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Courier Journal, locally called The Courier-Journal
The Courier-Journal
or The C-J or The Courier, is the largest news organization in Kentucky. According to the 1999 Editor & Publisher International Yearbook, the paper is the 48th-largest daily paper in the U.S. and the single-largest in Kentucky.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Origins 1.2 Watterson era 1.3 Bingham ownership 1.4 Gannett
Gannett
ownership

2 Awards

2.1 Pulitzer Prize

3 Other notable staff 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

History[edit] Origins[edit] The Courier-Journal
The Courier-Journal
was created from the merger of several newspapers introduced in Kentucky
Kentucky
in the 19th century. Pioneer paper The Focus of Politics, Commerce and Literature, was founded in 1826 in Louisville when the city was an early settlement of less than 7,000 individuals. In 1830 a new newspaper, The Louisville Daily Journal, began distribution in the city and, in 1832, absorbed The Focus of Politics, Commerce and Literature. The Journal was an organ of the Whig Party, founded and edited by George D. Prentice, a New Englander who initially came to Kentucky
Kentucky
to write a biography of Henry Clay. Prentice would edit the Journal for more than 40 years. In 1844, another newspaper, the Louisville Morning Courier was founded in Louisville by Walter Newman Haldeman. The Louisville Daily Journal and the Louisville Morning Courier were the news leaders in Louisville and were politically opposed throughout the Civil War; The Journal was against slavery while the Courier was pro-Confederacy. The Courier was suppressed by the Union and had to move to Nashville, but returned to Louisville after the war. In 1868, an ailing Prentice persuaded the 28-year-old Henry Watterson to come edit for the Journal. During secret negotiations in 1868, The Journal and the Courier merged and the first edition of The Courier-Journal was delivered to Louisvillians on Sunday morning, November 8, 1868. Watterson era[edit]

Editorial staff of The Courier-Journal, 1868.

Henry Watterson, the son of a Tennessee congressman, had written for Harper's Magazine
Harper's Magazine
and the New York Times
New York Times
before enlisting in the Confederate Army. He became nationally known for his work as The Courier-Journal emerged as the region's leading paper. He supported the Democratic Party and pushed for the industrialization of Kentucky and the South in general, notably through urging the Southern Exposition be held in Louisville. He attracted controversy for attempting to prove that Christopher Marlowe
Christopher Marlowe
had actually written the works of Shakespeare. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1917 for editorials demanding the United States
United States
enter World War I.[3] The Courier-Journal
The Courier-Journal
founded a companion afternoon edition of the paper, The Louisville Times, in May 1884. In 1896, Watterson and Haldeman opposed Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan over his support of "Free Silver" coinage. This unpopular decision upset readers and advertisers, many of whom pulled their support for The Courier-Journal. Kentucky
Kentucky
voted for the Republican candidate in 1896, the first time in state history, and local political leaders blamed the Courier. Only the popularity of The Louisville Times, which had no strong editorial reputation, saved the newspaper company from bankruptcy. The Courier supported Bryan in future elections.[3] Haldeman had owned the papers until his death in 1902, and by 1917 they were owned by his son, William, and Henry Watterson. Bingham ownership[edit]

Courier-Journal offices in downtown Louisville, built during the Bingham era

On August 8, 1918, Robert Worth Bingham
Robert Worth Bingham
purchased two-thirds interest in the newspapers and acquired the remaining stock in 1920. The liberal Bingham clashed with longtime editor Watterson, who remained on board, but was in the twilight of his career. Watterson's editorials opposing the League of Nations
League of Nations
appeared alongside Bingham's favoring it, and Watterson finally retired on April 2, 1919.[3]

I have always regarded the newspapers owned by me as a public trust and have endeavored so to conduct them as to render the greatest public service. — Robert Worth Bingham

