Introduction to North Carolina News Media.
North Carolina is a US state that is located in the southeastern part of the country and shares its borders with South Carolina, Virginia, the Atlantic Ocean, Georgia and Tennessee. The capital of North Carolina is Raleigh, while Charlotte is the state’s largest city. The population of Charlotte was estimated at 2,569,213 in 2018. Raleigh, Durham and Cary are home to the second largest population in the state with 2,079,687 residents estimated in 2019. North Carolina also boasts of Research Triangle Park, which is the largest research park in the country.
History of North Carolina Newspapers
North Carolina welcomed the first newspaper in the mid-18th century under the title “The Fayetteville Observer”. It started publishing in 1816 and remains in publication even today. The Wilmington Star-News is the second oldest newspaper of the state that is being published every day since 1867. According to the Library of Congress, North Carolina had approximately 240 newspapers by January 1, 2020.
Just like other states of the United States, the circulation of the printed newspapers has declined in the last decade. The Charlotte Observer and Raleigh-based The News & Observer enjoy a lion share of paid subscription in the state.
James Davis is the man credited for introducing North Carolina to the press. In 1749, he came from Virginia to print some government documents. After completing his work, he published the North Carolina Gazette on August 9, 1751, and continued it until 1778. On June 8, 1764, Davis started another publication under the title “North Carolina Magazine, or Universal Intelligencer” that survived for four years.
On October 17, 1764, Andrew Steuart entered the North Carolina media market with the North Carolina Gazette & Weekly Post-Boy. Adam Boyd started publishing Cape Fear Mercury on October 13, 1769. Following the Revolutionary War, the newspaper industry witnessed substantial growth in North Carolina.
North Carolina newspapers and websites’ list
Here below we present you a list of some of the most prominent newspapers and websites operating in North Carolina. With this list of prominent North Carolina newspapers and other publications, we have tried to explain the origin, operations, status and relevance of these North Carolina based mediahouses.
The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Morning News is an English language newspaper that serve the Dallas–Fort Worth region in Texas. The daily newspaper claims to have an average of 271,900 subscribers. Alfred Horatio Belo established the newspaper on October 1, 1885, as part of the Galveston Daily News. According to BurrellesLuce, The Dallas Morning News was among the 20 largest circulated newspaper in the United States from 2012 to 2013.
The newspaper has been bestowed with the Pulitzer Prize for nine times, in the 1990s and last in 2010, in both the categories of photography and news reporting. For education and regional reporting, The Dallas Morning News has received George Polk Awards while an Overseas Press Club award given for the newspaper’s photography.
Owned by the A. H. Belo Corporation, The Dallas Morning News has its headquarters in downtown Dallas. In 1926, the Belo family that established The Dallas Morning News had sold its majority share to the longtime publisher of the paper, George Dealey.
In January 2019, The Dallas Morning News fired people editorial, business and arts/culture departments. The paper’s daily business section was reduced to one separate section per week, while daily business coverage was clubbed with the Metro section of The Dallas Morning News. As many as 43 employees had lost their jobs in the crisis.
The News & Observer
The News & Observer is an English language newspaper with its base in Raleigh of North Carolina. The daily newspaper boasts of the largest circulation in North Carolina. Having won Pulitzer Prize thrice, The News & Observer was the first newspaper in the world to go online in 1994, according to PCMag.
The News & Observer won its most recent Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for its reports on North Carolina’s hog industry and its impacts on the health and environment. Melanie Sill, Joby Warrick and Pat Stith were among the reporters that reported about the state failure of the waste disposal systems.
In 1989, the newspaper received a Pulitzer Prize in the category of Criticism, thanks to the books written by Michael Skube. The News & Observer was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Commentary for the first time in 1983 in the recognition of Claude Sitton’s distinguished style of commentary.
