Archive

Daily Archives: March 10, 2013

Memo to the Wall Street Journal staff

From: Narisetti, Raju
Date: Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM
Subject: Stay The Course

Colleagues
On an average weekday in the last 12 months, our total circulation was 2.3 million for all three print editions of The Wall Street Journal combined. We should all be very proud of the great print offerings we provide, once a day, every single day to this audience.

On an average weekday in the last 12 months, WSJDN actually had 3.9 million readers a day coming to our websites, every single week-day.

The green line in the chart below is when readers come to us looking for the terrific journalism WSJ promises them, as measured in the % of daily readers who come, each hour.

The blue line was when we were publishing our stories, by the hour, in 2011-12.

The red line shows how all of you moved the needle significantly in recent months to get more of your great journalism to your audiences when more of them were looking for it on our site.

May you all stay the course. And accelerate.

Thank you. Goodbye

Raju

chart

Remember, it’s “Spring forward, fall back”

Tribune’s Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call got it wrong in Saturday’s paper (“Set your clocks back one hour”), but had it right on Sunday.
* Morning Call: “We apologize for the mistake and for confusing people.” (mcall.com)

Also:
* Jeb Bush calls political reporters a bunch of “crack addicts.” David Gregory is taken aback by the remark, according to The Hill. (thehill.com)
* Ezra Klein: It’s academics, business consultants, market analysts and ex-politicians who are providing free content to editors. (“Call it revenge of our sources.”) (washingtonpost.com)
* Patriot-News headline “incomplete due to production error,” says the paper. (pennlive.com) | Thanks, Charles Apple! (apple.copydesk.org)
* President Obama at Gridiron dinner: “Some of you have said that I’m ignoring the Washington press corps, that we’re too controlling. …I want to apologize – in a video you can watch exclusively at Whitehouse.gov.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Bigwigs gather at the Hearst Castle for a “Citizen Hearst” screening. (sanluisobispo.com)
* Call me guilty! Apparently it’s rude (to some) to send an email that just says “Thank you.” (nytimes.com)
* Cardinals with Twitter and Facebook accounts have been warned about using social media; Vatican City Wi-Fi will be blocked for the duration of the conclave. (NPR.org)
* Elon Musk is still talking about the New York Times’ review of his car. (fastcompany.com)
* Annapolis Capital online news editor, 55, is charged with trying to arrange a tryst with a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl. (capitalgazette.com)
* Warren Buffett’s newspaper strategy: Be big enough to put out a good paper and make a profit, small enough that there’s a real sense of community. (jacklimpert.com)
* AOL CEO Tim Armstrong says Patch must be profitable … or else! (youtube.com)
* Dear coach: Young journalists can’t “WinForever” by working for free. (craigslist.org)
* “What a weird want ad,” writes a Romenesko reader. “I really have no words.” (journalismjobs.com)