The Progress-Index

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Type Daily newspaper
Owner(s) GateHouse Media
Founded July 4, 1865
Headquarters 15 Franklin St.
Petersburg, Virginia
Circulation 12,937

The Progress-Index is a daily newspaper published in Petersburg, Virginia. Its print edition is published Monday through Sunday morning, and its website is updated regularly throughout the day with breaking news, feature stories, photographs and videos.


The paper's roots trace to 1865, but its current moniker came about through the early-1920s merger of the Index-Appeal and the Evening Progress. It was owned by various Petersburg businessmen until 1959, when Thomson Newspapers of Canada purchased it. Thomson owned The Progress-Index until 1997, when it sold it to Times-Shamrock Communications, a privately held media company based in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Its current building, at 15 Franklin St. in downtown Petersburg, was built in 1921, along with what was then a state-of-the-art press. This was before the merger of the two papers into The Index-Appeal & Evening Progress, shortened to The Progress-Index in 1923.[1] In 2014, Times-Shamrock sold The Progress-Index to New Media Investment Group.[2]

The P-I was a "true" afternoon paper Monday through Saturday until 2005, when its production schedule switched to that of a typical morning paper, in that the pages were laid out and prepared for printing the night before. It remained different from other a.m. papers in one respect, in that, Monday through Friday, the press didn't run until the morning of the day the paper came out, at about 9:30. The paper was distributed in the late morning and early afternoon, Monday through Friday, and the Saturday edition was a true morning paper, in that it was printed the night before. The Sunday paper has always been done that way. Normally, the only time the P-I took advantage of the fact that it printed in the morning was on Election Day, when voters were pictured at the polls. Other than that, only exceptional circumstances caused the P-I to print something that happened on the day the paper was distributed.

The P-I is now a morning paper, seven days a week. It is printed at night, for distribution the following morning.

In January 2018, after the closing of the Hopewell News and Mid VA Trading Post by owners Lancaster Media, The Progress-Index launched the twice weekly Hopewell Herald/Prince George Post and weekly classified Mid VA Trader.[3] Additionally, in February 2018, after the Virginia Dealer magazine was discontinued, GateHouse Media Mid-Virginia Holdings launched the Virginia Wheels magazine in its place. The latest offering from this publishing company is the Fort Lee Traveller, which was formerly published under government contract through Marcoa Publishing. In May 2018, the contract was awarded to the company and began publication.


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