Connecticut Post

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Connecticut Post
Connecticut Post front page.jpg
The December 22, 2006 front page of the
Connecticut Post
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Hearst Communications
Publisher Paul Barbetta
Editor John Alcott
Founded 1883
Language English
Headquarters 410 State Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604 USA
Circulation 53,866 Weekdays, 41,768 Saturdays, 80,840 Sundays
Sister newspapers Bridgeport telegram
Bridgeport evening post[1]
Website http://www.ctpost.com/

The Connecticut Post is a daily newspaper located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It serves Fairfield County and the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Municipalities in the Post's circulation area include Ansonia, Bridgeport, Darien, Derby, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, New Canaan, Orange, Oxford, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton. The newspaper is owned and operated by the Hearst Corporation, a multinational corporate media conglomerate with $4 billion in revenues. The Connecticut Post also gains revenue by offering classified advertising for job hunters with minimal regulations and separate listings for products and services.

The Post[edit]

The paper has a weekday circulation of 53,866, a Saturday circulation of 41,768, and a Sunday circulation of 80,840, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation, behind the Hartford Courant (264,539) and the New Haven Register (89,022). It is southwestern Connecticut's largest circulation daily newspaper.[2] The paper competes directly with the Register in Stratford, Milford, and portions of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Since June 2017, the Post and the Register have been under common ownership, with management led by Hearst Connecticut Media Group president Paul Barbetta.[3]

The publisher is Paul Barbetta [4]who is also the president of Hearst Connecticut Media Group. The most recent editor, James H. Smith, departed abruptly on June 26, 2008. No reason was given to staff, but Smith later attributed his departure to "mutual agreement."[5] Smith had attempted to take the newspaper in a different direction, stressing slice-of-life style features and enterprise and investigative work while downplaying court/police coverage. In recent years he has avoided layoffs despite economic pressures, opting instead to offer buyouts and drastically cut the freelance budget. His replacement is managing editor John Alcott who holds the same position within Hearst Connecticut Media Group.[6]

The Post employs seven editors within their departments including a digital news editor, sports editor, arts & entertainment editor, business editor, features editor, editorial page editor and photo editor. These editors work along with the managing editor and two assistant managing editors to build the newspaper daily.[7]

The Post's coverage area presents problems as Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city, is a poor and mostly minority area, while the surrounding eastern Fairfield County and western New Haven County area is affluent and mostly white. Consequently, while the Post does provide solid coverage of Bridgeport, most of the paper is composed of local stories regarding the surrounding towns.

History[edit]

Vending box

The newspaper was formerly the morning Bridgeport Telegram and evening Bridgeport Post before consolidating into a morning publication. The Bridgeport Telegram[8] ran from at least 1908 to 1929 and again from 1938 to 1990.[9] Until the mid-1980s the Post was published as an afternoon paper and the Telegram was the morning paper. [10]

In 1981, a Post wire service editor died at his desk while a girl scout troop was touring the newsroom. [11]

In 1986, a young staffer at the Post office dropped his coat with a handgun in it, and accidentally shot a bullet into the ceiling. The man had become a drug dealer on the side and was arrested in the lobby for selling cocaine by an undercover police officer working as a janitor at the building.

In 2017, the Post's offices moved from 410 State St. to 1057 Broad St. The Post had been operating at the State Street location since 1928. The change in office space was made after deciding to downsize after most of the staff had moved to Hearst Connecticut Media's headquarters in Norwalk, CT. Only 20 employees made up of local reporters, editors and photographers work at the new location. [12]

The Post was formerly owned by Thomson Corporation, a national newspaper chain. In 2000, Thomson agreed to sell the Post for $205 million to MediaNews Group, based in Denver, Colorado, which also owns newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.[13]

On August 8, 2008 the Hearst Corporation acquired the Connecticut Post (Bridgeport) and www.ConnPost.com, including seven non-daily newspapers, from MediaNews Group, Inc., and assumed management control of three additional daily newspapers in Fairfield County, including The Advocate (Stamford), Greenwich Time (Greenwich), and The News-Times (Danbury), which had been managed for Hearst by MediaNews under a management agreement that began in April 2007.[14] Overall, the company publishes 24 dailies and 56 weeklies across the country. [15]

The Hearst Corporation also has ownership in global financial services, cable channels A&E, History, Lifetime and ESPN, television stations, including WCVB-TV in Boston, and over 300 magazines.[16]

In 2010, the Connecticut Post launched a complete re-design which included a new font and re-designed Connecticut Post header.

Some significant stories the Post has broken[citation needed] include former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim's bribery scandal and former Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi's admission of using cocaine.

In 2008, under Smith's leadership, the Connecticut Post received its first Newspaper of the Year Award from the New England Newspaper Association.[17]

Comedian and actor Richard Belzer, a Bridgeport native, was a paperboy and later a staff reporter for the Post, before pursuing his career as an entertainer.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Bridgeport post". Retrieved 11 April 2018 – via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov. 
  2. ^ "Connecticut Post | Hearst". www.hearst.com. Retrieved 2018-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Paul Barbetta - Hearst". www.hearst.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "Contact Us". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 2018-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Long Island News Stories on Sports, Politics & More". Newsday. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "John Alcott | Connecticut Post Journalist | Muck Rack". muckrack.com. Retrieved 2018-09-19. 
  7. ^ "Contact Us". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 2018-09-22. 
  8. ^ "Bridgeport Papers Sold. Flicker and Whitman Get Telegram and Evening and Sunday Post". The New York Times. December 20, 1918. 
  9. ^ "Bridgeport Telegram". Bridgeport Library. Archived from the original on 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Connecticut Post says goodbye to 410 State St. — and moves blocks away". Connecticut Post. 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2018-09-22. 
  11. ^ "Connecticut Post says goodbye to 410 State St. — and moves blocks away". Connecticut Post. 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2018-09-22. 
  12. ^ "Connecticut Post says goodbye to 410 State St. — and moves blocks away". Connecticut Post. 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2018-09-22. 
  13. ^ Gatlin, Greg. "MediaNews Drops Bid." Boston Herald, August 9, 2000.
  14. ^ "HEARST CORPORATION ACQUIRES THE CONNECTICUT POST FROM MEDIANEWS GROUP, INC". Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  15. ^ "Newspapers | Hearst". www.hearst.com. Retrieved 2018-09-22. 
  16. ^ "About Us | Hearst". www.hearst.com. Retrieved 2018-09-22.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 12 (help)
  17. ^ Post wins Newspaper of the Year Archived 2008-03-19 at the Wayback Machine., Connecticut Post, March 16, 2008
  18. ^ "'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' Bios". NBC Television. 2006. Archived from the original on November 28, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2006. 

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