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The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
is the largest general-circulation daily newspaper based in the American state of Maryland
Maryland
and provides coverage of local and regional news, events, issues, people, and industries.[3] Founded in 1837, it is owned by tronc (formerly known as Tribune Publishing).

Contents

1 History 2 Editions

2.1 Daily 2.2 Sunday 2.3 baltimoresun.com 2.4 b

3 Contributors 4 Facilities 5 Controversies 6 In popular culture 7 News partnership 8 See also 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

History[edit] The Sun was founded on May 17, 1837, by printer/publisher Arunah Shepherdson Abell (1806–1888) and two associates, William M. Swain (1809–1868) and Azariah H. Simmons, recently from Philadelphia, where they had started and published the Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Public Ledger. Abell was born in Rhode Island, where he began journalism with the Providence Patriot. He later worked with newspapers in New York City and Boston. The Abell family owned The Sun (later colloquially known in Baltimore as The Sunpapers) until 1910, when the local Black and Garrett families of financial means gained a controlling interest; they retained the name A. S. Abell Company for the parent company. From 1947 to 1986, The Sun was the owner of Maryland's first television station, WMAR-TV. In the postwar years, The Sun significantly expanded its overseas presence. The newspaper opened its first foreign bureau in London in 1924. Between 1955 and 1961, it added four new foreign offices. As Cold War tensions grew, it set up shop in Bonn, West Germany, in February 1955. (The bureau later moved to Berlin.) Eleven months later, The Sun opened a Moscow bureau, becoming one of the first U.S. newspapers to do so. A Rome office followed in July 1957, and in 1961, The Sun expanded to New Delhi.[4] At its height, The Sun' ran eight foreign bureaus, giving rise to its boast in a 1983 ad that "The Sun never sets on the world."[5] The paper was sold in 1986 to the Times-Mirror Company of the Los Angeles Times. The same week, the rival News American, with publishing antecedents since 1773, announced that it would fold. The oldest paper in the city, it had been owned by the Hearst Corporation
Hearst Corporation
since the 1920s. In 1997, The Sun acquired the Patuxent Publishing Company, a local suburban newspaper publisher that had a stable of weekly papers.[6] In the 1990s and 2000s, The Sun began cutting back its foreign coverage. In 1995 and 1996, closed its Tokyo, Mexico City and Berlin bureaus. Two more — Beijing and London — fell victim to cost-cutting in 2005.[7] The final three bureaus — Moscow, Jerusalem, and Johannesburg, South Africa — fell a couple years later.[8] All were closed by 2008, as the Tribune Co. streamlined and downsized the newspaper chain's foreign reporting. Some material from The Sun's foreign correspondents is archived at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.[9] In the 21st century, The Sun, like most legacy newspapers in the United States, has suffered a number of setbacks in the competition with Internet and other sources, including a decline in readership and ads, a shrinking newsroom,[10] and competition in 2005 from a new free daily, The Baltimore Examiner. That ceased publication in 2007.[11] In 2000, the Times-Mirror company was purchased by the Tribune Company
Tribune Company
of Chicago. I, 2014 it transferred its newspapers, including The Sun, to Tribune Publishing. On September 19, 2005, and again on August 24, 2008, The Baltimore Sun introduced new layout designs.[12] Its circulation as of 2010[update] was 195,561 for the daily edition and 343,552 on Sundays. On April 29, 2009, the Tribune Company
Tribune Company
announced that it would lay off 61 of the 205 staff members in the Sun newsroom.[13] On September 23, 2011, it was reported[14] that the Baltimore Sun would be moving its web edition behind a paywall starting October 10, 2011. The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
is the flagship of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, which also produces the b free daily newspaper and more than 30 other Baltimore metropolitan-area community newspapers, magazines and Web sites. BSMG content reaches more than one million Baltimore-area readers each week and is the region's most widely read source of news.[15] On February 20, 2014, The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
Media Group announced they are going to buy the alternative weekly City Paper.[16] In April, the Sun acquired the Maryland
Maryland
