South Carolina Newspapers

Charleston Post and Courier

Charleston's The Post and Courier is one of the oldest daily newspapers in the South and the eighth oldest newspaper still in publication in the United States. It is published in Charleston, South Carolina. It traces its ancestry to three newspapers, the Charleston Courier, founded in 1803, the Charleston Daily News, founded 1865, and The Evening Post, founded 1894. Along with The Greenville News and Columbia's The State, it is one of the three largest papers in the Palmetto State. The founder of the Courier, Aaron Smith Willington, came from Massachusetts with newspaper experience. 2008, the newspaper won national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and American Society of Newspaper Editors for coverage of the Charleston Sofa Super Store fire. In 2008, Reporter Tony Bartelme also won the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for a story about the effect of China's growth on local economies. The Post and Courier's circulation figures are 94,647 for dailies, and 97,549 for Sundays.

Florence Morning News

The Morning News is a daily newspaper with a circulation of about 35,000, based in Florence, South Carolina. It was founded as the Farmers' Friend in 1887, and was part of several mergers and name changes.

Greenville News

In 1874 The Greenville News started off as a four-page publication by A.M. Speights. For a one-year subscription, it was only eight dollars. After five different owners and many various editors, the Peace family under the leadership of Boney Peace bought the paper in 1919 from Ellison Adger Smyth, around the same time that Greenville was becoming known as “The Textile Center of the South.” The Peace family acquired the evening paper The Piedmont in 1927. In 1965 both papers helped to create the Multimedia Inc. Then in 1995, the less significant afternoon paper and the larger morning paper merged to become The News-Piedmont. In December 1995 Gannett purchased Multimedia, changing the newspaper name back to The Greenville News. Today The News prints over 100,000 newspapers a day.

Orangeburg Times and Democrat

The Times and Democrat is a daily newspaper in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The Times and Democrat is owned by Lee Enterprises, a company based in Davenport, Iowa. It has a daily circulation of 13,395, and a Sunday circulation of 14,182. The Times and Democrat traces its history to the October 1881 merger of The Orangeburg Democrat and The Orangeburg Times. A weekly publication since its founding, The Times and Democrat began publishing twice a week in 1908, three times a week in 1909 and five times a week in September 1919. A Monday edition was added in the 1940s and the Sunday edition in 1953. In 1989 The Times and Democrat became South Carolina's first daily newspaper to design its pages entirely with computers. Howard Publications acquired total ownership of The Times and Democrat in 1981. Lee Enterprises acquired Howard Publications and subsequently The Times and Democrat in 2002.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal is a daily newspaper, and the main newspaper for Spartanburg, South Carolina. The origins of the paper began with The Spartan, a weekly paper allegedly first printed in about 1842. In 1844, it was renamed The Carolina Spartan. Around 1900, the paper was reportedly bought by The Journal Publishing Company, who renamed the paper The Spartanburg Journal. In 1872, The Spartanburg Herald began publishing, In 1890, the Herald began daily publication, and in 1903, the Journal followed suit. The Herald was a morning paper, while the Journal was distributed in the evenings, with joint editions printed on the weekend. Even though under common ownership, the Herald and Journal did not entirely merge into one paper until October 1982. On January 6, 2012, Halifax Media Group finished its purchase of the Herald-Journal from The New York Times.