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Massachusetts newspapers and Massachusetts newspaper list

Introduction to Massachusetts News Media.

Massachusetts is a state in the United States, sharing its borders with the Atlantic Ocean, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and has its fair mention in American journalism history, industry and academia.

First press in Massachusetts

The first press in North America was established in Cambridge, Massachusetts by Stephen Daye in 1690. It was from this press the early newspapers in present-day Massachusetts, The Oath of a Freeman and Peirce’s Almanack was published.

History of Newspapers in Massachusetts

First Paper in Massachusetts

The Boston News-Letter is the first newspaper of Massachusetts as it rolled out its first issue on April 24, 1704. The British government used to subsidize the limited-edition newspaper, the content of which was pre-approved by the Royal governor.

Over the years the newspaper industry in Massachusetts has grown and as of 2021, there are about 270 newspapers in the state. The Boston Globe, Springfield Republican, Boston Herald and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette are some of the top newspapers in the state in terms of circulation in Massachusetts. Other than these, Massachusetts has other community daily newspapers and weeklies.

News agency Associated Press has a bureau in Boston, while the state government owns a local news wire called the State House News Service that provides news feeds from the government to other media organisations operating in Massachusetts.

TV & Radio Media in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has two major TV media markets — the Boston/Manchester and the Springfield area market. WGBH-TV is the leading public TV station in Boston, which is known for the production of national programs like Frontline, Nova and American Experience.

Massachusetts also has several popular FM and AM besides several regional or community-based radio stations. Well known for its higher education, Massachusetts also boasts of some colleges and universities that operate campus radio and television stations. Some of these educational institutes also print their newspapers.

This article will discuss in detail the top newspapers & news websites in Massachusetts.

Boston Online

Boston Online is an online news website in Massachusetts primarily local all facets of news & updates from Boston. Other than local news, the website also covers important national & international news. The website has dedicated sections for news, weather updates, sports news, culture, travel, events, and more.

Massachusetts Newspapers 01 Boston Online website

Boston Online Online

Boston Globe

Massachusetts Newspapers 02 Boston Globe

Boston Globe is a daily newspaper in the US-based out of Boston, Massachusetts. The paper was established in 1872 and has over the years won 29 Pulitzer prices making it one of the nation’s most prestigious papers.  As of 2021, the paper is owned by Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC.

History

As said Boston Globe was established in 1872 by 6 businessmen from Boston, including Eben Dyer Jordan & Cyrus Wakefield. It was a morning daily when first launched and the first issue of the paper hit the newsstands on March 4th.

What do they publish?

  • A daily printed edition of the newspaper with an estimated circulation of 92,820 copies (as of 2019). The paper is primarily focused on reporting the local and regional news along with important national & international news.
  • An online news website with dedicated sections for local news, sports, business & tech, opinion, politics, investigation, education, weather updates, and more.
  • An e-edition of the paper, access to which is restricted to paid subscribers.

Other than these, Boston Globe also has an active presence on Facebook & Twitter with these social media handles regularly updated with the latest news and updates. Readers can also follow these pages for prompt updates.

Massachusetts Newspapers 02 Boston Globe website

Boston Globe Online

Boston Globe ePaper

Boston Globe Android App

Boston Globe iOS App

The Republican

The Republican is a daily newspaper in Springfield, Massachusetts catering to the residents of Franklin county, Hampshire county, and the greater Springfield area. The paper was established in 1824 and it is currently owned by Advance Publications.

History

The Republican was established by Samuel Bowels in 1824 as a weekly newspaper primarily focussed on covering the local news & updates. The paper was converted to a daily newspaper in 1844 and its coverage was extended to every town and hamlet along the Massachusetts Valley, as well as from Springfield.

What do they publish?

  • A daily printed edition of the paper with a circulation of 76,353 copies (as of 2017). The paper is circulated across the Greater Springfield area.
  • An online news website with dedicated sections for local & regional news, sports, arts & entertainment, business, jobs, obituaries, latest news, weather updates and more. While most contents on the website are available to the readers for free, access to certain contents is restricted to paid subscribers.
  • An e-edition of the paper that can only be accessed by paid subscribers.

Other than these, The Republican also has an active presence on Facebook & Twitter. Readers can also follow these pages for prompt updates.

