Top 10 Alabama Newspapers

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Looking for traditional media advertising opportunities in Alabama? In recent years, newspaper readership has declined in favour of online sources. Regardless, hundreds of thousands of Alabama citizens continue to rely on newspapers as a significant source of news and information.

In order to reach them, you must capture the eye of the state’s most popular publications. Below we’ve summarized the top 10 Alabama newspapers to give you a great starting point for your media outreach.

The Birmingham News

Birmingham News front page

  • Serves: Birmingham, AL and surrounding areas
  • Publishes on: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • Circulation: 145,655 Daily, 176,087 Sunday
  • Founded in: 1888
  • Current owner: Advance Publications
  • Editor: K.A. Turner – kturner@al.com

The Birmingham News is one of the largest, if not the largest newspaper in Alabama. It started in 1888, when the town was just 17 years old. Since 1956, it’s been the property of Advance Publications. Up until 2012, the newspaper was printed daily. Today, it’s published thrice weekly – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with a peak circulation of 176 thousand copies.

Three Birmingham News reporters have won the Pulitzer Prize. In 1991, Ron Casey, Harold Jackson and Joey Kennedy received a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. More recently, in 2007, reporter Brett Blackledge won the Investigative Reporting category, and in 2018 John Archibald won the Commentary category.

You can find it online at https://www.al.com/birmingham/. Al.com is the shared digital home of the biggest news network of Alabama, also owned by Advance Publications.

Press-Register (Mobile Register)

Mobile Press front page

  • Serves: Mobile, AL and surrounding areas
  • Publishes on: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • Circulation: 94,000 Daily, 111,368 Sunday
  • Founded in: 1813
  • Current owner: Advance Publications
  • Editor: K.A. Turner – kturner@al.com

The Mobile Gazette (the original name) was established shortly after Mobile was captured from Spanish rule in 1813. It’s one of the oldest newspapers in Alabama.

Through the 2000s, the newly-built facilities endured Hurricane Ivan without interrupting production, as well as Hurricane Katrina, which left the area without power, but through proper organization with its sister newspapers, the Register continued printing.

Today, the Press-Register is owned by Advance Publications. It’s the second most read newspaper in the state with around 100,000 copies distributed three times per week. You can find it online at https://www.al.com/mobile/.

The Huntsville Times

Huntsville Time front page

  • Serves: Huntsville, AL and surrounding areas north of the Tennessee Valley
  • Publishes on: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • Circulation: 57,073 Daily, 74,401 Sunday
  • Founded in: 1813
  • Current owner: Advance Publications
  • Editor: K.A. Turner – kturner@al.com

The Huntsville Times is the third jewel in Advance Publications’ Alabama portfolio. It follows the same publishing schedule as the other two.

Although it has a smaller audience, it’s particularly favoured by the military and aerospace enthusiasts. Due to its proximity to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the Army’s Redstone Arsenal, and the Cummings Research Park, the Huntsville Times has a dedicated section on advancements in biotechnology, computer science, aerospace and military technologies.

The website is https://www.al.com/huntsville/, where you can also find other local editions for Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston.

The Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa News front page

  • Serves: Tuscaloosa, AL and surrounding areas
  • Publishes on: Daily
  • Circulation: 26,000 Daily, 29,700 Sunday
  • Founded in: 1818
  • Current owner: Gannett
  • Editor: Amy Robinson – amy.robinson@tuscaloosanews.com

The Tuscaloosa News is one of the oldest newspapers in Alabama. It’s property of the Gannett Company Inc, along with several other high profile Alabama newspapers. It publishes daily and since 2012 has expanded its reach from west central Alabama to also penetrate Birmingham and fill the void of daily news.

The Tuscaloosa News can pride itself with two Pulitzer Prizes. First one was awarded in 1957 for Editorial Writing. The second one is more recent from 2012 for Breaking News Reporting.

You can find it online at https://tuscaloosanews.com/

Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Adviser front page

  • Serves: Montgomery, AL and surrounding areas
  • Publishes on: Daily
  • Circulation: 8,735 Daily, 11,792 Sunday
  • Founded in: 1829
  • Current owner: Gannett
  • Executive Editor: Bro Krift – bkrift@montgomeryadvertiser.com

Founded in 1829 as the Planter’s Gazette, the newspaper received its current name in 1833, establishing itself as the premier local newspaper for the Montgomery area.

Throughout history it has had controversial reputation around its coverage of white supremacy and lynching, news fabrication and questionable practices. However, the newspaper was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes in the 20th century. First won Grover C. Hall for Editorial Writing in 1928. Then, Harold E. Martin won for Investigative Reporting in 1970. Finally, the Advertizer won for General News Reporting in 1988.

