Introduction to Ohio News Media.
Ohio, located in the mid-western region of the United States, is the 34th largest state by area. It is the seventh most populous state in the United States. Columbus is the largest city and the capital of Ohio. While Lake Erie borders Ohio in the north, Pennsylvania is situated to the east and Indiana to the west. Ohio shares its southeast border with West Virginia and southwest with Kentucky. Michigan is located to the northeast of Ohio. The state is historically called “Buckeye State” and Ohioans are known as Buckeyes. So far, eight presidents of the United States belonged to Ohio, the highest number of any state. This has earned the state a moniker “the Mother of Presidents”.
History of Ohio Newspapers
The first newspaper in Ohio was established in 1793 when the state was a part of Northwest Territory. On November 9, 1793, Centinel of the North-Western Territory, founded by William Maxwell was published in Cincinnati. The newspaper continued publications until June 1796. It was then sold to Edmund Freeman, who renamed it to Freeman’s Journal.
The second newspaper published in Ohio was Western Spy and Hamilton Gazette. It was published in Cincinnati. Established in May 1799, it continued publication till the end of 1822. Another newspaper Scioto Gazette was published in Chillicothe. Founded on January 8, 1801, the newspaper remained in operation until the end of 1803.
The Blade, Maryina Ferry Times Leader, The Repository, Akron Beacon Journal, Dayton Daily News, The Vindicator, The Columbus Dispatch, The Plain Dealer, The Cincinnati Enquirer and News Herald are other prominent newspapers of Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch is the major newspaper in the state capital Columbus. It has been published daily since 1871. The Blade of Toledo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper.
Ohio newspapers and websites’ list
Here below we present you a list of some of the most prominent newspapers and websites operating in Ohio. With this list of prominent Ohio newspapers and other publications, we have tried to explain the origin, operations, status and relevance of these Ohio based mediahouses.
The Plain Dealer
The Plain Dealer is a broadsheet newspaper headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Established in January 1842, it was founded by brothers Joseph William Gray and Admiral Nelson Gray. They acquired The Cleveland Advertiser and renamed it The Plain Dealer. It is owned by Advance Publications. The Plain Dealer also has a website with sections such as politics & elections, business, sports, entertainment and local news among others.
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The Cincinnati Enquirer is a daily newspaper published in compact format. Owned by Gannett, its first issue was published in 1841. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, it is the only remaining daily newspaper in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The newspaper got its current name in May 1849. The Cincinnati Enquirer also publishes a daily local edition in Northern Kentucky known as The Kentucky Enquirer. It even has a news website.
The Columbus Dispatch
The Columbus Dispatch is a newspaper published daily in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, it is the only major daily newspaper in Columbus as The Columbus Citizen-Journal shut down its operations in 1985. The Columbus Dispatch was acquired by the New Media Investment Group in 2015, which then transferred its ownership to the subsidiary GateHouse Media.
Though it was established in June, 1871, its first issue appeared on July 1 in the same year. Initially, it was published as a four-page afternoon newspaper. For the first couple of years, The Columbus Dispatch headquartered in a rented accommodation on North High Street and Lynn Alley in Columbus.
Political Alignment And Others
Editorially, the newspaper has a conservative stance. However, it endorsed a Democrat Hilary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump. Last when it endorsed a Democrat Presidential candidate was in 1916. The Columbus Dispatch also owns few magazines such as Columbus Monthly, Columbus Parent, Columbus Monthly Home & Garden, Columbus CEO, Columbus Weddings and Columbus Alive.
According to 2019 data of Ohio News Media Association, The Columbus Dispatch had a daily circulation of 81,291 and 140,307 for Sunday edition.
Digital Media Presence
The Columbus Dispatch also has a news website. For the convenience of its readers, the website has categorised the news stories and articles into sections such as news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and opinion among others. The Columbus Dispatch is even present on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Dayton Daily News
Dayton Daily News is a newspaper headquartered in Dayton, a city in the Ohio state of the U.S. Published in the broadsheet format, it appears daily. The first issue of Dayton Daily News was published on August 22, 1898.
