The Star-Ledger

The Star-Ledger is the largest circulated newspaper in the U.S. state of New Jersey and is based in Newark. It is a sister paper to The Jersey Journal of Jersey City, The Times of Trenton and the Staten Island Advance, all of which are owned by Advance Publications.

In 2007, The Star-Ledger's daily circulation was reportedly more than the next two largest New Jersey newspapers combined and its Sunday circulation larger than the next three papers combined.[4] It has suffered great declines in print circulation in recent years, to 180,000 daily in 2013 and 114,000 "individually paid print circulation," which is the number of copies being bought by subscription or at newsstands, in 2015.[2]

In July 2013, The Ledger announced that it would sell its headquarters building in Newark.[5] In 2013, Advance Publications announced it was exploring cost-saving changes among its New Jersey properties, but was not considering mergers or changes in publication frequency at any of the newspapers, nor the elimination of home delivery.[6]

The Star-Ledger
The Star-Ledger front page
The May 24, 2012 front page of
The Star-Ledger
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)Advance Publications
PublisherRichard Vezza
EditorKevin Whitmer
Founded1832
Headquarters1 Gateway Center Suite 1100
Newark, New Jersey 07102
 United States[1]
Circulation114,000 Daily[2](Sept 2015)
359,820 Sunday[3](Sept 2014)
Website[1]
The Star-Ledger (2007-08-08)
Star-Ledger logo in 2007

History

The Newark Daily Advertiser, founded in 1832, was Newark's first daily newspaper. It subsequently evolved into the Newark Star-Eagle, owned by what eventually became Block Communications. S. I. Newhouse bought the Star-Eagle from Block in 1939 and merged it with the Newark Ledger to become the Newark Star-Ledger. The paper dropped Newark from its masthead sometime in the 1970s, but is still popularly called the Newark Star-Ledger by many New Jersey residents.[7]

During the 1960s The Star-Ledger's chief competitor was the Newark Evening News, once the most popular newspaper in New Jersey. In March 1971, the Star-Ledger surpassed the Evening News in daily circulation, because the Newark News was on strike. The Evening News shut down in 1972.[8]

After the Newark Evening News moved to a high-traffic area (with the potential of trapping its delivery trucks in inner-city traffic) the Star-Ledger opened a satellite plant in Piscataway. The Piscataway location offered quick access to Union, Monmouth, Somerset, and Middlesex counties.[9]

The Star-Ledger was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2005 for its comprehensive and clear-headed coverage of the resignation of New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, after he confessed to adultery with a male lover.[10]

The paper awards the Star-Ledger Trophy each year to the number one high school teams in their respective sport in New Jersey.[11]

21st century: financial troubles

In 2005, George Arwady became the publisher of The Star-Ledger. A graduate of Columbia University, Arwady had previously been the publisher of the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Having worked closely with the Newhouse family for years, Arwady was asked to move to Newark to financially revamp the paper.[12]

Due to financial losses, the paper's parent company Advance Publications announced on July 31, 2008, that it would sell the Star-Ledger unless 200 non-union staff voluntarily left under a buyout offer, and its unionized truck drivers and mailers agreed to concessions.[13] On September 16, publisher George Arwady sent employees an email saying that management felt progress had been made on the buyout and concessions from the mailers, but that management is "far from an agreement with the Drivers' union.".[14] The email continued:[14]

Since it is doubtful that the Drivers will ratify an agreement by October 8, 2008, we will be sending formal notices to all employees this week, as required by both federal and New Jersey law, advising you that the Company will be sold, or, failing that, that it will close operations on January 5, 2009.

On October 24, 2008, the newspaper announced that 168 newsroom employees had offered to take the company's buyout offer, and that the company had accepted 151 of them, which resulted in a 40% reduction in newsroom staff.[15]

On January 16, 2013, the newspaper announced the layoffs of 34 employees including 18 newsroom staff.[16]

The Newark headquarters of the Star-Ledger, home to the state's largest newspaper for nearly 50 years, was sold to a New York developer in July 2014, according to a news article released by the paper.[17]

The Star-Ledger, which Vezza said will continue to be published seven days a week, will retain a presence in Newark in leased office space located within the downtown Gateway Center complex, where the publisher, the newspaper's editorial board, its columnists, its magazine staff and a handful of other jobs will be based. Advance Publications, the owner of the newspaper, launched a new media company — NJ Advance Media — in 2014 to provide content, advertising and marketing services for its online presence at NJ.com, and many of its New Jersey newspapers out of the offices in Woodbridge.[18] The sales and marketing staffs moved to Woodbridge in June 2014.

