- The Florida Times-Union
name = The Florida Times-Union
caption = The
2007-03-05front page of
"The Florida Times-Union"
type = Daily
1864(as the "Florida Union")
circulation = 155,590 Daily
214,572 Sunday [cite web | title=2007 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation |publisher=Burrelles"Luce" |url=http://www.burrellesluce.com/top100/2007_Top_100List.pdf |format=PDF |accessdate=2007-05-30 |date=2007-03-31]
headquarters = 1 Riverside Avenue
editor = Frank Denton
publisher = Jim Currow
website = [http://jacksonville.com/ Jacksonville.com]
ISSN = 0740-2325
"The Florida Times-Union", based in
Jacksonville, Florida, USA, is the major daily newspaperin northeast Florida. Widely known as the oldest newspaper in the state, it began publication as the "Florida Union" in 1864. Its current incarnation started in 1883, when two existing newspapers in the city, the "Florida Daily Times" and the "Florida Union", combined. [cite web | title=The Florida Times-Union |publisher=Morris Communications Company, LLC
url=http://www.morris.com/divisions/morris_publishing_group/daily_newspapers/florida_times.shtml |accessdate=2007-03-05 ] A Southeast Georgia edition, called "The Georgia Times-Union", serves the Brunswick area.
For much of its history, the "Times-Union" (and the "St. Augustine Record") was owned by the St. Augustine-based
Florida East Coast Railway. Under this ownership the paper was notorious for relegating news of any railroad mishap to its back pages while giving front page coverage to trucking accidents. In fact, an oft repeated joke around Jacksonville was that "In North Florida, trains don't hit cars. Cars hit trains." In 1959, Florida Publishing Company (its parent company) purchased the evening newspaper the "Jacksonville Journal". The two newspapers remained sister publications until 1988 when the "Journal" ceased publication.
During the 1960s, "The Florida Times-Union" and "Jacksonville Journal" played different roles in two major events in city history. Civil rights activists criticized both newspapers for their failure to cover the race riots at downtown's Hemming Park in 1960. Segregation was so ingrained in the city that the "Times-Union" also published a 'Star' edition for the local black community. The newspapers adopted a more crusading role in the latter part of the decade when they exposed corruption on various levels of city and county government. In addition to attention from
WJXT-TV, the two newspapers' stories helped lead to the consolidation of Jacksonville and Duval County.
Morris Communicationsof Augusta, Georgiapurchased Florida Publishing Company. "The Times-Union" became the largest newspaper of this chain, which owns a number of newspapers around the country. Its current editor is Frank Denton, and the editorial page editor is Michael P. Clark.
* [http://jacksonville.com/ The "Times-Union's" official site]
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