publications of Landmark Media Enterprises.[17] Editions[edit] Although there is now only a morning edition, for many years there were two distinct newspapers—The Sun in the morning and The Evening Sun in the afternoon— each with its own separate reporting and editorial staff. The Evening Sun was first published in 1910 under the leadership of Charles H. Grasty, former owner of the Evening News, and a firm believer in the evening circulation. For most of its existence, The Evening Sun led its morning sibling in circulation. In 1959, the afternoon edition's circulation was 220,174, compared to 196,675 for the morning edition.[18] However, by the 1980s, cultural, technological and economic shifts in America were eating away at afternoon newspapers' market share, with readers flocking to either morning papers or switching to nightly television news broadcasts.[19] In 1992, the afternoon paper's circulation was 133,800.[20] By mid-1995, The Evening Sun's readership — 86,360 — had been eclipsed by The Sun — 264,583.[21] The Evening Sun ceased publication on September 15, 1995. Daily[edit] After a period of roughly a year during which the paper's owners sometimes printed a two-section product, The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
now has three sections every weekday: News, Sports and alternating various business and features sections. On some days, comics and such features as the horoscope and TV listings are printed in the back of the Sports section. After dropping the standalone business section in 2009, The Sun brought back a business section on Tuesdays and Sundays in 2010, with business pages occupying part of the news section on other days.[22] Features sections debuting in 2010 included a Saturday "Home" section, a Thursday "Style" section and a Monday section called "Sunrise." The sports article written by Peter Schmuck is published only on week-days. Sunday[edit] The Sunday Sun for many years was noted for a locally produced rotogravure Maryland
Maryland
pictorial magazine section, featuring works by such acclaimed photographers as A. Aubrey Bodine. The Sunday Sun dropped the Sunday Sun Magazine in 1996 and now only carries Parade magazine on a weekly basis. A quarterly version of the Sun Magazine[23] was resurrected in September 2010, with stories that included a comparison of young local doctors, an interview with actress Julie Bowen and a feature on the homes of a former Baltimore anchorwoman. Newsroom
Newsroom
managers plan to add online content on a more frequent basis. baltimoresun.com[edit] The company introduced the Web site in September 1996. A redesign of the site was unveiled in June 2009, capping a six-month period of record online traffic. Each month from January through June, an average of 3.5 million unique visitors combined to view 36.6 million Web pages. Sun reporters and editors produce more than three dozen blogs on such subjects as technology, weather, education, politics, Baltimore crime, real estate, gardening, pets and parenting. Among the most popular are Dining@Large, which covers local restaurants; The Schmuck Stops Here, a Baltimore-centric sports blog written by Peter Schmuck; Z on TV, by media critic David Zurawik; and Midnight Sun, a nightlife blog. A Baltimore Sun iPhone app was released September 14, 2010. b[edit] In 2008, the Baltimore Sun Media Group launched the daily paper b to target younger and more casual readers, ages 18 to 35. It was in tabloid format, with large graphics, creative design, and humor in focusing on entertainment, news, and sports. Its companion website was bthesite.com.[24] The paper transitioned from daily to weekly publication in 2011. It ceased publication entirely in August 2015, more than a year after the Baltimore Sun Media Group acquired City Paper.[25] Contributors[edit] The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
has been home to some of the best American writers, including reporter, essayist, and language scholar H.L. Mencken, who enjoyed a forty-plus year association with the paper. Other notable journalists, editors and cartoonists on the staff of Sun papers include Rafael Alvarez, Richard Ben Cramer, Russell Baker, A. Aubrey Bodine, John Carroll, James Grant, Turner Catledge, Edmund Duffy, Thomas Edsall, John Filo, Jon Franklin, Jack Germond, Mauritz A. Hallgren, Price Day, Phil Potter, David Hobby, Brit Hume, Gwen Ifill, Gerald W. Johnson, Kevin P. Kallaugher
Kevin P. Kallaugher
(KAL), Murray Kempton, Frank Kent, Tim Kurkjian, Laura Lippman, William Manchester, Lee McCardell, sportscaster Jim McKay, Kay Mills, Reg Murphy, Thomas O'Neill, Drew Pearson, Ken Rosenthal, Louis Rukeyser, Dan Shaughnessy, David Simon, Michael Sragow, John Steadman, Jules Witcover, and William F. Zorzi. The paper has won 15 Pulitzer Prizes. Facilities[edit]