The News & Observer also has a website with sections like Coronavirus, Local News, Sports, Living and Jobs/recruiting among others. The website provides its readers an access to the e-paper and regular updates on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The Chapel Hill News
The Chapel Hill News is an English language newspaper owned by The News & Observer Publishing Co. for the coverage of towns like Carrboro, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. In January 2018, the print publication of The Chapel Hill News was stopped along with nine other bi-weekly newspapers owned by the same company. Now, all the ten newspapers are published in form of a free weekly titled Triangle Today.
On the web, The News & Observer has dedicated a separate section of its website to The Chapel Hill News. Community, Celebrations, Obituaries, Opinion and Sports are among the subsections of The Chapel Hill News section. One can follow The Chapel Hill News on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for regular news updates.
Clayton News-Star is an English language newspaper owned by The News & Observer Publishing Co. for the coverage of North Carolina’s Clayton town. In January 2018, The News & Observer Publishing Co. stopped print publication of the newspaper along with nine other bi-weekly newspapers owned by the company. Now, all the ten newspapers come consolidated in a free weekly called Triangle Today.
On the web, The News & Observer has dedicated a section of its website to Clayton News-Star. Community, Celebrations, Obituaries, Opinion and Sports are among the subsections of the Clayton News-Star section. One can follow Clayton News-Star on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for regular news updates.
The Charlotte Observer
The Charlotte Observer is a Charlotte-based newspaper that claims to enjoy second largest circulation in North Carolina and South Carolina combined. Established in 1886, The Charlotte Observer is owned by The McClatchy Company. On its website, The Charlotte Observer publishes news in sections like Coronavirus, Local News, Sports, Arts/culture and Business among others.
News & Record
News & Record is a newspaper circulating in the Guilford County of North Carolina with its base in Greensboro. For regions like Greensboro and Rockingham County, the American paper has local sections.
According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, News & Record had an average daily circulation of about 54,789 on September 30, 2011. The Sunday circulation at that time was estimated at 81,600 copies. News & Record comes third in the list of largest newspapers in North Carolina. The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer are the biggest ones.
News & Record also has a website with sections like Obituaries, Opinion, Sports, Entertainment, Lifestyles, COVID-19 and Buy & Sell for the convenience of its readers.
Asheville Citizen-Times is an Asheville-based newspaper of North Carolina that has been publishing daily since 1991. Owned by Gannett, Asheville Citizen-Times is a merger of morning and afternoon papers — Asheville Citizen and Asheville Times.
In 1870, Asheville Citizen was launched as a weekly newspaper and it became a state daily in 1885. Legendary writers like Thomas Wolfe, O. Henry and F. Scott Fitzgerald could be seen in the newsroom of the newspaper in its initial days.
In April 1997, Asheville Citizen-Times launched a website that now claims to host tens of thousands of visitors a day. Local, Sports, High School Huddle, Scene, Lifestyle and Obituaries are among the sections of news on the Asheville Citizen-Times website.
Winston-Salem Journal is daily newspaper for the coverage of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County regions of North Carolina. Lee Enterprises owns the Journal that was launched in 1897.
In 1971, Winston-Salem Journal was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for a year-long campaign in reportages against strip mining in western North Carolina and Virginia.
The website of Winston-Salem Journal is titled JournalNow. and WGHP of High Point is its television partner. In print, Winston-Salem Journal publishes separate weekly sections like Business, Journal West, Food and Relish. The same company has also been publishing a city magazine under the title of Winston-Salem Monthly since 2006. Carolina Weddings, WS Works and City Guide are among special editions of Winston-Salem Journal.
Star-News is a Wilmington-based newspaper of North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, Star-News is the oldest surviving newspaper in North Carolina. Until 2015, Star-News was owned by Halifax Media Group and lated it was acquired by New Media Investment Group. With 41,300 daily and 47,400 Sunday circulation, Star-News covers New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick.