As publisher, Bingham set the tone for his editorial pages, and pushed for improved public education, support of African Americans and the poor of Appalachia. In 1933, the newspapers passed to his son, Barry Bingham, Sr. Barry Bingham would continue in his father's footsteps, guiding the editorial page and modernizing the paper by setting up several news bureaus throughout the state, expanding the news staff. During Barry Bingham, Sr.'s tenure, the paper was considered Kentucky's "Newspaper of Record" and consistently ranked among the 10 best in the nation.[3] In 1971, Barry Bingham, Jr. succeeded his father as the newspapers' editor and publisher. The Binghams were well-liked owners popularly credited with being more concerned with publishing quality journalism than making heavy profits. They also owned the leading local radio and television stations -- WHAS-TV, WHAS-AM, and WAMZ-FM—and Standard Gravure, a rotogravure printing company that printed The Courier-Journal's Sunday Magazine as well as similar magazines for other newspapers. Barry Bingham Jr. sought to free the papers from conflicts of interests, and through The Louisville Times, experimented with new ideas such as signed editorials. Bingham Jr. also parted with tradition by endorsing several Republican candidates for office.[3] In 1974, Carol Sutton became managing editor of The Courier-Journal, the first woman appointed to such a post at a major US daily newspaper. Under the leadership of C. Thomas Hardin, director of photography, the combined photography staff of The Courier-Journal
The Courier-Journal
and Louisville Times was awarded the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for its coverage of school desegregation in Louisville. Barry Bingham, Jr. served as editor and publisher until he resigned in 1986, shortly after his father announced that the newspaper company was for sale, in large measure because of disagreements between Bingham Jr. and his sister Sallie. Gannett
Gannett
ownership[edit]

This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (March 2017)

In July 1986, Gannett
Gannett
Company, Inc. purchased the newspaper company for $300 million and appointed George N. Gill President and Publisher. Gill had been with the newspaper and the Binghams for over two decades, working his way up from reporter to Chief Executive Officer of the Bingham Companies. In 1993, Gill retired and Edward E. Manassah became President and Publisher[4]. February 1987 saw the last publication of The Louisville Times, which like most afternoon papers had experienced declining readership; the news operations of the two papers had previously been consolidated under Gannett. In 1989, the paper's news staff won the Pulitzer Prize for general local reporting for what the Pulitzer board called "exemplary initial coverage" of a collision that was the nation's worst drunk-driving crash and school-bus accident. In 2005, cartoonist Nick Anderson won the paper's 10th Pulitzer, but when he left for the Houston Chronicle, the paper did not replace him, instead relying largely on submissions from local cartoonists. One, lawyer Marc Murphy, has become a near-regular and gained respect for his work. On December 3, 2008, it was announced that The Courier-Journal
The Courier-Journal
would lay off 51 employees, including 17 who voluntarily took buyout offers, as part of a larger cutback by Gannett
Gannett
due to financial losses.[5] Seven months later, the paper announced another 44 layoffs, reducing the workforce to 575 employees. The newspaper resumed polling on elections, and began videostreaming its editorial-board conferences with major candidates, under Publisher Arnold "Arnie" Garson, who came from the Argus Leader, Gannett's paper in Sioux Falls, S.D., in late 2008. Garson is an outspoken promoter of the future of printed newspapers in the digital age. Under him, the paper began keeping occasional major stories or sports columns off its website and promoting them as print exclusives. Most of these have run on Sundays; in July 2009, Garson announced that the paper's Sunday home-delivery circulation was up 0.5 percent over the previous year. Awards[edit] Pulitzer Prize[edit]

Year Category Recipient For

1918 Editorial Writing Henry Watterson For his two World War I
World War I
editorials "War Has Its Compensation" (April 10, 1918), and "Vae Victis" (May 17, 1918).

1926 Reporting William Burke "Skeets" Miller

For his coverage of the attempts to rescue Floyd Collins
Floyd Collins
trapped in Sand Cave, now part of Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park
(February 1925).

1956 Editorial Cartooning Robert York For his cartoon "Achilles" showing a bulging figure of American prosperity tapering to a weak heel labeled "farm prices". Appeared in The Louisville Times, (September 16, 1955).

1967 Public Service The Courier-Journal For its "meritorious public service" during 1966 in its fight against the ravages of Kentucky
Kentucky
strip mining.

1969 Local General or Spot News Reporting John Fetterman For coverage of the funeral for a Vietnam casualty from Kentucky, "PFC Gibson comes home" (July 28, 1968).

