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Wall Street Journal Online

What you need in order to activate or renew your account:

  • An active email address

Before you set up your Reed account:

  • If you already have a paid subscription, you will first need to cancel it by calling 1-800-JOURNAL (tell them you are converting your account to a school-sponsored subscription)

Account renewal:

  • Student accounts are active until graduation
  • Faculty and staff must "refresh" annually, but you will receive reminders 7 days before expiration and again 24-48 hours before expiration


  1. Go to to create your account.
  2. Choose your account type: student, staff, or professor. If you are a student, you must put in your graduation year. (Spring/fall senior? Use the following year as your graduation date. For example, if you're due to finish your thesis at the end of the 2024 fall term, use 2025 as your graduation year.)
  3. Enter a new-to-you password. For security, do not re-use your Kerberos password.
  4. Use the check boxes to set whether you want to receive marketing emails and to agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. Once you click the Create button, you will receive a series of prompts to download the WSJ app, personalize your account, and set up newsletter subscriptions. You can skip all of these, or adjust your account settings later.
  6. Check for your Reed inbox for an account verification email.

After claiming your access, you can sign into your WSJ account directly at from any computer using the email and password you entered when creating your account. There is no need to go through the library's URL again.

If you are accessing WSJ on a public computer, please remember to sign out.

The Reed College Library offers all current Reed students, faculty, and staff free access to the Wall Street Journal Online once you activate an account using your Reed email address. Our campus subscription includes direct access to, the WSJ mobile app, numerous newsletter subscriptions, a dedicated video portal (including recordings of WSJ events), podcasts, and the WSJ Instructor Suite.

The WSJ Instructor Suite may be of special interest to faculty, because it provides dedicated resources, activities, and other content curated by scholars. Once you have activated your account, connect it to the Instructors section by searching for Reed in the search bar at the bottom of the Instructors page.

Resources available include:

  • WSJ Context: build custom reading lists for your courses.
  • The Assessment Tool: customizable quizzes on current events, published every week.
  • Critical Thinking Resources: curated collections of timely stories and thought-provoking discussion questions.
  • The Weekly Review: a weekly newsletter summarizing the most important news from your discipline and easy ways to turn these stories into lessons.
  • The Modern Class: a monthly newsletter that presents effective ways to incorporate WSJ into your curriculum.

You can request a set of how-to guides or contact if you would be interested in a faculty training session with our WSJ Academic Coordinator.