The Flint Journal
|Type||four times weekly newspaper|
|Owner(s)||Booth Newspapers (Advance Publications)|
|Headquarters||540 S Saginaw St, Suite 504
Flint, Michigan 48502
|Circulation||49,685 Tue, Thur, Fri
|Sister newspapers||The Saginaw News
The Bay City Times
The Flint Journal is a quad-weekly newspaper based in Flint, Michigan, owned by Booth Newspapers, a subsidiary of Advance Publications. Published Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, it serves Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee Counties. As of February 2, 2012, it is headquartered in Downtown Flint at 540 S Saginaw St, Suite 504. The paper and its sister publications The Saginaw News and The Bay City Times are printed at the Booth-owned Valley Publishing Co. printing plant in Monitor Township.
The Flint Journal was founded in 1876 during Flint's booming lumber years by Charles Fellows and Washington Irving Beardsley as a weekly newspaper The Journal's main competitors at the time were the Wolverine Citizen, The Genesee Democrat and The Flint Globe. The paper was sold in rapid succession to Doctor Carman, who sold ownership in December 1882 to George McConnolly and others until the Journal was purchased by the Flint Globe' owner, H. H. Fitzgerald, and merged as the Weekly Globe and Daily Journal. The Booth Publishing Company purchased ownership of the Weekly Globe and Daily Journal in 1911. Along with the rest of the Booth properties, the Journal became part of Advance Publications in 1976.
Reduced publication dates
On June 1, 2009, the Journal and its sister papers, The Saginaw News and The Bay City Times, reduced publishing to three times a week—Thursday, Friday and Sunday, while increasing their interactive media capabilities. The changes came after the three papers laid off 35% of their staff in March 2009. Also at that point, all three newspapers increased their online presence, in partnership with MLive.com.
The Flint Journal added a Tuesday print edition starting on March 23, 2010, bringing the number of publishing days a week to four. Unlike the other three daily editions, Tuesdays were originally "news stand only;" however, since June 7, 2011, the Tuesday edition has also been delivered to subscribers. If Metro Detroit is not counted, Flint is the fifth-largest city in the United States, and second largest in Michigan, without a daily newspaper.
On January 27, 2013, its old headquarters at 200 E First St was leased to the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
In 2014, the three Mid-Michigan MLive Media Group newspapers including the Flint Journal introduced online-only editions on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday to complement the four print editions of each newspaper. The online-only editions contain features not available in the print edition.
The Journal has an average Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday circulation of 49,685, and a Sunday circulation of 66,622 for the six-month period ending March 2012.
- Flint Journal opens new downtown offices, Harrison Street building remains open for customer service (with video) The Flint Journal via MLive.com, February 2, 2012
- "Audit Bureau of Circulations, Circulation averages for the six months ended: 3/31/2012". Retrieved 2012-09-20.
- The Bay City Times: A look back at Bay City Times history", 3/24/2009.
- ."Major Events in Flint's History 1871–1880". FlintHistory.com. Retrieved 2008-04-08.[dead link]
- "Chapter XVI: The Press". The History of Genesee County, MI. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
- Bay City Times: "The Bay City Times announces big changes", 3/23/2009.
- Flint Journal: "Flint Journal to publish 3 days a week", 3/23/2009.
- Flint Journal: "Flint Journal to return to Newsstands on Tuesdays starting March 23", 3/7/2010.
- Flint Journal subscription information
- Former home of Flint Journal to be leased by MSU The Detroit Free Press, January 27, 2013