Indy Week, which was initially titled the Independent Weekly, is a tabloid newspaper that publishes on every alternate week. With its base in Durham, North Carolina, Indy Week covers the entire of the Research Triangle area that includes Durham, Raleigh, Chapel, Cary and Hill along with counties like Durham County, Wake County, Orange County and Chatham County.
Chronicle, which is also known as Duke Chronicle, student paper published daily at Duke University in Durham. The first issue of the newspaper was published under the title of The Trinity Chronicle on December 19, 1905. While Trinity College was renamed Duke University with a donation by James Buchanan Duke, The Trinity Chronicle was also renamed Duke Chronicle.
Times-News is a Burlington-based newspaper of North Carolina that has been publishing daily since 1931. The Burlington Daily Times and The Burlington News had merged to give berth to Times-News. Established in in 1887, the newspaper came under the ownership of Freedom Communications Inc. in 1978. Halifax Media Group acquired Times-News in 2012 before Gannett completed a merger in 2019.
Athens Banner-Herald is a newspaper owned by Gannett for the coverage of Athens. According to Echo Media, the newspaper manages an average circulation of 20,000. On March 20, 1832, The Southern Banner was started and it went on to merge with Athens Herald in 1921.
Jacksonville Daily News
Jacksonville Daily News is a Jacksonville-based newspaper that is published daily in North Carolina. Besides Jacksonville city, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Onslow County, Swansboro, Richlands, Sneads Ferry, North Topsail and Holly Ridge are among the regions that the newspaper serves. Established in 1953, Jacksonville Daily News had a Sunday circulation of 9,000 copies in 2019, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.
The Fayetteville Observer
The Fayetteville Observer is a Fayetteville-bases newspaper of North Carolina. Established in 1816, the daily newspaper claimed to be the oldest in North Carolina. Initially, it was known as Carolina Observer and was owned by the McMurray family. However, in 2016, The Fayetteville Observer was acquired by GateHouse Media, which came under the ownership of Gannett in 2019.
Hickory Daily Record
Hickory Daily Record is a Hickory-based newspaper of North Carolina. Lee Enterprises owns the daily newspaper, which has membership of the North Carolina Press Association. Besides the city of Hickory, the newspaper serves Catawba County, Burke, Alexander County and Caldwell County. According to the Alliance for Audited Media, Hickory Daily Record had a weekend circulation of 9,372 copies and daily circulation of 7,853 in 2019.
The Daily Tar Heel
The Daily Tar Heel is a student newspaper published by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Established on February 23, 1893, The Daily Tar Heel stared publishing daily in 1929. The Daily Tar Heel reports all news related to the university and sports within the state. In 2016, The Daily Tar Heel stopped publishing its Tuesday edition before publishing only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in 2017.
The Gaston Gazette
The Gaston Gazette is a Gastonia-based newspaper of North Carolina. Freedom Communications owned the newspaper until 2012, before selling it to Halifax Media Group. New Media Investment Group acquired The Gaston Gazette in 2015 and merged with Gannett in 2019. The Gaston Gazette is known to be a conservative newspaper.
The Chronicle is a publication by journalism students of Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. It covers news from Durham College, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, region of Durham and beyond. Published by Greg Murphy, the website has sections such as news, features, sports and arts among others. The Chronicle is also available on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Charlotte Business Journal
Charlotte Business Journal covers business news. It is owned by American City Business Journals, which claims to be the largest publisher of metropolitan business newsweeklies in the US. Besides the weekly print edition, it is also available as a website. Charlotte Business Journal also publishes an annual Book of Lists and Commercial Real Estate guides and several other supplements.
