Today marks the first day in more than 180 years that The News-Sentinel is not publishing a print edition. It is also significant for us at The Journal Gazette in that we have chosen to provide some News-Sentinel-produced content in our print editions Monday through Saturday.
It was incredibly rare for a city our size to have two daily print publications. Now, the owners of The News-Sentinel have decided to focus primarily on a digital product, as have many other newspapers around the country. The News-Sentinel isn't going away, but its work will be found mostly online. Its content in our newspaper will be created and produced by News-Sentinel staff and will appear under its masthead. The two newsrooms will not collaborate with each another on news coverage or commentary.
Since its founding in 1863, The Journal Gazette has been a locally owned and locally controlled news organization. Our roots go back to the Civil War, when the Fort Wayne Gazette was founded as a vehicle to support President Abraham Lincoln and oppose slavery. We are proud of our long history in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and will continue to provide important news and advertising content – both in-paper and digitally. Though we present a wide range of coverage and commentary on national and world issues, we focus on our role as the primary source of news, information and opinion about our city, our region and our state.
A joint operating agreement, which has existed in Fort Wayne since 1950, allows our two independently owned and operated news organizations to share business-side functions such as advertising, circulation and production. That JOA agreement has been extended through 2075, with the continued separation between business operations and news and editorial processes.
We take our responsibility to provide great journalism very seriously. The Journal Gazette is committed to assuring responsible coverage that encourages community understanding and engagement. We advocate for the public's right to know what its government and officials are doing. We shine a light on major issues and concerns and provide a forum for robust and civil community discussion.
We are pleased to welcome News-Sentinel readers to our pages, and we hope Journal Gazette subscribers appreciate the new content provided by News-Sentinel staff. And as always, we encourage readers to join the community conversations on our editorial pages and through our letters to the editor.
Julie Inskeep is president and publisher of The Journal Gazette.