The Wall Street Journal celebrates its 125th birthday today. The first issue that was published on 8 July in 1889, was a four page afternoon paper priced at 2 cents a copy. Today, WSJ boasts of over 2.2 million subscribers, 12 global versions in nine languages and reporters spread across 75 countries.
To commemorate the anniversary, The Journal has published special content that takes readers back in history and forward in time with a reproduction of its first front page from 1889 in print, an extensive archive showing how they covered many of the big stories of the past 125 years on its website, WSJ.com as well as a special report, The Future of Everything, which is about “tomorrow’s world.”
In a letter to readers, Gerard Baker, editor in chief, The Wall Street Journal said: ‘As we mark this milestone, we rededicate ourselves to bringing you the news and analysis you rely on, however you want it delivered. In a fast-changing and complicated world, The Wall Street Journal stands committed to being your essential guide, engaging, informing and, we hope, delighting you along the way.’
The first issue of the Wall Street Journal:
125 years of the WSJ chronicled: