Dow Jones Newswires turns 125

Dow Jones & Co. CEO and Wall Street Journal publisher Almar Latour sent out the following to the staff:


This month, we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of Dow Jones Newswires—a milestone worthy of reflection for what it represents in our company’s history and the promise it holds for our future.

Today, our Newswires business plays a pivotal role in the Dow Jones ecosystem. Millions of investors around the globe rely on our trusted, real-time news and information to make critical business decisions.

We operate in a very competitive industry that demands trust, excellence and speed. From our regional reporting hubs in New York, Barcelona and Singapore, our world-renowned newsrooms work around the clock to deliver essential coverage that drives decisions and moves markets globally. In a world where many businesses quickly come and go, it is rare to celebrate a century anniversary—let alone a 125th. Dow Jones Newswires has not only stood the test of time but has innovated and modernized to lead in the industry.

Newswires General Manager Joe Cappitelli recently shared that innovation and flexibility are key ingredients to the success and longevity of Dow Jones Newswires. Just this year we started providing news-driven ESG data and sentiment scores on thousands of public companies—a great example of how we are enhancing the ecosystem with data that fuels other Dow Jones products, including WSJ Pro Sustainability, Factiva Impact Reports and Investor’s Business Daily. By expanding our data sets, automating workflows and extending the reach of our journalism through strategic partnerships, the Newswires business remains an essential component of our portfolio.

The spirit of innovation, speed and accuracy that drives Newswires’ success today traces its roots to Dow Jones’s founding, when Charles Dow, Edward Jones and Charles Bergstresser hired runners to get their business news and market analysis to subscribers faster than their competitors. I encourage you to take a closer look at the rich history of Dow Jones Newswires and how it has grown into the dynamic, real-time news provider it is today.

Breaking news will always be at the heart of our company mission to provide the world’s most trusted journalism, research, data and analysis to help people make decisions. As our Newswires business celebrates this rare and remarkable milestone, we will continue to invest in growth, exploring new ways to reach our audiences via online trading platforms, desktop terminals, machine-readable news feeds and specialized data sets.

With our rich heritage and innovative teams across the globe, we are poised to write our next great chapter as an indispensable source of news and insights to the professional community.