WSJ.com Review

So, we've given you a brief introduction to the Wall Street Journal Online.  So, how does WSJ.com rate when compared to other news websites of its kind?  Read on and see what we thought.

Pros

  • See what's happening on Wall Street without actually being there — True to its namesake, the Wall Street Journal Online has a comprehensive section of financial information, from worldwide commodity prices to currency exchange rates to how companies are doing on the stock market.

  • Go beyond the business — WSJ.com doesn't just have financial news; it contains stories and viewpoints on topics such as politics & world issues, science & technology, arts & entertainment, and health & lifestyle.  Check it out!

  • Get news that moves — WSJ.com also has a video section where you can view coverage and analysis of hot topics that are making news in the U.S. and beyond.  Most of the videos are free to access, too!

Cons

  • You have to trade to be an insider — most content and functions on WSJ.com are limited or even completely locked if you don't have a subscriber's account.  And subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal Online are somewhat expensive, costing around $30 per month.

  • You may not find this agreeable — as with most media outlets, there are assertions that the Wall Street Journal's content is somewhat politically biased.  This is especially because it is published by the famous business conglomerate Dow Jones, and is now owned by News Corp (founded by Rupert Murdoch, a noted conservative).  You may or may not share the point of view of the stories or opinions that you find on WSJ.com; we urge you to keep an open mind and think critically.

The bottom line: 6.5/10

The biggest draw for WSJ.com is its wealth of free financial information (no pun intended).  It contains comprehensive statistics for most major markets, currencies, and commodities throughout the world, along with tools for comparing them.  But the Wall Street Journal isn't a one-dimensional paper.  It has stories from around the world on everything from the latest lifestyle and pop culture trends to developments in science and technology to the latest battlegrounds, both political and literal.  Most of its video content is free to watch as well.

The big thing that hurts WSJ.com is that most of its non-financial, non-video content is locked behind a paywall (but hey, quality news isn't cheap to produce).  And even if you do buy a subscription to the Wall Street Journal Online, you may not like what you read in terms of the political or economic tone that some of the stories and (especially) opinion pieces take.  Sadly, there is no "free trial" option to try before you buy (though WSJ.com does have flexible refund policies).

 

Overall, you're just going to have to try WSJ.com and see if you like it.  If you don't, then you can switch to a competitor.  Speaking of which, let's get you up to speed by telling you a bit about WSJ.com's prices (in our next tutorial), and then get you started using the Wall Street Journal Online!


What is WSJ.com?

WSJ.com is the online edition of the Wall Street Journal, the most widely-circulated newspaper in America.  It specializes in business news (being named after the heart of the financial district in New York City), but also contains stories about politics, technology, arts and entertainment, and lifestyle.

5 things to see on Wall Street Journal Online

1. It's not just business; it's personal

Though most people read the Wall Street Journal and WSJ.com for financial information, there's quite a bit more to it.  Read about the latest developments in politics or technology, or engage in a thought-provoking discussion in the editorial section.  Or get your daily dose of fun and wellness by visiting one of the Wall Street Journal's arts or lifestyle sections.  You can even get a global perspective by switching to one of the Wall Street Journal's international editions!

2. What's making headlines?

If you'd like to find something specific on WSJ.com, just type it in to their handy search function.  You can easily look for stock quotes or business names, or just people and places that have been in the news recently.  WSJ.com will even suggest some popular searches that people have tried recently.

3. Keep the conversation going

Do you like one of the articles that you found on WSJ.com?  You can share it over Facebook Twitter, Google Plus, or email… or just print it out!  You can also look at what other people have said about the article, and maybe add a few of your own comments as well!

4. See the news as it happened

WSJ.com has a video section as well, with clips covering stories on many different topics.  Most of them don't require an account to view, and you can share them over your social media accounts as well!

5. Money makes the world go around

WSJ.com also has a large section of financial information.  Company stock prices, international currency exchange rates, staple commodity prices, mutual funds, interest rates… you may even be able to create your own virtual portfolio!

 

So, that's a little bit about what WSJ.com can do!  If you're interested, read on with our review of the Wall Street Journal Online, as well as our notes about the Wall Street Journal's pricing setup!