The Laconia Daily Sun
|Owner(s)||Lakes Region News Club, Inc.|
|Editor||Edward J. Engler|
|Headquarters||1127 Union Avenue, Laconia, New Hampshire 03246 USA|
|Circulation||18,000 in 2013|
The Laconia Daily Sun is a five-day (Tuesday through Saturday) free morning daily newspaper published in the city of Laconia, New Hampshire, United States, covering Belknap County and the Lakes Region. Each publication day, 18,000 copies of the paper are distributed by bulk drops at more than 300 locations. There is no home delivery. The paper also publishes a free online edition.
The newspaper draws many of its readers from Laconia, but also covers Alton (and Alton Bay), Belmont, Center Harbor, Gilford, Gilmanton, Meredith, Sanbornton and Tilton (including Winnisquam), all in Belknap County.
Lakes Region News Club, Inc., which owns The Laconia Daily Sun, is a partnership between Editor/President Edward J. Engler, Publisher Adam Hirshan and Mark Guerringue, publisher of The Conway Daily Sun.
The Laconia Daily Sun was founded June 5, 2000, with Engler as publisher and John Horihan as editor. The initial press run was 2,000 copies, and the paper was in direct competition with The (Laconia) Citizen, a paid circulation afternoon daily newspaper founded in 1926 and owned at the time by the Robert Foster family of Dover, New Hampshire. Engler assumed the position of editor in 2002 and has held it since. Hirshan and Guerringue were not involved in the day-to-day operations of the newspaper in the early years, but Hirshan took over responsibility for the advertising department in 2006 and added oversight of the front office when he began working full-time in Laconia in 2007. He assumed the publisher's role in 2012.
The newspaper was initially printed by The Conway Daily Sun but began printing with the Dow Jones-owned Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 2008. That move also marked the beginning of a revolutionary "all color all the time" policy whereby display advertising rates were revised to reflect the fact that all display ads in the newspaper would thereafter be printed in full color.
Sisters and competitors
Unlike the original Daily Sun newspapers, The Laconia Daily Sun goes head-to-head with an established, paid-subscription daily newspaper on its home turf: The Citizen, based in Laconia. The first two News Club dailies are the only daily newspapers in their counties: The Conway Daily Sun in Carroll County, and The Berlin Daily Sun in Coos County, New Hampshire. In 2009, News Club founded a fourth free daily, The Portland Daily Sun, in Maine's largest city. The Conway Daily Sun also publishes a monthly tourist magazine called Valley Fun with a distribution of 15,000, and in 2013 The Portland Daily Sun acquired Maine NewsSimply, a news curation web site serving Maine.
- The Laconia Daily Sun Advertising Ratecard, January 1, 2006. Accessed February 11, 2007.