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WSJ a model of good writing; puts news into perspective

  • Mar 25, 2009
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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 writing (except for when they try to cover the Olympics -- they should quit trying to write sports). I've always liked it better than the NYT, even though I'm a liberal, because the NYT loves itself too much. NYT writing strikes me as pompous. (So many of my friends disagree!) WSJ stories are well-structured with an emphasis on word pictures, sort of like NPR news stories. The WSJ also does a good job of putting economic news into perspective with culture, society and politics.

Nonetheless I gave up my subscription about two years ago. It began to feel repetitious to me, like I'd already read that particular story in a previous decade. CNN online is a good match for my now-shorter attention span.

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August 05, 2009
That's unfortunate to hear that WSJ has reinvented themselves in such a way.  At least CNN is decent, and Google Finance is great for financial news and tracking!
March 27, 2009
To attract a younger audience, the WSJ made its layout more visually appealing. It used to be "gray" and "tabular" in appearance. Now it's more like regional newspapers. They still do their great signature bread-and-butter reporting of yesteryore. But lighter pieces are more frequent and packaged to be eye-catching. Nothing bad. Just different.
March 26, 2009
I agree that the NYTimes tone does come off as very pompous. I'm also not a fan of their very generalized "trend" stories (such as proclaiming NY is dead in the wake of the recession). I was curious what WSJ has been doing lately to attract a younger audience?
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review by . March 22, 2009
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 …
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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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