Triad Business News
Triad Business Journal covers business news in the 12-county Triad region of North Carolina. It is circulated in cities such as Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Guilford, Forsyth and Alamance counties. Besides weekly print edition, it provides news via newsletters, website and social media accounts. Triad Business Journal is owned by American City Business Journals. It is also present on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Triangle Business Journal
Triangle Business Journal is a multimedia source for local business news in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill region. Owned by American City Business Journals, it is also available on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
The Robesonian is a daily newspaper published in Lumberton. It is published six days a week except for Monday. Founded by W.S. McDiamid, a Baptist preacher, its origin goes back to 1870. Since 2017, The Robesonian is owned by Champion Media. It also has a website, apps for mobile and social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
The Herald-Sun is a daily newspaper based in Durham. Published in the broadsheet format, it is owned by McClatchy Company. The first issue of the newspaper appeared on January 1, 1991. Two newspapers, namely -Durham Morning Herald (1919–1990) and Durham Sun (1913–1990) were merged to form The Herald-Sun. It also has a website with sections such as local news, sports, opinion, entertainment and many more.
Salisbury Post, a daily newspaper published in Salisbury, was established on January 9, 1905. It was known as Salisbury Evening Post until 1984. The daily was launched by J. B. Doub, E. C. Arey and Gabe M. Royal. Published in the broadsheet format, it is owned by Boone Newspapers.
Times-News is a daily English language newspaper. It is circulated in Henderson, Transylvania and Polk counties in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western areas of North Carolina. Its origin goes back to 1881. Based in Hendersonville of Henderson County, it was formed with the merger of two former newspapers- The Hendersonville Times and Hendersonville News. Halifax Media Group owned Times-News until New Media Investment Group acquired it in 2015.
The Sampson Independent
The Sampson Independent is a daily newspaper published in the English language. Based in Clinton of Sampson County, the newspaper is also a member of the North Carolina Press Association. The Sampson Independent traces its origin to 1924. It was established with the merger of two newspapers- The News Dispatch and The Sampsonian. It also has a news website, apps and social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
Yes! Weekly, headquartered in Greensboro of North Carolina is an alternative weekly newspaper. The newspaper is also circulated in High Point and Winston-Salem. Owned by Womack Newspapers Inc., Yes! Weekly is available on Wednesdays. It is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and North Carolina Press Association.
Charlotte Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing Charlotte caters to the readers of Charlotte-Mecklenburg area of North Carolina. It was established in 1987 and was sold to SouthComm in October 2011. Creative Loafing Charlotte is owned by Womack Newspapers since August 2014. Creative Loafing Charlotte also has a website with multiple categories like business, arts, music, film, events and many more. It is available on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well.
The Independent Tribune
Independent Tribune is a tri-weekly newspaper headquartered in Concord. Owned by Lee Enterpises, it covers Cabarrus County. Independent Tribune was a daily newspaper until 2009. It was founded on September 29, 1996 with the merger of The Concord Tribune and The Daily Independent of Kannapolis.
Greensboro Rhino Times
Rhino Times is a news website with conservative approach. Founded in 1991, it covers Guilford County. Initially, the newspaper was known as The Rhinoceros Times. It shut down its operations in 2013, however, later that year it was bought by a local real estate developer Roy Carroll who reopened it. The newspaper ceased operations again in 2018. An edition for Charlotte was launched in 2002 but discontinued in 2008.
Mountain Xpress is a weekly newspaper published in Asheville and western North Carolina. It appears on Wednesdays in the tabloid format. Mountain Xpress also has a news portal. It is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
Smoky Mountain News
Smoky Mountain News is a weekly newspaper. Headquartered in Waynesville, it is distributed free at over 600 locations in Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. Published in the tabloid format, it appears on Wednesdays. Smoky Mountain News also has a news website with several sections like arts, opinion, travel and event among others. It is available on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well.
High Country Press is a newspaper established by Ken Ketchie on May 5, 2005. Based in Boone, it launched its website on February 29, 2012. With sections such as news, crime, business, politics and real estate, it serves Watauga and Avery counties of Northwestern North Carolina. High Country Press also has social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter besides a YouTube channel.
The News Herald
The News Herald is a daily newspaper published in Morganton. The English language newspaper covers Burke County of North Carolina. It is also a member of the North Carolina Press Association. The News Herald was formed with the merger of two newspapers- The Morganton Herald and The Burke County News. It got its current name in November 1901. The News Herald is currently owned by lee Enterprises.
