WSJ, NYTimes PR War Heats Up As WSJ Launches NY Edition Today

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Today, The Wall Street Journal launched “Greater New York,” a new section of the newspaper, “dedicated to coverage of and commentary on the New York City metropolitan area.” Of course, this new section will compete directly with The New York Times.

Robert Christie, SVP of Communications at The New York Times Company circulated a presentation to media this morning. The subject line of the email stated, “READ BEFORE WSJ PRESSER.” Christie formerly worked for Journal parent Dow Jones up until this past March.

We’ve posted a copy of the presentation after the jump. Christie said in the email:

I thought you would be interested in this PowerPoint that details the strength of The New York Times franchise, its ability to reach affluent, influential and female readers. It also details the news department’s ability to break important, market-moving, agenda-setting stories in New York, on Wall Street, in Washington and around the world.

Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger and president & CEO Janet Robinson issued a memo to staff with a few jabs at the Journal:

So as our welcome gift to New York, we pass on a few helpful hints to our Journal colleagues: the Dodgers now play in Los Angeles, Soho is the acronym for South of Houston, Fashion Week has moved to Lincoln Center, Idlewild is now JFK and Cats is no longer playing on Broadway.

We’ve posted a full copy of the Journal‘s press release after the jump. There are many new opportunities for PR professionals, including more local travel, arts, sports, innovation and real estate coverage.

The Journal also teamed up with with Foursquare, a location-based social network, “to create Wall Street Journal badges and tips related to Greater New York content.”

For more updates throughout the day, visit our sibling blog, FishbowlNY.

Wall Street Journal Launches “Greater New York”

New Daily, Stand-Alone Section Provides New Voice and Insight for New Yorkers

NEW YORK, April 26, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Wall Street Journal has launched “Greater New York” – a stand-alone section dedicated to coverage of and commentary on the New York City metropolitan area. The new section includes coverage of local real estate, city and state politics, crime and courts, education, health, arts and culture, sports and more. Greater New York complements the Journal’s peerless national and global coverage, creating a complete newspaper to serve readers in its single largest market.

Beginning today, Greater New York will appear six days per week as a stand-alone, full color section in all print editions of the Journal in the New York metropolitan area, including parts of Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. Led by a dedicated editorial team, Greater New York also offers continuously updated content and online-only features on (

“Our section is about New York for New Yorkers. Greater New York provides us with the ability to better serve our existing readers, and for new readers, it provides an entry point to discover our much more comprehensive newspaper,” said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief, Dow Jones & Company, and managing editor, The Wall Street Journal. “As others have retreated, we have been investing in content – there has never been a larger market for high quality news and analysis, and the greatest market of all is New York.”

A New Perspective on the Topics That Matter to New York

The Journal’s coverage in Greater New York focuses on the subjects and people that are of most interest to a local audience, led by a team of reporters and editors through breaking news, reporting and analysis, regular columns and columnists, and charts and features to illustrate news and trends.

Highlights of Greater New York’s daily coverage include:

Daily coverage of the closely watched world of New York residential and commercial real estate;

Daily arts coverage including news, features and reviews of film, jazz, Broadway and more, with a calendar of upcoming events and occasional movie reviews by the Journal’s film critic Joe Morgenstern;

Two pages daily devoted to coverage of New York’s professional sports teams, anchored by a regular column from Jason Gay, author of the Journal’s national sports column, “The Couch;”

A regular humor column by Ralph Gardiner, Jr., focusing the day’s news, interesting characters and anecdotes, and peculiar crimes;
“Heard and Scene,” a daily society and events column by Marshall Heyman;

Additional features, including “Lunch Box,” devoted to area restaurants; “Urban Adventurer,” highlighting short-distance getaways;

“Made in New York,” focusing on innovators who live in the city;

and “Donor of the Day,” a look at philanthropists and philanthropy.

The dedicated Greater New York section on ( includes:

A regularly updated blog, Metropolis (, focusing on the day’s news and the daily triumphs and indignities of being a New Yorker, including occasional looks into city etiquette, neighborhood characters, breaking news and a regular white-collar crime blotter;

Real-time scoreboard with to provide updated scores and stats for local teams;

An interactive map of all restaurants profiled in the Lunch Box column and daily House of the Day slideshows.

In addition, The Wall Street Journal app for iPhone now includes a Greater New York content tab, while the iPad app offers the Greater New York section from each day’s paper as well as regularly updated content in the “Now” issue.

Diverse Category Interest from Advertisers

Advertisers in Greater New York are a diverse group who recognize the opportunity the new section affords to reach a high quality, targeted audience. Marketers across categories such as retail, luxury, auto, travel, banking, telecommunications and education have signed on for Greater New York, including several clients that are new to the Journal franchise. Launch advertisers include Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, DKNY, Delta, First Republic Bank and Wempe.

“The Journal has a proven track record of helping advertisers reach an unmatched, quality audience comprising the most sophisticated, affluent and influential readers,” said Michael Rooney, chief revenue officer, The Wall Street Journal. “Greater New York is another prime example of how we look to serve our readers and advertisers with peerless content in a compelling environment.”

Wall Street Journal Greater New York Badges from Foursquare

In an effort to help readers explore locations around the city, the Journal has teamed up with Foursquare, a location-based social network, to create Wall Street Journal badges and tips related to Greater New York content ( Readers can earn badges as they check into locations around the city, including restaurants, museums and other locations.

The Urban Adventurer badge can be unlocked by checking into each of the city’s five boroughs, while the Lunch Box badge is unlocked by checking into restaurants reviewed in the column. For readers spending time downtown, a Banker Badge can be unlocked with check-ins around the Financial District.

For more information and images regarding Greater New York, please visit:

About The Wall Street Journal

Founded in 1889, The Wall Street Journal, the flagship publication of Dow Jones & Company, is the world’s leading business publication and holds 33 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism. The Wall Street Journal has a print and online circulation of more than 2 million, reaching the nation’s top business and political leaders, as well as investors across the country. The Wall Street Journal boasts the largest individually paid circulation out of the top 25 U.S. newspapers. Other publications that are part of The Wall Street Journal franchise, with a global audience of 3.8 million, include The Wall Street Journal Asia and The Wall Street Journal Europe. The Wall Street Journal Online at is the leading provider of business and financial news and analysis on the Web with more than one million subscribers and 26 million users per month. is the flagship site of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, which also includes,, and In 2009, the Journal was ranked No. 1 in BtoB’s Media Power 50 for the 10th consecutive year. The Wall Street Journal Radio Network services news and information to more than 350 radio stations in the U.S.

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