No Easy Street

“T are you really lost after being there for almost 4 years? You have no idea where you are??” Are the words my mother uttered to me as I broke out in frustration about not being able to find the building of The Wall Street Journal. That morning, I awoke extremely early so I could get some good pictures in, even try speaking with some of the staff before the tour began and most importantly, BE ON TIME! But there I was at 9:30am answering to my mother’s call and speaking to her with such frustration on how I was lost as I was looking for The WSJ. After asking about the ninth person where I was going, the correct way was pointed out to me. As the wind blew away the bullets of sweat on my forehead that came from the nervousness I built up for being so late, I had finally arrived.

As I entered the building, I saw many faces that looked like they read and write for The WSJ. The men were dressed up in suits and ties and were busy looking down and one of the 2 phones that were in their hands, as the women had on pencil skirts and silk blouses carrying coffee and slightly power walking their way to the elevator. I packed on to the elevator with some of them after signing in, but noticed they got off on a different floor than I pressed the button for. My floor soon came and a nice young woman behind the glass doors I had to enter welcomed me. After seeing I was not the only student running late, I was even more relieved and was ready to see what The WSJ was all about. It was like a huge newsroom with dozens of people in no suit or ties but dresses more casual, looking at their phones and computers working by the second to retrieve and deliver news. Although I missed the morning meeting where materials and subjects are discussed with their different writers and contributors all across the world, I was able to hear what some of the social media team had to say and talk about. They spoke about their most used social media platforms that they give and receive news from that included Facebook and Twitter.

Snapchat was spoken about for a great amount of time as the WSJ has been using the platform for over a year to reach and their younger readers attention. They even welcomed some improvements and suggestions on how they could continue to work on doing so. It made many of us feel as though we were apart of the team minus the paycheck. I most appreciated the questions about what we looked to do with social media in the future and how it helps us reach all types of news. To ask what the people want make you feel as though your opinion matters and are taken into consideration. If I could change anything about that day, I would change me exiting the wrong way out of the subway. I would not have been so late and could have soaked up the rest of this great experience my class and I were handed.