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I read this story the other day in the WSJ...

  • Mar 22, 2009
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I first read the Wall Street Journal when I was in college. My Communications 101 teacher required that we get a subscription to the NY Times or WSJ. The WSJ would deliver to my home so that is what I chose. That was 10+ years ago and I've had a subscription ever since.

I can't count the number of times I've had a conversation where the conversation started with...I read this story the other day in the WSJ. I'm not talking about breaking news, but more often it is a deeper social, political or economic topic. Instead of an up-to-the-minute story, it will be a thorough look from the perspective of one person. I love that. I also deeply enjoy the quirky front-page columns. I make it a habit to read one each day and I learn about the most interesting and weirdest people. Regardless of the topic, I'm regularly impressed how these top-notch journalists transform seemingly plain topics into compelling narratives.

Although the paper has excellent journalism, I struggle with my experience with the online version. I've had an online subscription for many years, but they seem determined to make it difficult for me. First, my login is my subscription number - who is going to remember that? I'd like to use a normal, easy-to-remember username, but I can't. Also, my online subscription seems to not get renewed each year. One call and it seems to be reconnected, but I can't figure out why they can't just keep it active when my subscription renews.

So often I find that many of the mainstream media outlets follow the WSJ. I'll be watching TV or listening to NPR and hear the stories I read in the WSJ yesterday. Again, less about breaking news and much more about trends and culture. They zero in on what is important and take a unique, personal look at how that issue is impacting the world. The WSJ is always in my bag and it is the first thing I pull out when I have a bit of time.

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March 23, 2009
Well I LOVE the WSJ. As.... in Summer of 2000 a WSJ reporter took us out to a $500 sushi and booze fest. Then he wrote a story. It ended up on the front page July 26,2000. He quoted my co-founding partner and CEO numerous times. The company I co-founded made the front page! Not many have that bragging right. WSJ get's a 5.0 from me FOREVER! ; )
April 03, 2009
Ah, sounds like a great experience. This must've been back when newspapers were still flush ... the good ole days!
 
March 22, 2009
Well, it's definitely heartening to hear that someone still reads newspapers. While I work in journalism myself, I can't say that I pick up an old-fashioned print newspaper anymore (though I still read print magazines like Vogue). But your review also illuminates the fact that if print is to make the transition online, they need to make that transition as easy and effortless as possible for its loyal readers. I'm surprised that a high profile pub like WSJ could fumble so much with this. It makes me want to shake whoever is in charge of their online subscriptions by the shoulders. If readers can't get to the WSJ site readily, then there are at least a dozen online sites to take their place in a heart beat.
 
March 22, 2009
Great review. I find myself enjoying in-print versions of news media over reding it online as well. There is something organic about holding the paper in your hand. If you have any facts about the WSJ, you can add them to the wiki section of your review too.
 
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      I was a lifelong fan of the WSJ until 9/11 when every headline began having an A-word in it -- anthrax, Afghanistan, and anything related to anxiety. I read less avidly after that.     In recent years, the WSJ made changes intended to attract a younger crowd with more social interests. It was alright, I guess, but it took on a flavor that struck me as less respect-worthy.     However, I still consider it a model of good …
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The Wall Street Journal is an English-language international daily newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corporation, in New York City, with Asian and European editions. As of 2007, it has a worldwide daily circulation of more than 2 million, with approximately 931,000 paying online subscribers. It was the largest-circulation newspaper in the United States until November 2003, when it was surpassed by USA Today. Its main rival is the London-based Financial Times, which also publishes several international editions.

The Journal newspaper primarily covers U.S. and international business and financial news and issues—the paper's name comes from Wall Street, the street in New York City that is the heart of the financial district. It has been printed continuously since being founded on July 8, 1889, by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser. The newspaper has won the Pulitzer Prize thirty-three times, including 2007 prizes for backdated stock options and for the adverse impact of China's booming economy.
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