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|Publisher||Stephen A. Rogers|
|Editor||Stephen A. Rogers|
|Founded||1829 (as the Onondaga Standard)|
Syracuse, NY 13221
The Post-Standard is the major daily newspaper serving the greater Syracuse, New York metro area. It is one of the brands of Syracuse Media Group, formed in 2012 as part of a new digitally focused company. The Syracuse Media Group's primary brands are Syracuse.com and The Post-Standard. The company is owned by Advance Publications. The newspaper is published seven days a week and is home-delivered to subscribers on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. It is available in retail outlets and via e-edition all seven days.
The Post-Standard was founded in 1829 as the Onondaga Standard. The first issue was published Sept. 10, 1829, after Vivus W. Smith consolidated the Onondaga Journal with the Syracuse Advertiser under the Onondaga Standard name. Through the 1800s, it was known variously as The Weekly Standard, The Daily Standard and The Syracuse Standard.
On July 10, 1894, The Syracuse Post was first published. On Dec. 26, 1898, the owners of The Daily Standard and The Syracuse Post signed documents merging the papers. The Post-Standard Co. formed and the first issue of The Post-Standard was published on Jan. 1, 1899. The merged company was based at 136 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse.
By 1900, Syracuse had a population of 135,000 and the publication had a "sworn circulation" of 17,575 daily, 12,571 semi-weekly and 15,195 on Sunday. It was touted as "A clean, wholesome, aggressive, up-to-date newspaper." The newspaper bragged that "The Post-Standard has a larger circulation than any other daily paper between Greater New York and Rochester."
On July 23, 1939, publisher Samuel I. Newhouse entered the Syracuse market, buying the Syracuse Herald and the Syracuse Journal and merging them into the Syracuse Herald-Journal, which published six days a week, and the Herald American, which published on Sundays. In 1944, Newhouse bought The Post-Standard. (Later, Newhouse became the benefactor of Syracuse University's acclaimed S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.)
The news and editorial departments of the newspapers operated independently from each other for decades. The Post-Standard was published in the morning, the Herald-Journal in the afternoon, and the Herald American on Sundays. The newspapers were known collectively as The Syracuse Newspapers. The Herald-Journal closed in September 2001.
The newspaper company was an early adopter of digital media. The company launched digital audio services delivered via telephone in the early 1990s. The company started Syracuse.com in November 1994.  The newspaper collaborated with Syracuse University's iSchool on the launch. At first, it was branded Syracuse OnLine and until the summer of 1995 operated on a server hosted at syr.edu. Few newspapers were establishing websites back then; most were partnering with CompuServe, Prodigy (online service), America Online and other proprietary systems.
Today, the newspaper is still owned by the Newhouse family, which operates as Advance Publications. Along with the Syracuse newspaper, Advance also publishes the Staten Island Advance, The Star-Ledger and The Jersey Journal in New Jersey,The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, The Oregonian in Portland, and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. The Newhouse family also owns Conde Nast magazines.
The Post-Standard maintains a news bureau in Washington, DC. It is staffed by reporter Mark Weiner.
The Post-Standard was named as among the "10 best newspapers in America with a circulation of under 100,000" by Al Neuharth of USA Today (run by a competing organization). Since the merger, daily circulation has increased to over 140,000. Even outside of its four-county delivery area, the paper is available in many convenience stores and supermarkets from the Canadian to the Pennsylvanian border. The newspaper partly caters to this audience as well, covering many stories from the Ithaca, Utica, and Watertown areas. Since opening a new $40M printing press in 2002, the paper called itself "America's Most Colorful Newspaper," as almost every page contains color.
The Post-Standard gained some national exposure when mentioned briefly in Laurie Halse Anderson's Catalyst in 2002.
By 2012, the circulation of the newspaper plummeted to under 50,000 daily and 95,000 Sunday. This drop caused the newspaper to eliminate 112 jobs by the end of January 2013. Effective February 3, 2013, The Post-Standard will only offer delivery of the newspaper on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. A newspaper will be available daily from that date, online and in stores. This move is similar to Advance's West Michigan newspapers, which also cut back home delivery to three days a week with the newspapers available on the other days in stores and via e-editions to subcribers.
The Post-Standard partners with Syracuse.com to provide its content online.
Winterfest Treasure Hunt
Since 1988, The Post-Standard has been challenging people of Central New York every winter by hiding a treasure hunt medallion in a public park in Onondaga County, New York. Each day during the treasure hunt, The Post-Standard publishes daily clues pointing want-a-be treasure hunters to its location. The person who finds the medallion win's $1,000, double that if they are a newspaper subscriber. In recent years, the medallion has been found at the Camillus Erie Canal Park, Onondaga Lake Park, and Green Lakes State Park.
In 2004 and 2005, the Post-Standard published in-depth investigative pieces focusing especially on the inner workings of Albany, including Gov. George Pataki's office and the New York Legislature. Recent investigations have focused on the allocation of state-borrowed money by the leaders of the State Senate and Assembly; and also on the controversy over the secretive sale of public lands along the Erie Canal by the New York State Canal Corporation for less than the land's market value.
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- "Years of searching pays off for winner of 2013 Post-Standard | syracuse.com Treasure Hunt".
- "Persistence pays $2,000 for Cicero mother-daughter treasure hunters".
- "24 comments East Syracuse Minoa sophomore finds Treasure Hunt medallion at Manlius park".
- Syracuse.com, which hosts the paper online
- Syracuse Media Group homepage
- Library of Congress listing
- WorldCat listing