Today's Pulse

Last updated
Journal-News Pulse
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s) Cox Ohio Publishing
(as the Mason Shopping Guide)
Language English
Headquarters Liberty Township, Butler County, Ohio
City Lebanon, Mason, and Fairfield, Ohio
CountryUnited States
Sister newspapers Journal-News , Dayton Daily News

Journal-News Pulse is a free weekly newspaper published by Cox Media Group in Liberty Township, Butler County, Ohio, United States. It began publishing in the 1960s in Mason and was known as The Pulse-Journal for most of its history. In 2013, it merged with The Western Star of Lebanon and the Fairfield Echo of Fairfield in 2013. Since then, the paper has consisted of two Sunday editions, Today's Pulse of Warren County in southern Warren County and Today's Pulse of Butler County in eastern Butler County. Today's Pulse shares staff and resources with sister publications Journal-News and Dayton Daily News .

Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that also owns the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. The company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers, more than a dozen non-daily publications and more than 100 digital services. Cox Media Group is headquartered at 6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, Georgia. On July 24, 2018, Cox Media Group announced that it was "exploring strategic options" to divest the 14 television stations it owns.

Liberty Township, Butler County, Ohio Township in Ohio, United States

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In the 1960s, Pat and Delores Diangelo began publishing the free Mason Shopping Guide out of their Mason home. The paper moved to an office in downtown Mason in the late 1960s.

In the 1970s, the paper became The Pulse and began publishing in a broadsheet format. Thomson Newspapers' Journal Publishing Company purchased the Pulse, renaming it the Mason Pulse-Journal after sister publications JournalNews of Hamilton and The Middletown Journal of Middletown. It was renamed again to the Pulse-Journal in 1977. [1]

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In the late 1990s, the paper moved to a shopping plaza south of downtown Mason. In July 2000, Cox Ohio Publishing exercised a right of first refusal against a proposed sale of the Pulse-Journal and Thomson's other southwestern Ohio publications to Gannett Company, owner of The Cincinnati Enquirer . After purchasing the papers in September of that year, Cox moved them to a consolidated office in Liberty Township. [2] [3]

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In 2007, the paper's Mason/Deerfield edition under editor Thomas Barr and Chris Celek, Warren County editor of Cox Ohio Publishing's Southwest Group, garnered several national awards. It earned three Suburban Newspapers of America (now Local Media Association) first place honors as Non-Daily Newspaper of the Year, and also first place for Best Sports Section and for Best Headline. [4] Also in 2007, it named Best Local Community Website. In 2006, the paper's Mason/Deerfield edition, under the same editors, was named Best Non-Daily Newspaper in the nation by Inland Press Foundation. [5]

On January 17, 2013, the Pulse-Journal and sister weeklies The Western Star and Fairfield Echo published their final editions as separate publications. On January 17, they were replaced by Today's Pulse of Warren County, a product of The Western Star and Today's Pulse of Butler County, a product of the Fairfield Echo. [6] The Western Star had been Ohio's second-oldest newspaper and oldest weekly newspaper, having published since 1807. Whereas the three former papers delivered on Thursdays, Today's Pulse delivered on Sundays, to compete directly with the Enquirer's Sunday edition. [7]

The Western Star was a weekly newspaper published for 206 years, from February 13, 1807 to January 17, 2013. It had been the oldest weekly newspaper in Ohio, second oldest of any sort in Ohio after the daily Chillicothe Gazette, and the oldest paper bearing its original name published west of the Appalachian Mountains until it ceased publication with its January 17, 2013 printed edition. It had been published on Thursdays by Cox Media Group Ohio, the communications company founded by former Ohio Governor James Middleton Cox. Its coverage area was primarily Lebanon and southern Warren County.

The Fairfield Echo was a weekly broadsheet newspaper founded in Fairfield, Ohio. It was owned by Cox Enterprises until the company ceased publication of the Echo in January, 2013. The paper covered Fairfield and Fairfield Township in Butler County. The Echo was established on September 7, 1956, nearly a year after Fairfield became a city.

On October 6, 2016, Today's Pulse's website was consolidated into the Journal-News's website. [8]

In early 2018, "Today's Pulse" name was changed to the Journal-News Pulse to match the daily publication's name.

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