So live that when thy summons to the Wall Street Journal comes…

High school teachers celebrate small successes every day — a quadratic equation genuinely mastered, the successful recitation of Thanatopsis, a perfect 5 on an AP exam.

Proof of the real triumphs, though, the ones that turn occasionally wobbly teenagers into smooth striding adults, sometimes takes years.

Last week, my mother, a retired English teacher, accepted a spontaneous invitation from her former student to tour his place of work, and lucky I got to tag along.

That the former student happened to be Stephen Wisnefski, the Real-Time News Editor for the Wall Street Journal, made our visit infinitely more exciting for both of us.

Certainly, Stephen’s first teachers, his dignified parents, both also retired educators, had much to do with his success.

Still, it was a thrill for my mother to see her former English student thriving in a world built on the currency of words.

Stephen runs the global, real-time news desk and oversees almost 100 editors in New York. The enormity of his task, which includes the incorporation of the Wall Street Journal Home Page and the Dow Jones Newswires, in no way diminished his easy charm as he kindly escorted us through the busy newsroom.

He showed us the copy desk, the sports department, the virtual book club, and the editorial department — all enormous areas of the humming newsroom. In all, we toured three floors of the News Corporation building and poked our heads into a live taping of Money Beat, one of several shows produced in the studio.

“Go ahead,” Stephen said. “You can take pictures.”

And so, I did, documenting a surreal morning of sweet reminiscing while the news of the world swirled all around us.

Stephen and Mom
My mom and Stephen on the very cool floor of the WSJ Real Time newsroom.
Old meets new
I love the way the Wall Street Journal celebrates both history and innovation. This is a perfect juxtaposition of those twin goals.
Wall of Pulitzers
And, really, the paper has quite a history to celebrate. This is the Pulitzer Wall, honoring the paper’s impressive number of awards.
Stephen won this award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. for a breaking news story he wrote in 2007.
Copy Desk
The Real Time news desk is manned 24/7 by shifts of reporters and editors.
Split level news room
A split-level view of the newsroom.


Sports reporters
A former sports writer, I enjoyed seeing the WSJ sports desk.
Book Club
The popular WSJ Book Club has led to an entire, bustling section of the newsroom.


Daniel Pearl Memorial
A beautiful tribute to former WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl.
Daniel Pearl Plaque
“His spirit inspires journalists everywhere to shine the light of truth and understanding into all corners of the world.”
Wallstreet Live
We popped into a live taping of Money Talk.
News Corporation
A full-service tour guide, Stephen kindly offer to take our picture following our visit. (Photo credit Stephen Wisnefski.)


4 thoughts on “So live that when thy summons to the Wall Street Journal comes…

  1. It was wonderful seeing you and your mom. Thanks for this lovely write-up. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed seeing the newsroom. Stay in touch.

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