The Wall Street Journal, one of the most prominent publications around the world and especially in the local New York area, published its first edition exactly 128 years ago. The Wall Street Journal has consistently published millions of news articles pertaining to globally important events, conflicts, and brands in business, creating a positive reputation for the publication across the world since its original establishment on July 8, 1889.
Three financial reporters named Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser, formed the Wall Street Journal in an effort to overtake a previous periodical called the Customers’ Afternoon Letter. Success increased tremendously over time as circulation was at 7,000 copies in 1902, and skyrocketed to 50,000 by the end of the 1920s. The 1940s were when the publication began to take its modern style and reputation, as Bernard Kilgore was named managing editor. Kilgore shaped the iconic front page of the Journal and took the circulation up to 1.1 million by the time of his death in 1967. After many years of increased success, the Journal had a circulation of close to 2.4 million in 2013, making The Wall Street Journal the largest newspaper in the United States by circulation. With the addition of the Journal’s online presence, the publication has been able to maintain its prominence in the modern digital age and play a major role in news communications.