Gwinnett Daily Post

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Gwinnett Daily Post
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)Southern Community Newspapers Inc.
Publisher(formerly) J.K. Murphy[1]
Founded1995 (1995)
HeadquartersLawrenceville, Georgia[2]
ISSN1086-0096
Websitegwinnettdailypost.com

The Gwinnett Daily Post is a daily newspaper published in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and serves as the county's legal organ.[3] The newspaper is owned by Southern Community Newspapers Inc.[4][5] and prints from Wednesday through Sunday, except Saturday.[6]

History[edit]

In 1970 advertising director Bruce Still left his job at the Gwinnett Daily News to start a weekly publication, the Lawrenceville, the Lawrenceville Home Weekly.[7][8] In 1973 it was renamed The Home Weekly[9] and was published until 1987, when it was renamed The Gwinnett Home Weekly to reflect its expanded readership and circulation.[10] These were weekly publications that served Lawrenceville and surrounding Gwinnett County. In 1992 the Gwinnett Home Weekly changed its name to the Gwinnett Post-Tribune and began publishing twice a week.[1][11] The newspaper was owned by Still Advertising and Promotions[10][11] until 1995, when Gray Communications purchased it for $3.7 Million[12] and reorganized it as a daily publication, the Gwinnett Daily Post, which published Tuesday through Saturday.[1] In 2005 Gray's newspaper holdings were spun off into a separate company which was named Triple Crown Media.[13] Triple Crown Media changed its name to Southern Community Newspapers Incorporated in 2010.[14]

A Sunday edition of the paper was added in 1997 due to its expanding circulation, and the Tuesday publication was dropped in 2012.[8]

Circulation[edit]

By 1996 the newly owned and renamed Gwinnett Daily Post had a circulation of 13,055, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations's September 1996 report. Gwinnett County officials designated the Gwinnett Daily Post as the county's official legal organ that same year.[15] In January 1997 the Gwinnett Daily Post partnered with Northeast Gwinnett Cable Vision to provide its customers with free Gwinnett Daily Post subscriptions, which were purchased at a discounted rate by Northeast Gwinnett Cable Vision.[16] The agreement added subscriptions for over 38,000 cable customers, which more than tripled the Post's circulation.[15][17]

In response to the subscription partnership, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution filed a lawsuit in 1997 against Gwinnett County to prevent them from using the Gwinnett Daily Post as the county's legal organ.(20, 21) They argued that cable customers were not considered paid subscriptions, citing a Georgia statute that required 85% of a newspaper's circulation be paid subscribers in order to be designated as a county's legal organ.[18] The lawsuit was dismissed by a Gwinnett Superior Court[19] which was appealed and taken to the Georgia Supreme Court. That court ruled in favor of the Gwinnett Daily Post and dismissed the lawsuit.[20][21]{22]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gwinnett Newspaper History". Gwinnett Daily Post. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Contact Us". Gwinnett Daily Post. Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Legal Organs". Georgia Press Association. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Southern Community Newspapers Inc". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Southern Community Newspapers Inc. Legal Terms For Website Usage". Gwinnett Daily Post. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Briefs". NewsInc via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 20 February 2012. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  7. ^ "About Lawrenceville home weekly. (Lawrenceville, Ga.) 1970-1973". Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Company History". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  9. ^ "About The home weekly. (Lawrenceville, Ga.) 1973-1987". Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  10. ^ a b "About The Gwinnett home weekly. (Lawrenceville, Ga.) 1987-199?". Library of Congress. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  11. ^ a b "About Gwinnett post-tribune. (Lawrenceville, Ga.) 1992-1995". Library of Congress. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Gray Communications Systems, Inc. History". Funding Universe. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  13. ^ "Atlanta-based TV-station operator to spin off newsletter, wireless units". Atlanta Journal-Constitution via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 4 August 2005. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  14. ^ "Daily Post's parent company changes name". Gwinnett Daily Post. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  15. ^ a b Christopher, L. Carol (16 February 1998). "Georgians Battle Over Linked Sales: Gwinnett Daily Post raises its circulation by going straight to cable subscribers". NewsInc via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  16. ^ "Ga. system, local paper team up to launch news channel. (Northeast Gwinnett CableVision; Gray Communications Systems Inc.)". Multichannel News via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 10 February 1997. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  17. ^ "A paper's piggyback ride on cable Georgia daily to triple its circulation". NewsInc via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 3 February 1997. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  18. ^ Bowers, Michael J. (9 May 1997). "Unofficial Opinion 97-14 - Attorney General of Georgia Michael J. Bowers". georgia.gov. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  19. ^ Viele, Lawrence (15 October 1997). "Papers in legal battle". Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  20. ^ "Newspaper employee sent to jail for trying to sell secrets". AP Online via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 26 April 1998. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2013.