Massachusetts Newspapers 03 The Republican website

The Republican Online

The Republican Android App

The Republican iOS App

The Christian Science Monitor

Massachusetts Newspapers 04 The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a weekly newspaper based out of Boston, Massachusetts. It is a non-profit news publication known for avoiding sensationalism in its reporting. The paper first hit the newsstands in 1908 and was established by Mary Baker Eddy. It is important to note that despite its name, The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious publication.

History

The paper was established by Mary Baker Eddy in 1908 as a daily newspaper and it has over the years won seven Pulitzer Prizes and more than a dozen Overseas Press Club awards. The Christian Science Monitor was one of the early birds when it came to online publishing. They had their website up & running in 1996 and by 2001 they began publishing the e-edition. By 2009, due to a decline in printed circulation, the printed edition of the paper was made a weekly publication.

What do they publish?

  • A weekly printed edition of the newspaper with a circulation f 75, 052 copies (As of 2011).
  • An online news website with dedicated sections for national & international news, economy, opinion, science & technology, arts & entertainment, politics, local news, etc.
  • An e-edition of the paper the access to which is restricted to paid subscribers.
Massachusetts Newspapers 04 The Christian Science Monitor website

The Christian Science Monitor Online

The Christian Science Monitor ePaper

Boston Herald

Massachusetts Newspapers 05 Boston Herald

Boston Herald is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts primarily catering to Boston and its surrounding areas.  Established in 1846, the paper is currently owned by Digital First Media and has a daily circulation of 25,000 copies, 73,913 copies on Saturdays, and 45,833 copies on Sundays (as of 2020). Apart from the daily printed edition, they also publish an online news website.

Massachusetts Newspapers 05 Boston Herald website

Boston Herald Online

Boston Herald ePaper

Boston Herald Android App

Boston Herald iOS App

Telegram & Gazette 

Massachusetts Newspapers 06 Telegram Gazette

Telegram & Gazette is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts based out of Worcester. The paper primarily caters to the residents of Worcester county, the western suburbs of Boston, Western Massachusetts, and several towns in Windham County in northeastern Massachusetts.

History

Telegram & Gazette was established in 1866 as an evening newspaper named the Worcester Evening Gazette. The paper was quick to gain popularity & within a few years after launch, it became the prominent newspaper in the state. Over the years the paper underwent a series of mergers, acquisitions & name changes until it became the Telegram & Gazette.

Today the paper is owned by Gannet and has a daily circulation of 74,563 copies on weekdays, 70,805 copies on Saturdays, and 79,958 copies on Sundays (as of 2012).

What do they publish?

  • A daily printed edition of the newspaper primarily catering to the residents of Worcester county, the western suburbs of Boston, Western Massachusetts, and several towns in Windham County in northeastern Massachusetts.
  • An online news website with dedicated sections for news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, headlines, opinion, obituaries, and more.
  • An e-edition of the newspaper the access to which is restricted to paid subscribers.
Massachusetts Newspapers 06 Telegram Gazette website

Telegram & Gazette Online

Telegram & Gazette Android App

Telegram & Gazette iOS App

Wicked Local

Wicked Local is an online news website that covers news and updates from the entire Eastern Massachusetts region and caters to about 160 communities in the region. The website has dedicated sections for news, sports, weather updates and more. The website is actually a network of 100+ news website each dedicated to covering news & updates from a community.

Massachusetts Newspapers 07 Wicked Local website

Wicked Local Online

The Harvard Crimson

Massachusetts Newspapers 08 The Harvard Crimson

The Harvard Crimson is a student newspaper in Massachusetts published by the students of Harvard University. It is currently owned by The Trustees of The Harvard Crimson, comprised of Harvard College undergraduates. Established in 1873, it is the nation’s oldest continuously published daily college newspaper and the only breakfast-table daily newspaper in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

History

As said, The Harvard Crimson was established in 1873 as The Magenta which was a bi-weekly publication. It was the first successful news publication from Harvard University as the Dean & faculty of the College had suspended the existence of several previous student newspapers.

The publication was renamed The Harvard Crimson in 1875 and was later made a daily newspaper in 1885.

What do they publish?