Origin And History
The story behind its origin goes back to August 15, 1898, when Dayton Evening News was acquired by James M. Cox, who later renamed it Dayton Daily News. According to Wikipedia, Dayton Daily News was established with the aim to pioneer a new kind of journalism where there would be no collaboration with advertisers and politicians. After operating from downtown Dayton for a long period, Dayton Daily News shifted its headquarters to Cox Media Group Ohio Media Center in 2007. Dayton Daily News launched its Sunday edition on November 2, 1913.
Ownership And Sister Publications
It is owned by Cox Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Cox Communications, Cox Automotive, and Ohio Newspapers are some of its subsidiaries. Journal-News and the Springfield News-Sun are two daily newspapers and websites operated by Ohio Newspapers. It also publishes weekly newspapers like Today’s Pulse and Oxford Press.
Digital Media Presence
Dayton Daily News also has a news website. The portal has categories like local, business, investigations, food, life, sports and obituaries among others. It is available on Facebook and Twitter.
The Repository is a daily newspaper published in the broadsheet format. Owned by Gannett, it serves Canton in Ohio. The Repository had strong connection with Republican ideology. It goes back to the time when William McKinley was the president and he was married to Ida Saxton McKinley, the founder’s granddaughter.
Origin And History
The first issue of The Repository was published on March 30, 1815. The newspaper was founded by John Saxton. Initially, it was known as The Ohio Repository and got renamed The Canton Repository before getting its current name. The Independent, The Review, The Suburbanite and The Times-Reporter are its sister newspapers. In 1892, it started publishing seven days a week. The Repository was acquired by GateHouse Media in 2007. In 2019, the company was merged with Gannett.
Digital Media Presence
The Repository also has a news portal. The website has sections such as news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and opinion among others. It is also available on Facebook and Twitter.
Cleveland Scene, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio is an alternative weekly newspaper. Its first issue appeared in 1970. In 1998, it got acquired by New Times Media and later Times-Shamrock Communications bought it in 2008. Cleveland Scene is owned by Euclid Media Group since 2013. It also has a website. Cleveland Scene is available on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Blade is a daily newspaper published in Toledo city in the U.S. state of Ohio. Published in the broadsheet format, it was launched even before the incorporation of Ohio city, which happened in 1837. At present, The Blade serves 14 counties in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. It is currently owned by Block Communications.
Origin And History
Also known as Toledo Blade, its first issue was published on December 19, 1835. Initially, it published only four pages per week. In 1960, the newspaper dropped ‘Toledo’ from its masthead. President Abraham Lincoln was quite fond of David Ross Locke’s satires, who wrote under the pen name Petroleum V. Nasby for Blade. Locke bought the newspaper in 1867.
Digital Media Presence
The Blade also has a website that was launched in 1997. A separate department for the portal was established in 1999. The Blade is even present on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Akron Beacon Journal
Akron Beacon Journal, owned by Gannett, is a daily newspaper. Published in the broadsheet format, its origin goes back to 1839. Headquartered in Akron in Ohio, it is the only newspaper in the city. Akron Beacon Journal is circulated across Northeast Ohio.
Origin And History
Akron Beacon Journal was established in 1897 through the merger of two newspapers-Summit Beacon and Akron Evening Journal. While Summit Beacon was launched in 1839, the latter was established in 1896. It printed its last paper in-house on November 11, 2013. Since then, it has been using the presses of other newspapers owned by Gannett. So far it has won four Pulitzer Prizes.