Carolina Coast Online?
Carolina Coast Online is a news website based in Morehead City. It has several sections to cater to the interest of its readers such as beaches, the talk station, arts alive, calendar and multimedia among others.
The News Reporter
The News Reporter is a semi-weekly newspaper published in the broadsheet format. It appears on Tuesday and Friday. Established in 1896, it is headquartered in Whiteville, North Carolina. In 1953, The News Reporter got Pulitzer Prize for Public Service along with Tabor City Tribune. Since 1938, the newspaper is owned Thompson/High family. The News Reporter also has a website.
The Mountaineer is a newspaper headquartered in Waynesville of North Carolina. Owned by The Mountaineer Publishing Company, it also has a website with several sections such as news, life, sports, business, history and opinion among others. The Mountaineer is present on Facebook and Twitter as well.
Wilkes Journal-Patriot is a newspaper published in North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County of North Carolina. Earlier, the newspaper was published twice a week on Tuesday and Friday. However, now it is a weekly that appears only on Wednesdays. Wilkes Journal-Patriot was established in 1932 with the merger of two newspapers – The Wilkes Patriot and Wilkes Journal. While The Wilkes Patriot was founded in 1906 by Charles H. Cowles, Wilkes Journal was established in 1917.
The Dispatch is a newspaper published five times a week. It is based in Lexington of North Carolina. The first issue of The Dispatch appeared in 1902. It succeeded Davidson Dispatch, a weekly published from 1882 to 1902. The Dispatch became a semi-weekly in 1919 and then six-day-a week newspaper from September 6, 1948. Later in 2008, it discontinued its Monday edition.
Chapel Boro is a news website covering Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Chatham County in North Carolina. The portal has sections such as sports, news and many more. It is also available on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Watauga Democrat is a newspaper published twice a week in Boone, North Carolina. It is published on Wednesday and Sunday but is regularly updated on its website. It was founded in July 1888 by Joseph Spainhour as a political newspaper. Watauga Democrat was bought by D.D. Dougherty and R.C. Rivers after a year. Finally, Rivers became the sole owner after he purchased the rest of the shares. Initially, it had only four pages printed through a press capable operated by hands.
Mountain Times is a weekly newspaper published only on Thursdays. It is circulated in Boone and parts of western areas of North Carolina. Mountain Times was established in 1978. Jones Media Inc., of Greeneville, Tennessee acquired Mountain Times in 2002. In 2016, it was purchased by Adams Publishing Group. Mountain Times has three seasonal publications that are known as Summer Times, Autumn Times and Winter Times.
Bladen Online is a news website based in North Carolina. For the convenience of its readers, the portal has segregated the news stories into several sections such as crime, sports, lifestyle, events, classified and politics among others. Bladen Online is also available on major social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Statesville Record & Landmark
Statesville Record & Landmark is a daily newspaper published in the English language in Statesville of North Carolina. The first issue of the newspaper appeared on June 19, 1874. Owned by Lee Enterprises, it appears seven days a week since 1920. It is the newspaper of record for Statesville. Initially, it was known as Landmark and has been serving Iredell County besides Statesville. It also has a news website. Statesville Record & Landmark is present on Facebook and Twitter as well.
Raleigh La Conexion
La Conexión is said to be the oldest Spanish language newspaper in North Carolina. It was first published on December 1, 1995 in order to serve the Spanish-speaking residents of the state. La Conexión began weekly publication from March 2001. It also has a website. La Conexión is available on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well.
