Newspapers have been published for centuries. North Carolina started publishing its first in 1751. The North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) started looking over it in 1873. News media and publications in North Carolina have seen a considerable decline in subscriptions as the digital world has progressed. These news companies have tried to venture into digital news media but that has only helped to a certain extent. Digital print media is also not doing so great. The issue is not as much with the digital medium as it is with our day to day habits. Our attention span has reduced and ignorance has increased. That is not going to make us great citizens.
Triad Business Journal is the leading source of information for those who live in North Carolina, about the business for the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, United States of America. It serves the 12 county region with a Business weekly journal that is known for its brilliant business insights. It is well known for its 40 under 40 lists. Its top-notch business insights and international and national analysis are popular. It is available online at bizjournal.com/triad. Triad Business Journal is part of the American City Business Journals (ACBJ). They have different subscription options available according to your county, or you can subscribe to The Business Journal and get all in one place.
ACBJ publishes a newspaper chain that is owned by Advance Publications and has a reach of 4 million readers in all.
That includes six brands:
- The Business Journal
- Hemmings Motor News
- Street & Smith’s Sports Business Daily
- Inside Lacrosse
They were established in Kansas City, Missouri in 1982. They later moved their base to Charlotte, North Carolina. This decision was taken under the leadership of Ray Shaw, who died in 2009. He served as the chairman and CEO for two decades. His contribution is considered a major one, as the company saw a lot of growth and an increase in the number of publications under his leadership.
ACBJ bought portfolio.com and redirected it to their website. Portfolio.com was formerly associated with Condé Nast Portfolio, a global media company. Currently, they have their online presence via their subscription-based website. ACBJ owns 44 newspaper publications that publish business market news from local regions of America.
Another important Newspaper in North Carolina is the Winston-Salem Journal that was recently acquired by Lee Enterprises.
Winston-Salem Journal is an English language daily newspaper serving North Carolina, United States of America. They received the Pulitzer Prize in 1971. Back when they started publishing they were the first newspaper to add photographs in it. It has a major presence in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Along with that it is also distributed in the rest of North-western North Carolina. They have Winston-Salem Monthly and various weekly sections. Along with that, there are special editions for wedding, travel, and business and trends. For the online audience, it is available on the handle journalnow.com. They have also partnered with a Fox affiliate with TV Channel in North Carolina, WGHP.
Earlier this year Lee Enterprises Inc. who have been managing Winston-Salem Journalbought the company from BH Media, who had bought it from Media General back in 2012. For $140, Lee Enterprises Inc. bought the BH Media Group’s publications and The Buffalo News. Lee has been operating the newspaper since 2018. Both media general and Lee enterprises Inc. are some of the biggest companies on the east coast. These companies have spoken up about the drop in the print media industry but keep optimistic about the future.
Media generally sold their newspaper division as they were suffering losses and they had not many options. The only other thing they said they could do was declare bankruptcy which was unacceptable. This is a company that was established on the foundation of an on a newspaper agency. Currently, they are stable in the business of digital and broadcast media.
The paper is known to take a unique stand in US politics. Since 1964 they had never endorsed a presidential candidate of the Democratic Party in their editorial till 2012 when they supported President Barack Obama. In 2008 they supported the Republican Senator who was opposite Barack Obama. In 2004 they refused to endorse a Presidential candidate at all, and in 2016 they stood for the Libertarian as they thought both the parties played status-quo politics. This newspaper has proven their integrity towards honest news through these campaigns. They stayed true to their basics and did not sway.
How are these businesses doing currently?
The Business Journal and theWinston-Salem journal both are passionate newspaper publications that serve the public with useful, informative, beneficial, honest, and truthful news. Advance Publication of Triad Business Journaland Lee and Media general of Winston Journal are big publication houses. They have also noticed a change in people’s reading habits. People don’t consume news through print as much as they do digitally. Digitally through news websites is a healthy way of consuming news and should be promoted. But the same can’t be said about forming opinions through tweets, shares, or memes.
They sure can be a form of entertainment. But let’s not form our business, lifestyle, trade, and political opinions through social media trends. If you are not someone who reads a physical newspaper that’s completely okay. Subscribe to regular newsletters but don’t be ignorant about what’s going on in the world.