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This article is about an Illinois newspaper. For the Indiana newspaper, see Journal & Courier.
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Civitas Media
Publisher David C.L. Bauer
Editor David C.L. Bauer
Founded April 24, 1830 (1830-04-24)[1]
Headquarters 235 West State Street,
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650, United States
Circulation 10,975 daily
11,274 Sundays in 2012[2]
OCLC number 24396370

The Journal-Courier is an American daily newspaper published in Jacksonville, Illinois. It is owned by Civitas Media, a subsidiary of Versa Capital Management.

With a history dating back to 1830, the Journal-Courier is the "oldest continuously published newspaper in Illinois".[3] The Jacksonville Courier merged with The Jacksonville Daily Journal to form the Jacksonville Journal-Courier on July 11, 1983.[4]

In addition to Jacksonville and South Jacksonville, the Journal-Courier circulates in Cass, Greene, Macoupin, Morgan, Brown, Pike and Scott counties, in western Central Illinois.[1]

The Journal-Courier is owned by Civitas Media, which also owns the Illinois newspaper The Telegraph, in nearby Alton, Illinois. These newspapers, along with The Lima News in Ohio and The Sedalia Democrat in Sedalia, Missouri, constituted the Central Division of Freedom Communications before being sold to Ohio Community Media in May 2012.[5] Freedom acquired the paper from Thomson in 1995.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Advertising Rate Card No. 01-2011" (PDF). January 1, 2011. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "FAS-FAX Report: Circulation Averages for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2012". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "About Jacksonville Journal Courier". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ Wursthorn, Michael (May 17, 2012). "News Release: Versa Buys Four Papers From Freedom Communications". Dow Jones LBO Wire. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Freedom Communications, Thomson Swap Newspapers

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