The Tuscaloosa News is a daily newspaper serving Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, and the surrounding area in west central Alabama. It is owned by Gannett.

The Tuscaloosa News
The November 3, 2008 front cover of The Tuscaloosa News
TypeDaily newspaper
General managerBobby Rice
Headquarters315 28th Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Circulation14,208 (as of 2018)[1]
Tuscaloosa News headquarters seen from the Riverwalk

In 2012, Halifax Media Group acquired the Tuscaloosa News. Prior to that, the paper's owner was The New York Times Company.[2] The New York Times Company acquired the News in 1985 from the Public Welfare Foundation, a charitable entity.[3] The News had been donated to that foundation by its owner Edward Marsh, along with other newspapers he owned, before his death in 1964.[4]

In 2015, Halifax was acquired by GateHouse Media (legally known as New Media Investment Group).[5] In 2019, Gatehouse's parent company was purchased by Gannett.[6]

The News has a 12-month average circulation in 2008 of 32,700 daily and 34,600 Sunday.[7] Of the 25 daily newspapers published in Alabama, the News has the fifth-highest daily circulation.[8] Beginning in 2001, the News constructed and occupied a new 90,000-square-foot (8,400 m2) facility overlooking the Black Warrior River.[9]

The Tuscaloosa News has received two Pulitzer Prizes. The first was in 1957, when the paper won the prize for editorial writing, for Buford Boone's editorials on the issue of segregation at the University of Alabama, as exemplified by "What A Price For Peace".[10] The second Pulitzer Prize was awarded for the paper's outstanding reporting on the tornado outbreaks of April 25 to 28, 2011.[11]

Because Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama, the News places particular emphasis on coverage of its sports programs, and maintains a separate website for that coverage.

Since late 2012, the Tuscaloosa News has become available in the Birmingham, Alabama, area. The reason for its expansion into Birmingham is to fill a perceived void in the market when the Birmingham News cut back publication to three days a week earlier in the year.

Awards edit

2018 Better Newspaper Contest - Alabama Press Association[12] edit

Year Award Place Recipient
2018 Best Business Story of Column 1st Ed Enoch
2018 Best Sports News In-Depth Coverage 1st The Tuscaloosa News
2018 Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations 1st The Tuscaloosa News
2018 Best Headline 1st Ken Roberts
2018 Best One Time Special Section - Newsprint or Glossy 1st The Tuscaloosa News
2018 Best Niche Publication - Newsprint or Glossy 1st The Tuscaloosa News

References edit

  1. ^ "2018 Legacy NEWM Annual Reports" (PDF). 2018.
  2. ^ Halifax Media purchases 16 newspapers Archived January 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Times Co. In Pact for 3 Dailies," The New York Times, January 15, 1985, p. D21
  4. ^ PR Newswire, January 14, 1985
  5. ^ New Media Announces Agreement to Acquire Halifax Media Group for $280.0 Million Archived 2016-03-07 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Tracy, Marc (November 19, 2019). "Gannett, Now Largest U.S. Newspaper Chain, Targets 'Inefficiencies'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2023-07-26.
  7. ^ New York Times Company Business Units Archived March 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Alabama Press Association: 2008 Ratesheet Archived June 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Warehouse Sites Allow 'Bama Dailies to Build in Downtown Areas," Editor and Publisher Magazine, November 5, 2001, p. 22
  10. ^ Pulitzer Prizes: 1957
  11. ^ Pulitzer Prizes: 2012
  12. ^ Langan, Jaclyn. "APA Better Newspaper Contest Award Winners Announced" (PDF). Alabama Press Association. Retrieved 13 July 2018.

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