Top 15 Daily Delaware Newspapers by Circulation

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Cuddled between Maryland and New Jersey is Delaware – the second smallest state in the USA, measuring just 96 miles in length and 35 miles across at its widest point. That said, it’s the sixth most densely populated state in America, housing nearly 900,000 people on just 1,954 square miles.

Delaware is known for becoming the 1st state of union, being home to DuPont, and, of course, it’s marvelous beaches.

Printed media has a significant presence in Delaware, given its size. There are only two daily newspapers but more than a dozen of weekly publications. The majority of newspapers are owned by Gannett.

If you’re looking to advertise in print, here are the newspapers you need to know about.

  1. The News Journal

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    • Serves: Wilmington, Delaware
    • Publishes on: Daily
    • Print circulation: 26,550 Daily, 39,375 Sunday (2019)
    • Monthly web visits: 1.74M
    • Founded in: 1866
    • Current owner: Gannett
    • Executive Editor: Mike Feeley – Mike Feeley

    The News Journal is the biggest daily newspaper in Delaware. It covers predominantly New Castle County, but also publishes a lot of information on the Delaware General Assembly and the Delaware beaches. National and international content is syndicated through the USA Today network and wire services around the world.

    In the 90s, the paper launched its web portal at Delawareonline.com. In the last few decades, the website has grown into the biggest source of news and information in the state, with nearly 2 million unique visitors entering every month.

    The News Journal has a big involvement with education programs and non-profit organizations in New Castle County and around the state.

  2. Cape Gazette

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    • Serves: Lewes, Delaware
    • Publishes on: Thursday and Friday
    • Print circulation: 10,000 (estimate)
    • Monthly web visits: 522.16K
    • Founded in: 1993
    • Current owner: Dennis Forney and Trish Vernon
    • Editor: Trish Vernon – thv@capegazette.com

    The Cape Gazette is independently owned by publisher Dennis Forney and editor Trish Vernon. The paper came to be after a local publication converted into a daily and lost focus of the issues around Delaware’s Cape Region. The Gazette came in to fill the void and became the authoritative media for Cape Henlopen and the nearby areas.

    The Cape Gazette is distributed to the towns of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Harbeson, Milton, Millsboro, Georgetown, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, Ocean View, and Clarksville.

    The paper has been regularly recognized by the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association for its work and contributions to society. In 2005, the Cape Gazette established a scholarship program in the memory of its long-term journalist Jim Cresson. The Jim Cresson Memorial Fund Scholarship pays out $1,000 to a student each year to encourage them to pursue journalism and creative writing.

    You can visit the Cape Gazette website at http://www.capegazette.com

  3. Beach Paper

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    • Serves: Delaware beach areas,
    • Publishes on: Thursdays – from May to October
    • Print circulation: <50 k
    • Monthly web visits: <50 k
    • Founded in: 2000
    • Current owner: Dennis Forney and Trish Vernon
    • Editor: Trish Vernon – thv@capegazette.com

    Beach Paper is a daughter publication by the Cape Gazette. It’s a free visitor’s guide, published weekly during the summer season. Beach Paper is the authoritative source about Delaware’s beach life, events and deals.

    It’s deeply regarded by tourists and Delaware locals alike and an important advertising opportunity for businesses in the travel and lifestyle industry.

    You can access Beach Paper online at http://beachpaper.com which leads back to the main website of Cape Gazette – https://www.capegazette.com/beach-paper

  4. The Delaware Wave

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    • Serves: Bethany Beach, Delaware
    • Publishes on: Weekly – Wednesdays
    • Print circulation: 10,000 (estimate)
    • Monthly web visits: 279.07K
    • Founded in: 1999
    • Current owner: Gannett
    • Executive Editor: Laura Benedict Sileo – lbenedic@delmarvanow.com

    The Delaware Wave is a weekly newspaper that serves 13 towns in Sussex County in Delaware. The newspaper is part of the broader Delmarva Media Group and publishes together with eight other newspapers under http://www.delmarvanow.com/ to cover the entire peninsula. Delmarva Now includes two Gannett-owned newspapers – The Delaware Wave and Delaware Coast Press.

  5. Delaware State News

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    • Serves: Dover, Delaware
    • Publishes on: Daily
    • Print circulation: 10,000 Daily; 14,000 Sunday
    • Monthly web visits: 163.40K
    • Founded in: 1902
    • Current owner: Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA
    • Executive Editor: Andrew West – newsroom@newszap.com

    The Delaware State News is the main source of daily news and information for the lower half of the state, covering the capital Dover as well as Kent and Sussex counties.

    As part of Independent Newsmedia Inc, the newspaper focuses on local news and community issues. The company is operated by a non-profit trust, which ensures it remains independent and free of shareholder pressure to generate profit.

    Independent Newsmedia Inc also publishes four monthly community newspapers, which focus on local issues in specific areas around the state.

    • Greater Dover
    • Milford Chronicle
    • Smyrna Extra
    • Sussex Post

    The company also owns three weekly newspapers in Maryland, which cover issues in the Delmarva peninsula – Dorchester Banner, Crisfield-Somerset County Times, and Salisbury Independent.

    You can find The Delaware State News online at http://www.delawarestatenews.net

  6. Newark Post

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    • Serves: Newark, New Castle County, Delaware
    • Publishes on: Weekly – Fridays
    • Print circulation: 5,000 (estimate)
    • Monthly web visits: 106.25K
    • Founded in: 1910
    • Current owner: Adams Publishing Group
    • Editor: Josh Shannon – jshannon@chespub.com

    Newark Post serves the small university city of Newark, as well as the greater Newark area and parts of New Castle County.

