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The Edmonton Journal is a daily newspaper in Edmonton, Albertamarker. It is part of the CanWest News Service division of CanWest Global Communications.


The Journal was founded in 1903 by three local businessmen — John Macpherson, Arthur Moore and J.W. Cunningham — as a rival to Albertamarker's first newspaper, the twenty-three 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.

Edmonton Journal building
Alberta's first radio station, CJCA, began broadcasting from the Journal building in 1922.

In 1937, the Journal came into conflict with Alberta Premier William Aberhart's attempt to pass an Act requiring newspapers to print government rebuttals to stories the provincial cabinet deemed "inaccurate." After successfully fighting the Bill all the way to the Supreme Court of Canadamarker, the Journal became the first non-American newspaper to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize, winning a special bronze plaque in 1938 for defending the freedom of the press.

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.

According to the Canadian Newspaper Association, the Journal boasts a weekly circulation of 839,365 as of September 2008, making it Edmonton's newspaper of record.

Prices as of Nov 27, 2009

  • Monday-Thursday, Sunday- $1.50 CDN
  • Friday-Saturday- $2.00 CDN


  1. Edmonton Journal Historical Information
  2. The Pulitzer Prizes - Special Awards and Citations
  3. CNA - 2008 Daily Newspaper Paid Circulation Data

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