The Norman Transcript
|Owner(s)||Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.|
|Founded||July 13, 1889|
|Headquarters||215 East Comanche Street
Norman, Oklahoma 73069 United States
|Circulation||13,825 daily, 14,036 Sunday in 2006|
The Norman Transcript is a daily newspaper published in Norman, Oklahoma, USA, covering Cleveland and McClain counties, in the southern suburbs of Oklahoma City. It is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.
The Norman Transcript is the oldest business in Norman, Oklahoma. It was founded by settler Edward Philip Ingle on July 13, 1889.
The newspaper's marketing slogan is "Trusted, Tested, Timeless." Its mission statement emphasizes its focus on promoting Norman—home of the University of Oklahoma—as "a unique identity and culture"; and maintaining a centrist and pragmatic editorial page.
The newspaper was founded by settler Edward Philip Ingle on July 13, 1889, shortly after the first Oklahoma Land Run of April 22, 1889. Ingle had previously owned and operated the Purcell Register newspaper from 1887-89, across the South Canadian River in the then-Chickasaw Nation.
The first edition described Ingle's hopes for the newspaper, that "It will ever be a champion of the people and will be found ready to investigate both sides of any question of importance for the welfare of the people." The first two issues of the Transcript were published in July 1889, with a hiatus until later in the autumn. The Norman Transcript has been published regularly since then.
The weekly newspaper was sold to J.J. Burke in 1903. Burke established a companion free daily newspaper in 1912, later merging the two editions into a paid daily in 1917. Fred E. Tarman joined The Transcript in 1922 as editor and remained in that position until his retirement in 1969. Harold R. Belknap became editor and publisher at that time, and his heirs sold it to the paper's first chain owner, Donrey Media Group, in 1985; CNHI bought The Transcript from Donrey in 1998.
James M. Flinchum worked at The Transcript in the late 1930s before joining United Press and later as editor-in-chief of the Wyoming State Tribune, forerunner of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne, Wyoming.