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Louisiana Newspapers

Alexandria Town Talk

The Town Talk, started as The Daily Town Talk in 1883 and later named the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, is the major newspaper of Central Louisiana. It is published by Gannett in Alexandria, the seat of Rapides Parish and the economic center of Central Louisiana. The daily newspaper has a circulation of some 29,000 daily and 33,000 on Sundays. It covers the news primarily in seven parishes with a population of approximately 400,000. The coverage area reaches from the Mississippi River on the east to the Texas border on the west. The Town Talk was born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1883. In1996, it was sold to Central Newspapers of Indianapolis, then the 15th-largest newspaper company in the United States. The parent company was called “McCormick & Company Inc.” Central Newspapers was purchased in 2000 by Gannett of McLean, Virginia.

Baton Rouge Advocate

The Advocate began in 1842 as the Democratic Advocate. While the paper changed hands a number of times after 1842, the largest change occurred in 1909 by Charles Manship and his new company called the Capital City Press. A new paper was published in 1925 that focused on national news. Manship and his family became very influential in Baton Rouge as they continued to grow, branching out into other media outlets such as WBRZ-TV. The Advocate continues to maintain bureaus throughout south Louisiana as well as a bureau in Washington D.C. by The Advocate. He then published papers in Hammond, and Minden, where he was elected mayor in 1936. The newspaper has had a large history including a woman holding the managing editor position in 1949 as well as a popular columnist named Ed Cullen, who had a column called "Attic Salt" in the Sunday newspaper. He was also a National Public Radio essayist and an author.

Lafayette Daily Advertiser

The Daily Advertiser is a Gannett daily newspaper based in Lafayette, the fourth largest city in Louisiana. The Daily Advertiser covers international, national, state, and local news in the six parishes of Lafayette, Acadia, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion. The publication circulates 45,400 copies on weekdays. The newspaper ranks 234 out of 1,410 newspapers in the United States. Louisiana journalist Robert Angers worked at times for the Daily Advertiser, including his ultimate position as business editor from 1985 until his death. In 1968, he founded Acadiana Profile magazine in Lafayette and from there he edited and published the Franklin Banner-Tribune in Franklin, the seat of St. Mary Parish.

Monroe News Star

The News-Star is the principal newspaper of Monroe and northeastern Louisiana. Its circulation area ranges over some dozen parishes from Ruston, the seat of Lincoln, on the west, to Tallulah in Madison Parish on the east, to the Arkansas state line on the north, and to Ferriday in Concordia on the south. The newspaper is a Gannett Company publication. The News Star began in 1890 as the Monroe Evening News. In 1909, the Evening News merged with the Daily Star to form the afternoon newspaper, the Monroe News-Star. In 1930, he acquired the News-Star, since switched from an afternoon to a morning publication. The two Monroe newspapers remained in the Ewing family until the Gannett acquisition on June 16, 1977. The Morning World and News-Star consolidated on August 4, 1980, to become The News-Star-World. The name was later changed and the first edition of The News Star was printed on May 22, 1988. . All three newspapers were known for their conservative editorials.

New Orleans Advocate

In October, 2012, The Advocate added a daily New Orleans edition to supplement the Times-Picayune who announced they were cutting back publication to only three days.

New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Times-Picayune is a newspaper published in New Orleans, Louisiana. It has been a leading source for news and advertising for the New Orleans area since being established in 1837. The Times-Picayune is home-delivered on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The paper is owned by Advance Publications, owned by the Newhouse family. The Times-Picayune funds the Edgar A. Poe Award for journalistic excellence, presented annually by the White House Correspondents' Association. The award is named for the newspaper's distinguished long-time national correspondent, Edgar Allan Poe. The Publisher is David Francis and the paper is edited by Mark Lorando.

Opelousas Daily World

The Daily World is a Gannett-owned daily newspaper in Opelousas, Louisiana. The newspaper was the first offset-printed daily newspaper in the world, and remained the sole offset-printed daily newspaper for nine years. A copy of the first edition of the Daily World hangs in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. John Thistlethwaite and Ducote Andrepont were the founders of the Daily World with the first edition rolling off the presses on Christmas Eve, 1939. In 1939, newspaper publishers relied on the cumbersome letterpress method of printing, which required type to be set letter-by-letter in a metal frame and then pressed against inked plates. On the front page of the inaugural edition was an editorial that acknowledged the young paper's shortcomings and predicted the uphill battle ahead. The sixty year old Daily World's history was again changed when on Sept. 7, 2000; the Gannett Company Inc. announced it acquired the newspaper's assets.

Shreveport Times

The Times is a Gannett daily newspaper based in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Times distribution area includes twelve parishes in Northwest Louisiana and three counties in east Texas. Coverage focuses on issues affecting the Shreveport-Bossier market and includes investigative reporting, community news, arts & entertainment, government, education, sports, business, and religion, along with local opinion/commentary. From 1895 to 1991, The Times had competition from the afternoon Monday-Saturday daily, the since defunct Shreveport Journal. The papers were later printed at the same 222 Lake Street address and shared opposite sides of the building but were entirely separate and independent of the other. The current editor is Africa Price and the paper is published by Don Bailey.