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The Star-Ledger

The Star-Ledger
The May 24, 2012 front page of
The Star-Ledger
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Advance Publications
Publisher Richard Vezza
Editor Kevin Whitmer
Founded 1832
Headquarters 1 Star-Ledger Plaza
Newark, New Jersey 07102
 United States
Circulation 316,280 Daily
455,699 Sunday[1]
Website nj.com

The Star-Ledger is the largest circulated newspaper in the U.S. state of New Jersey and is based in Newark. It is a sister paper to The Jersey Journal of Jersey City, The Times of Trenton and the Staten Island Advance, all of which are owned by Advance Publications.

The Star-Ledger‍ '​s daily circulation is larger than the next two largest New Jersey newspapers combined and its Sunday circulation is larger than the next three papers combined.[2]

In July 2013, The Ledger announced that it would sell its headquarters building in Newark.[3] In 2013, Advance Publications announced it was exploring cost-saving changes among its New Jersey properties, but was not considering mergers or changes in publication frequency at any of the newspapers, nor the elimination of home delivery.[4]

Contents

  • History 1
  • 2000s financial troubles 2
  • Management 3
    • Presidents 3.1
    • Publishers 3.2
    • Executive editors 3.3
  • The Star-Ledger in popular culture 4
  • Prices 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

The Newark Daily Advertiser, founded in 1832, was Newark's first daily newspaper. It subsequently evolved into the Newark Star-Eagle, owned by what eventually became Block Communications. S. I. Newhouse bought the Star-Eagle from Block in 1939 and merged it with the Newark Ledger to become the Newark Star-Ledger. The paper dropped Newark from its masthead sometime in the 1970s, but it is still popularly called the Newark Star-Ledger by many New Jersey residents.

During the 1960s The Star-Ledger‍ '​s chief competitor was the Newark Evening News, once the most popular newspaper in New Jersey. In March 1971, the Star-Ledger surpassed the Evening News in daily circulation, because the Newark News was on strike. The Evening News shut down in 1972.

After the Newark Evening News moved to a high-traffic area (with the potential of trapping its delivery trucks in inner-city traffic) the Star-Ledger opened a satellite plant in Piscataway. The Piscataway location offered quick access to Union, Monmouth, Somerset, and Middlesex counties.

The Star-Ledger was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2005 for its comprehensive and clear-headed coverage of the resignation of the Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey, after he confessed to adultery with a male lover.

The paper awards the Star-Ledger Trophy each year to high school teams that end up as the number one team in their respective sport in New Jersey.

2000s financial troubles

In 2005, Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Having worked closely with the Newhouse family for years, Arwady was asked to move to Newark to financially revamp the paper.

Because the paper was losing money, parent company [6] The email continued:[6]

Since it is doubtful that the Drivers will ratify an agreement by October 8, 2008, we will be sending formal notices to all employees this week, as required by both federal and New Jersey law, advising you that the Company will be sold, or, failing that, that it will close operations on January 5, 2009.

On October 24, 2008, the newspaper announced that 168 newsroom employees had offered to take the company's buyout offer, and that the company had accepted 151 of them, which resulted in a newsroom staff that was 40% smaller.[7]

On January 16, 2013, the newspaper announced layoffs of 34 employees including 18 newsroom staff.[8]

The Newark headquarters of the Star-Ledger, home to the state's largest newspaper for nearly 50 years, was sold to a New York developer in July 2014, according to an news article released by the paper.[9]

The Star-Ledger, which Vezza said will continue to be published seven days a week, will retain a presence in Newark in leased office space located within the downtown Gateway Center complex — where the publisher, the newspaper's editorial board, its columnists, its magazine staff and a handful of other jobs will be based. Advance Publications, the owner of the newspaper, launched a new media company this year — NJ Advance Media — that will be providing content, advertising and marketing services for its on-line presence at NJ.com, and many of its New Jersey newspapers out of the offices in Woodbridge. The sales and marketing staffs moved to Woodbridge in June 2014.

Management

Presidents

Publishers

Executive editors

In 1995, following the retirement of 32-year veteran editor racial profiling by the New Jersey State Police.

Upon Willse's retirement in October 2009, managing editor Kevin Whitmer took over as editor.

The Star-Ledger in popular culture

  • The Star-Ledger was featured prominently various times in the television series The Sopranos, an HBO drama series set in New Jersey. Tony Soprano received home delivery of the paper, and several episodes opened with him picking it up at the end of his driveway.
  • The Star-Ledger serves as the inspiration for a fictional newspaper in an award-winning series of mystery novels by Brad Parks.
  • The newspaper was also referenced by comedian Jersey Girl, which was written and directed by New Jersey native Kevin Smith.

Prices

The Star-Ledger prices are $1.50 daily, Saturday $2.00 and $3.00 Sunday/Thanksgiving Day.

See also

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ New Jersey Press Association - Member Newspapers - Dailies, New Jersey Press Association; Star-Ledger data from Editor & Publisher April 2007 article.
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ Star-Ledger gives staff a deadline for buyouts from nj.com
  6. ^ a b 'Star-Ledger' Publisher Threatens January 2009 Shutdown, September 2008, Editor & Publisher
  7. ^ Official: 40% of 'Star-Ledger' Newsroom Exiting, October 24, 2008, Editor & Publisher
  8. ^
  9. ^ http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/star-ledger_building_sold_to_new_york_real_estate_development_firm.html
  10. ^

External links

  • The Star-Ledger (mobile)
  • Business CenterThe Star-Ledger's
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