Management

Presidents

Publishers

Executive editors

After Kevin Whitmer left in September 2015, Richard Vezza assumed the position as editor.[21][22]

Prior to Whitmer, James Willse manned the helm from 1995. He was appointed following the retirement of 32-year veteran editor Mort Pye. Willse was the former editor and publisher of the New York Daily News. Prior to accepting the Ledger's editorship, Willse headed the review of electronic information options for all Newhouse newspapers. He also expanded the Ledger' use of color and encouraged a more aggressive editorial team. The National Press Foundation named Willse its 1999 recipient of the George Beveridge Editor of the Year Award in recognition of Ledger's coverage of racial profiling by the New Jersey State Police.[23]

The Star-Ledger in popular culture

  • The Star-Ledger was featured prominently various times in the television series The Sopranos, an HBO drama series set in New Jersey. Tony Soprano received home delivery of the paper, and several episodes opened with him picking it up at the end of his driveway.
  • The Sopranos creator David Chase credited a Star-Ledger story by journalist Guy Sterling with inspiring the theme for the series’ 2003 season.[24]
  • The Star-Ledger serves as the inspiration for a fictional newspaper in an award-winning series of mystery novels by Brad Parks.
  • The newspaper was also referenced by comedian George Carlin in the 2004 comedy/drama, Jersey Girl, which was written and directed by New Jersey native Kevin Smith.
  • The Star-Ledger was also featured in Robert Kurson's 2004 novel, Shadow Divers.

Prices

The Star-Ledger prices are $1.50 weekdays, $2 Saturdays & $3 Sundays/Thanksgiving Day. May be higher outside New Jersey. Per a letter from the Star Ledger dated December 9, 2016, the price for a 4-week subscription will increase from $31.80 to $37.00 effective 12/28/2016 (an increase of over 16%). Effective March 31, 2017, the 4-week rate will increase to $38.

See also

References

  1. ^ "How to contact The Star-Ledger". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b Tofel, Richard (January 20, 2016). "The sky is falling on print newspapers faster than you think". Medium. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "State of the News Media". Pew Research Center.
  4. ^ Member Newspapers - Dailies, New Jersey Press Association; Star-Ledger data from Editor & Publisher April 2007 article.
  5. ^ "Star-Ledger HQ on block". New York Post. July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  6. ^ Sherman, Ted (December 5, 2013). "Owners of Star-Ledger, NJ.com and sister newspapers studying possible consolidations". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  7. ^ Nuzzi, Olivia (April 4, 2014). "Inside the Massacre at the Newark Star-Ledger, The Paper That Makes Chris Christie Squirm". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  8. ^ Mackin, Tom (August 30, 1981). "THE NEWARK NEWS: IN MEMORIAM". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  9. ^ Sachsman, David B.; Sloat, Warren (2014). The Press and the Suburbs. Transaction Publishers. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-4128-5193-0. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "The 2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  11. ^ Kratch, James (February 11, 2013). "Wrestling: The history of The Star-Ledger Trophy". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Larry McDermott, publisher of The Republican, announces retirement; to be replaced by Newark Star-Ledger publisher George Arwady". The Republican. Springfield, Massachusetts. December 15, 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  13. ^ Chambers, Steven (August 1, 2008). "The Star-Ledger announces large-scale buyout offer". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Strupp, Joe (September 2008). "'Star-Ledger' Publisher Threatens January 2009 Shutdown". Editor & Publisher. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008.
  15. ^ "Official: 40% of 'Star-Ledger' Newsroom Exiting". Editor & Publisher. October 24, 2008. Archived from the original on October 27, 2008.
  16. ^ "Star-Ledger axing 34 employees". WCBS-TV News. Associated Press. January 16, 2013.
  17. ^ "Newark headquarters of Star-Ledger sold to New York real estate development firm". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  18. ^ Mueller, Mark (March 28, 2014). "Advance Publications forms new unit". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Advance Publications, Inc.: Private Company Information". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  20. ^ Yu, Roger (June 27, 2013). "Future of some major newspapers about to change". USA Today. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  21. ^ "Kevin Whitmner". Linkedin. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  22. ^ "Administration". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  23. ^ "Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award". National Press Foundation. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  24. ^ "Jersey cases inspire new 'Sopranos' season". The Star-Ledger. January 9, 2003. Archived from the original on March 13, 2009. Retrieved 2016-08-10.

