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Why I enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal

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Judging by the stack you would say that I am a bit behind in reading my Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately, yes I am behind but it will be temporary.

I started subscribing to the Wall Street Journal about two years ago.  It was the result of taking some surveys from eRewards.com and I built up quite a bit of reward cash that is redeemable for various things.  One of those was a subscription to the Wall Street Journal. I had a friend who would be gone out of town from time to time and he subscribed to the Journal.  He would ask me to watch his home and check his mail and in exchange I could take his Journal instead of leaving it for him to read when he returned.  I had also always enjoyed reading the Journal when I was traveling on business and the hotels would have a daily copy along with the USA Today.  What I found was that I enjoyed reading the Journal more because of the broad variety of articles.  I had a friend who would be gone out of town from time to time and he subscribed to the Journal.  He would ask me to watch his home and check his mail and in exchange I could take his Journal instead of leaving it for him to read when he returned.  I never thought it would be affordable for me to subscribe to the Journal.

If you have never read the Wall Street Journal, I would encourage you to do so.  It is a great way to broaden your horizons and you can learn quite a bit in the process.  I used to think that the Journal was a boring business paper, but I was definitely wrong.

In Friday’s edition on the front page there are the usual headline stories, but as you head towards the bottom of the first page there is usually a story of human interest or one out of the ordinary – in this issue the article is titled “If a Martian Wrecks Your Rocket Ship, Who is Liable?”  This article is talking about the issues of “space tort”.  Did you know that there are space attorneys?  Read the article and you will learn something.  I did.  Also toward the end of the first section you will find the opinion pages with various op-ed pieces and the letters to the editor.  There is usually a book review in the right column towards the back of the section – on page A11 or so.  I have found a few good books to read.

Business and Tech section – this is a smaller section with articles geared toward Business – for example – there is a small article about Amazon being allowed to test drones, an article about the F-35 fighter jet and its estimated cost.

Money & Investing – this is where you can get really geeked out with numbers and charts and figures.  Pages C5 through C7 is where it is at.  I usually skim over this section and mainly look for the stocks and funds that I have investments in.

Mansion – this is exactly what is says – a section regarding large homes and other features about homes both large and small.  It also has a section of homes for sale in your local area.

Arena – this section is more about the arts – movies, TV, theatre, etc. I skim through this one also.

I do not get all of my news from the Journal, but I enjoy reading it.  I also understand and I am aware of media bias as well.

Do you read and/or subscribe to the Wall Street Journal?  If so, share in the comments what you enjoy or dislike about it.

I will write an article next week on all the various places I get my news and it is not just the Wall Street Journal.   Happy reading!