Digital Media Presence
Akron Beacon Journal also has a news portal with sections such as news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and opinion among others. It is even available on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Middletown Journal News
Journal-News is an English language daily newspaper based in Hamilton and Middletown, Ohio. “The best source for in-depth local news, sports, business and entertainment in Butler County communities, including Hamilton, Middletown, Fairfield, West Chester Twp., Liberty Twp. and Oxford,” it states in the About section of its Facebook page.
Owned by Cox Enterprises, Journal-News was established in 2013. It was launched through the merger of Hamilton Journal News in Hamilton and The Middletown Journal in Middletown. Today’s Pulse and Dayton Daily News are its sister newspapers. Staff and resources are shared among the three newspapers. Its main rival is The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Digital Media Presence
Journal-News also has a news portal with sections such as life, sports, coronavirus and obituaries among others. It is present on Facebook and Twitter.
Crain’s Cleveland Business
Crain’s Cleveland Business is a newspaper published on a weekly basis. Its target audience is Cleveland’s business executives. It is owned by Crain Communications Inc that is based in Detroit. Crain’s Chicago Business, Crain’s New York Business and Modern Healthcare among others are its sister publications. Crain’s Cleveland Business also has a website with categories like voices, news, the landscape, events, awards and lists among others.
Newark Advocate is a daily newspaper based in Newark in Ohio. Owned by Gannett, it serves Licking County region. Presently, it is the only daily newspaper in Newark. Newark Advocate was established by 22-year-old Benjamin Briggs in 1820 who used to print it in a wooden stilt shanty. Initially, it could publish mere three issues in the first five months. After it was purchased by John A. Caldwell in March 1882, it became a daily newspaper. Newark Advocate also has a website.
The Sandusky Register is a newspaper that publishes daily for the coverage of all news related to Sandusky, Port Clinton and the Lake Erie Islands in Ohio. The Sandusky Register published its first issue in 1822 under the title of Sandusky Clarion. Since April 24, 1848, it is being published on a daily basis. In January 1852, the building of The Sandusky Register was set on fire with almost all important files destroyed inside.
CityBeat is a tabloid newspaper based in Cincinnati for the coverage of all issues related to arts. It claims to have the second largest readership in the city, just behind most prominent daily newspaper The Cincinnati Enquirer.
The first issue of CityBeat was published in November 1994, thanks to its founders — Thomas Schiff and John Fox. While Schiff was a local entrepreneur, Fox was acting as editor at Everybody’s News.
The Tribune Chronicle is a Warren-based newspaper that publishes daily for the coverage of the Mahoning Valley area in Ohio. According to Wayback Machine, The Tribune Chronicle is the second oldest newspaper in Ohio. Wheeling’s Ogden Newspapers Inc. owns the newspaper, which is popular as The Trib among its readers. Charles Jarvis is the publisher of The Tribune Chronicle and Brenda Linert is its editor (2021).
Cleveland Jewish News (CJN)
The Cleveland Jewish News, which is popularly known as the CJN, is a community newspaper for Jews in Beachwood, Ohio. The weekly newspaper covers all local, national and international news to serve the Jewish community.
It also has a website with sections like News, COVID-19, Features, Opinion, Community, Obituaries, Events, Current Issue, Magazines, Archive, Classifieds and CJN Foundation for the convenience of readers. One can follow The Cleveland Jewish News on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube for regular news updates.
The Times-Reporter is a newspaper that is published daily in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Gannett owns the newspaper, which was first published in 1968. New Philadelphia’s The Daily Times and The Daily Reporter of Dover had merger to make way for The Times-Reporter. The newspaper covers Ohio counties like Baltic, Dennison, Bolivar, Gnadenhutten, Strasburg, Newcomerstown, Sugarcreek, Uhrichsville and Tuscarawas.
The Times-Reporter is part of the USA Today network and its e-edition can be accessed on its website.
The Crescent-News is a Defiance-based newspaper and website of Ohio. News, Sports, Obituaries, Crimewatch, Business, Opinion, Announcements, Classifieds, On the Wire, Local Jobs and Local Ads are among the section of its website. One can read the e-edition and follow The Crescent-News on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for regular news updates.