    This weekly publication is part of the Adams Publishing Group, which serves more than 1.5 million people in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington DC.

    The paper publishes online at https://www.newarkpostonline.com/, where you’ll find daily news and local information about the Newark area.

  7. Dover Post

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    • Serves: Dover, Delaware
    • Publishes on: Weekly
    • Print circulation: 10,000 (estimate)
    • Monthly web visits: 65.03K
    • Founded in: 1975
    • Current owner: Gannett
    • News Editor: Ben Mace – ben.mace@doverpost.com

    The Dover Post is a weekly newspaper which serves more than 36,000 residents of Delaware’s capital.

    The newspaper is one of many Gannett-owned publications in the state. In 2017, the Post stopped printing it’s own editions and outsourced production to Gannett’s biggest media in the state – the News Journal. As of 2020, the newspaper downsized its operations on Little Creek Road, Dover retaining just 1/4th of the original 24,000 sq.ft its facilities occupied.

    The Dover Post publishes daily online at http://www.doverpost.com. You’ll find news and updates about the city of Dover and Kent county.

  8. Sussex Countian

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    • Serves: Sussex County, Delaware
    • Publishes on: Online only
    • Print circulation: None
    • Monthly web visits: <50 k
    • Founded in: 1886
    • Current owner: Gannett
    • News Editor: Ben Mace – ben.mace@doverpost.com

    Like many small local newspapers around the country, Sussex Countian had its fate sealed by the shrinking print industry. On August 11th, 2016, the newspaper published its last issue. After 129 years and 32 weeks of continuous print, the Sussex Countian ceased to exist.

    Today, the Sussex Countian lives only by its domain name at sussexcountian.com. The operations are carried out by the staff of Dover Post. The majority of stories and articles are republished from other Gannett properties and the USA Today network.

  9. Sussex County Post

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    • Serves: Millsboro, Georgetown and Long Neck in Central Sussex County
    • Publishes on: Weekly
    • Print circulation: 9,000 (estimate)
    • Monthly web visits: <50 k
    • Founded in: —
    • Current owner: Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA
    • Editor: Glenn Rolfe – grolfe@newszap.com

    Sussex County Post is one of the smaller publications of Independent News Media in Delaware. It publishes local news and information about Sussex County.

    You can find a digital version at https://sussexcountypost-de.newsmemory.com/. Unlike a regular website, this truly is an electronic edition of the newspaper.

  10. Milford Chronicle

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    • Serves: Milford, Harrington and Felton, Delaware
    • Publishes on: Weekly
    • Print circulation: 9,000 (estimate)
    • Monthly web visits: <50 k
    • Founded in: —
    • Current owner: Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA
    • Editor: Glenn Rolfe – grolfe@newszap.com

    The Milford Chronicle is the another publication of Independent Newsmedia. It covers the towns of Milford, Harrington and Felton.

    You can find an electronic edition of the newspaper at https://milfordchronicle-de.newsmemory.com/

  11. Hockessin Community News

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    • Serves: Hockessin and Pike Creek, Delaware
    • Publishes on: Weekly
    • Print circulation: 5,000 (estimate)
    • Monthly web visits: <50 k
    • Founded in: —
    • Current owner: Gannett
    • News Editor: Ben Mace – ben.mace@doverpost.com

    Hockessin Community News is one of the smaller local publications in Gannett’s Delaware portfolio. It serves the communities of Hockessin and Pike Creek. Operations are handled by the Dover Post.

    You can find it online at www.hockessincommunitynews.com 

  12. Middletown Transcript

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    • Serves: Middletown, Odessa, Townsend and Delaware City
    • Publishes on: Weekly
    • Print circulation: 5,000 (estimate)
    • Monthly web visits: <50 k
    • Founded in: —
    • Current owner: Gannett
    • News Editor: Ben Mace – ben.mace@doverpost.com

    Middletown Transcript is another local publication owned by Gannett. It serves the communities of Middletown, Odessa, Townsend and Delaware City. Operations are handled by the Dover Post.

    The website is available at http://www.middletowntranscript.com

  13. Milford Beacon

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    • Serves: Milford, Delaware
    • Publishes on: Weekly
    • Print circulation: 5,000 (estimate)
    • Monthly web visits: <50 k
    • Founded in: —
    • Current owner: Gannett
    • News Editor: Ben Mace – ben.mace@doverpost.com

    Milford Beacon is yet another Gannett-owned local newspaper that distributes in the Milford area. You can visit the website at milfordbeacon.com

  14. Laurel Star

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    • Serves: Laurel, Delaware
    • Publishes on: Weekly
    • Print circulation: 5,000 (estimate)
    • Monthly web visits: <50 k
    • Founded in: —
    • Current owner: Morning Star Publications
    • Contact: mmcclure@mspublications.com

    Laurel Star is a small weekly newspaper by Morning Star Publications. The company consolidates all of its newspapers in a single website with sections for each location.

    You can access the Laurel Star online at http://starpublications.online/laurel/

  15. Harrington Journal

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    • Serves: Lake Forest School District, Delaware
    • Publishes on:
    • Print circulation:
    • Monthly web visits: <50 k
    • Founded in: 1915
    • Current owner: Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA
    • News Editor: Jennifer Antonik – jantonik@newszap.com

    The Harrington Journal distributes practically for free in the City of Harrington as well as the towns of Bowers Beach, Felton, Frederica and Viola. Newspapers cost just 50 cents per copy.

    As part of Independent Newsmedia, the Journal focuses on the needs of the community, bringing local information and news to the people.

    You can visit it online at https://harringtonjournal.com/section/news/