Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker tells his staff that the paper’s website on Monday drew nearly 3 million more page views than usual. “It was a long day and ultimately a harrowing one,” he writes. “As humans, we flinch from the horrors visited on the innocent, but it is the job of journalists to make sense of mayhem and chronicle the cause and course of tragedy.”
From: Baker, Gerard
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 4:31 PM
To: WSJ All News Staff; Newswires_USERS
Subject: Our Journalism
Yesterday was a day that captured all The Wall Street Journal can do so expertly to bring news to our readers.
The US day began very early with a big scoop — Dish’s hostile bid for Sprint–which quickly became a full multimedia event and finally a compelling Page 1 news story for print. At the same time, the markets team was swarming online with updates on the sharp fall in the gold price and the markets’ tumble. In Caracas, our reporters were making sense of the Venezuelan election. In Beijing, our writers were crashing out an in-depth story on China’s GDP figures.
Then at 3 pm came the first reports of explosions in Boston and the world’s attention turned from mergers and markets to anguish and loss. Within minutes we had reporters headed to the scene from multiple directions; working the phones in New York and DC; a live stream up on wsj.com; writers, graphics artists and editors scrambling for the web and paper; and our colleague, Colleen Nelson, who had run the Boston Marathon, writing a compelling first-person account. Today, we continued to cover the story with speed, good judgment, intelligence and compassion.
All this involved tremendous teamwork by reporters and editors from Beijing to Boston, Caracas to Atlanta, media and marketing to Marketplace and many more. The wires had great exclusive content; the website drew nearly 3 million more page views than usual; the paper, remade several times, featured six stories on A1 by night’s end.
It was a long day and ultimately a harrowing one. As humans, we flinch from the horrors visited on the innocent, but it is the job of journalists to make sense of mayhem and chronicle the cause and course of tragedy. You can all be proud of the teamwork and talent you brought to serving our readers.