1. A daily printed edition of the newspaper that is circulated in Cambridge and parts of Middlesex county.

2. An online news website with dedicated sections for news, opinion, arts & entertainment, sports, and more.

3. An e-edition of the newspaper, the access to which restricted to paid subscribers.

Massachusetts Newspapers 08 The Harvard Crimson website

The Harvard Crimson Online

The Harvard Crimson ePaper

Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts Newspapers 09 Cape Cod Times

Cape Cod Times is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the residents of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The paper was established in 1936 by businessman J.P. Dunn and Basil Brewer as the Cape Cod Standard-Times. It was later converted to an independent daily on January 1, 1971, and renamed the Cape Cod Times.

As of 2021, the paper is owned by Gannet and has a daily circulation of 35,776 copies and 39,970 copies on Sundays.

Massachusetts Newspapers 09 Cape Cod Times website

Cape Cod Times Online

Cape Cod Times ePaper

Cape Cod Times Android App

Cape Cod Times iOS App

The MetroWest Daily News

Massachusetts Newspapers 10 The MetroWest Daily News scaled

The MetroWest Daily News is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the residents of the MetroWest region of suburban Boston. The paper was established in 1897 as the Framingham Evening News, an evening newspaper and is currently owned by Gannet. As of 2012, the paper has a daily circulation of 17,830 copies, 15,958 copies on Saturdays, and 21,906 copies on Sundays.

Other than the printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website.

Massachusetts Newspapers 10 The MetroWest Daily News website

The MetroWest Daily News Online

The MetroWest Daily News ePaper

The MetroWest Daily News Android App

The MetroWest Daily News iOS App

The Eagle-Tribune

The Eagle-Tribune is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the residents of Merrimack Valley and Essex County in Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire. The paper was established in 1868 as the Lawrence Daily Eagle and was owned by the Rogers family until Community Newspaper Holdings acquired the newspaper in 2005.

As per the latest survey of 2012, the paper had a daily circulation of 35,397 copies & a Sunday circulation of 36,904 copies.

Massachusetts Newspapers 11 TheEagle Tribune website

The Eagle-Tribune Online

The Eagle-Tribune ePaper

The Eagle-Tribune Android App

The Eagle-Tribune iOS App

The Sun (Lowell)

Massachusetts Newspapers 12 The Sun

The Sun is also known as The Lowell Sun is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts serving towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in the Greater Lowell area and beyond. The paper first hit the newsstands in 1878 as the Lowell Weekly Sun and it over the years underwent a series of mergers and acquisitions before becoming The Sun.

Today the paper is owned by MediaNews group and daily circulation of 42,899 copies and 47,897 copies on Sundays (As of 2011).

Massachusetts Newspapers 12 The Sun website

The Sun Online

The Sun ePaper

The Sun Android App

The Sun iOS App

The Standard-Times

Massachusetts Newspapers 13 The Standard Times

The Standard-Times is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts owned by Gannet. The paper was established in 1850, as Daily Evening Standard and over the years underwent a series of mergers and acquisitions before becoming The Standard-Times. With a daily circulation of 21,582 and 23,070 on Sundays, The Standard-Times is the largest of three daily newspapers covering Southern Massachusetts.

Apart from the daily printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website & an e-edition.

Massachusetts Newspapers 13 The Standard Times website

The Standard-Times Online

The Standard-Times ePaper

The Standard-Times Android App

The Standard-Times iOS App

The Salem Evening News

The Salem Evening News is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the residents of southern Essex County, Massachusetts. As the name suggests, the paper is published Monday through Saturday afternoons and has a daily circulation of 20,295 copies.

Apart from the daily printed edition the paper also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for news, sports, opinion, magazines, classifieds, headlines, latest news, and more.

Massachusetts Newspapers 14 The Salem Evening website

The Salem Evening Online

The Salem Evening ePaper

The Salem Evening Android App

The Salem Evening iOS App

The Recorder

The Recorder also knows as The Greenfield Recorder is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the residents of Franklin County. The paper was established in 1792, as The Impartial Intelligencer and is currently owned by Newspapers of New England. It is one of the oldest newspapers in the country and the second oldest daily in Massachusetts.

Apart from the daily printed edition the paper also publishes an online news website and an e-edition.

