It was originally established as a weekly paper - the North and South Shields Gazette - but became a daily evening paper after the repeal of Stamp Duty in 1855. Later it became the Shields Gazette and Shipping Telegraph.
It is now part of North East Press, a division of Johnston Press, and the paper has been printed on the presses of the Sunderland Echo in Pennywell, Sunderland, since 1992. In July 2012 most of the reporters, sports and editing staff moved to a new base at the Sunderland Echo.
- "History of North East Press". Shields Gazette. Johnston Press. Retrieved 2007-05-20. "The Gazette is the UK's oldest provincial evening newspaper and was first published in 1849."
- North-East daily newspapers' offices to be closed - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage
- "ABC figures: How the regional dailies performed". HoldTheFrontPage (UK). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.