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Missouri newspapers and Missouri newspaper list

Missouri is a US state located in the midwestern part of the US. More than six million people reside in the state with St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield being the most populated cities and a major market for newspapers.

History of Missouri Newspapers

In 1808, Missouri welcomed its first printing press and it was established in the Territory of Louisiana (Present day St. Louis).  It was Joseph Charless who published the first newspaper in the region on July 12, 1808. The newspaper had over 170 subscribers initially and most of them used to pay Charless with flour, beef, corn and pork for the annual subscription that was valued at $3 at that time.

Charless changed the name of the newspaper to the Louisiana Gazette in 1809. However, with the creation of the Missouri Territory in 1812, the title of the newspaper was changed to Missouri Gazette.

Western Journal was the second newspaper to be published in the state. It was established by Joshua Norvell in 1815. However, the paper was sold inside of two years and it was later renamed to The Western Emigrant on May 17, 1817. After two more years, The Western Emigrant was renamed as St. Louis Enquirer under new ownership.

Missouri has more than 50 newspapers operating from different parts of the state. This article will discuss in detail the top newspapers & news websites in the state.

The Sporting News 

The Sporting News is a sports website in the US primarily covering news & updates about baseball. It was initially launched as a printed magazine in 1886 and remained in circulation until 2012. As of 2021 the paper The Sporting News is owned by DAZN Group.

History

The Sporting News was first launched in St. Louis in 1886 as a weekly magazine by Alfred H. Spink, a director of the St. Louis Browns baseball team. Baseball, professional boxing & horse racing were the primary news covered by the newspaper.  Within a few years after launch, the paper began to cover baseball news exclusively until 1942 where they began to cover in-season football.

The paper remained a weekly newspaper until 2008 following which it was converted to a bi-weekly newspaper. By 2011 the circulation of the paper had declined forcing the paper to be converted to a monthly newspaper. It remained to be a monthly circulation until 2012 following which it was converted to an online newspaper.

What do they publish?

  • An online news website with dedicated sections for NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, Soccer, NASCAR, and more. Apart from a strong presence on the web, The Sporting News also has an active presence on social media.
Missouri Newspapers 01 The Sporting News website

The Sporting News Online

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Missouri Newspapers 02 St. Louis Post Dispatch

St. Louis Post-Dispatch is a daily newspaper in St. Louis catering to the residents in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. The paper was established in 1878 and has over the years become the largest newspaper in the metropolitan area and is owned by Lee Enterprises. Other than the printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website and also has an active presence on social media.

Missouri Newspapers 02 St. Louis Post Dispatch website

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Online

St. Louis Post-Dispatch ePaper

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Android App

St. Louis Post-Dispatch iOS App

The Kansas City Star

Missouri Newspapers 03 The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star is a daily newspaper in Missouri primarily catering to the residents in Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties. The paper was established in 1880 and has over the years become a prominent publication in the state.

History

As said, the paper first hit the newsstands in 1880 as an evening newspaper named The Kansas City Evening StarWilliam Rockhill Nelson and Samuel E. Morss were the publishers of The Kansas City Evening Star. The paper was quick to gain popularity and by 1982, it acquired one of its competitors Kansas City Evening Mail. The paper was renamed to The Kansas City Star in 1985 and has since been named the same.

Over the years the paper underwent a series of mergers & acquisitions until McClatchy bought it in 2005.

What do they publish?

  • A daily printed edition of the newspaper covering local, state & national news. As per the readership survey of 2018, the paper had a daily circulation of 76,853 copies and Sunday circulation of 118,203 copies.
  • An online news website with dedicated sections for news, sports, politics, entertainment, business, opinion, and more.
  • An e-edition of the paper, the access to which is restricted to paid subscribers.
Missouri Newspapers 03 The Kansas City Star website

The Kansas City Star Online

The Kansas City Star ePaper

The Kansas City Star Android App

The Kansas City Star iOS App

The Lee’s Summit Journal

The Lee’s Summit Journal is a bi-weekly newspaper McClatchy primarily catering to the readers in the city of Lee’s Summit. The paper was established in 1881 and it currently has a weekly subscription of 1,689 copies. Apart from the weekly printed edition, The Lee’s Summit Journal also publishes a news website that’s hosted along with the Kansas City Star.

