Austin American-Statesman

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TypeDaily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) GateHouse Media
PublisherPatrick Dorsey
EditorJohn Bridges
Founded1871
(as the Democratic Statesman)
Headquarters305 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704
Circulation 129,519 daily
183,685 Sunday [1]
ISSN 1553-8451
Website statesman.com

The Austin American-Statesman is the major daily newspaper for Austin, the capital city of Texas. It is owned by GateHouse Media.

Austin, Texas Capital of Texas

Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. It is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the 4th-most populous city in Texas. It is also the fastest growing large city in the United States, the second most populous state capital after Phoenix, Arizona, and the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States. As of the U.S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2018 estimate, Austin had a population of 964,254 up from 790,491 at the 2010 census. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,168,316 as of July 1, 2018. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, it is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways, including Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis on the Colorado River, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, and Lake Walter E. Long.

Texas State of the United States of America

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

GateHouse Media American media company

GateHouse Media Inc., a holding company for New Media Investment Group, former symbol on OTC Markets Group's OTCQB tier GHSE, is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and digital media in the United States, headquartered in the town of Perinton, New York. As of April 2018, GateHouse Media publishes 144 daily newspapers, 684 community publications, and over 569 local-market websites in 38 states. In addition to publishing content, GateHouse Media offers commercial services including a digital marketing agency (ThriveHive), event production company, and creative services.

Contents

The paper prints Associated Press , New York Times , The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times international and national news, but has strong Central Texas coverage, especially in political reporting. The Statesman benefits from the culture and writing heritage of Austin. It extensively covers the music scene, especially the annual South by Southwest Music Festival. The newspaper co-sponsors Austin events such as the Capital 10K, one of the largest 10K runs in the U.S., and the Season for Caring charity campaign. In the Austin market, the Statesman competes with the Austin Chronicle , an alternative weekly.

Associated Press American multinational nonprofit news agency

The Associated Press (AP) is a U.S.-based not-for-profit news agency headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1846, it operates as a cooperative, unincorporated association. Its members are U.S. newspapers and broadcasters.

<i>The New York Times</i> Daily broadsheet newspaper based in New York City

The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won 127 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper. The Times is ranked 18th in the world by circulation and 3rd in the U.S..

<i>The Washington Post</i> Daily broadsheet newspaper published in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post is a major American daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C., with a particular emphasis on national politics and the federal government. It has the largest circulation in the Washington metropolitan area. Its slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" began appearing on its masthead in 2017. Daily broadsheet editions are printed for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

The Statesman also publishes a weekly Spanish-language newspaper, ¡ahora sí!. Additionally, the Statesman partners with the St. Petersburg Times for PolitiFact Texas, which covers issues that are relevant to Texas and the Austin area.

PolitiFact Nonprofit project of the Poynter Institute operating a fact-checking website

PolitiFact.com is a nonprofit project operated by the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, with offices there and in Washington, D.C.. It began in 2007 as a project of the Tampa Bay Times, with reporters and editors from the newspaper and its affiliated news media partners reporting on the accuracy of statements made by elected officials, candidates, their staffs, lobbyists, interest groups and others involved in U.S. politics. Its journalists evaluate original statements and publish their findings on the PolitiFact.com website, where each statement receives a "Truth-O-Meter" rating. The ratings range from "True" for completely accurate statements to "Pants on Fire" for false and ridiculous claims.

Circulation

In 2009, the Austin American-Statesman ranked 60th in circulation among daily newspapers, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. [2] Figures from Scarborough Research show the Statesman — in print and online – reaches 68% of Central Texans in an average week. [3]

Following a national trend among daily newspapers, the Statesman has seen circulation declines in recent years. Austin is one of America's most Internet-connected cities, though not ranked in the 25 largest "connected" cities, and, in a related trend, the Statesman's daily circulation ranks among those cities seeing drops of 5% or more in recent reports. [4] As compared to a U.S. national decline of 2.1%, the Statesman's daily circulation in the most recent six-month reporting period fell 5.6% to 173,527. Its Sunday circulation fell 5.5% to 215,984. Austin is the 11th largest city (and the 35th largest metropolitan area) in the U.S.

