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May 5, 2008

Wikipedia: The Dallas Morning News

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The Dallas Morning News logo
An example of a cover from The Dallas Morning News in 2006.
The March 24, 2006 front page of
The Dallas Morning News
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet

Owner A. H. Belo Corporation
Publisher James M. Moroney III
Editor Robert W. Mong, Jr.
Founded 1885
Headquarters 508 Young Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
Flag of the United States United States
Circulation 411,919 Daily[1]
563,079 Sunday[2]

Website: DallasNews.com

The Dallas Morning News is the major daily newspaper serving the Dallas, Texas (USA) area, with a circulation of around a half-million subscribers. Today it has one of the twenty largest paid circulations in the United States. Throughout the 1990s and as recently as 2005, the DMN has won numerous Pulitzers for both reporting and photography, George Polk Awards for education reporting and regional reporting, and an Overseas Press Club award for photography.

The paper also publishes Quick, a free weekday daily with abbreviated news primarily catering to 20- 30-year-olds, created partly in response to lagging circulation and readership numbers, as it hoped to increase overall readership by converting Quick readers into Morning News readers.

A. H. Belo Corporation owns the papers, both of which are headquartered in downtown Dallas.

Contents

Dominant Dallas newspaper

In late 1991, the “DMN” became the lone major newspaper in the Dallas market, when its rival The Dallas Times Herald was closed after several years of hard-fought circulation wars between the two papers, especially over the then-burgeoning classified advertising market. In July of 1986, the Times Herald was purchased by a fledgling newspaper impresario, the controversial William Dean Singleton, owner of MediaNews Group. After 18 months of tepid efforts to turn the paper around, Singleton sold it to an associate. On 8 December 1991, Belo bought the Times Herald for $55 million, closing the paper the next day.

The fact that Singleton had begun his newspaper career at the Morning News in the 1970s fueled speculation DMN had been behind the entire sale and closure of their rival paper. While the News obviously stood to benefit, no evidence was ever proffered of behavior outside the bounds of the admittedly rough newspaper trade.

It was not the first time the Belo family had bought (and closed) a paper named The Herald in Dallas.

“[In]…1879 Alfred H. Belo was investigating the possibility of establishing a sister paper in rapidly developing North Texas. When Belo’s efforts to purchase the Herald [an extant paper in Dallas] failed, he sent George Bannerman Dealey to launch a new paper, the Morning News, which began publication on October 1, 1885. From the outset the Morning News enjoyed the double advantage of strong financial support and an accumulation of journalistic experience, and within a month and a half had absorbed its older rival.”[3] [4]

Circulation controversy

The Dallas Morning News has been accused of inflating its circulation numbers to keep advertiser revenue high. In the mid-1980s, the paper was sued by the rival Times Herald, charging that the News was overstating circulation increases. In 2004, long after the Times Herald had ceased printing, The Dallas Morning News admitted it had indeed underreported circulation decreases, and had overstated Sunday circulation by 11.9% and daily circulation by 5.1%. The Morning News promised to pay advertisers US$23 million in restitution. The circulation problems worsened parent company Belo’s financial condition. In late 2004, Belo Corporation laid off 250 workers, including 150 at the Morning News. Two years later, The News offered a voluntary severance package which was taken by more than 100 staffers.

Pulitzer Prizes

  • 1986 — National Reporting
  • 1989 — Explanatory Journalism
  • 1991 — Feature Photography
  • 1992 — Investigative Reporting
  • 1993 — Spot News Photography
  • 1994 — International Reporting
  • 2004 — Breaking News Photography
  • 2006 — Breaking News Photography

George Polk Awards

  • 1990 — Gayle Reaves, David Hanners, and David McLemore for regional reporting
  • 1994 — Olive Talley for education reporting

Overseas Press Club Awards

  • 2001 — Cheryl Diaz Meyer for photographic reporting from abroad

Editorial staff

  • James M. Moroney III; Publisher and Chief Executive Officer
  • Robert W. Mong, Jr.; Editor
  • George Rodrigue; Vice President, Managing Editor
  • Keven Ann Willey; Vice President, Editorial Page Editor
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