Missouri Newspapers 04 The Lees Summit Journal website

The Lee’s Summit Journal Online

The Riverfront Times 

The Riverfront Times is a weekly newspaper in the US state of Missouri published by Euclid Media Group. Established in the year 1977, the paper was quick to gain popularity and it today covers local politics, music, arts, and more.

What do they publish?

  • A daily printed edition of the newspaper with a weekly circulation of 81,276 copies (As of 2016).
  • A news website with dedicated sections for news, arts, culture, music, movies, etc.

Other than these, The Riverfront Times also has an active presence on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Readers can also follow the paper’s social media handles for prompt updates.

Missouri Newspapers 05 The Riverfront Times website

The Riverfront Times Online

The Riverfront Times ePaper

Springfield News-Leader

Springfield News-Leader is a daily newspaper in Missouri owned by Gannet. Established in 1867, the paper primarily caters to readers in the city of Springfield & Ozark mountains.

What do they publish?

  • A printed edition of the newspaper with daily circulation of 32,363 and a Sunday circulation of 51,402 as of 2013.
  • An online news website with dedicated sections for news, sports, life, opinion, entertainment, obituaries, e-edition, and more.
Missouri Newspapers 06 Springfield News Leader website

Springfield News-Leader Online

Springfield News-Leader ePaper

Springfield News-Leader Android App

Springfield News-Leader iOS App

St. Louis American

Missouri Newspapers 07 St. Louis American

St. Louis American is a weekly newspaper in Missouri catering to the African-American community in St. Louis. The paper was established in 1928 and has over the years undergone a series of mergers and acquisitions. As of 2021, it is the largest weekly newspaper in St. Louis and it is available in both print & online.  

Missouri Newspapers 07 St. Louis American website

St. Louis American Online

St. Louis American ePaper

News-Press NOW

News-Press NOW is a local news & weather TV channel based in St. Joseph, Missouri. The channel is owned by the News-Press & Gazette Company and it first went on air in 2006. Other than the news coverage through television, News-Press NOW also publishes a news website with dedicated sections for news, sports, obituaries, and more.

Missouri Newspapers 08 News Press NOW website

News-Press NOW Online

News-Press NOW Android App

News-Press NOW iOS App

The Pitch

The Pitch is an alternative weekly newspaper published in Kansas City Metropolitan area. The paper was established in 1980 and is currently owned by Carey Media. Both the printed edition of the paper and its online edition primarily covers investigative stories of the local government, sports news, local news & updates, and more.

Missouri Newspapers 09 The Pitch website

The Pitch Online

Jefferson City News Tribune

Jefferson City News Tribune is a daily newspaper in Missouri catering to the residents of Cole County. The paper first hit the newsstands on 1865 and has over the years become a prominent publication in the state. Both the paper and its printed edition mainly covers local news & important national news.

The online edition of Jefferson City News Tribune has dedicated sections for local news, national news, international news, sports, opinion, & obituaries.

Jefferson City News Tribune Online

Columbia Missourian

Columbia Missourian is a daily newspaper in Missouri published by the Missourian Publishing Association. The paper was established in 1908 and has over the years become a prominent publication in the state. Today, it is a digital-first publication with its printed edition being circulated 5 days a week & e-edition is published 7 days a week.

The paper also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for local & national news, sports, obituaries, opinion, and more.

Missouri Newspapers 11 Columbia Missourian website

Columbia Missourian Online

Columbia Missourian ePaper

Columbia Missourian Android App

Ste. Genevieve Herald

Missouri Newspapers 12 Ste. Genevieve Herald

Ste. Genevieve Herald is a weekly newspaper in Missouri owned by Better Newspapers, Inc. The paper was established in 1882 and has been covering news and updates from Ste. Genevieve County. Other than the weekly printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for community news, sports, obituaries, religion, opinion and more. They also publish an e-edition that can be published from the paper’s official website.

Missouri Newspapers 12 Ste. Genevieve Herald website

Ste. Genevieve Herald Online

Ste. Genevieve Herald ePaper

The Joplin Globe

Missouri Newspapers 13 The Joplin Globe

The Joplin Globe is a daily newspaper that is available in both print & online. Owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., the paper was established in 1896 and has since been catering to the readers in Jasper County and northern Newton County.

Other than the daily printed edition, The Joplin Globe also publishes a news website with dedicated sections for news, sports, opinion, obituaries, and more. They also publish an e-edition, the access to which is restricted to paid customers.

