The Huntsville Times

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The Huntsville Times
Huntsvilletimes logo.png
Type Thrice Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Advance Publications
Editor-in-chief Shelly Haskins
Language English
Headquarters 200 West Side Square, Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Circulation 57,073 (daily)
74,401 (Sunday)
Website al.com

The Huntsville Times is a thrice-weekly newspaper published in Huntsville, Alabama, and printed in Birmingham, Alabama. It also serves the surrounding areas of north Alabama's Tennessee Valley region. The Times formerly operated as an afternoon paper, but moved to mornings years after The Huntsville News ceased publication. It was published by The Huntsville Times Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Advance Publications, Inc. The paper was first acquired by Advance's founder, Samuel Newhouse, Sr., in 1955.[1] The Times is a sister paper to two other Advance-owned publications within Alabama, The Birmingham News and the (Mobile) Press-Register. As of October 1, 2012, all three papers went from daily to thrice-weekly print schedules. All three are now published by an Advance subsidiary called Alabama Media Group. All three papers share the website al.com.

The Times had the third highest circulation of any daily newspaper in the state until its 2012 schedule reduction.[2]

Because Huntsville is the home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the Army's Redstone Arsenal, the Times maintains a special desk for science, aerospace and military matters.[3]

The Times has received many awards over the years from the Alabama Press Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and other trade groups.[4]

Print-edition cutbacks

On May 24, 2012, Advance Publications announced that its three Alabama newspapers would do away with their print editions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The move was a result of the continuing decline in advertising revenue and circulation for its traditional print products. The move placed increased emphasis on their website, al.com, and reorganized the Alabama properties into two companies: Alabama Media Group, the editorial side; and Advance Central Services Alabama, which will handle production, distribution and back-office services.[5]

The company also announced that same day that The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana, would undergo the same changes. The company has since made similar changes to what had been daily newspapers in both Syracuse, New York, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The final daily edition was published on September 30, 2012. The next day was the first time in more than a century that the city of Huntsville had been without a daily newspaper.

Patrick McCauley, a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, was the longest-serving editor of the daily Huntsville Times, a post he filled from 1966 to 1994. A previous editor, Reese Thomas Amis (1888–1964), had mentored McCauley when he was a reporter at The Times from 1949 to 1954.[6][7]

References

  1. ^ Columbia Journalism Review: Who Owns What: Advance Publications Timeline
  2. ^ Alabama Press Association: 2008 Ratesheet Archived 2008-06-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ The Huntsville Times Staff Directory
  4. ^ "Awards," Editor & Publisher Magazine, July 1, 2007, p. 43
  5. ^ "Alabama Media Group, a new digitally focused company, will launch this fall with expanded online coverage and enhanced three-day-a-week newspapers". al.com. 2012-05-24.
  6. ^ "Patrick McCauley". Alexandria Town Talk. April 16, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  7. ^ Emily Featherston (May 5, 2015). "Patrick Earl McCauley". Alabama Press Association. Archived from the original on May 22, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.

External links

  • AL.com
  • Today's The Huntsville Times front page at the Newseum website
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