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The Portland Press Herald (and Maine Sunday Telegram; collectively known as The Portland Newspapers) publish daily newspapers every day of the week in Portland, Mainemarker, USAmarker. Serving the state's largest and most commercially important city, as well as much of southern Mainemarker, the Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram form the largest-circulation newsroom in Maine.

The Portland Newspapers throughout most of the 10th century were the cornerstone of Guy Gannett Communications's media holdings. In 1998, the local owner sold the papers to Blethen Maine Newspapers, part of the Seattle Times family of newspapers, owned by the Blethen family, which has Maine roots but is now based in Washingtonmarker.

On Monday, March 17, 2008, the Press Herald released a smaller, 2-section newspaper (in contrast to its traditional 4+ section paper). A brief editorial highlighted advertising concerns and said the other sections could be found online. The next day, The Seattle Times Company, parent company of Blethen Maine Newspapers, announced that it was putting the Press Herald and its other Maine newspaper properties up for sale.

After more than a year on the market, the papers were sold to MaineToday Media, Inc, headed by Richard L. Connor, publisher of The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvaniamarker on July 15, 2009. Mr. Connor received financing from HM Capital Partners and Citizen's Bank. It was announced the next day that the newspaper's downtown buildings would be put up for sale and that the majority of the paper's offices would be moved to the printing plant in South Portland.

Statewide reach

The Portland Newspapers formerly maintained news bureaus in Augustamarker, Biddefordmarker, Bathmarker, and Washington, DCmarker; all were closed in July, 2008
The papers continue to operate six circulation depots, in South Portlandmarker, Windhammarker, Yarmouthmarker, Bathmarker, Sacomarker and Sanford, Mainemarker. The daily Press Herald circulates six days per week in five counties: Cumberlandmarker, Knoxmarker, Lincolnmarker, Sagadahocmarker and Yorkmarker. On Sundays, the Maine Sunday Telegram is sold statewide.


MaineToday Media, Inc also owns the Central Maine Newspapers, publisher of the Morning Sentinel in Watervillemarker and the Kennebec Journal in Augustamarker; and Maine Community Publications, which publishes The Maine Switch, a free weekly lifestyle magazine serving Greater Portland, and The Coastal Journal, a community newspaper serving the Bathmarker-Brunswickmarker area. The Maine Switch suspended publication after the August 6, 2009 issuehttp://themaineswitch.com/story/so-long-now-switch; it was replaced by the arts-oriented "Go" section from the Thursday Press Herald.

History

The Press Herald, founded in 1862 on Congress Street, is the largest in the state in terms of both circulation and reporting staff. To this day, its offices remain in the Gannett Building on the corner of Congress and Exchange streets, near the Old Port section of the city. Notable alumni of the paper include longtime Washington correspondent May Craig and current Boston Herald sports columnist Steve Buckley.

Its editorial board is generally viewed to have center-left political views. It endorsed the 2003 Iraq War, but has since criticized the war's execution. In Maine's 2006 campaign for governor it endorsed John Baldacci, the incumbent Democrat, who was reelected. In the 2004 presidential election, the paper endorsed Democrat John Kerry, who won Maine but lost the national election.

Online

The Press Herald and Sunday Telegram website, and those of its sister papers, are part of MaineToday Media's MaineToday.com portal.

The domain name Portland.com was originally the web address for the Portland, Maine based newspaper "Press Herald" and "Sunday Telegram" but was sold to a marketing firm and became a visitor's guide to city of Portland, Oregon in May 2004.

In September 2006, MaineToday.com launched myMaineToday.com, a "citizen media" initiative. Residents of Maine towns such as Falmouthmarker, Cumberlandmarker, Yarmouthmarker, North Yarmouthmarker and Freeportmarker can post news items, photos and upcoming events directly into their town's page on myMaineToday.com.

Anti-Semitism controversy

The Religion and Values section of the Saturday, February 3, 2007 edition of the Press Herald included an ad from the First Baptist Church of South Portlandmarker, which listed the sermon as "The Only Way to Destroy the Jewish Race". This caused outrage in Greater Portland's Jewish Community and led to an apology by the minister of that church.

However, less than two weeks later, People's Choice Credit Union ran an ad in the February 14, 2007 edition of the Press Herald that depicted a bearded "Fee Bandit" that resembled a Hasidic Jew, eager to take people's money. This incident prompted investigations by the Anti-Defamation League; Steven Wessler, director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence and the person in charge of dealing with hate crimes in the state; and the Jewish Community Alliance. The newspaper's management later apologized for printing the advertisements in question without checking them first, and said it they would scrutinize ad content more closely before printing.

Prices

The Press Herald (daily) price is: $0.75. The Sunday Telegram price is: $1.75.

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