Missouri Newspapers 13 The Joplin Globe website

The Joplin Globe Online

The Joplin Globe ePaper

The Joplin Globe Android App

The Joplin Globe iOS App

The Webster-Kirkwood Times

Missouri Newspapers 14 The Webster Kirkwood Times

The Webster-Kirkwood Times is a weekly newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers in Des Peres, Glendale, Kirkwood, Oakland, Rock Hill, Shrews­bury, Warson Woods, and Webster Groves. The paper also publishes an e-edition that can be accessed from their website by paid subscribers.

St. Louis South County Times and St. Louis West End Word are the other prominent publications published by The Webster-Kirkwood Times.

Missouri Newspapers 14 The Webster Kirkwood Times website

The Webster-Kirkwood Times Online

The Webster-Kirkwood Times ePaper

Columbia Daily Tribune 

Missouri Newspapers 15 Columbia Daily Tribune

Columbia Daily Tribune is a daily newspaper in Missouri primarily catering to the readers in Mid-Missouri. Charles Monro Strong & Barratt O’Hara established the paper as The Tribune in 1901 after merging the three erstwhile newspapers Missouri Intelligencer, The Columbia Patriot and The Columbia Statesman. As of 2016, the paper had a daily circulation of 14,312 copies.

Other than the daily printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for news, sports, entertainment, opinion, and more. They also publish an e-edition of the paper on the website, the access to which is restricted to paid subscribers.

Missouri Newspapers 15 Columbia Daily Tribune website

Columbia Daily Tribune Online

Columbia Daily Tribune ePaper

Columbia Daily Tribune Android App

Columbia Daily Tribune iOS App

Springfield Business Journal

Missouri Newspapers 16 Springfield Business Journal

Springfield Business Journal is a weekly newspaper in the state of Missouri catering to the business community in Southwest Missouri. The paper was established in 1980 and over the years has become a prominent business publication in the state. Other than the weekly printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for industries, data, events, top stories and more.

Missouri Newspapers 16 Springfield Business Journal website

Springfield Business Journal Online

Springfield Business Journal ePaper

Daily Journal

Missouri Newspapers 17 Daily Journal

Daily Journal is a local daily newspaper in Missouri catering to the residents of St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Reynolds, Jefferson, Madison, Iron and Washington counties. Rev. S.M. Brumfield established the newspaper in 1930 and has over the years undergone a series of mergers & acquisitions. As of 2020 the paper had a daily circulation of 4,500 copies and 6,250 copies on weekends.

Missouri Newspapers 17 Daily Journal website

Daily Journal Online

Daily Journal ePaper

Daily Journal Android App

Daily Journal iOS App

St. Louis Business Journal

Missouri Newspapers 18 St.Louis Business Journal

St. Louis Business Journal is the regional edition of the national business publication, Biz Journals. It is an online publication primarily focused on catering to the business community in St. Louis with local business news & updates. Other than the news website, St. Louis Business Journal also publishes an e-edition of the paper, the access to which is restricted to paid subscribers.

Missouri Newspapers 18 St.Louis Business Journal website

St. Louis Business Journal Online

St. Louis Business Journal ePaper

St. Louis Business Journal Android App

St. Louis Business Journal iOS App

Leader Publications

Missouri Newspapers 19 Leader Publications

Leader Publications is a weekly news publishing company in Missouri. The paper was established in 1994 and it publishes four community newspapers: Arnold-Imperial Leader, West Side Leader, Eureka Leader, Jefferson County Leader catering to the communities in Jefferson County. Other than the weekly printed edition, Leader Publicationsalso publishes an online news website with dedicated section for local news, sports, obituaries, features, etc.

Missouri Newspapers 19 Leader Publications website

Leader Publications Online

Leader Publications ePaper

Southeast Missourian

Southeast Missourian is a three-day newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers in Southeastern portion of Missouri. The paper was established in 1904 by George and Fred Naeter and it today has a daily circulation of 16,797 copies. Other than the printed edition of the newspaper, the paper also publishes a news website.

Southeast Missourian Online

Southeast Missourian Android App

Southeast Missourian iOS App

The Missourian 

The Missourian is a family owned and operated newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers in Washington & Franklin County. The paper was established in 1937 by James L. Miller, Sr in 1937 and it has since been a trusted source of local news in the region. Other than the daily printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website.