The Baltimore Sun, North Calvert Street

Sun Park in Port Covington

The first issue of The Sun, a four-page tabloid, was printed at 21 Light Street in downtown Baltimore in the mid-1830s. A five-story structure, at the corner of Baltimore and South streets, was built in 1851. The "Iron Building", as it was called, was destroyed in the Great Baltimore Fire
Great Baltimore Fire
of 1904. In 1906, operations were moved to Charles and Baltimore streets, where The Sun was written, published and distributed for nearly 50 years. In 1950, the operation was moved to a larger, modern plant at Calvert and Centre streets. In 1979, ground was broken for a new addition to the Calvert Street plant to house modern pressroom facilities. The new facility commenced operations in 1981. In April 1988, at a cost of $180 million, the company purchased 60 acres (24 ha) of land at Port Covington
Port Covington
and built "Sun Park". The new building houses a satellite printing and packaging facility, as well as the distribution operation.[26] The Sun's printing facility at Sun Park has highly sophisticated computerized presses and automated insertion equipment in the packaging area. To keep pace with the speed of the presses and Automated Guided Vehicles; "intelligent" electronic forklifts deliver the newsprint to the presses. In 1885, The Sun constructed a building for its Washington Bureau at 1317 F Street, NW.[27] The building is on the National Register. Controversies[edit]

The paper became embroiled in a controversy involving the former governor of Maryland, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
(R). Ehrlich had issued an executive order on November 18, 2004, banning state executive branch employees from talking to Sun columnist Michael Olesker and reporter David Nitkin, claiming that their coverage had been unfair to the administration. This led The Sun to file a First Amendment lawsuit against the Ehrlich administration. The case was dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge, and The Sun appealed to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the dismissal.[28] The same Olesker was forced to resign on January 4, 2006, after being accused of plagiarism. The Baltimore City Paper
Baltimore City Paper
reported that several of his columns contained sentences or paragraphs that were extremely similar (although not identical) to material previously published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Sun.[29] Several of his colleagues both in and out of the paper were highly critical of the forced resignation, taking the view that the use of previously published boilerplate material was common newsroom practice, and Olesker's alleged plagiarism was in line with that practice.[30] Between 2006 and 2007, Thomas Andrews Drake, a former National Security Agency executive, allegedly leaked classified information to Siobhan Gorman, then a national security reporter for The Sun. Drake was charged in April 2010 with 10 felony counts in relation to the leaks.[31] In June 2011, all 10 original charges were dropped, in what was widely viewed as an acknowledgement that the government had no valid case against the whistleblower, who eventually pleaded to one misdemeanor count for exceeding authorized use of a computer. Drake was the 2011 recipient of the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling.

In popular culture[edit] The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
is featured in season 5 of The Wire, which was created by former Sun reporter David Simon.[32] Like all of the institutions featured in The Wire, The Sun is portrayed as having many deeply dysfunctional qualities while also having very dedicated people on its staff. The season focuses on the role of the media in affecting political decisions in City Hall and the priorities of the Baltimore Police Department. Additionally, the show explores the business pressures of modern media through layoffs and buyouts occurring at the Sun, on the orders of the Tribune Company, the corporate owner of The Sun. One storyline involves a troubled Sun reporter named Scott Templeton with an escalating tendency of sensationalizing and falsifying stories. The Wire
The Wire
portrays the managing editors of The Sun as turning a blind eye to the protests of a concerned line editor in the search for a Pulitzer Prize. The show insinuates that the motivation for this institutional dysfunction is the business pressures of modern media, and working for a flagship newspaper in a major media market like The New York Times or The Washington Post
The Washington Post
is seen as the only way to avoid the cutbacks occurring at The Sun. Season 5 was The Wire's last. The last episode, "-30-", features a montage at the end portraying the ultimate fate of the major characters. It shows Templeton at Columbia University with the senior editors of the fictional Sun accepting the Pulitzer Prize, with no mention being made as to the aftermath of Templeton's career. News partnership[edit] Since September 2008, The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
became the newspaper partner of station WJZ-TV, owned and operated by CBS; involving sharing content, story leads, and teaming up on stories. WJZ promotes Baltimore Sun stories in its news broadcasts. The Sun promotes WJZ's stories and weather team on its pages. See also[edit]

Maryland
Maryland
portal Journalism portal

The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
people List of newspapers in Maryland List of newspapers in the United States by circulation Media in Baltimore

References[edit]

