The Newport Daily News
Front page of the inaugural edition of the Newport Daily News (1846).
|Owner(s)||Edward A. Sherman Publishing Co.|
|Publisher||Albert K. Sherman|
|Editor||Sheila L. Mullowney|
|Headquarters||101 Malbone Road, Newport, Rhode Island 02840 USA|
|Circulation||13,000 daily, 14,000 Saturday|
The Newport Daily News is an independent six-day daily newspaper serving Newport County, Rhode Island. It publishes in the afternoon on weekdays (Monday through Friday) and in the morning on Saturdays. The Daily News is the state's largest family-owned newspaper.
The Daily News has been locally owned since it was founded in 1846. It was named Newspaper of the Year by the New England Newspaper Association in 1991, 2001 and 2004.
One of the Daily New's other publications, the Mercury, is considered the oldest new newspaper in the country. The history of the publication dates back to 1758, when the widow and son of James Franklin, Benjamin Franklin's brother, established The Newport Mercury. It not only has a claim to being the oldest newspaper in the country, but Ann Franklin is recognized as the first woman in the Colonies to publish and edit a newspaper.
The Mercury was published regularly up to the time the British landed in Newport, when the press and types were buried. (The press, also used by Solomon Southwick to print copies of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, can be seen in the Museum of Newport History in downtown Newport.) After the Revolutionary War, the Mercury was issued again. It continued as a subscription weekly published by The Newport Daily News until March 2005.
Edward A. Sherman Publishing Company, the family-owned publisher of the Daily News, also prints three free weekly newspapers in southern Rhode Island: Mercury, a Wednesday alternative weekly covering Bristol, Newport and Washington counties; the Friday Newport Navlog, the U.S. Navy's oldest base newspaper (founded 1901), covering Naval Station Newport; and Ocean State Independent, mailed to non-Daily News subscribers on Aquidneck Island.
Mercury, relaunched as an alternative paper in March 2005, was previously The Newport Mercury, a paid-subscription weekly that dated to 1758. The newspaper claimed to be the oldest in the United States, and was not only was the first to employ a female editor and publisher, Ann Franklin., but it also was the first paper to publish poetry by an African American woman, Phillis Wheatley.
The Newport Daily News prices are: $1.00 Monday-Saturday.