Destination Wall Street Journal

One of the best parts of being a student is being able to go on field trips. In all my years as a student I have been able to learn either directly or indirectly from a good field trip. So you could expect that history would repeat itself when I had the opportunity to visit the Wall Street Journal in New York City.

I get excited whenever I hear about a class trip because a change of scenery is helpful for me. But let’s jump forward to the morning commute. Unlike in middle school and high school there was no school bus taking the class to the destination. As college students we are given the responsibility by our professors to arrive to a set location on time. So I knew that I should try my best to get there on time even though I had no idea where I was going. Nevertheless, I got there just a few minutes after the set time of 9:00.

As I walked into the building I immediately realize I made the correct decision…by wearing pants and not sweats like I usually do. Now in the News Corporation Building my class and I took a ride on elevator and ended up the wrong floor, but got to see just how advance the elevators were. When we finally got to the floor of the Wall Street Journal it was time to focus and really analyze what is going on and happening.

Soon after our tour guides, Todd Olmstead and Kate Lurie who work on the social media side of Wall Street Journal arrived. After a few steps we were told that we will have an opportunity to sit on the WSJ’s morning meeting. I believe it’s fair to say that this was the most exciting part of the trip. It’s one thing to tell people what’s happens, but it’s so impactful being able to witness what actually takes place.

The meeting ran so smoothly and was well-organized. Everyone who was called on had a short, concise summary on what they were covering. Then my favorite part of the meeting took place. When a story was brought up about a developing story, one of the men who seem to be in charge of the meeting politely denied the story. What made this moment so powerful for me was the reasoning behind the denial. The man simply said that the story was something the readers would be interested in, and with no fight the story was thrown out.

As a potential reader it was encouraging knowing that WSJ cares about the readers. As the tour progressed we were introduced to the rest of the social media team, the bubbly Erin Brown, a man with a great beard Dave Cole and Amazon Echo Alexa technically pro Leandro Oliva. Their chemistry as a team was also great to see especially being a fan of sports.

Overall the visit was a rewarding one. They all had great ways of explaining what they cover. But I loved the way they did not take themselves serious and stress the importance of readers.