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Cory Booker

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Booker was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Harrington Park, New Jersey. He attended Stanford University, where he received an undergraduate and master's degree in 1991 and 1992, respectively. He studied abroad at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship before attending Yale Law School. He won an upset victory for a seat on the Municipal Council of Newark in 1998, where he staged a 10-day hunger strike and briefly lived in a tent to draw attention to urban development issues in the city. He ran for mayor in 2002, but lost to incumbent Sharpe James; he ran again in 2006 and won against deputy mayor Ronald Rice. His first term saw to the doubling of affordable housing under development and the reduction of the city budget deficit from $180 million to $73 million. He was re-elected in 2010. He ran against Steve Lonegan in the 2013 U.S. Senate special election and subsequently won reelection in 2014 against Jeff Bell.

As senator, his voting record was measured as the third most liberal. Considered a social liberal, Booker supports women's rights, affirmative action, same-sex marriage and single-payer healthcare. During his five years in office, Booker co-sponsored and voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (2013), tougher sanctions against Iran, sponsored the Bipartisan Budget Act (2013), voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (2014), co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act (2014) and led the push to pass the First Step Act (2018). In 2017, he became the first sitting senator to testify against another when he testified against Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing. In April 2018, following the FBI raid on the offices of Michael Cohen–U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney–Booker together with Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, and Thom Tillis, introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to limit the executive powers of Trump.

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The franchise was poor to mediocre in the eight years before moving to New Jersey, a pattern that continued during the first five years in New Jersey as they failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs and never finished higher than fifth in their division. Their fortunes began to turn around following the hiring of president and general manager Lou Lamoriello in 1987. Under Lamoriello's stewardship, the Devils made the playoffs all but three times between 1988 and 2012, including 13 berths in a row from 1997 to 2010, and finished with a winning record every season from 1992–93 to 2009–10. They have won the Atlantic Division regular season title nine times, most recently in 2009–10, before transferring to the newly created Metropolitan Division as part of the NHL's realignment in 2013. The Devils have reached the Stanley Cup Finals five times, winning in 1994–95, 1999–00 and 2002–03. The Devils were known for their defense-first approach throughout their years of Cup contention, but have since moved towards a more offensive style.

The Devils have a rivalry with their cross-Hudson River neighbor, the New York Rangers, as well as a rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Devils are one of three NHL teams in the New York metropolitan area; the other two teams are the New York Islanders and New York Rangers. With the move of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn in 2012, the franchise is the only major league team in any sport that explicitly identifies itself as a New Jersey team.

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Newark is divided into five political wards (the East, West, South, North and Central wards) and contains neighborhoods ranging in character from bustling urban districts to quiet suburban enclaves. Newark's Branch Brook Park is the oldest county park in the United States and is home to the nation's largest collection of cherry blossom trees, numbering over 5,000. The park borders the Forest Hill section, Belleville, and the Roseville section. It even is home to the Ballantine Gates located at Ballantine Parkway & Lake St.

Prudential Center

Prudential Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the central business district of Newark, New Jersey, United States. It was designed by HOK Sport (now Populous), with the exterior designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. Opened in 2007, it is the home of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the men's basketball program of Seton Hall University, known as the Seton Hall Pirates. The arena officially seats 16,514 patrons for hockey games and up to 18,711 for basketball. Fans and sports writers have affectionately nicknamed the arena "The Rock" in reference to the Rock of Gibraltar, the corporate logo of Prudential Financial, a financial institution that owns the naming rights to the arena and is headquartered within walking distance of it. In December 2013, the arena ranked third nationally and ninth internationally for self-reported annual revenue.The arena was built amidst financial concerns and years of speculation that the Devils would relocate, despite the fact that the team was a perennial playoff contender and was often at or near the top of the NHL's standings for nearly two decades. The arena is located two blocks from Newark Penn Station in downtown Newark, just west of Newark's Ironbound district, which makes it easily accessible via New Jersey Transit, PATH, Newark Light Rail, and Amtrak. At the time of its opening, Prudential Center was the first major league sports venue to be built in the New York metropolitan area since the Brendan Byrne Arena, the Devils' former home, opened in 1981. According to the Devils organization, the Prudential Center has played a major role in the revitalization of downtown Newark.

Ras Baraka

Ras Jua Baraka (born April 9, 1970) is an American educator, author, and politician who is the 40th and current Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He was previously a member of the Municipal Council of Newark and the principal of the city's Central High School until he took an indefinite leave of absence to run for the 2014 Newark mayoral election, which he won on May 13, 2014. Baraka was sworn in as the city's 40th mayor at ceremonies at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on July 1, 2014, for a four-year term.

He won reelection in the 2018 mayoral race.

The Jersey Journal

The Jersey Journal is a daily newspaper, published from Monday through Saturday, covering news and events throughout Hudson County, New Jersey. The Journal is a sister paper to The Star-Ledger of Newark, The Times of Trenton and the Staten Island Advance, all of which are owned by Advance Publications, which bought the paper in 1945.

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