The Lantern is a collage newspaper that is independently published by the students of The Ohio State University in Columbus. The daily claims to be the largest college newspapers in the United States with an average circulation of 15,000 copies. In the summer session of college, The Lantern publishes a digital version on its website only.
The News-Herald is a Greater Cleveland-based with its circulation across the US state of Ohio. It comes as a section of Cuyahoga County in Lake and Geauga Counties. The News-Herald began was first published on April 18, 1879, under the title of Willoughby Independent. In 1920, the newspaper was renamed to Willoughby Republican and Lake County News-Herald in 1935. News, Sports, Business, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Opinion, Obituaries and Marketplace are among the sections of its website.
The Vindicator is a Youngstown-based newspaper that publishes daily in Ohio. Mahoning County, Trumbull County and Columbiana County are among the prime spots of coverage for The Vindicator. The daily newspaper was started in 1869.
Wheeling’s Ogden Newspapers Inc. owns The Vindicator, which is published by Charles Jarvis and edited by Brenda Linert (2021). News, Sports, Obituaries, Opinion, Life, Classifieds and Jobs are among the sections of its website.
Active Dayton is a newspaper that publishes on an alternative weekly basis for the coverage of news related to arts, dining, music and films in Ohio. The newspaper also provides classified advertising to help its readers and local businesses. The first issue of Active Dayton was published in the 1990s. It is owned and managed by the Cox Media Group.
Lima News is a newspaper and website based in Allen County of Ohio. Besides Allen, Lima News also covers news from counties like Auglaize, Hardin, Hancock, Logan, Putnam, Mercer, Shelby and Van Wert.
News, Sports, Businesses, Obituaries and Opinion are among some its website sections. One can read the e-paper of Lima News on its website and follow it on Twitter and Facebook.
Mansfield News Journal
The Mansfield News Journal is a newspaper that publishes daily to serve counties like Richland, Ashland and Crawford in Ohio. With prime focus on Mansfield, the daily newspaper also covers Morrow, Knox and Huron counties of northern Ohio.
Mansfield News and the Mansfield Journal had merged in 1932 to give birth to The News Journal.
Chronicle-Telegram is an Elyria-based newspaper and news website of Ohio. Sports, In-Depth, COVID-19, State & National, Opinion and Obituaries are among the sections of its website. One can also read the e-edition of Chronicle-Telegram on its website and follow it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for regular news updates.
Portsmouth Daily Times
Portsmouth Daily Times is a Scioto County-based newspaper of Ohio. The average daily circulation of Portsmouth Daily Times is estimated as 4,400 copies. The first issue of the newspaper was published in 1852. With membership of the Associated Press, Portsmouth Daily Times serves five counties in Ohio — Scioto, Jackson, Adams, Lawrence and Pike, along with Greenup and Lewis counties of Kentucky. AIM Media Midwest owns and publishes Portsmouth Daily Times.
The Chillicothe Gazette is the oldest daily newspaper of Ohio, according to Globe Pequot. Owned by Gannett, The Chillicothe Gazette was started as a weekly newspaper on November 9, 1793, in Cincinnati.
The Courier is a Findlay-based newspaper of Ohio. With prime focus on Hancock County, the daily newspaper also covers counties like Wyandot, Seneca, Putnam, Wood, Henry and Allen. Findlay’s Heminger family owned The Courier for over a century before selling it to Ogden Newspapers in November 2019.
The Record-Courier is a Kent-based newspaper that publishes daily for the coverage of all news related to Portage County of Ohio. Gannett owns the daily newspaper, which was owned by Dix Communications until 2017.
The News Journal is a Wilmington-based newspaper that is published for five days in a week in Ohio. With prime focus on Clinton County, the AIM Media-owned newspaper also maintains a website with sections like Sports, Obituaries, Opinion, Features and Businesses among others.
