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American English-language international daily newspaper

  • WSJ was published in New York City by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corporation.
  • It is America's largest daily with 2.1 million copies sold. USA Today will 1.8 million copies sold comes second.
  • Its name derives from Wall Street, located in New York City, which is the heart of the financial district.
  • It was founded on July 8, 1889
  • Journalist Clarence Barron purchased control of the company for US$130,000 in 1902.
  • Its circulation moved from 7,000 in 1902 to 50,000 in 1920.
  • The Wall Street Journal Online was launched in 1996.
  • On November 30, 2004, Oasys Mobile and The Wall Street Journal released an application that would allow users to access content from the Wall Street Journal Online via their mobile phone.
  • On May 2, 2007, News Corp. made an unsolicited takeover bid for Dow Jones, offering US$60 a share for stock that had been selling for US$33 a share.
  • Three months later, on August 1, 2007, News Corp. and Dow Jones entered into a definitive merger agreement. The US$5 billion sale added The Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch's news empire.
  • It has more than 750 staff members in the world and 26 printing plants.
  • It won its first two Pulitzer Prizes for editorial writing in 1947 and 1953. It has won more than 30 Pulitzer Prizes in its history.
  • Every Thanksgiving, the editorial page prints two famous articles that have appeared there since 1961.
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