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La Presse (Canadian newspaper)

La Presse, founded in 1884, is a French-language online newspaper published daily in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is owned by Groupe Gesca, a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada. La Presse was a broadsheet daily published seven days a week. Its Sunday edition was discontinued in 2009, and the weekday edition in 2016. The weekend Saturday printed edition was discontinued on 31 December 2017, turning La Presse into an entirely online newspaper marketed as La Presse+ (pronounced La Presse Plus) and eventually LaPresse.ca.

La Presse
2012 logo for La Presse newspaper.svg
Type Online newspaper
Format Tablet digital
Owner(s) Power Corporation of Canada
(Gesca Limitée)
Founded 1884
Language French
Headquarters 7, rue Saint-Jacques
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H2Y 1K9
Circulation 204,948 daily, 263,888 Saturday in 2011[1]
ISSN 0317-9249
OCLC number 299333147
Website lapresse.ca

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DescriptionEdit

La Presse is a web site, aimed at an educated, middle-class readership. Its main competitor is the daily tabloid Le Journal de Montréal, which aims at a more populist audience. La Presse comprises several sections, dealing individually with arts, sports, business and economy and other themes. Its Saturday print edition (now discontinued) contained over 10 sections.

The newspaper's website, www.lapresse.ca, operates as a company-wide portal which publishes news and editorial content from all of Gesca's dailies.

HistoryEdit

 
La Presse offices in Old Montreal. The black plate to the right of the door shows the logo used from the 1960s until the mid-1980s. The logo over the door was used from the late 1980s until the 1990s.

The paper was founded on October 20, 1884 by William-Edmond Blumhart. Trefflé Berthiaume took over in 1889. The fledgling newspaper's circulation would soon pass that of its main competitor of the time, La Patrie.

In April 1901, the paper organised a cruise to Quebec City (Croisière de La Presse). It also organised a charity to give Christmas gifts to poor children (L'Oeuvre des étrennes aux enfants pauvres).

A front-page illustration on the December 3, 1904 issue celebrated the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of Immaculate Conception. The practice of the time was to have an illustration on the front page, rather than a photograph.

The style and presentation have changed immensely during the course of the 20th century. It underwent a complete graphic remodeling in 1986, and again in 2003.

Since 1984, La Presse has every year honoured a "Person of the Year." In the past, it has honoured Julie Payette, Daniel Langlois and Gaétan Boucher. That same year, it published a commemorative book in order to celebrate its 100th anniversary. A similar book was published by Éditions La Presse to recap the major events of the 20th century.

In 2001, with the arrival of new editor Guy Crevier, the newspaper began a radical remodeling.[2] The graphic design was modernized, new sections were created, international coverage was greatly increased,[2] and many new young, up-and-coming journalists were hired. These changes had a significant positive impact on quality and circulation, to the point that the paper is now considered a rival to Le Devoir for the title of Quebec's newspaper of record.[3]

In 2011, La Presse is chosen as the flagship brand and leveraged on all media platforms. Cyberpresse.ca becomes LaPresse.ca.

In 2013, La Presse launched La Presse+, an all-new free digital edition for iPad that redefines the way users get their information.

The newspaper announced in September 2015 that it would end its weekday print edition in 2016 and that thereafter the weekday paper would be available only in digital form.[4] The Saturday edition continued in print until 2017. Its last Saturday print edition was published on December 30, 2017.[5]

On May 8, 2018, it was announced that La Presse will become a nonprofit organisation and severe ties with Power Corporation. This move will allow the newspaper to accept private donations and governmental support[6].

Editorial lineEdit

 
La Presse's offices in Old Montreal with 1986–1999 logo.

The editorial board of La Presse has been consistently supportive of Canadian federalism over the past 25 years, though individual columnists may freely express less sympathy. The newspaper's editorials endorsed the federalist option in both the 1980 Quebec referendum and the 1995 Quebec referendum which were held on the issue of Quebec national-sovereignism.

The editorial board leaves room for the whole spectrum of opinions. It supported same-sex marriage legislation in Canada, the protests against the War in Iraq,[7] and criticized both sides in the 2012 Quebec student protests. In January 2006, the paper endorsed the Conservative Party in the 2006 election. This was primarily out of a reasoning that the Canadian government was in need of a necessary change after more than 12 years of Liberal Party of Canada rule. Similarly, with Stephen Harper's Conservatives having been in power for nine years at the time, La Presse has endorsed Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party in the 2015 election.[8]

François Cardinal is currently the editor-in-chief. Noted journalists associated with the paper include Vincent Marissal, Patrick Lagacé, Yves Boisvert, Michelle Ouimet, Alain Dubuc, Agnès Gruda and Lysiane Gagnon.

TelevisionEdit

The newspaper's television production arm, La Presse Télé, was producing the series Dumont, hosted by former politician Mario Dumont, for the Quebec television network V (formerly TQS).[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations e-Circ data for the six months ending September 30, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Paper war spurs lurid reporting". The Globe and Mail, October 17, 2003.
  3. ^ "Endorsements, opinions flourish in Quebec". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. October 10, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ Filloux, Frédéric Inside La Presse+ Decisive and Final Move to Digital Monday Note. January 13, 2016
  5. ^ "'A page in history turns': The last chance to hold a fresh copy of La Presse in your hands". CBC News. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "La Presse to adopt non-profit structure after cutting ties with Desmarais family | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Top Canadian Newspapers". www.canadafaq.ca. Retrieved 2017-06-26. 
  8. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/la-presse-justin-trudeau-1.3260030
  9. ^ "Mario Dumont to host Quebec TV show". cbc.ca, February 25, 2009. Archived April 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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