The Journal Gazette
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|Owner(s)||The Journal Gazette Co.|
(as The Fort Wayne Gazette)
|Headquarters||600 W. Main St.|
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
The Journal Gazette traces its origins to 1863, to the foundation of The Fort Wayne Gazette. It was originally founded to support Lincoln and oppose slavery. In 1899, The Fort Wayne Gazette merged with The Journal. The Journal Gazette has always been a privately owned newspaper.
In 1950, in conjunction with the local owner of "The News-Sentinel", The Journal Gazette entered into one of the first joint operating agreements for competing daily newspapers in the United States. That required a special act of Congress. (In 1970, Congress passed the Newspaper Preservation Act, codifying JOAs and exempting them from certain anti-trust provisions.) Under the arrangement, The Journal Gazette and The News-Sentinel have independent editorial staffs and management, while a jointly owned corporation, Fort Wayne Newspapers, sells advertising, handles circulation, prints the newspapers and, since 1958, has been landlord to the newspapers' staffs.
In 1980 Knight Ridder bought "The News-Sentinel" and "The Journal Gazette" (with new JOA provisions) agreed to extend the JOA through 2020.
In 2003 the JOA was again renegotiated with additional protections for the minority owners and an agreement to build a new downtown press facility.
In 2003, Knight Ridder sold all of its papers to The McClatchy Company, which in turn sold the NS to Ogden Newspapers of Wheeling, West Virginia. The JG had its third JOA partner, but remained locally owned and controlled. In October of 2017, "The News-Sentinel" owners decided to cease publication of their print product, but "The Journal Gazette" agreed to publish a page of NS content Monday through Saturday.