Waterloo Region Record

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Waterloo Region Record
W R Record masthead.jpg
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The March 11, 2008 front page of the Record.
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Metroland Media Group (Torstar Corporation)
Publisher Donna Luelo
Editor Melinda Marks
Founded 1878
Headquarters 160 King Street East
Kitchener, Ontario
N2G 4E5
Circulation 53,403 weekdays
52,683 Saturdays in 2015[1]
ISSN 0824-5150
Website therecord.com

The Waterloo Region Record (formerly The Record) is the daily newspaper covering Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada, including the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, as well as the surrounding area. Since December 1998, the Record has been published by Metroland Media Group, a subsidiary of Torstar Corporation.

History

The Record traces its history back to the founding of the Daily News, first published on February 9, 1878, by former Methodist preacher Peter Moyer at a printing press located at King and Ontario streets in Berlin (now Kitchener). This would be the city's first daily newspaper, and Canada's first bilingual daily as it was supplemented with a full page of German news for the first eight months of its life.

In 1896, at the time of Moyer's death, three newspapers existed in the city of Berlin: the Berlin Daily Telegraph, the Berlin Daily Record and Moyer's Daily News. Due to financial pressures, by 1897 the latter two had merged to become the Berlin News Record, run by William (Ben) Uttley, publisher of the Berlin Daily Record and local historian. Retiring in October 1919, Uttley sold the newspaper to W.J. Motz and William Daum Euler, who renamed it The Kitchener Daily Record.

In 1922, the Daily Record took over the Daily Telegraph, leaving it the only newspaper of significant size serving the community. On April 2, 1929, the newspaper moved from 49 King Street West to what was at the time considered the most modern printing operation in the country (using a 24-page press) at 30 Queen Street North. Motz and Euler fought over control of the newspaper for the next two decades, with the former eventually winning majority interest. Euler sold his stock to Southam Company in 1953, leaving Motz's son, John E. Motz, the sole director of the rapidly growing daily.

On January 1, 1948, John Motz changed the name of the newspaper once again, to The Kitchener-Waterloo Record (to mark the occasion of Waterloo's designation as a city), a name which remained until the change to The Record, in 1994. During this period the 24-page press would be replaced first by a 48-page press in the 1950s, a 96-page press in 1961-1962, and a 128-page press in 1973. In 1962 it was the first company in Canada to use plastic sleeves to protect newspapers bound for rural addresses.

Ownership had been in the hands of the Motz family for generations until 1990, when the paper was sold to Southam in a $90 million deal. Conrad Black's Hollinger Inc. took a controlling interest in Southam during the period when it owned The Record. The paper was acquired by Sun Media in 1998, but Sun itself was bought by Quebecor soon after, and The Record was sold to Torstar before the end of the year.

On June 3, 2002, The Record switched from being an afternoon newspaper to morning one.

In January 2005, the paper was moved to Market Square on King Street East in Kitchener's downtown core.[2] It had been based on Fairway Road in Kitchener since May 1973. The paper was printed at that location on a letterpress system until 2000, when printing was moved to offset presses at parent company Torstar's Vaughan Press Centre in Vaughan. Printing later moved to presses of sister papers in Hamilton and Guelph, and then back to Vaughan from time to time. As of 2014, the Record is usually printed at the Star-owned Hamilton Spectator. The building on Fairway Road in Kitchener was demolished in September 2005.

On March 11, 2008, the name was changed to the Waterloo Region Record, returning the community name to the nameplate.[3]

In early 2018, the company announced that it would set up a paywall on its website.[4] Consumers who do not pay the fee to subscribe will be allowed to read only seven articles per month. An article published by CBC News indicated that this strategy has not been successful for some newspapers. The New York Times has a million subscribers but the publication has an international cachet that makes it a "must-read", especially in the U.S. where Fake news has been widespread.[5]

Circulation

The Waterloo Region Record has seen like most Canadian daily newspapers a decline in circulation. Its total circulation dropped by 14 percent to 53,283 copies daily from 2009 to 2015.[6]

Daily average[7]
10,000
20,000
30,000
40,000
50,000
60,000
70,000
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

Awards

The Record has won the Michener Award for meritorious public service in journalism four times: 1978, 1981 (shared), 1983, and 2001. It received the 2001 award for breaking the story on the RIM Park financing fiasco.

Other publications

In November 2005, the Record began publishing Grand, a regional lifestyle magazine. It followed that with the March 2006 launch of Rex, a business magazine covering Waterloo Region and Guelph. Most magazine, for women over 40, was launched in the spring of 2008. Rex is scheduled to suspend publication after the April 2009 issue. All magazines are distributed independently of the newspaper.

Both the Cambridge Times and the Record are owned and published by Metroland Media Group but keep separate newsrooms and operations.

See also

References

  1. ^ "2015 Daily Newspaper Circulation Spreadsheet (Excel)". News Media Canada. Retrieved 16 December 2017.  Numbers are based on the total circulation (print plus digital editions).
  2. ^ The Record - About us
  3. ^ The Record
  4. ^ https://www.therecord.com/news-story/8085441-paywall-launched-at-therecord-com/
  5. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/the-record-paywall-newspapers-larry-cornies-pay-for-news-1.4501415
  6. ^ "Daily Newspaper Circulation Data". News Media Canada. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "Daily Newspaper Circulation Data". News Media Canada. Retrieved 16 December 2017.  Figures refer to the total circulation (print and digital combined) which includes paid and unpaid copies.

External links

  • Waterloo Region Record
  • History of the Record
  • Michener Awards
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