Edmonton Journal

Type Daily
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Postmedia Network Inc.
Editor-in-chief Lorne Motley[1]
Founded 1903[2]
Language English
Headquarters 10006 101 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 0S1
Circulation 96,234 daily
101,708 Saturday in 2013[3]
ISSN 0839-296X
Website www.edmontonjournal.com

The Edmonton Journal is a daily newspaper in Edmonton, Alberta. It is part of the Postmedia Network.


The Journal was founded in 1903 by three local businessmen John Macpherson, Arthur Moore and J.W. Cunningham as a rival to Alberta's first newspaper, the 23-year-old Edmonton Bulletin. Within a week, the Journal took over another newspaper, The Edmonton Post, and established an editorial policy supporting the Conservative party against the Bulletin's pro-Liberal stance. In 1912, the Journal was sold to the Southam family.[2] It remained under Southam ownership until 1996, when it was acquired by Hollinger International.[4] The Journal was subsequently sold to Canwest in 2000,[5] and finally came under its current ownership, Postmedia Network Inc., in 2010.[6]

Edmonton Journal building

In 1905, The Journal began operating from a building on the corner of a lot on 102nd Avenue and 101st Street. Its present location at 101st Street and 100th Avenue was established in 1921, and Alberta's first radio station, CJCA, began broadcasting from the building a year later.[2]

In 1937, the Journal came into conflict with Alberta Premier William Aberhart's attempt to pass the Accurate News and Information Act requiring newspapers to print government rebuttals to stories the provincial cabinet deemed "inaccurate." After successfully fighting the law, the Journal became the first non-American newspaper to be honoured by the Pulitzer Prize committee, receiving a special bronze plaque in 1938 for defending the freedom of the press.[7]

After the Bulletin folded in 1951, the Journal was left as Edmonton's oldest and only remaining daily newspaper. The monopoly continued until The Edmonton Sun began publishing in 1978.[8]

Present day

Today, the Journal publishes six days a week, with regular sections including News (city, Canada, and world), Sports, Opinion, A&E, Life, and Business. The newspaper participates in the Critics and Awards Program for High School Students (Cappies),[9] and has partnerships with a number of arts organizations in Edmonton, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Alberta Ballet Company. It also supports community events such as the Canspell National Spelling Bee.[10]

According to the Canadian Newspaper Association, the Journal boasts a weekly circulation of 583,328 as of 2013.[3]

The Journal has also begun operating under a new commitment to digital media in addition to traditional print.[10]

See also


  1. Postmedia integrating four major market newsrooms following Sun acquisition Financial Post. Retrieved January 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 "Edmonton Journal Historical Information". Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on May 12, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  3. 1 2 "2013 Daily Newspaper Circulation Report" (PDF). Newspapers Canada. May 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  4. "Hollinger International Inc. - Company History". Funding Universe. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  5. "CanWest Global Communications Corp. acquired Hollinger newspaper chain". Digital Journal. August 1, 2000. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  6. Godfrey group buys Canwest The National Post, May 11, 2010
  7. "The Pulitzer Prizes - Special Awards and Citations". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  8. "Sun Media Corporation". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  9. "Cappies of Greater Edmonton" (Excel). The Cappies. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  10. 1 2 "About Us". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved September 9, 2013.

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