Massachusetts Newspapers 15 The Recorder website

The Recorder Online

The Recorder ePaper

The Berkshire Eagle

Massachusetts Newspapers 16 The Berkshire Eagle

The Berkshire Eagle is a daily newspaper published in Pittsfield, and covering all of Berkshire County, and four New York communities near Pittsfield. The history of the paper can be traced back to The Western Star, a weekly newspaper that was published in 1789.

As of 2021, the paper is owned by New England Newspapers, Inc. and has a daily circulation of 23,835 copies and a Sunday circulation of 26,708 copies.

The Berkshire Eagle Online

The Berkshire Eagle ePaper

The Berkshire Eagle Android App

The Berkshire Eagle iOS App

Patriot Ledger

Patriot Ledger is a daily local newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the residents of Quincy & its surroundings in Norfolk county. The paper was established in 1837 as the Quincy Patriot by John Adams Green and Edmund Butler Osborne. As of 2021, the paper is owned by Gannet and is a prominent newspaper in the state.

Apart from the daily printed edition the paper also publishes an online news website and an e-edition.

Massachusetts Newspapers 17 Patriot Ledger website

Patriot Ledger Online

Patriot Ledger ePaper

Patriot Ledger Android App

Patriot Ledger iOS App

The Sun Chronicle

Massachusetts Newspapers 18 The Sun Chronicle

The Sun Chronicle is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts primarily catering to the readers in Attleboro, North Attleborough, Foxborough, Mansfield, Norfolk, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham in Massachusetts. The paper as seen today was established by Guy S. DeVany by merging the erstwhile newspapers The Attleboro Sun and The Evening Chronicle.

As of 2021, the paper is owned by Triboro Massachusetts News Media and has a daily circulation of 10,400 copies (As of 2018).

Massachusetts Newspapers 18 The Sun Chronicle website

The Sun Chronicle Online

The Sun Chronicle ePaper

The Foxboro Reporter

The Foxboro Reporter is a weekly newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the readers in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts. Established in 1884, it is now owned by Triboro Massachusetts News Media and is a sister concern of The Sun Chronicle.

Other than the weekly newspaper, they also publish an online news website.

Massachusetts Newspapers 19 The Foxboro Reporter website

The Foxboro Reporter Online

Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts Newspapers 20 Boston Business Journal

Boston Business Journal is a weekly business newspaper published in Boston, Massachusetts. It is was first launched by Robert Bergenheim and launched its first issue on March 2, 1981. Today the paper is owned by American City Business Journals and is a prominent business publication in Boston.

Massachusetts Newspapers 20 Boston Business Journal website

Boston Business Journal Online

The Enterprise

Massachusetts Newspapers 21 The Enterprise

The Enterprise is an afternoon daily newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the residents of Brockton and nearby towns in northern Bristol and Plymouth counties, and southern Norfolk County. The paper was established in 1881 and is currently owned by Gannet. As per the readership survey of 2012, The Enterprise had a daily circulation of 22,454 copies, 18,988 copies on Saturdays, and 25,985 copies on Sundays.

Massachusetts Newspapers 21 The Enterprise website

The Enterprise Online

The Enterprise ePaper

The Enterprise Android App

The Enterprise iOS App

The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Massachusetts Newspapers 22 The Martha s Vineyard Times

The Martha’s Vineyard Times is an independently owned weekly newspaper on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The newspaper was established in 1984 by Al Brickman, Robert Carroll, Fred Ferro, Allen Jones, and Edward Redstone. As of 2021, the paper is owned by Barbara and Peter Oberfest.

Massachusetts Newspapers 22 The Martha s Vineyard Times website

The Martha’s Vineyard Times Online

The Daily News of Newburyport

As the name suggests, The Daily News of Newburyport is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the readers in northeastern Essex County. The paper was established in 1887 by Philip Saltonstall Weld and is currently owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.

Massachusetts Newspapers 23 The Daily News of Newburyport website

The Daily News of Newburyport Online

The Daily News of Newburyport ePaper

The Daily News of Newburyport Android App

The Daily News of Newburyport iOS App

The Herald News

Massachusetts Newspapers 24 The Herald News

The Herald News is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the Fall River and the nearby towns of Dighton, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea and Westport, Massachusetts; and Little Compton and Tiverton, Rhode Island. The paper was established in 1892 and is currently owned by Gannet.