Missouri Newspapers 21 The Missourian website

The Missourian Online

The Missourian ePaper

Hannibal Courier-Post 

Missouri Newspapers 22 Hannibal Courier Post

Hannibal Courier-Post is a daily newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers in the city of Hannibal, and other communities in Marion, Pike, and Ralls Counties. The paper was established in 1832 as the Missouri Courier and it is one of the oldest newspapers in the state. Other than the daily printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website.

Missouri Newspapers 22 Hannibal Courier Post website

Hannibal Courier-Post Online

Hannibal Courier-Post ePaper

Student Life

Student Life is a bi-weekly newspaper in Missouri published by the students at the Washington University in St. Louis. It is a prominent publication in the state and has won several national awards and recognitions. As per the readership survey of 2016, the paper had a printed circulation of 6,000 copies and around 200,000 unique visitors to its online news website.

Missouri Newspapers 23 Student Life website

Student Life Online

The Houston Herald

Missouri Newspapers 24 The Houston Herald

The Houston Herald is a weekly newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers in south-central Missouri, including Houston, Texas County and the region. The paper was established in 1878 and has over the year grown to become a prominent publication in the state. The Houston Herald also publishes an online news website with sections for news, classifieds, sports, community news, and more.

Missouri Newspapers 24 The Houston Herald website

The Houston Herald Online

The Houston Herald ePaper

The University News 

The University News is a weekly student newspaper published by the students at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. The paper was established in 1933 and it is today available in both print and online.

Missouri Newspapers 25 The University News website

The University News Online

Branson Tri-Lakes News

Missouri Newspapers 26 Branson Tri Lakes News

Branson Tri-Lakes News is a twice-weekly newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers in Branson, Taney County and Stone County.  The paper is available in both print and online with its online website having dedicated sections for sports, announcements, opinion, top news, and more. Apart from these, they also publish an e-edition, the access to which is restricted to paid subscribers.

Missouri Newspapers 26 Branson Tri Lakes News website

Branson Tri-Lakes News Online

Branson Tri-Lakes News ePaper

The Rolla Daily News

The Rolla Daily News is a daily newspaper published in Missouri catering to the readers in Rolla and Phelps County.  The history of the paper can be traced back to 1870 and has over the years contributed a lot to the development of Rolla town. Today the paper is available in both print & online. Other than these the paper also publishes an e-edition.

Missouri Newspapers 27 The Rolla Daily News website

The Rolla Daily News Online

The Rolla Daily News ePaper

The Rolla Daily News Android App

The Rolla Daily News iOS App

St. Louis Jewish Light

St. Louis Jewish Light is a bi-weekly Jewish paper in Missouri catering to the Jewish community in St. Louis. The paper was established in 1947 and is primarily focussed on covering news & updates that are of concern to the Jewish community. Other than the printed edition, the paper also publishes a news website with dedicated sections for lifestyle, obituaries, celebrations, opinion, and more.

Missouri Newspapers 28 St. Louis Jewish Light website 1

St. Louis Jewish Light Online

The Maneater

Missouri Newspapers 29 The Maneater

The Maneater is a student newspaper published by the students at the University of Missouri. Joel Gold who was a student at the University of Missouri established the paper in 1955 as the Missouri Student. It was later renamed The Maneater and has since been covering news & updates from the university.

Missouri Newspapers 29 The Maneater website

The Maneater Online

Sedalia Democrat

Sedalia Democrat is a daily newspaper in Missouri primarily catering to the readers in the city of Sedalia & west-central Missouri. The paper was established in 1868 as a weekly newspaper named the Democratic Press. Over the years the paper underwent a series of mergers and acquisitions before it was renamed the Sedalia Democrat and was converted to a daily publication.

Sedalia Democrat Online

Sedalia Democrat ePaper

Maryville Daily Forum

Maryville Daily Forum is an online news website in Missouri primarily catering to the readers in Nodaway County and beyond. The paper publishes an online news website with dedicate sections for new, sports, community news, obituaries, and more. Apart from these, the paper also publishes an e-edition that can be accessed from the official website.

Missouri Newspapers 31 Maryville Daily Forum website

Maryville Daily Forum Online

Maryville Daily Forum ePaper

Lake Sun Leader

Lake Sun Leader is a daily newspaper in Missouri covering the Lake of the Ozarks region and surroundings. The paper is available in both print & online and they also publish an e-edition of the paper that can be accessed by paid subscribers from their official website.

