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Pensacola News Journal (Pensacola, FL)
Once upon a time, two guys immersed in West Florida politics absolutely despised each other. And that's how the Pensacola News Journal got its start — spawned from the muck of Hatfield and McCoy politics involving a former Pensacola mayor, retired Confederate Col. William Dudley Chipley. His worst enemy was a carpet-bagging lawyer and journalist named J. Dennis Wolfe of Illinois, who owned a weekly newspaper serving the Pensacola community, the Pensacola Journal.
Chipley wanted to put Wolfe out of commission. So, he helped bankroll The Daily News in 1889. Founded and run by John C. Witt and John O'Conner, The News was Chipley's mouthpiece in his eight-year battle of bombasts with Wolfe. Both men died in 1897, as did the verbal furor.
At the turn of the century, subscribers in the city of 12,000 paid $5 a year to get the paper delivered. Both the Daily News and The Pensacola Journal sold on the street for a nickel.
In 1924, the Daily News and The Pensacola Journal moved all operations under one roof, making The Pensacola News-Journal Co., with a circulation of 6,000. The two newspapers continued under their own flags — The Journal as the morning paper, The Daily News as an afternoon publication.
In 1969, Gannett acquired the News Journal. Consolidation of the afternoon Pensacola News with the morning Journal occurred in 1985, and ended 96 continuous years of afternoon publication.
The newspaper launched its on-line product, Gulfcoast Gateway, in 1996, providing Internet service, News Journal home page, and classified and retail advertising opportunities for local businesses.
Pensacola News Journal
101 East Romana St., Pensacola, FL 32501
(850) 435-8500; (800) 288-2021
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