Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.

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Lancaster Newspapers, Inc
Type Private
Genre Newspapers
Founded 1794
Headquarters Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Area served Lancaster County

Lancaster Newspapers Inc. owns and publishes two major newspapers, the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era Monday through Saturday mornings, and the Sunday News. Additionally, it publishes three weekly minor newspapers, Lititz Record, Ephrata Review and Lancaster Farming, and one bi-weekly Spanish periodical, La Voz Hispana. The headquarters and printing operations for the daily newspapers and La Voz are located in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and serve all of Lancaster County.

Lancaster Newspapers is owned by Steinman Enterprises, which also holds Intelligencer Printing (one of the oldest commercial printing houses in the US, a $50 million business largely serving clients in the retail, direct mail, financial, pharmaceutical, and high-tech sectors), Lancaster County Weeklies (a 62,000-square-foot (5,800 m2) printing facility in Ephrata which publishes their weekly newspapers and does job printing of other weeklies), Delmarva Broadcasting Company (radio stations in Delaware and Maryland) and Steinman Coal in southwestern Virginia (which also leases oil and natural gas deposits). They joined with High Enterprises and Fulton Bank in jointly developing the Lancaster Convention Center (although Fulton withdrew before the project was completed) and they operate both the Pressroom Restaurant, and the Newseum. Steinman Enterprises is a corporation, closely held by descendants of Andrew Jackson Steinman, who purchased the Intelligencer in 1866.

The company also runs an internet media site, Lancaster Online.

Intelligencer Journal[edit]

Main article: Intelligencer Journal

First printed in 1796 as the Intelligencer, the Intelligencer Journal is the largest circulation newspaper in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was also the oldest continuous newspaper in the United States of America that has not changed its name.

Lancaster New Era[edit]

The Lancaster New Era was founded in 1877 as a newspaper in Lancaster with the goal of taking the Republican state machine to task and ushering in a New Era in politics. In 1920, the New Era merged with another Republican newspaper, The Examiner. In 1923, Paul Block, Sr. bought the New Era-Examiner and aimed it to compete with the morning Intelligencer and afternoon New Journal, both published by the Steinmans. It failed and Block sold the then-renamed New Era to the Steinmans in 1928. The Steinmans merged the Intell and the Journal into the morning Intelligencer Journal, and published the New Era as an afternoon newspaper continuously on every day of the week except Sundays, until 2007 when the Saturday edition was eliminated and the content moved to the Saturday morning Intell.

On 26 June 2009, Lancaster Newspapers published the New Era as an afternoon newspaper for the final time, citing increasing costs and decreasing readership as reasons it merged with the Intelligencer Journal.[1] Before its demise, it had the largest circulation of any Pennsylvania newspaper in the afternoon newspaper market.

It won the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Sweepstakes Award four years in a row. The sensitive reporting on the tragic shooting of six girls at the Nickel Mine Amish School in eastern Lancaster County won numerous state and national awards, among them, the Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award and the Taylor Award for Fairness, given by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

The Intelligencer Journal is now co-branded with the New Era. Columns, comics and other syndicated content previously reserved for the afternoon edition now appear in the Journal.

Sunday News[edit]

Type: Sunday
Editor: Marv Adams

La Voz Hispana[edit]

Type: Spanish-language

La Voz Hispana, translated as The Hispanic Voice, is the major news sources for the Spanish-speaking publication that produces local stories as well as issues and events in the Spanish-speaking world.

Editorial stance[edit]

For many years, the Intell retained a center-left editorial stance, while the New Era was reliably conservative. This continued long after the Steinmans bought the New Era. As a legacy of this, for five years after the papers merged, it ran two editorial pages--one liberal, one conservative. However, on September 12, Lancaster Newspapers announced it would adopt an independent editorial stance and would no longer run two distinct editorial pages. As part of this change, the paper dropped most of its syndicated columnists.[2]


  1. ^ [1] A New Beginning for Lancaster New Era
  2. ^ Lancaster Newspapers announces shift in editorial policy