Front page of the first issue of The Wall Street Journal on July 8, 1889
Front page of the first issue of The Wall Street Journal on July 8, 1889
  1. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) was founded in 1889 by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser.
  2. Its name derives from Wall Street in New York City, the heart of the financial district, where the newspaper was originally headquartered.
  3. The Wall Street Journal is renowned for its comprehensive coverage of national and international finance and business news.
  4. The Wall Street Journal introduced the first-ever stock market index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, in 1896.
  5. It is one of the largest newspapers in the United States by circulation. As of 2021, its print and digital editions reach millions of readers daily.
  6. The newspaper has won 37 Pulitzer Prizes, one of the most prestigious awards in journalism.
  7. The Wall Street Journal has a distinctive feature known as dot-drawings or “hedcuts,” a type of stipple portraiture that originated at the newspaper in 1979.
  8. The paper’s “What’s News” column, which summarizes the most important news and has appeared on the front page since 1941, is one of the longest-running features in modern journalism.
  9. The Wall Street Journal was initially a two-page news bulletin when it was first published by Dow Jones & Company.
  10. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp acquired Dow Jones & Company, including the Wall Street Journal, for $5 billion in 2007.
  11. The newspaper began publishing color photographs and graphics in 2002, more than a century after its first publication.
  12. The Wall Street Journal Asia and The Wall Street Journal Europe are English-language versions tailored for Asian and European markets.
  13. WSJ Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication, is one of the Wall Street Journal’s popular supplements, featuring lifestyle, design, fashion, art, travel, and more.
  14. The “Mansion” section of the Wall Street Journal, which features high-end real estate, has its own dedicated section every Friday.
  15. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board has a conservative bent, which is often reflected in its opinion pieces.
  16. The newspaper’s online edition was launched in 1996.
  17. The Wall Street Journal’s online content is typically behind a paywall, with subscribers from around the globe.
  18. The Wall Street Journal was one of the last major newspapers to adopt the use of the word “Black” in uppercase to refer to people of African descent.
  19. The Wall Street Journal’s offices were located near the World Trade Center and were disrupted by the 9/11 attacks, but the paper came out without interruption.
  20. The newspaper hosts several annual events, including the WSJ Tech Live, an event that brings together tech’s most ambitious minds, and the WSJ Future of Everything Festival, a multi-day event of interviews and interactive demos with pioneers in various industries.
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