Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Atlanta Journal, Atlanta Constitution to Combine
The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution will
publish as a combined
newspaper seven days a week beginning Nov. 5 and will phase
out afternoon delivery. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
becomes the title as it is now on Saturday, Sunday and
holidays, according to Publisher Roger Kintzel.
The most noticeable change in the new Atlanta Journal-Constitution
will be its expanded editorial opinion pages. Cynthia Tucker,
editor of the Constitution's opinion pages, will head a
reconstituted editorial board. Jim Wooten, editor of The Journal's
editorial pages, will join her as associate editor. Both will
continue to be featured columnists.
The Monday through Friday editorial pages will contain three
pages of editorials, local opinion essays, reader letters,
nationally syndicated columnists and Pulitzer Prize winning
cartoonist, Mike Luckovich.
``The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will have one of the most
dynamic editorial sections in America. A key element will be
a commitment to making space available for opposing views on
a same or next-day basis. Our goal is to get you to think, not
tell you what to think,'' said Kintzel.
The change was driven by two main developments:
The transition to morning-only delivery will require several
months to complete as most employees shift to the expanded
morning distribution operation. The news staffs of The Atlanta
Journal and The Atlanta Constitution were combined in 1982 and
those positions will not be affected.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an
average circulation of 418,944, Monday
through Saturday, and 640,292 on Sunday.
- Circulation in the afternoon has declined steadily over
the past 10 years as lifestyle changes; heavy commuter traffic,
evening and cable TV news and other factors have changed
newspaper-reading preferences. The Journal has been published
as an updated version of the morning paper, but with some
separate features. Those features will now be combined into the
morning only seven-day title, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- The Internet has come of age, and more and more people are
turning to ajc.com for frequent news updates and information.
The newspaper website, ajc.com, has recorded strong growth in
users, particularly those who read the print edition and follow
news on the website. The
site had 19.5 million page views in September and averages more than
74,000 unique visitors each day.
The Atlanta Constitution began publishing
in 1868 when W. A. Hemphill and James H. Anderson bought the
newspaper Public Opinion and renamed it The Atlanta Constitution.
E. F. Hoge, a Fulton County lawyer and former legislator,
founded The Atlanta Journal in 1883.
Former Ohio Governor James M. Cox purchased The Atlanta Journal
in 1939, and The Atlanta Constitution in 1950.
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