The first issue of The Onondaga Standard, Sept. 10, 1829.
|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 published by 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 merged the papers, forming The Post-Standard Co. The first issue of The Post-Standard was published 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. Until 1971, when a new building on Clinton Square opened, the newspapers were published in separate locations. 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, the website 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 or other proprietary systems.
In December 2001, the newspaper began printing on a new offset lithography press made in Switzerland by Wifag. The 750-ton five-story press allowed for color on just about every page, and the newspaper soon began using the front-page motto, America’s Most Colorful Paper. The press is housed in a 45,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed "press hall" constructed at the back of the newspaper building. The Wifag press replaced a 33-year-old machine using the letterpress technique. The new press and building expansion cost $39.5 million.
The Post-Standard today
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.
In 2012, Advance, following a path used in its other markets, established a new business structure and company, Syracuse Media Group, to emphasize its digital future. The news/editorial, advertising and marketing staffs were incorporated into that company. Their offices moved to 220 S. Warren St., Syracuse. Support services for The Post-Standard, including the staff operating the press, remained in the Clinton Square building at 101 N. Salina St., Syracuse. The news staff, equipped with mobile devices, now write and photograph exclusively for the company's digital media. A separate staff of curators monitors the output and chooses content to be published in print.
The audited circulation of The Post-Standard in the first quarter of 2015 was 120,363 on Sunday, 71,101 on its home-delivered days (Tuesday and Thursday), and an average of 33,000 on its non-delivery days.
In 2015, the New York State Associated Press Association awarded The Post-Standard its Newspaper of Distinction award. The newspaper won the award five years in a row from 2005 through 2009.
The Scarborough market research company ranks Syracuse.com as the No. 1 newspaper website in the nation in terms of market penetration. Scarborough ranks The Post-Standard Sunday newspaper No. 3 in the U.S.
In the late 1970s, The Post-Standard became more aggressive in its investigative coverage. In the mid-2000s the paper 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.
Among other noteworthy investigations that made waves or caused change:
In the summer of 2014, the newspaper began publishing stories from reporter John O’Brien, who dug up serious allegations about the 1994 disappearance of Heidi Allen. The reporting raised doubts about whether the wrong person was imprisoned for her presumed killing. In dozens of stories since then, O’Brien exposed flaws in the investigation and prosecution.
The Post-Standard gained some national exposure when mentioned briefly in Laurie Halse Anderson's Catalyst in 2002.
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.
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- News stories from The Post-Standard, March 19, 2000, through Aug. 18, 2002
-  Syracuse.com news story, June 26, 2013
- Alliance for Audited Media, Consolidated Media Report dated March 31, 2015.
- "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