Charleston's The Post and Courier
is one of the oldest daily newspaper
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s in the South and the eighth oldest newspaper still in publication in the United States. It is published in Charleston, South Carolina
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. It traces its ancestry to three newspapers, the Charleston Courier
, founded in 1803, the Charleston Daily News
, founded 1865, and The Evening Post
, founded 1894. Along with The Greenville News
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and Columbia's The State
, it is one of the three largest papers in the Palmetto State.
The Charleston Courier,
founded in 1803, and Charleston Daily News,
founded in 1865, merged to form the News and Courier
in 1873, then merged with The Evening Post
— founded in 1894 — in 1991, forming The Post and Courier.
The founder of the Courier
, Aaron Smith Willington, came from Massachusetts
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with newspaper experience. In the early 19th century, he was known to row out to meet ships from London
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, and New York
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to get the news earlier than other Charleston papers. He also had a translator working for him, so he could copy items from the Havana
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Through the 1990s The Evening Post Publishing Company
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, which now publishes The Post and Courier
, acquired a number of other daily and weekly newspapers, and television stations.
In 2008, the newspaper won national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and American Society of Newspaper Editors for coverage of the Charleston Sofa Super Store fire
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In 2008, Reporter Tony Bartelme
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also won the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for a story about the effect of China's growth on local economies.http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/x20379.xml
The reported numbers for The Post and Courier's circulation as of the six months ended September 30, 2009, were 86,084 daily and 94,940 on Sundays. This is down some 13% from the period ended March 31, 2008; which were 99,459 daily and 110,289 on Sunday.
At the start of 2009, The Post and Courier's circulation figures were down to 94,647 for dailies, and 97,549 for Sundays - 4.8% down on the previous years figures.
Due to a decline in revenue, the paper offered a buyout to employees in 2008 in which 64 full-time employees left in an . This attempt to streamline the company and save money brought the headcount down to 381 by the start of 2009.
On February 6th 2009, 25 more layoffs were announced.
On March 23rd 2009, Evening Post Publishing Co. - the parent company of the paper - announced that a company-wide furlough plan would take place in the second quarter of 2009 - employees having to take five days of unpaid leave, in another attempt to save the company money. The newspaper said the move was necessary "because of the continued weakness of the economy and the impact on advertising."
One addition to the paper is the weekly Charleston Scene
guide - published on a Thursday, containing entertainment, music and food reviews for the local area.
On February 1st 2010, it was announced that Preview
was re-named and re-launched as Charleston Scene
, as of 11th March 2010.