Mount Airy Mount Airy News
The Mount Airy News is a newspaper based in Mount Airy of North Carolina. The first issue of the newspaper appeared in 1880. Previously, it was published seven days a week. However, the Monday edition was ceased on April 9, 2012. The Mount Airy News also has a news website, mobile application for iOS and Android devices besides accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
The Daily Reflector
The Daily Reflector is a newspaper covering eastern North Carolina and Pitt County. Based in Greenville, the daily newspaper is published in the broadsheet format. It was founded by David Jordan and Julian Whichard in 1882. The newspaper was originally known as The Eastern Reflector. Cox Newspapers bought the newspaper in 1996. Currently, Adams Publishing Group owns The Daily Reflector.
Technician, established on February 1, 1920, is a weekly student newspaper of North Carolina State University. Since 2018, it started being published on Thursdays. Technician is a part of NC State Student Media that also oversees a college radio station, WKNC-FM and other student publications. It is headquartered in Witherspoon Student Center, Raleigh in North Carolina. Technician also has a news website and is present on all major social media platforms.
Rockingham Richmond County Daily Journal
Richmond County Daily Journal is an English language newspaper based in Rockingham, Richmond County in North Carolina. The newspaper is published daily except Saturday and Christmas. Richmond County Journal, published from 1931 to 1966 is the predecessor of the newspaper. Richmond County Daily Journal also has a news website. Besides accounts on Facebook and Twitter, it also offers mobile application for both Android and iOS devices.
North State Journal
North State Journal is a broadsheet newspaper established in 2016. Headquartered in Raleigh of North Carolina, the newspaper is owned by North State Media, LLC. Since 2017 North State Journal started publishing twice a week- Sunday and Wednesday. North State Journal also has a news website with multiple sections such as business, news, opinion and sports among others.
Courier-Tribune is an English language daily newspaper circulated in Asheboro and Randolph County in North Carolina. It is the only daily newspaper in Randolph County. Owned by Gatehouse Media, the newspaper is being published daily since 1978 except Saturday. Courier-Tribune’s origin traces back to 1876. It got its current name in 1940 after the merger of Courier and Randolph Tribune. Courier-Tribune also has a news website and is present on Facebook and Twitter.
The McDowell News
The McDowell News is a daily newspaper published in the English language in Marion of North Carolina. Owned by Lee Enterprises, previously, the newspaper was owned by Berkshire Hathaway’s subsidiary BH Media Group. The McDowell News is a member of the North Carolina Press Association. It also has a website with sections like opinion, sports, entertainment and lifestyle among others.
Washington Daily News
Washington Daily News is a daily newspaper based in Washington. It also covers Beaufort County. The first issue of the newspaper appeared in 1909. In 1990, Washington Daily News was honoured with Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its articles on water contamination in the city. From 1949 to 2010, it was owned and published by the Futrell family. On June 16, 2010, the daily was sold to Washington Newsmedia LLC.
New Bern Sun Journal
New Bern Sun Journal is a newspaper published in the English language in New Bern. It was formed with the merger of two newspapers-Sun and Journal in 1914. The first issue was published in 1916. In 1923, it got acquired by New Bernian newspaper and then by Freedom Communications, Inc. Currently, New Media Investment Group owns the newspaper. Sun Journal also has a website and is present on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Wilson Times is a semiweekly newspaper published in the broadsheet format. Based in Wilson in North Carolina, the first issue of The Wilson Times was published on February 18, 1896, by John D. Gold. However, its origin goes back to 1867. The newspaper is owned by Morgan Dickerman and Wilson Times Co. The Wilson Times ventured into digital space in 1997.
The Stanly News and Press
The Stanly News and Press is a community newspaper based in Stanly County in North Carolina. It is published on Tuesdays and Weekends. Its origin dates back to 1880. The first issue of Stanly News and Press was published on December 3, 1929. Owned by Albemarle Newsmedia LLC, The Stanly News and Press also has a news website. It has sections like sports, community, opinion and news among others.
Laurinburg Exchange is a newspaper covering Laurinburg and Scotland County. The first issue of the newspaper appeared in 1882. It was established as a weekly by O.L. Moore and was published on Thursday. Laurinburg Exchange currently appears from Tuesday to Saturday. Laurinburg Exchange also has a news website with sections such as sports, features, business and entertainment among others. It even provides application for both Android and iOS users.