Metropolitan area region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated but economically-linked surroundings

A metropolitan area, sometimes referred to as a metro area or commuter belt, is a region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, sharing industry, infrastructure, and housing. A metro area usually comprises multiple jurisdictions and municipalities: neighborhoods, townships, boroughs, cities, towns, exurbs, suburbs, counties, districts, states, and even nations like the eurodistricts. As social, economic and political institutions have changed, metropolitan areas have become key economic and political regions. Metropolitan areas include one or more urban areas, as well as satellite cities, towns and intervening rural areas that are socioeconomically tied to the urban core, typically measured by commuting patterns. In the United States, the concept of the metropolitan statistical area has gained prominence. Metropolitan areas may themselves be part of larger megalopolises.

Politics

The Statesman endorsed George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, [5] and Republican governor Rick Perry along with every other Republican incumbent in 2006.[ citation needed ] In the 2008 presidential election, however, the paper endorsed Barack Obama. [5] The Statesman also provides coverage of the Libertarian Party and Green Party matters.

George W. Bush 43rd president of the United States

George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He had previously served as the 46th governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

Rick Perry American politician

James Richard "Rick" Perry is an American politician who is the 14th and current United States Secretary of Energy, serving in the Cabinet of Donald Trump. Prior to his cabinet position, Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas from December 2000 to January 2015. Before being the 47th Governor of Texas, Perry was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when Governor George W. Bush resigned to become president. Perry was the longest-serving governor in Texas history.

History

Founded as the tri-weekly [6] Democratic Statesman in 1871, the newspaper was originally allied with the state Democratic party during Reconstruction. It began daily publication as a morning paper in 1873. After absorbing the Austin Tribune in 1914, it published as the afternoon Austin Statesman and Tribune, then became an evening paper and changed its name to the Austin Evening Statesman in 1916. [7]

A rival paper, the morning Austin American, began in 1914. Waco-based newspapermen Charles E. Marsh and E.S. Fentress bought the American in 1919 and the Evening Statesman in 1924. Merged under one company, the morning and evening papers published separately during the week and combined for a Sunday Austin American Statesman edition. The company continued separate titles until 1973, when all products became the American-Statesman, with four editions daily. [7]

Cox Enterprises acquired the Statesman when it bought the Waco newspaper company in 1976. In 1987, the Statesman moved to morning-only publication. [7] In 2008, Cox put the Statesman up for sale with most of its other newspaper holdings in order to pay down debt. [8] A year later, the company pulled the paper off the market, citing a lack of suitable offers. [9]

The newspaper was part of the subsidiary Cox Media Group, which joined the corporation's television, radio and newspaper assets under one umbrella in 2008. [10]

The Statesman was named Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Newspaper of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2016, [11] besting Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. [12] [13] [14]

In 2015, ¡Ahora Sí! was named the best Spanish-language newspaper in the country for its circulation size by the National Association of Hispanic Publishers. [15]

On March 6, 2018, the sale of the Statesman to GateHouse Media from Cox Media Group was announced. [16] Upon taking over in April, GateHouse said the Statesman would be the "flagship" of the expanding chain, noting its existing 240-employee design and editing hub in Austin. [17]

Newsroom management and staff

The newspaper had a full-time arts writer, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, who was hired in 1999. Her post was eliminated in 2016. [18]

See also

Notes

  1. "Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. Archived from the original on October 27, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  2. "Post Beats News". New York Post. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008.
  3. Archived April 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. Archived February 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. 1 2 Weiner, Rachel (October 17, 2008). "Newspapers That Backed Bush Shift To Obama". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  6. Once every three weeks.
  7. 1 2 3 Bishop, Curtis; Schroeter, R. L. "Austin American-Statesman". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  8. "Cox to sell off several newspapers, Valpak operations". Atlanta Business Chronicle. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  9. "Cox won't sell Austin American-Statesman newspaper". Reuters. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  10. "Cox Enterprises Announces New Business Organization: Cox Media Group". Coxenterprises.mediaroom.com. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  11. "American-Statesman named Texas' top newspaper".
  12. "2014 Texas APME Awards List" . Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  13. "2015 Texas APME Awards List" . Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  14. "2016 Texas APME Awards List" . Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  15. http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/statesmans-ahora-si-publication-wins-multiple-jose/nn8dQ/
  16. "American-Statesman being sold to GateHouse in $47.5M deal".
  17. Shonda Novak; Brian Davis (April 3, 2018). "Statesman's new owner says Austin will be 'a flagship' for media group". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  18. Fares, Robert (November 30, 2016). "Statesman Cuts Arts Staff". Austin Chronicle . Retrieved December 15, 2017.

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