The Daily Record
The Daily Record is a Wooster-based newspaper of Ohio. It is part of the USA Today network and has a website with sections like Sports, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Opinion and Obituaries among others.
The Morning Journal is a Lisbon-based newspaper that is majorly circulated in Columbiana County of Ohio. Sports, Opinion, Life, Obituaries, Classifieds and Jobs are among the sections of its website.
Columbus Alive, which is popularly known as Alive, is a Columbus-based news website for the coverage of local music, dining, art, film and culture of the US state of Ohio. Until July 3, 2019, Columbus Alive published as an alternative-weekly newspaper.
The Star Beacon is an Ashtabula-based daily newspaper of Ohio. Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. owns the newspaper, slogan of which reads: “Your daily connection to the community”. E-Paper, Local Events, Classifieds, Celebrations, Obituaries and Public Notices are among the sections of its website.
This Week is a newspaper based in Lewis Center, Ohio. It is part of the USA Today network and one can read its e-edition of the website. The week is also available on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
The Daily Standard
The Daily Standard is a daily newspaper based in Celina, Ohio. The Daily Standard has been “serving the Grand Lake area since 1848,” according to its masthead. One can subscribe for the E-Edition of The Daily Standard on its website and follow it on Twitter.
The Springfield News-Sun is a newspaper owned by Cox Enterprises of Ohio. Dayton Daily News is the sister publication of the daily newspaper. The editorial content of both the newspapers remains similar, though they cover the local news differently.
Sentinel Tribune is a daily newspaper and website based in Bowling Green, Ohio. The first edition of the newspaper was published as a weekly on February 22, 1867. On June 23, 1890, Sentinel Tribune started to publish on a daily basis.
The Post is a college newspaper published by the students of the Ohio University in Athens County. With a print edition on Thursday, the newspaper publishes online every day. The newsroom of The Post is in the John Calhoun Baker University Center of the Ohio University.
The Morning Journal
The Morning Journal is a Lorain-based newspaper of Ohio. In 1876, the newspaper was established as an afternoon paper under the title of Lorain Journal. However, the title changed to The Morning Journal with the morning publication in the 1980s.
The Norwalk Reflector is a daily newspaper based in Ohio with an estimated circulation of 5,600 copies. With focus on Norwalk, the Ogden Newspapers-owned newspaper also covers Huron County, Milan and Berlin Heights of Erie County.
Mount Vernon News
The Mount Vernon News is a newspaper that has been published twice a week since 1935 in Ohio. The Daily Banner and Republican News had merged to give birth to The Mount Vernon News.
The Alliance Review is a community daily of Ohio, with its primary focus on the Northeast Ohio. The average daily circulation of the newspaper is 14,000 copies. Owned by Gannett, The Alliance Review was first published in 1888.
The Marion Star
The Marion Star is a newspaper published by the Gannett Newspaper in the US state of Ohio. The newspaper was earlier published under the title of The Marion Daily Star. Former US President Warren G. Harding had once owned and published The Marion Star.
BG News is a college newspaper published by the students of the Bowling Green State University. Established in 1920, BG News can be picked up for free at hundreds of locations in and outside of the campus.
Cincinnati Catholic Telegraph
The Catholic Telegraph is a Cincinnati-based magazine that is published every month by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. As many as 500,000 congregants of the religious group comprise the total readership of The Catholic Telegraph.
The Gazette is a newspaper based in Medina County of Ohio. The daily newspaper has “been serving the Medina County community since 1832,” according to its official Facebook page.
Xenia Gazette is a newspaper and website based in Ohio. News, Sports, Obituaries, Opinion, Features, Entertainment, Games & Puzzles and Businesses are among the sections of Xenia Gazette’s website. One can read the e-edition, get news alerts and follow Xenia Gazette on Facebook and Twitter.