Missouri Newspapers 32 Lake Sun Leader website

Lake Sun Leader Online

Lake Sun Leader ePaper

The Salam News 

The Salam News is a local newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers in Dent County & its surroundings. Other than the printed edition, the paper also publishes a news website with dedicated sections for local news, headlines, obituaries, community news, and more.

Missouri Newspapers 33 The Salam News website

The Salam News Online

Independence Examiner

Independence Examiner is a daily newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers in eastern Jackson County including Independence, Blue Springs and Grain Valley. The paper was established in 1898 as The Jackson Examiner and was later renamed Independence Examiner. Apart from the daily printed edition, the paper also publishes an e-edition that can be accessed by paid subscribers from the paper’s official website.

Missouri Newspapers 34 Independence Examiner website 1
Missouri Newspapers 34 Independence Examiner website

Independence Examiner Online

Independence Examiner ePaper

Independence Examiner Android App

Independence Examiner iOS App

Bolivar Herald – Free Press

Bolivar Herald – Free Press is a weekly newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers in Polk County and surroundings. The history of the paper can be traced back to The Free Press that was launched in 1868. The Free Press later merged with Bolivar Herald and Polk County Times to form the Bolivar Herald – Free Press in 1969. Today the paper is available in both print and online and they also publish an e-edition.

Missouri Newspapers 35 Bolivar Herald Free Press website

Bolivar Herald – Free Press Online

Bolivar Herald – Free Press ePaper

Missouri Lawyers Media

Missouri Lawyers Media is a weekly newspaper in Missouri covering legal news & updates from across the state. Other than the weekly printed edition, the paper also publishes an online newspaper with dedicated sections for news, special reports, events, and more.

Missouri Newspapers 36 Missouri Lawyers Media website

Missouri Lawyers Media Online

Warrensburg Star-Journal

Missouri Newspapers 37 Warrensburg Star Journal

Warrensburg Star-Journal is a daily newspaper in Missouri primarily catering to the readers in Jackson County. The paper was established in 1865 as the Warrensburg Journal and over the years the paper underwent a series of mergers with Warrensburg Democrat and Johnson County Star to form the Warrensburg Star-Journal.

Missouri Newspapers 37 Warrensburg Star Journal website

Warrensburg Star-Journal Online

Warrensburg Star-Journal ePaper

The Mexico Ledger

The Mexico Ledger is a daily newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers in the city of Mexico in Missouri. The paper was established in 1856 and is currently owned by Gannet. As of 2021, the paper is available in both print and online with its website having dedicated section for news, sports, classifieds, obituaries, and more.

Missouri Newspapers 38 The Mexico Ledger website

The Mexico Ledger Online

The Mexico Ledger ePaper

The Examiner

The Examiner is a daily newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers of Jackson County. The paper was first established as a weekly newspaper named the Jackson Examiner in 1898. It was later converted to a daily newspaper in 1905 and it is today owned by Gannet.

Missouri Newspapers 39 The Examiner Website

The Examiner Online

The Examiner ePaper

The Examiner Android App

The Examiner iOS App

Kirksville Daily Express

Missouri Newspapers 40 Kirksville Daily

Kirksville Daily Express is a daily newspaper in Missouri catering to the readers in Kirksville and Adair County. Though the history of the paper can be traced back to 1856, the paper as seen today was established in 1901. Today other than the daily printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website and an e-edition that can only be accessed by paid subscribers.

To Sum Up

The newspapers & news websites mentioned in this article are the top ones that are published in Missouri. Out of the publications, St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the largest newspaper in Missouri in terms of circulation and Daily American Republic the smallest.

Like the other newspapers in the US, the papers in Missouri have been battling dwindling revenues & loss in readership for some time. In a study conducted on the newspapers in the US, it was estimated that around 1,800 newspapers ceased their operation owing to financial reasons.

The industry which was already limping took another serious blow with the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the US. The weeklies & local newspapers which solely relied on revenue from advertisements were the most affected. In an effort to stay afloat, the weeklies/local newspapers in Missouri are either forced to switch to digital mode of publication or to cut down their print run to save publishing costs.

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Missouri Newspapers 40 Kirksville Daily Express website

Kirksville Daily Express Online

Kirksville Daily Express ePaper

Kirksville Daily Express Android App

Kirksville Daily Express iOS App

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