Massachusetts Newspapers 24 The Herald News website

The Herald News Online

The Herald News ePaper

The Herald News Android App

The Herald News iOS App

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts published by the students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The paper was established in 1890 as the Aggie Life which over the years underwent a series of mergers and acquisitions and finally became The Massachusetts Daily Collegian.

Massachusetts Newspapers 25 The Massachusetts Daily Collegian website

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian Online

Worcester Business Journal

Worcester Business Journal is a bi-weekly business newspaper that is published in Central Massachusetts. Other than the bi-weekly printed edition the paper also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for the latest news, editions, business calendar, and more. Worcester Business Journal also has an active presence on social media.

Massachusetts Newspapers 26 Worcester Business Journal website

Worcester Business Journal Online

The Sentinel & Enterprise 

The Sentinel & Enterprise is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts owned by MediaNews group. The paper was established in 1838 as the Fitchburg Sentinel and it has since been catering to the residents of Fitchburg, Leominster and several nearby towns in northern Worcester County and northwest Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Newspapers 27 The Sentinel Enterprise website

The Sentinel & Enterprise Online

The Sentinel & Enterprise ePaper

The Sentinel & Enterprise Android App

The Sentinel & Enterprise iOS App

Vineyard Gazette

Vineyard Gazette is a weekly newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the residents on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The history of the newspaper can be traced back to 1846 when it was first established by Edgar Marchant. Today other than the weekly printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website.

Massachusetts Newspapers 28 Vineyard Gazette website

Vineyard Gazette Online

Armenian Weekly

Armenian Weekly is a weekly newspaper that is published in Massachusetts by Hairenik Association, Inc. in Watertown, Massachusetts. The paper was established in 1934 as the Hairenik Weekly and its name was later changed to Armenian Weekly. The paper primarily caters to the American-Armenian community & they publish editorials, political analyses, regular columns, short stories, and poems.

Massachusetts Newspapers 29 Armenian Weekly website

Armenian Weekly Online

Gloucester Daily Times

Gloucester Daily Times is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts published by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. Established in 1868 the paper-primarily caters to the residents of Gloucester, towns on Cape Ann in Essex County: Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. Other than the daily printed edition, the paper also has an active presence on the web through their news website.

Massachusetts Newspapers 30 Gloucester Daily Times website

Gloucester Daily Times Online

Gloucester Daily Times ePaper

Gloucester Daily Times Android App

Milford Daily News

Massachusetts Newspapers 31 Milford Daily News

Milford Daily News is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the readers in Milford, and several nearby towns in Norfolk and Worcester counties. The paper was established in 1887 and is currently owned by Gannet. Other than the daily printed edition, the paper also has a strong presence on the web & social media.

Massachusetts Newspapers 31 Milford Daily News website

Milford Daily News Online

Milford Daily News ePaper

Milford Daily News Android App

Milford Daily News iOS App

Dorchester Reporter 

Dorchester Reporter is a weekly community newspaper in Boston owned by Boston Neighbourhood News, Inc. The paper was established in 1983 and is today a prominent source for news, commentary and events in Dorchester. Other than the weekly printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website & an e-edition.

Massachusetts Newspapers 32 Dorchester Reporter website

Dorchester Reporter Online

Dorchester Reporter ePaper

Conclusion

The newspapers & news websites mentioned previously are not the full list of the ones that are currently published in Massachusetts. Instead, they are the top ones that are currently circulated in the state. As of 2021, there are about 270 newspapers & news websites in the state. Out of these, Boston Globe is the largest newspaper in terms of circulation and Telegram & Gazette is the smallest one.

While Massachusetts is a state with a rich media history that dates back to 1690 (establishing the first press in North America) the situation of the print newspapers in the state is grim. With better internet connectivity and the advent of digital publication, most readers have shifted to online mediums. This isn’t just happening in Massachusetts instead; it is happening across all US states & countries across the globe. In a report on the circulation of newspaper in the US, it was estimated that the circulation of newspaper in the county has dropped to an all-time low since 1940.

Today most of the local & community newspapers in Massachusetts are struggling to keep their businesses afloat. The drop in circulation of the printed newspaper has impacted the advertising revenue of these small-time newspapers. In a desperate attempt to stay afloat, these papers have either reduced their print run or have shifted to digital publication.

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