The Wall Street Journal

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History and Milestones
– The Wall Street Journal was first published on July 8, 1889.
– Dow Jones & Company News Service was launched in the same year.
– The Dow Jones Industrial Average was introduced in 1896.
– The Review & Outlook column started in 1899.
– Barron’s, a financial weekly, was founded in 1921.
– Clarence Barron purchased control of the company in 1902.
– Circulation increased from 7,000 to 50,000 by the late 1920s.
– Bernard Kilgore became managing editor in 1941 and CEO in 1945.
– The paper won its first Pulitzer Prize in 1947.
– Dow Jones Newswires expanded internationally in 1967.
– Integration of print and online subscribers began in 2003.
– The Wall Street Journal became the largest paid-subscription news site in 2007.
– Digital subscriptions reached 1.3 million in 2018.
– The monthly cost for an online subscription was $22.99 in 2013.
– Front-page advertising was reintroduced in 2006.
– The paper reduced its width from 15 to 12 inches in 2007.
– The A-hed feature story location was changed.
– Ink dot drawings called hedcuts were introduced in 1979.
– Mario Garcia collaborated on the design changes.
– WSJ Noted., a monthly digital magazine, launches in June 2020.
– The Wall Street Journal reaches 3 million subscribers in May 2020.
– WSJ Live becomes available on mobile devices in September 2011.
– WSJ Weekend expands in September 2010 with two new sections: Off Duty and Review.
– Greater New York, a stand-alone section dedicated to the New York metro area, runs from April 2010 to July 2021.
– The Wall Street Journal published in multiple sections since 1980.
– Page count decline from 96 pages to 50-60 pages per issue.
– Global news staff of around 2,000 journalists in 85 news bureaus across 51 countries.
– 26 printing plants as of 2012.
– Regularly scheduled sections include Section One, Marketplace, Money and Investing, Personal Journal, Off Duty, and Review.

Ownership and Editorial Independence
– The Wall Street Journal is published by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corp.
– News Corporation makes an unsolicited takeover bid for Dow Jones in 2007.
– Bancroft family initially rejects the offer but later reconsidered.
– News Corporation and Dow Jones enter into a merger agreement in 2007.
– The US$5 billion sale adds The Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch’s news empire.
– Shareholders representing over 60% of Dow Jones voting stock approve the acquisition in 2007.
– News Corporation and Bancrofts agree on preserving editorial independence.
– Special committee established to oversee editorial integrity.
– Managing editor Marcus Brauchli resigns, violating the agreement.
– Charges against Murdoch for making and breaking similar promises in the past.
– Inflated European sales numbers and advertising rates at The Wall Street Journal.

Subtopics and Features
– WSJ Magazine, published Fridays, focuses on high-end real estate.
– WSJ Magazine launched on October 5, 2012.
– WSJ Magazine started as a quarterly magazine in 2008 and grew to 12 issues per year in 2014.
– WSJ Magazine features various columnists on different days of the week.
– Opinion Page, regular columnists contribute to the opinion page.
– carries two daily web-only opinion columns.
– launched in April 1996.
–, a website featuring content from the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal.
– WSJ Noted., a monthly digital news and culture magazine launched in June 2020.
– WSJ Noted. is targeted towards subscribers aged 18-34.
– WSJ Noted. includes a group of 7,000 young adults who provide feedback and participate in Q&As.
– WSJ Noted. aims to attract a younger audience to The Wall Street Journal.
– WSJ Noted. is intended to engage with young adults through preview content and interactive sessions.

Partnerships and Rankings
– The Wall Street Journal ranked the most trusted news organization by Americans in 2018.
– Partnership with Facebook from 2019 to 2022 to provide content for News Tab.
– Launch of Buy Side, a product review website, in June 2022.

Other Notable Facts
– The Wall Street Journal has won 39 Pulitzer Prizes, the most recent in 2023.
– The Wall Street Journal has a print circulation of around 654,000 and 3 million digital subscribers as of 2022.
– The editorial pages are typically center-right in their positions.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), also referred to simply as the Journal, is an American business- and economic-focused international daily newspaper based in New York City. The Journal is published six days a week by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corp. The newspaper is published in broadsheet format and online. The Journal has been printed continuously since its inception on July 8, 1889, and is regarded as a newspaper of record, particularly in terms of business and financial news. The newspaper has won 39 Pulitzer Prizes, the most recent in 2023.

The Wall Street Journal
Trust Your Decisions
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)News Corp (via Dow Jones & Company)
PublisherAlmar Latour
Editor-in-chiefEmma Tucker
Deputy editorCharles Forelle
Managing editorLiz Harris
Opinion editorPaul A. Gigot
FoundedJuly 8, 1889;
134 years ago
CountryUnited States
  • 3,966,000 news subscribers
    • 3,406,000 digital-only
    • 560,000 print + digital
(as of June 2023)
ISSN0099-9660 (print)
1042-9840 (web)
OCLC number781541372

The Wall Street Journal is the second-largest newspaper in the United States by circulation, with a print circulation of around 560,000 and 3 million digital subscribers as of 2023. The Journal publishes the luxury news and lifestyle magazine WSJ, which was originally launched as a quarterly but expanded to 12 issues in 2014. An online version was launched in 1995, which has been accessible only to subscribers since it began. The editorial pages of the Journal are typically center-right in their positions, while the newspaper itself maintains commitment to journalistic standards in its reporting.

It has also produced several podcasts, including The Journal which it co-produces with Spotify.

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