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“Political Reporting” Students Tour Wall Street Journal

December 17, 2019
  • Prof. Tatiana Serafin's Public Affairs and Political Reporting (COMM 311) students had the opportunity to see the Wall Street Journal's midtown headquarters.
  • Prof. Tatiana Serafin's Public Affairs and Political Reporting (COMM 311) students had the opportunity to see the Wall Street Journal's midtown headquarters.

Students enrolled in Public Affairs and Political Reporting (COMM 311) with Professor Tatiana Serafin, MFA, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts, went to News Corp’s midtown headquarters to tour The Wall Street Journal newsroom and speak with reporters and editors.

Sarah Rabil, Assistant Managing Editor, Talent, spoke to MMC students on the history of the 130-year-old Wall Street Journal (WSJ), whose first copy sold for two cents in 1889. Launched by Charles Down, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser to cover business and financial news, the WSJ is now an internationally-recognized brand with 2.6 million subscribers and expanding partnerships, including Apple News. During the tour, students learned about the new digital magazine currently in development for younger audiences, set to launch in early 2020. Rabil even hinted that students may be able to pitch stories to the site!

MMC journalism students meet with Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Palazzolo during their tour in...MMC journalism students meet with Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Palazzolo during their tour in December 2019.Even more exciting was the opportunity to speak with political journalists and editors, seeing in practice how the students’ work in the classroom over the course of the semester relates to the professional world. Students first met Joe Palazzolo, an investigative reporter whose team won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for their report on President Donald Trump’s hush money payments to Stormy Daniels. Palazzolo spoke about investigative reporting and the importance of following leads to uncover bigger stories.

Washington DC Deputy Bureau Chief, Jeanne Cummings, discussed with students the need for balance and fairness in political reporting, as well as the changes WSJ made to cover the current White House. In addition, Elections Editor Josée Rose outlined the products WSJ is developing to make sure the paper’s election coverage engages a wide audience. Election 2020 is sure to be a big one and MMC students are prepared to report it in full!