LNP Media Group

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LNP Media Group
Private
Genre Newspapers
Founded 1794
Headquarters Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Area served
Lancaster County
Website LancasterOnline.com

LNP Media Group owns and publishes LNP, a daily newspaper in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and LancasterOnline, its online affiliate with monthly readership of over 1 million. First published in October 2014, LNP traces its roots to one of the oldest newspapers in the U.S., The Lancaster Journal that dates back to 1794.[1]

LNP Media Group publishes two other local newspapers in Lancaster County: The Lititz Record Express and The Ephrata Review. Additionally, LNP Media Group owns and publishes three specialty publications: Lancaster Farming, La Voz Lancaster, formerly La Voz Hispana, and Fly After 5, formerly Fly Magazine. Lancaster Farming is a leading farm newspaper for the mid-Atlantic region with paid circulation of over 60,000 in Pennsylvania and fifteen other states.[2] La Voz Lancaster is a bi-monthly publication covering the Hispanic community in Lancaster County.[3] Fly After 5 is a bi-monthly newspaper covering news and features on Lancaster County nightlife and entertainment including live music, craft beer and dining.[4]

LNP Media Group is owned by Steinman Communications, which also holds Intelligencer Printing (one of the oldest commercial printing houses in the US), Susquehanna Printing (a printing facility in Ephrata which publishes weekly newspapers and does other contract printing), Delmarva Broadcasting Company (radio stations in Delaware and Maryland) and real estate holdings in Lancaster City and energy holdings in southern Virginia.[5] They joined with High Enterprises and Fulton Bank in jointly developing the Lancaster Convention Center and they operate the Pressroom Restaurant.[6] Steinman Enterprises is a corporation, closely held by descendants of Andrew Jackson Steinman, who purchased the Intelligencer in 1866.[7]

Intelligencer Journal[edit]

Main article: Intelligencer Journal

First printed in 1794 as the "Lancaster Journal," the Intelligencer Journal was the largest circulation newspaper in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It also was the oldest continuous newspaper in the United States of America that had not changed its name.

Lancaster New Era[edit]

The Lancaster New Era was founded in 1877 as a newspaper in Lancaster with the goal of taking the Republican state machine to task and ushering in a New Era in politics. In 1920, the New Era merged with another Republican newspaper, The Examiner. In 1923, Paul Block, Sr. bought the New Era-Examiner and aimed it to compete with the morning Intelligencer and afternoon New Journal, both published by the Steinmans. It failed and Block sold the then-renamed New Era to the Steinmans in 1928. The Steinmans merged the Intell and the Journal into the morning Intelligencer Journal, and published the New Era as an afternoon newspaper continuously on every day of the week except Sundays, until 2007 when the Saturday edition was eliminated and the content moved to the Saturday morning Intell.

On 26 June 2009, Lancaster Newspapers published the New Era as an afternoon newspaper for the final time, citing increasing costs and decreasing readership as reasons it merged with the Intelligencer Journal.[8] Before the merger, it had the largest circulation of any Pennsylvania newspaper in the afternoon newspaper market.

It won the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Sweepstakes Award four years in a row. The sensitive reporting on the tragic shooting of six girls at the Nickel Mine Amish School in eastern Lancaster County won numerous state and national awards, among them, the Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award and the Taylor Award for Fairness, given by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

The Intelligencer Journal is now co-branded with the New Era. Columns, comics and other syndicated content previously reserved for the afternoon edition now appear in the Journal.

Sunday News[edit]

When established in 1923, Sunday News was Lancaster County's first local Sunday newspaper. It was renamed Sunday LNP in October 2014.[1]

La Voz Lancaster[edit]

Type: Spanish-language

La Voz Lancaster changed its name from La Voz Hispana in August 2016. Translated as The Lancaster Voice, it’s a bi-monthly news source for the Spanish-speaking publication that produces local stories as well as issues and events of Hispanic community in Lancaster County. Frequent features include: Arts and Culture, Food and Drink, Health and Living, Profiles and Interviews, and Community News.[3]

Editorial stance[edit]

For many years, the Intell retained a center-left editorial stance, while the New Era was reliably conservative. This continued long after the Steinmans bought the New Era. As a legacy of this, for five years after the papers merged, it ran two editorial pages—one liberal, one conservative. However, on September 11, 2014, Lancaster Newspapers announced it would adopt an independent editorial stance and would no longer run two distinct editorial pages.[9]

LNP[edit]

Main article: LNP (newspaper)

Under its current masthead, LNP was first published in October 2014, with the tagline Always Lancaster.[1] The current newsroom includes journalists from The Intelligencer Journal, New Era and Sunday News. The Intelligencer Journal and New Era merged in 2009. Even though Sunday News joined the combined newsroom in 2012, the Sunday edition continued to be published under the same masthead until the rebranding in October 2014. The rebranding was aimed at representing and embracing the history of Lancaster County, the brand and the audience.[1] The slogan also alludes to the abbreviation that was used to refer to "Lancaster Newspapers" for much of the latter part of the 20th century. The paper was redesigned to include a more visually-appealing format and more user-friendly sections and pages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "About Us". LancasterOnline. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Lancaster Farming. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  3. ^ a b "La Voz Hispana". La Voz Hispana. LNP Media Group. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Fly After 5". Fly After 5. LNP Media Group. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Our brands - Steinman Communications". Steinman Communications. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  6. ^ Writer, JOE HAINTHALER | Staff. "Martin: It's crunch time for Lancaster County Convention Center". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  7. ^ Brubaker, John H (1984). The Steinmans of Lancaster: A Family and its Enterprises. Steinman Enterprises. ISBN 0-9613782-0-4. 
  8. ^ Writer, JACK BRUBAKER Staff. "A new beginning for Lancaster New Era". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  9. ^ "Lancaster Newspapers announces shift in opinion policy". LancasterOnline. LNP Media Group. Retrieved 2016-08-22.