Daily Journal (Franklin, Indiana)

The Daily Journal is an American daily newspaper published Monday through Saturday mornings in Franklin, Indiana. It is owned by AIM Media Indiana.

Daily Journal
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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)AIM Media Indiana
PublisherChuck Wells
EditorMichele Holtkamp
FoundedJuly 23, 1963 (1963-07-23)
Headquarters2575 North Morton Street,
Franklin, Indiana 46131, United States
Circulation16,900 daily
17,700 Saturdays[1]
OCLC number11793729

It covers the city of Franklin and several nearby communities in Johnson County, Indiana, including Bargersville, Center Grove, Edinburgh, Greenwood, New Whiteland, Trafalgar and Whiteland.

In addition to the daily newspaper, the Daily Journal also produces two weekly newspapers in Johnson County, The Crier serving Camp Atterbury and the Edinburgh Courier in Edinburgh.


Robert N. Brown started the Daily Journal in July 1963 as a sister paper to The Republic in Columbus, Indiana, which his grandfather had started in 1872 and which covered Bartholomew County, which adjoins Johnson County to the south.[2]

The newspaper stayed in the family until being purchased by AIM Media in late 2015.

The Daily Journal has won several Indiana journalism awards, including the Blue Ribbon Daily award from the Hoosier State Press Association, most recently in 2015[3]. It claims that its 1960s presses on the north side of Franklin were the first cold-type offset printing presses built in the United States.[2]

Daily newspapers in Johnson County date back to the 1880s, and when the Daily Journal debuted it joined a newspaper war with The Franklin Evening Star, which had a history dating back to 1881. After six years, the war ended, with the Daily Journal absorbing its afternoon competitor in December 1969.[4]

In February 2012, Home News announced that with newspaper printing consolidated at the company's presses in Columbus, the Daily Journal plans to sell its plant on U.S. Route 31 to KYB Americas, an auto-parts manufacturer, and relocate its newsroom and business offices in the historic Hazelett building in downtown Franklin.[5]


  1. ^ Undated, self-reported circulation figures at "About Daily Journal". Daily Journal. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Mission & History". DailyJournal.net. Archived from the original on August 3, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Blue Ribbon Newspapers". Hoosier State Press Association. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  4. ^ "About The Franklin Evening Star". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  5. ^ "A New Home: KYB Buying Building for Expansion". Daily Journal. February 24, 2012. Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2012.

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