^ Sherman, Natalie (March 2, 2016). "Baltimore Sun editor Trif Alatzas named publisher amid Tribune shake-up". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on March 2, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2017.  ^ "The Baltimore Sun". baltimoresunmediagroup.com. Archived from the original on October 20, 2016 – via The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
Media Group.  ^ "Bluesheets: (Baltimore) The Sun". Thomson Reuters. September 1, 2005. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2008.  ^ " The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
opens bureau in India". The Baltimore Sun. 1961-01-17. Retrieved 2017-03-31.  ^ Madigan, Nick (2005-10-07). "Sun cuts foreign bureaus from 5 to 3". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2017-03-31.  ^ "Baltimore Sun to buy Patuxent Publishing Columbia company has 15 newspapers, magazines in region", Baltimore Sun ^ Madigan, Nick (2005-10-07). "Sun cuts foreign bureaus from 5 to 3". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2017-03-31.  ^ Madigan, Nick (2006-07-06). "Tribune Co. is closing Sun's foreign bureaus". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2017-03-31.  ^ "Baltimore Sun Foreign Bureaus records", University of Maryland, Baltimore County ^ "TRIBUNE CO. ANNOUNCES PLANS TO LAYOFF [sic] 27 PERCENT OF THE BALTIMORE SUN'S NEWSROOM STAFF, INCLUDING FOUR COLUMNISTS". Poynter. May 30, 2009. Archived from the original on May 14, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2009.  ^ Shin, Annys (October 18, 2007). "Examiner Plans Baltimore Edition". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 25, 2007.  ^ Charles Apple (August 24, 2008). "Live pages from the Baltimore Sun's redesign". visualeditors.com. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2008.  ^ Mirabella, Lorraine; " The Baltimore Sun, April 28, 2009 ^ Romenesko, Jim. "Updated: Baltimore Sun to put up paywall next month Poynter". Poynter. Retrieved 2014-02-20.  ^ "(Baltimore) The Sun". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2008.  Check date values in: access-date= (help)[dead link] ^ "Baltimore Sun Media Group to buy City Paper". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 20, 2014.  ^ Baltimore Sun Media Group buys The Capital in Annapolis and the Carroll County Times ^ "As the end draws closer for The Evening Sun..." The Baltimore Sun. 1995-06-26. Retrieved 2017-03-31.  ^ Jones, Tim (1999-07-14). "Sun Setting On Another Afternoon Newspaper". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-03-31.  ^ Imhoff, Ernest (1993-06-20). "They Hate To See That Ev'nin' Sun Go Down". The (Baltimore) Evening Sun. Retrieved 2017-03-31.  ^ "As the end draws closer for The Evening Sun..." The Baltimore Sun. 1995-06-26. Retrieved 2017-03-31.  ^ "Baltimore Sun – The No. 31 Newspaper in the USA". Mondo Code. Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2008.  ^ Sun Magazine ^ bthesite.com ^ Dance, Scott (12 August 2015). "Free weekly b to cease publication Aug. 27". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore Sun Media Group. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ "About The Baltimore Sun". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 28, 2008.  ^ Washington Post, April 9, 1903 ^ "Court Favors Ehrlich on Ban", The Baltimore Sun, February 16, 2006 ^ "Sun Columnist Dismissed; Attribution Issues Cited". The Washington Post. January 5, 2006. Retrieved September 14, 2010.  ^ "On Background". Baltimore City Paper. January 18, 2006. Retrieved September 14, 2010.  ^ "Ex-NSA worker from Md. charged in classified leak case". The Baltimore Sun. April 15, 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2010.  ^ Steiner, Linda; Guo, Jing; McCaffrey, Raymond; Hills, Paul (August 2012). " The Wire
The Wire
and repair of the journalistic paradigm". Journalism. Sage. 14 (6): 703–720. doi:10.1177/1464884912455901. 

Further reading[edit]

Hill, Frederic B. and Stephens Broening, eds. The Life of Kings: The Baltimore Sun and the Golden Age of the American Newspaper (2016) excerpt Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher. The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers (1980) pp 73–80

External links[edit]

Official website (Mobile) Today's The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
front page at the Newseum
Newseum
website

Baltimore Sun Archives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Baltimore Sun online archives (1837 to present) Rasmussen, Frederick N. "Sun vignette has been greeting readers since 1837," The Baltimore Sun, Monday, May 17, 2010. Telling Our Stories (memories of former employees) "Control of Baltimore Sun. Charles H. Grasty
Charles H. Grasty
Becomes Executive Head of the Paper". NY Times. January 27, 1910.  "Sun circulation on Sunday reaches over 340,000".  The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived December 12, 1998) The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived October 13, 1999) The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived August 15, 2000) The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived May 15, 2001) The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived September 24, 2001) "The Baltimore Sun". Archived from the original on August 28, 2002. Retrieved 2015-08-27. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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