joe Palazzolo Moves In

Way back in January 2006, The Wall Street Journal rolled out its very first blog, called simply the "Law Blog." At the time, I was writing a blog called Securities Litigation Watch and enviously observed that within just three days of its launch, the Law Blog had managed to leverage its resources to get a mini-scoop in its coverage of an interesting insider trading case. I wrote at the time that the then-novel idea of a media giant like the WSJ getting into blogging was "exciting stuff and presents a model that should be eye-opening to people in both the mainstream media as well as the blog world."

AshbyjonesFrom 2006 to 2009, the Law Blog was written by Peter Lattman, a former lawyer who had been a reporter with Forbes magazine, and was edited by the WSJ's Ashby Jones (pictured left). In an interview with Bitter Lawyer last year, Jones said that in the Law Blog's early years, the WSJ did not have a law bureau, so the Law Blog served as the newspaper's primary source of legal coverage. The Law Blog's success and popularity ultimately led the WSJ to create a stand-alone law bureau, not to mention many other blogs covering other areas.

In early 2009, Lattman left the Law Blog to cover hedge funds for the WSJ (he has since moved on to The New York Times' DealBook blog), and Jones became the lead Palazzolo writer. Since then, Jones has written more than 4,400 posts for the Law Blog. Yesterday, however, the Law Blog announced that Jones will now be reporting on national legal affairs for the WSJ, and that Joe Palazzolo (shown on the right) will be the new lead writer for the Law Blog.

I'm already familiar with Joe's great work at the WSJ's Corruption Currents blog, and I look forward to now reading his posts at the Law Blog. And to Ashby Jones, I say thanks for five great years of work on the Law Blog that helped make it the terrific resource it is today.

Posted by Bruce Carton on October 18, 2011 at 04:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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