Introduction to Madison News Media.
Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin, a state in the US. According to the Population and Housing Unit Estimates, the estimated population of Madison was 259,680 on July 1, 2019. However, Milwaukee is the highest populated city in Wisconsin. According to Madison.com, the city is the fastest growing in Wisconsin. The name of the capital city is inspired from the American Founding Father and President James Madison.
Media in Madison
A range of print publications operate in Madison to serve a diverse cultural, political and academic population. The Wisconsin State Journal is the most read newspaper of the city with a weekday circulation of 95,000 and Sunday circulation of 155,000. The daily newspaper has a sister publication titled “The Capital Times”, which comes as a Thursday supplement and publishes daily on its website.
While The Wisconsin State Journal is owned by Lee Enterprises, The Capital Times is an independently owned newspaper. Both the newspapers operate under a joint operation agreement called the Capital Newspapers. Wisconsin State Journal came out of the Wisconsin Express in 1839, while State Journal business manager William T. Evjue started The Capital Times in 1917.
History of Madison Newspapers
On December 2, 1839, The Wisconsin State Journal became the first newspaper published in Madison. Madison Hotel proprietor William W. Wyman had started it as an afternoon weekly newspaper under the title of Madison Express. In 1840, the newspaper endorsed William Henry Harrison for the presidency of the United States.
In 2012, The Wisconsin State Journal was among the finalists of the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. The newspaper had covered the “27 days of around-the-clock protests” in Wisconsin in 2011. In 2008, the editorial board of The Wisconsin State Journal was named a Pulitzer finalist for its “persistent, high-spirited campaign against abuses in the governor’s veto power”.
Madison newspapers and websites’ list
We have shared a list of the most prominent newspapers and websites operating in Madison below. Along with the list of prominent Madison newspapers and other publications, we have also tried to discuss the origin, status and relevance of these Madison based mediaunits.
Wisconsin State Journal
The Wisconsin State Journal is a Madison based newspaper published by Lee Enterprises. The city’s largest daily newspaper is Wisconsin’s second most circulated paper.
It is circulated in 19 county region of the south-central Wisconsin. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, The Wisconsin State Journal had an average circulation of 51,303 copies for weekday edition and 64,820 copies for the Sunday edition in September 2018.
In 2012, The Wisconsin State Journal was among finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. The newspaper staff had the “27 days of around-the-clock protests” at the state Capitol in 2011. In 2008, the editorial board of The Wisconsin State Journal was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for its “persistent, high-spirited campaign against abuses in the governor’s veto power”.
The Capital Times
The Capital Times, which is popularly known as Cap Times, is a sister publication of The Wisconsin State Journal. The digital-first newspaper is jointly owned by Capital Newspapers and Lee Enterprises. Earlier, The Capital Times used to publish from Monday to Saturday. However, on April 26, 2008, it decided to suspend its daily print edition.
Currently, The Capital Times operates as a digital news platform with a weekly tabloid in publication. On Wednesday, people get a weekly copy of The Capital Times with the Wisconsin State Journal. It is also distributed through news racks in Madison.
Development, Education, Science & Environment, Local government, Investigations, State & national gov’t and Technology are among the sections of news on The Capital Times’ website.
Isthmus is an alternative weekly newspaper that is distributed for free in Madison. Vince O’Hern and Fred Milverstedt had started the Thursday paper in 1976. According to the Alternative Weekly Network, Isthmus has a weekly circulation of 50,000 copies. Besides local news, Isthmus also publishes opinion and articles related to sports, arts, music and dining.
The Badger Herald
The Badger Herald is a college newspaper published by the students of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The first edition of The Badger Herald was published in 1969. It publishes five days a week during the academic year and weekly during the summer season.
Madison has an extensive media for the coverage of political, academic and cultural news of the state. The Wisconsin State Journal is the most read newspaper in Madison. It claims to have an average weekday circulation of 95,000 copies and Sunday circulation of 155,000 copies.
The Capital Times is a sister publication of The Wisconsin State Journal. On Thursday, it comes as a supplement to the Journal. On the website, one can find a daily edition of The Capital Times. It comes as a print publication twice a week. While Lee Enterprises owns the Journal, the Times is independently owned.
The Wisconsin State Journal was started in 1839 under the title of Wisconsin Express. In 1917, the State Journal’s business manager William T. Evjue launched The Capital Times. It became popular quickly with the editorial criticisms of Wisconsin Republican Senator Robert M. La Follette, Sr. during the World War I.
Isthmus is the most popular alternative newspaper of Madison. Founded in 1976, the free weekly newspaper claims to have an average circulation of 65,000 copies. Popular satirical weekly magazine The Onion was also started in Madison in 1988. In 2001, it shifted business operations to New York.
The Daily Cardinal is the most popular college newspaper with a circulation of 10,000 copies. The Badger Herald is another college newspaper that is read by as many as 16,000 students.
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