The Post and Courier

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The Post and Courier
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The Post and Courier
TypeDaily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Evening Post Industries
FoundedCharleston Courier 1803
Charleston Daily News-1865
News & Courier 1873
The Evening Post 1894
The Post and Courier 1991
Headquarters134 Columbus Street
Charleston, SC 29403
United States
Circulation 83,483 Daily
90,168 Sunday
(March 2013) [1]
Website www.postandcourier.com

The Post and Courier is the main daily newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina. It traces its ancestry to three newspapers, the Charleston Courier, founded in 1803, the Charleston Daily News, founded 1865, and The Evening Post, founded 1894. Through the Courier, it brands itself as the oldest daily newspaper in the South and one of the oldest continuously operating newspapers in the United States. It is the flagship newspaper of Evening Post Industries, which in turn is owned by the Manigault family of Charleston, descendants of Peter Manigault.

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It is the largest newspaper in South Carolina, followed by Columbia's The State and The Greenville News . [1]

History

The Charleston Courier, founded in 1803, and Charleston Daily News, founded in 1865, merged to form the News and Courier in 1873.

The Evening Post was founded in 1894, but quickly ran into financial trouble. In 1896, rice planter Arthur Manigault stepped in to rescue the paper. The paper and its successors have been in the hands of the Manigault family for four generations. In 1926, Manigault's son, Robert, bought The News and Courier.[ citation needed ]

Mid-century, the News and Courier was the most segregationist newspaper in the South. [2] Its editor, Thomas R. Waring Jr., was a staunch segregationist, as was staffer W. D. Workman Jr., who ran for public office in a campaign that united South Carolina's formerly divided racial and economic conservatives. [3]

By 1991, it was apparent Charleston could no longer support two newspapers, so the News and Courier and Evening Post were merged into a single morning newspaper, The Post and Courier. However, the two papers had shared the same editorial staff since the 1980s.[ citation needed ]

The founder of the Courier, Aaron Smith Willington, came from Massachusetts with newspaper experience. In the early 19th century, he was known to row out to meet ships from London, Liverpool, Havre, and New York City to get the news earlier than other Charleston papers. He also had a translator working for him, so he could copy items from the Havana newspapers. Rudolph Septimus Siegling also served as editor during the 1800s.

The paper acquired several sisters in the 1990s when its parent bought other newspapers and television stations.

Awards

In 2008, the newspaper won national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and American Society of Newspaper Editors for coverage of the Charleston Sofa Super Store fire. [4] In 2008, Reporter Tony Bartelme also won the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for a story about the effect of China's growth on local economies. [5] In 2015 it won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of domestic violence. [6]

Circulation figures

The reported numbers for The Post and Courier's circulation as of the six months ended September 30, 2009, were 86,084 daily and 94,940 on Sundays. This is down some 13% from the period ended March 31, 2008, which were 99,459 daily and 110,289 on Sunday.

At the start of 2009, The Post and Courier's circulation figures were down to 94,647 for dailies and 97,549 for Sundays, 4.8% down from the previous year's figures. By the end of 2012, the circulation figures (including paid and non-paid) had declined to 82,266 for dailies and 92,062 for Sundays.

For the 4th quarter of 2015, paid circulation had dropped to 68,400 for Sundays and 56,000-57,000 for dailies as reported by the Alliance for Audited Media. In the first quarter of 2020, audited daily and Sunday circulation totals were at 45,016 and 51,190, respectively.

Layoffs

A decline in revenue made the paper offer a buyout to employees in 2008 in an attempt to streamline the company and save money. After 64 full-time employees left, bringing the headcount down to 381 by the start of 2009.

On February 6, 2009, 25 more layoffs were announced. [7]

On March 23, 2009, Evening Post Publishing Co., the parent company of the paper, announced that a company-wide furlough plan would take place in the second quarter of 2009 and required employees to take five days of unpaid leave in another attempt to save the company money. The newspaper said the move was necessary "because of the continued weakness of the economy and the impact on advertising."

Charleston Scene

One addition to the paper is the weekly Charleston Scene guide—published on a Thursday, containing entertainment, music and food reviews for the local area.

On February 1, 2010, it was announced that Preview was renamed and re-launched as Charleston Scene, as of 11 March 2010. [8]

Newspaper Relocates

On September 1, 2021, Post and Courier relocates, the move from 134 Columbus Street will mean a more modern and efficient work arrangement for the newspaper’s newsroom, advertising, marketing and circulation departments. Those operations will relocate to 148 Williman Street in Charleston’s NoMo District of offices, technology firms and restaurants. The Post and Courier newspaper will begin relocating its business and editorial offices in mid-July in preparation for development of the second phase of the Courier Square office, residential and retail project. [9]

The parent of The Post and Courier is proposing to spin off its newspaper division and other subsidiaries into three separate businesses under a plan to realign the holdings of the family-owned company, it was announced April 5. The restructuring of Charleston-based Evening Post Industries is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, CEO John Barnwell said. None of the businesses is being sold, he said. [10]


See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 "Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. March 31, 2013. Archived from the original on March 6, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
  2. "Education: Sewanee's Pride". Time . June 2, 1961. ISSN   0040-781X.
  3. Bedingfield, Sid (November 26, 2017). "Before Breitbart, there was the Charleston News and Courier". The Conversation. Retrieved July 30, 2021.
  4. Romenesko, Jim (February 17, 2008). "ASNE names winners of its writing and photography contest". Poynter Institute.
  5. "2008 Gerald Loeb Award Winners Announced by UCLA Anderson School of Management". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 30, 2008.
  6. "Charleston's Post and Courier wins public service Pulitzer". South Carolina Herald. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  7. Hawkins, Ken (February 6, 2009). "Layoffs at The Post and Courier tops bad week for S.C. papers". The Digitel.
  8. Amaker, Marcus (February 1, 2010). "Preview will soon be reborn as a new magazine called Charleston Scene". The Post and Courier. Archived from the original on August 6, 2010.
  9. "The Post and Courier to relocate news, business, press operations". The Post and Courier. Jun 28, 2021.
  10. "The Post and Courier's parent to split into 3 separate companies". The Post and Courier. Apr 5, 2021.

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