High Point Enterprise
High Point Enterprise is a daily newspaper based in High Point of North Carolina. The morning newspaper is published in the English language. It was established in November 1885 as a weekly newspaper. The newspaper covers areas that include parts of Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, and Forsyth counties in the Piedmont Triad area. It is owned by Paxton Media Group. High Point Enterprise also has a website. It has social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Smoky Mountain Times
Smoky Mountain Times is a newspaper based in Bryson City, North Carolina. The weekly newspaper is published on Thursdays. The first issue of Smoky Mountain Times appeared in 1883. It also has a website with several sections like local, regional, sports, obituaries and legal among others. It is even available on Facebook.
Southern Pines Pilot
The Pilot is a daily newspaper that was published for the first time on November 26, 1920, in Vass. Its founder was Stacy Brewer. The newspaper was sold by Brewer on September 7, 1928. The website of The Pilot was launched on July 23, 1998. It is also available on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. From May 2013, The Pilot started publishing twice a week- Wednesday and Sunday.
Kinston The Free Pres
Kinston The Free Press is Kinston based daily newspaper published in the English language. The first issue of the newspaper appeared in 1882. Owned by New Media Investment Group, it is read in Kinston and Lenoir County of North Carolina. Until June 1, 2009, it was published in the broadsheet format. After that, it adopted the Berliner style. Kinston The Free Press also has a website and is available on Facebook and Twitter as well.
Shelby Star is a daily English language newspaper based in Shelby in North Carolina. Until 2012, it was owned by Freedom Communications. After that, Halifax Media Group, which was later acquired by New Media Investment Group in 2015 purchased its Florida and North Carolina papers. The broadsheet newspaper uses only “The Star” as its masthead.
Rocky Mount Telegram
Rocky Mount Telegram was established in 1910 as The Evening Telegram. It was established by Joshua Lawrence Horne III. It got its current name in 1995 after being acquired by Thomson Newspapers in 1970. In 1996, Rocky Mount Telegram was purchased by Cox Newspapers followed by Cooke Communications in 2009 before being owned by Adams Publishing Group in 2018. Rocky Mount Telegram also has a website and is available on Facebook and Twitter.
Charlotte Post is an African-American weekly newspaper headquartered in Charlotte of North Carolina. The first issue of the English language newspaper was published in 1878. Charlotte Post covers news from a Black perspective. The newspaper is also circulated to South Carolina and Mecklenburg. The Triangle Tribune is its sister newspaper.
News Argus is a newspaper published for the residents of Goldsboro and Wayne County in North Carolina. It appears five days a week, from Tuesday to Saturday. News Argus does not print on postal holidays, Christmas and Independence Day. It also has a website with sections such as sports, news, editorials and many others. It is present on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
North Carolina has seen a massive shift due to the change in technology and the introduction of social media. Several newspapers couldn’t survive in the changing scenario and ceased to exist in the 20th and 21st-century. The majority of the newspapers that were established in the 18th century in North Carolina do not exist anymore. There is no doubt that this has led to a decrease in the circulation of newspapers in the last ten years.
At the beginning of 2020, approx. 260 newspapers were reported to be published in North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer, The News & Observer, Winston-Salem Journal, The Fayetteville Observer and Asheville Citizen-Times are the top five newspapers in North Carolina in terms of circulation. The total paid print circulation is more than four million in the state. Besides regular newspapers, there are 24 student newspapers and 15 belong to special interests like religion and LGBTQ.
There are two organisations working for the newspapers in the state. The North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) was established in 1873. As of 2020, it has 155 North Carolina newspapers as members. A non-profit organisation, North Carolina Press Foundation, was also founded in 1995 to support journalists.
Lastly, the coronavirus pandemic has adversely affected print media. Most of the newspapers are struggling financially to keep their operations going.
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