The Capital

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The Capital
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)Baltimore Sun Media Group/Tribune Publishing
PublisherTim Thomas
EditorRick Hutzell
Sports editorDave Broughton
Photo editorJ. Henson
Founded1884; 135 years ago (1884) (as The Evening Capital)
Headquarters888 Bestgate Road, Suite 104, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
Circulation30,274 daily
35,155 Sunday
Websitewww.capitalgazette.com

The Capital is a daily newspaper published in Annapolis, Maryland, to serve the city of Annapolis, much of Anne Arundel County, and neighboring Kent Island in Queen Anne's County. First published as the Evening Capital on May 12, 1884,[1] the newspaper switched to mornings on March 9, 2015.[2]

The company has moved headquarters seven times, including from 3 Church Circle to 213 West Street in 1948, to 2000 Capital Drive in 1987, to Gibralter Road after that, and to 888 Bestgate Road in 2014.[citation needed]

The Capital was acquired by The Baltimore Sun Media Group in 2014.[3]

History[edit]

The newspaper was founded in 1884 as the Evening Capital and operated under this name until June 20, 1981, when it was shortened to just The Capital.[4] Its founder was William M. Abbott, a former compositor for The Baltimore Sun, who employed his daughter Emma Abbott Gage as the newspaper's editor and his son Charles B. Abbott as business manager.[5] In 1910, Abbott purchased the weekly Maryland Gazette from Col. Phillip E. Porter and merged the paper with his Capital, creating the Evening Capital and Maryland Gazette.[6][7]

In the years following the Civil War, Annapolis faded economically, and the pages of the Evening Capital mostly reflected the local happenings of a sleepy, provincial town.[8] During the early twentieth century, the expansion of the nearby United States Naval Academy was recorded in the paper as a source of both optimism and concern for local citizens.[9] Abbott and his family handed over ownership of the paper to Ridgely P. Melvin in 1919, and it reverted back to its original name of Evening Capital in 1922.[10] Melvin subsequently sold the Capital to the Capital-Gazette Press Company in 1926.[11][12]

For much of the twentieth century, the Capital was edited by Elmer Jackson, Jr., who had been appointed in 1931.[13] In 1959, it added a Saturday morning edition.[14]

In 1967, the newspaper and its sisters were sold to Philip Merrill and Landmark Communications, who shared ownership.[15] Jackson was replaced as editor.[16] Under this ownership, which lasted until 2007, the Capital saw great success, with its circulation nearly tripling.[17] After Merrill's death in 2006, Landmark obtained full ownership of the paper; it kept this ownership until 2014, when the Capital and its related holdings were sold to the Baltimore Sun Media Group, a tronc company.[18][19]

Its change to a seven-day-a-week morning paper was announced on February 8, 2015, and implemented on March 9.[2]

As of 2018, The Capital had a daily circulation of about 33,000.[20] The papers are printed on a computerized high-speed Goss International Headliner press.

Shooting[edit]

On June 28, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at the Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis, Maryland.[21] Five newspaper employees were killed: journalists Rob Hiaasen,[22] Wendi Winters,[23] Gerald Fischman,[24] and John McNamara,[25] and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.[26]

In the aftermath of the shooting, the staff of The Capital and its parent company was selected as a recipient of Time's Person of the Year 2018, as one of "The Guardians," a collection of journalists from around the world in their against the "War on Truth".[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About The capital". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Gunn, Steve (February 8, 2015). "We'll be saying 'Hello' earlier on weekdays". The Capital. Annapolis, Maryland.
  3. ^ Marbella, Jean (May 1, 2014). "Baltimore Sun Media Group buys The Capital in Annapolis and the Carroll County Times". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "About Evening capital". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Emma Abbott Gage". Find A Grave. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ "About Evening capital and Maryland gazette". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  7. ^ Kaltenbach, Chris (28 June 2018). "Capital Gazette newspapers in Annapolis trace their origins to 1727". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  8. ^ Jackson, Jr., Elmer Martin (1936). And to Bed: Being a Brief History of the Maryland Gazette. Annapolis: Capital-Gazette Press.
  9. ^ Jackson, Jr., Elmer Martin (1962). Annapolis. Annapolis: Capital-Gazette Press.
  10. ^ "About Evening capital". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  11. ^ Christian, Charles M.; Christian, Thomas L. (1927). Two Hundred Years with the Maryland Gazette, 1727-1927. Annapolis: Capital-Gazette Press.
  12. ^ McWilliams, Jane Wilson (2011). Annapolis, City on the Severn: A History. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0801896592.
  13. ^ "Elmer Jackson named editor". The Daily Mail. Hagerstown, Maryland. 6 May 1931.
  14. ^ "Evening paper will publish Sat. mornings". The Daily Mail. Hagerstown, Maryland.
  15. ^ "Elmer M. Jackson 3d Dies; Editor of Maryland Paper". The New York Times. 26 August 1972.
  16. ^ "Elmer M. Jackson Jr., editor, library board president". Baltimore Sun. 18 July 1995.
  17. ^ Kaltenbach, Chris (28 June 2018). "Capital Gazette newspapers in Annapolis trace their origins to 1727". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  18. ^ "About Us". Capital Gazette. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  19. ^ Marbella, Jean (1 May 2014). "Baltimore Sun Media Group buys The Capital in Annapolis and the Carroll County Times". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Annapolis Capital Gazette". Mondo Times. Mondo Times.
  21. ^ Bui, Lynh; Wiggins, Ovetta (June 28, 2018). "Active shooter reported at Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, police and staff say". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  22. ^ Marbella, Jean. "Capital Gazette editor Rob Hiaasen identified as victim of shooting at newspaper". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  23. ^ Wenger, Yvonne. "Capital Gazette shooting victim Wendi Winters: A prolific writer who chronicled her community". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  24. ^ Cox, Erin. "Capital Gazette shooting victim Gerald Fischman: Clever and quirky voice of a community newspaper". Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  25. ^ McDaniels, Andrea K. "Capital Gazette shooting victim John McNamara: Sports reporting was his dream job". Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  26. ^ Anderson, Jessica. "Capital Gazette shooting victim Rebecca Smith: Recent hire loved spending time with family". Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  27. ^ "TIME Person of the Year 2018: The Guardians". Time.com. Retrieved 2018-12-11.

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