Miami Valley News
Miami Valley News is popularly known by its former title Troy Daily News. The AIM Media Midwest-owned newspaper publishes five days a week to serve the readers in Troy, Ohio. The first issue of the newspaper was published in 1909.
The Athens News
The Athens News is a newspaper that is distributed for free on a biweekly basis across the US state of Ohio. The first issue of the newspaper was published in 1977. With its prime focus on the Ohio University, The Athens News compete with Athens Messenger and The Post of the Ohio University.
The Independent is a Massillon-based newspaper of Ohio. Earlier known as The Evening Independent, the daily newspaper is owned by GateHouse Media. The first issue of the newspaper was published under the title of Massillon Independent on July 3, 1863.
The Herald-Star is a Steubenville-based newspaper of Ohio. The daily newspaper was first published in 1806. William Lowry and John Miller had founded the newspaper and its publishing firm Western Herald. In 1812, Miller left the newspaper to fight the war and later became governor of Missouri.
Sidney Daily News
The Sidney Daily News is a Sandusky-based newspaper that publishes from Tuesdays to Saturdays in Sidney, Ohio. The AIM Media Midwest owns the newspaper, which also has a website with sections like Sports, Businesses, Obituaries and Opinion among others.
The Evening Leader
The Evening Leader is a newspaper based in St Mary’s of Ohio. One can read the e-edition of the newspaper on its website, which publishes news in sections like Sports, Entertainment, Obituaries, Photos and Videos among others.
The Bryan Times
The Bryan Times is a newspaper based in Williams County of Ohio. The first issue of the daily newspaper was published on February 2, 1949. The Bryan Democrat and The Bryan Press had merger to make way for The Bryan Times.
The Salem News
The Salem News is a newspaper and website based in the US state of Ohio. News, Sports, Opinion, Life, Obituaries, Classifieds, Jobs and Garage Sales are among sections of its website. One can also read the e-edition of The Salem News on its website.
The Daily Jeffersonian
The Daily & Sunday Jeffersonian is a Cambridge-based newspaper of Ohio. Besides Cambridge, The Daily & Sunday Jeffersonian also serves the neighbouring Guernsey County. The daily newspaper was established in 1892.
The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette is a newspaper that has been publishing daily since 1936 in Ohio. From 1890 to 1936, the newspaper was titled Lancaster Daily Eagle. According to Echo Media, the daily edition of The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette has a circulation of 6,041 copies, while Sunday edition has a circulation of 8,304 copies.
The Times Recorder is a Zanesville-based daily newspaper of Ohio, with its prime focus on Muskingum County. The USA Today Network owns the newspaper and its website with sections like News, Sports, HS Sports, Life & Events and Obituaries among others.
Martins Ferry Times Leader
The Times Leader is a Martins Ferry-based daily newspaper of Ohio. While on week days, Martins Ferry Times Leader publishes in afternoon, the Saturday and Sunday editions come in morning.
Ohio has a large number of newspapers, eight of which are part of the Ohio News Organization. The Ohio Newspaper Association monitors most of these local newspapers. State capital Columbus is base to many prominent newspapers, magazines, radio and television networks.
Akron Beacon Journal is the most read newspaper in the US state of Ohio. The Repository is popular for its coverage of Canton, while The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, The Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, Toledo’s The Blade, Tribune Chronicle of Warren and Youngstown’s The Vindicator are other popular newspapers currently in circulation in Ohio.
Close to 60 newspapers publish on a daily basis in Ohio and as many newspapers come on a non-daily frequency. Columbus and Central Ohio are the two biggest media markets in Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch is the biggest daily newspaper in Columbus, since its competitor The Columbus Citizen-Journal suspended print publication on December 31, 1985.
As many as 23 newspapers are no longer in publication in the state of Ohio. The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has also forced many of the newspaper businesses to close down or shift to online only format across the United States. Holmes County Republican is among the most prominent defunct newspapers of Ohio.
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