How to Get Past The Wall Street Journal Paywall in a Few Seconds

Getting around the Wall Street Journal’s paywall

Screenshot of a Wall Street Journal Paywall

What is a Paywall and Why is it an Issue?

A paywall is a method of restricting access to content via a paid subscription. Beginning in the mid-2010s, newspapers started implementing paywalls on their websites as a way to increase revenue after years of decline in paid print readership and advertising revenue. In academics, research papers are often subject to a paywall and are available via academic libraries that subscribe.

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales has stated that he “would rather write [an opinion piece] where it is going to be read”, declaring that “putting opinion pieces behind paywalls [makes] no sense.” Without easy access to both read and share insights and opinions, the online news platform loses an essential characteristic of democratic exchange.

This article is not meant to debate the commodification of information. If you use a news-source regularly for work or personal use, and derive significant value from it, you should pay for it. But in an increasingly fragmented media landscape, it is not economically feasible for a casual reader to pay for a costly monthly or yearly subscription to dozens of news sites.

How to Get Around the Wall Street Journal Paywall (2019)

  1. Copy the URL of the article on the Wall Street Journal that has the paywall.
  2. Open Outline which allows readers to view articles and annotate without distractions.

3. Paste the URL into the box at the center of the Outline homepage.

Screenshot of Outline’s Home Page

You can now view the article in its entirety and without most of the ads!

Screenshot of article after using Outline

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Casey previously worked for BGR Group, a bipartisan lobbying and strategic communications firm. He is the founder of the Cryptocurrency Alliance, an independent expenditure-only committee (Super PAC) dedicated to cryptocurrency and blockchain advocacy. He is also the editor of several Medium publications, including Side Hustle and Black Edge Consulting.

Previously, Casey worked at several tech startups and in real estate development. He is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania, where he received his B.A. in Urban Studies.