The newspaper publishes daily, and like other Gannett assets has an identical online website at – https://montgomeryadvertiser.com/

The Dothan Eagle

Dothan eagle front page

  • Serves: Dohan, AL and surrounding communities
  • Publishes on: Daily
  • Circulation: 24,000 Daily, 25,000 Sunday
  • Founded in: 1908
  • Current owner: Lee Enterprises
  • News team – news@dothaneagle.com

The Dothan Eagle first published in 1908. It continues to publish daily and serves the citizens of Dothan and surrounding areas. As of 2020, the newspaper is owned by Lee Enterprises, after a large acquisition from Berkshire Hathaway, including their entire publishing portfolio.

You can find it online at https://www.dothaneagle.com/

The Times Daily

Times Daily front page

  • Serves: Florence, Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, and Lawrence, AL
  • Publishes on: Daily
  • Circulation: 28,900 Daily, 30,500 Sunday
  • Founded in: 1890
  • Current owner: Tennessee Valley Printing Co
  • Executive editor: Gary Maitland – gary.maitland@timesdaily.com

The newspaper was founded in 1890 as The Florence Times to serve the Florence area. A sister newspaper – Tri-Cities Daily was founded in 1907. The two merged into the TimesDaily in 1967 to cover a broad area in southern Tennessee and northeast Mississippi.

It’s owned by the Tennessee Valley Printing Co Inc – a family-owned business, along other printed properties. A digital version is available at https://www.timesdaily.com/

The Decatur Daily

Decatur Daily front page

  • Serves: Decatur, AL and Tennessee Valley
  • Publishes on: Five day (except Monday, Saturday)
  • Circulation: 20,824 Daily, 23,840 Sunday (2016)
  • Founded in: 1912
  • Current owner: Tennessee Valley Printing Co
  • Executive editor: Bruce McLellan – Bruce.Mclellan@decaturdaily.com

The Decatur Daily is one of the few newspapers in Alabama that are family-owned. It used to publish daily until 2018. The reduced demand and advertising revenue for printed media forced the owners to reduce the publishing schedule to five days per week, skipping Saturday and Monday. It maintains a strong presence regardless, producing more than 20,000 copies.

Visit the online version at https://www.decaturdaily.com/

The Anniston Star

Anniston Start front page

  • Serves: Anniston, AL and surrounding six-county area
  • Publishes on: Daily
  • Circulation: approximately 13,000
  • Founded in: 1883
  • Current owner: Consolidated Publishing Co
  • Executive Editor: James Bennett – jbennett@annistonstar.com

In its early history, The Anniston Star was known as a liberal newspaper, at least for the southern standard. The newspaper was edited by a succession of Ayers family members from 1911 to 2016 – more than 100 years. In 2017, as part of the #MeToo Movement, allegations for sexual harassment were filed against H. Brandt Ayers, who was by that time head of Consolidated Publishing Co.. These were partially confirmed by Ayers, who stepped down to be replaced by his wife at the helm of the company.

Visit the online version at https://www.annistonstar.com/

The Gadsden Times

Dagsden Times front page

  • Serves: Gadsden, AL and northeastern Alabama
  • Publishes on: Daily
  • Circulation: 19,400 Daily, 20,600 Sunday
  • Founded in: 1866
  • Current owner: Gannett
  • Managing Editor: Greg Bailey – greg.bailey@gadsdentimes.com

The Gadsden Times is a significant part of Gannett’s portfolio in Alabama, serving the city and northeastern communities of the state, reaching more than 20,000 people every single day.

You can visit the website at https://gadsdentimes.com/ 

Alabama Newspapers List

For a more complete view of printed newspapers in Alabama, explore the list below.

  1. The Anniston Star
  2. The Decatur Daily
  3. TimesDaily
  4. Montgomery Advertiser
  5. The Tuscaloosa News
  6. Dothan Eagle
  7. The Gadsden Times
  8. The Birmingham News
  9. Press-Register
  10. The Huntsville Times
  11. The Cullman Times
  12. Opelika Auburn News
  13. The News Courier
  14. Daily Mountain Eagle
  15. Times-Journal
  16. The Auburn Plainsman
  17. The Daily Home
  18. The Crimson White
  19. Selma Times-Journal
  20. Enterprise Ledger
  21. Monroe Journal
  22. Birmingham Business Journal
  23. Lagniappe
  24. Atmore Advance
  25. Advertiser-Gleam
  26. Pickens County Herald
  27. Andalusia Star News
  28. Demopolis Times
  29. Baldwin Times
  30. The Alabama Baptist
  31. The Tuskegee News
  32. Birmingham Times
  33. Shelby County Reporter
  34. Foley Onlooker
  35. The Sand Mountain Reporter
  36. Birmingham Post-Herald
  37. The Democrat-Reporter
  38. Cherokee County Herald
  39. The Southern Courier
  40. The Dekalb Advertiser
  41. The North Jefferson News
  42. The Times-Record
  43. Wetumpka Herald
  44. The Meridian Star
  45. The Tallassee Tribune
  46. The Hoover Gazette

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