Edmonton Journal
Front Page - May 16, 2013
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Postmedia Network
Editor-in-chiefLorne Motley[1]
Headquarters10006 101 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 0S1
Circulation91,776 weekdays
96,372 Saturdays (as of 2015)[3]
Sister newspapersCalgary Herald

The Edmonton Journal is a daily newspaper published in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 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 stance for the Liberal Party. 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]

Edmonton Journal Building – from 101 street (2023)
Edmonton Journal Building (2023)

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]

In 1982, government officials under the Combines Investigation Act entered and searched the paper's offices under the suspicion that Southam Newspapers was violating federal legislation by engaging in unfair trading and anti-competitive business practices.[9] The Alberta Court of Appeal ruled the search to be inconsistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a decision the Supreme Court of Canada upheld in Hunter v Southam Inc.[10]

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 participated in the Critics and Awards Program for High School Students (Cappies),[11], now called the Alberta Youth Theatre Collective, 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.[12]

The Journal has also begun operating under a new commitment to digital media in addition to traditional print.[12]


The Edmonton Journal has seen like most Canadian daily newspapers a decline in circulation. Its total circulation dropped by 22 percent to 92,542 copies daily from 2009 to 2015.[13]

Daily average[14]

See also


  1. ^ Postmedia integrating four major market newsrooms following Sun acquisition Financial Post. Retrieved January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Edmonton Journal Historical Information". Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on May 12, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "2015 Daily Newspaper Circulation Spreadsheet (Excel)". News Media Canada. Retrieved December 16, 2017. Numbers are based on the total circulation (print plus digital editions).
  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[permanent dead link] 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. ^ Ellwand, Otiena. "Court of Appeal series: Four cases that changed Alberta". edmontonjournal.com. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  10. ^ "Hunter v Southam Case | The Canadian Encyclopedia". thecanadianencyclopedia.ca. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  11. ^ "Cappies of Greater Edmonton" (Excel). The Cappies. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "About Us". Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on September 28, 2020. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  13. ^ "Daily Newspaper Circulation Data". News Media Canada. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "Daily Newspaper Circulation Data". News Media Canada. Retrieved December 16, 2017. Figures refer to the total circulation (print and digital combined) which includes paid and unpaid copies.