1976 Feature Photography The Courier-Journal
The Courier-Journal
and The Louisville Times

For photo coverage of court-ordered busing in Jefferson County in 1975.

1978 Local General or Spot News Reporting Rich Whitt For his coverage and three months of investigation of the disastrous May 28, 1977 fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club, Southgate, Kentucky
Kentucky
in Campbell County.

1980 International Reporting Joel Brinkley and Jay Mather For international reporting in a series of articles, "Living the Cambodian Nightmare," their vivid account of refugees in Southeast Asia (December 1979).

1989 General Reporting The Courier-Journal For its exemplary initial coverage of a bus crash in Carroll County, Kentucky
Kentucky
that claimed 27 lives and its subsequent thorough and effective examination of the causes and implications of the tragedy (1988).

2005 Editorial Cartoon Nick Anderson For his portfolio of twenty editorial cartoons.[6]

Other notable staff[edit]

Herbert Agar, Courier-Journal editor Adele Brandeis, Courier-Journal writer and arts administrator Samuel C. Brightman, Courier-Journal reporter and Washington correspondent Grady Clay, Courier-Journal urban affairs editor Byron Crawford, Courier-Journal columnist Joe Creason, Courier-Journal columnist, known for "Joe Creason's Kentucky" column Howard Fineman, Courier-Journal reporter and Washington correspondent Pat Forde, Courier-Journal sports columnist Michael Gartner, Courier-Journal editor Kate Harrington, Louisville Journal reporter Hugh Haynie, Courier-Journal political cartoonist Paul Janensch, Courier-Journal executive editor Mike King, Courier-Journal reporter, editor, Washington correspondent, and medical writer Alan Levy, Courier-Journal reporter Ronni Lundy, Courier-Journal and Louisville Times pop music editor Priscilla Robertson, Courier-Journal literary editor Harvey Magee Watterson, Courier-Journal editorial staff, father of the paper's founder

See also[edit]

Louisville portal Kentucky
Kentucky
portal Journalism portal

Branzburg v. Hayes
Branzburg v. Hayes
– landmark Supreme Court case involving a Courier-Journal reporter Lexington Herald-Leader
Lexington Herald-Leader
– second largest newspaper in Kentucky Louisville Eccentric Observer
Louisville Eccentric Observer
(aka LEO Weekly or LEO) – free urban alternative weekly newspaper News and Tribune
News and Tribune
– six-day daily newspaper serving Clark and Floyd Counties in Southern Indiana Scripps National Spelling Bee
Scripps National Spelling Bee
– formerly the National Spelling Bee, organized by The Courier-Journal
The Courier-Journal
in 1925 Velocity (2003–2011) – free weekly magazine published by The Courier-Journal List of newspapers in Kentucky

References[edit]

^ Yetter, Deborah (November 17, 2016). "CJ names new executive editor". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved December 19, 2016.  ^ "AAM Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. March 31, 2013. Archived from the original on March 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.  ^ a b c d e Towles, Donald B. (1994). The Press of Kentucky: 1787-1994. Kentucky
Kentucky
Press Association. ASIN B0006P81OQ.  ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1986/05/20/us/gannett-gets-louisville-papers-for-about-300-million.html ^ C-J lays off 51 as part of broader Gannett
Gannett
cutback The Courier-Journal. Retrieved on December 3, 2008. ^ "Nick Anderson- Pulitzer Prize Winner 2005". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on November 29, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher. The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers (1980) pp 192–95 Donald B. Towles (1994). The Press of Kentucky: 1787-1994. Kentucky Press Association. ASIN B0006P81OQ.  John Ed Pearce (1997). Memoirs: 50 Years at the Courier-Journal and other places. Sulgrave Press. ISBN 1-891138-01-4.  Susan E. Tifft and Alex S. Jones (1991). The Patriarch: The Rise and Fall of the Bingham Dynasty. Summit Books. ISBN 9780671631673. 

External links[edit]

Official website The Courier-Journal
The Courier-Journal
mobile website Gannett
Gannett
subsidiary profile of The Courier-Journal

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