News & Record

The News & Record is an American, English language newspaper with the largest circulation serving Guilford County, North Carolina, and the surrounding region. It is based in Greensboro, North Carolina, and produces local sections for Greensboro and Rockingham County, North Carolina. As of September 30, 2011, it had an average weekday circulation of about 54,789 and an average Sunday circulation of about 81,600.[1] The News & Record is also the third largest paper in North Carolina, after the News & Observer and Charlotte Observer.

News & Record
Greensboro News and Record FP.jpg
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Lee Enterprises
PublisherAndy Morrissey
Opinion editorAllen Johnson
FoundedNovember 17, 1890; 131 years ago (1890-11-17), as The Daily Record
LanguageAmerican English
HeadquartersGreensboro, North Carolina
CountryUnited States of America
Circulation~54,789 (weekday)
~81,600 (Sunday) (as of 2012)[1]
OCLC number25383111


The News & Record traces its roots to the Daily Record which was first printed on November 17, 1890,[2] in Greensboro. An afternoon paper, it was begun by John Benson, Joseph Reece, and Harper J. Elam. Both Benson and Elam eventually sold their interest in the paper to Reece who operated it as sole owner for 14 years until his death in 1915. For four years thereafter it was owned by Al Fairbrother and George Crater until it was bought by Julian Price in 1919. The Daily News was a morning paper founded in 1909, an outgrowth of the recently defunct Daily Industrial News. The Daily News and the associated company, the Greensboro News Company, grew quickly, acquiring the other morning paper, the Greensboro Telegram in 1911, and in 1930, acquired the Daily Record.

The Greensboro News Company and its two papers were run by Edwin Bedford Jeffress, who owned half interest in the company, after 1914. He remained president until 1961, when his son, Charles, took over the reins of the company. In 1965, the company was purchased by Norfolk-Portsmouth Newspapers, based in Norfolk, Virginia. Jeffress remained publisher but the presidency was given to Frank Batten of Norfolk. Two years later, Norfolk-Portsmouth Newspapers became Landmark Communications.

In the early 1980s, the Greensboro Daily News and The Greensboro Record (formerly Daily Record) began gradually consolidating their operations, beginning with the Sunday edition in 1980, though there had not been an afternoon paper on Sundays previously, followed by Saturdays in 1983. By March 1984, both papers were combined into the News & Record,[3] a single paper with two editions, morning and afternoon. The afternoon edition was eliminated two years later.

On January 3, 2008, it was reported that the family-owned Landmark Communications may be for sale.[4] On January 31, 2013, the News & Record was sold to BH Media, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., a Fortune 500 company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett.[5] During the first five months, the newspaper was subject to two rounds of layoffs.[6]

On March 16, 2020, Lee Enterprises Inc. completed its $140 million purchase of BH Media publications, including the News & Record and the Winston-Salem Journal, all of which Lee had managed since June 2018.[7] The acquisition was soon followed by another round of layoffs at both Triad papers, including five News & Record journalists.[8]

Go TriadEdit

Go Triad is a weekly insert in the News & Record each Thursday. The section is also available in free racks on Friday. Go Triad focuses on arts and entertainment, including reviews and listings of movies, concerts, theater, art exhibits and events, festivals and more, as well as restaurant reviews. It also has features about local figures in the arts and entertainment industry, including local bands, artists and others.

Recent changesEdit

In 1999, the paper broke with the trend in the medium and began a major expansion effort.[9] The paper expanded its coverage of High Point, challenging the smaller High Point Enterprise, on its turf. The news department added 33 positions. However, the paper quickly reversed itself. By 2006, the newsroom had been reduced by about one-fourth, mostly through attrition.

The News & Record received national attention in the spring of 2005, including an article in The New York Times for its plans to try to integrate online reader participation into the reporting and news distribution process.[10] Online reader participation in reporting and distribution has not materialized. Online readers can make comments on staff blogs and some online stories.

On June 7, 2007, the newspaper announced it was laying off 41 employees, as part of a "business reorganization", the first layoffs in its history.[11] The paper's publisher cited declining advertising revenues and the "general" and "expanding use of the Internet for news, information and advertising".

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Search results". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "About The daily record. (Greensboro, N.C.) 1890-1911". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  3. ^ Civil Rights Greensboro: Greensboro Record, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  4. ^ "Battens may sell The Roanoke Times' parent company". The Roanoke Times. 2008-01-03. Archived from the original on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
  5. ^ "News-Record Sold". Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  6. ^ Sutter, Mark (2013-07-10). "News & Record cuts more jobs". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved 2021-03-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Craver, Richard (March 17, 2020). "The Briefcase: Lee Enterprises completes purchase of Journal, News & Record". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Warfield, Andy (2020-09-16). "Triad's two largest newspapers cut several jobs in another round of layoffs". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved 2021-03-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Tosczak, Mark. "Slimmed down N&R newsroom tries niche strategy", The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area, 27 October 2006.
  10. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. "Why Newspapers Are Betting on Audience Participation", The New York Times, 4 July 2005.
  11. ^ "News & Record lays off 41 workers", News & Record, 7 June 2007.

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