Jacksonville Journal-Courier
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Hearst Communications
PublisherDavid C.L. Bauer
EditorDavid C.L. Bauer
FoundedApril 24, 1830; 193 years ago (1830-04-24)[1]
Headquarters235 West State Street,
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650, United States
Circulation10,975 Daily
11,274 Sunday (as of 2012)[2]
OCLC number24396370

The Jacksonville Journal-Courier is an American daily newspaper published in Jacksonville, Illinois. It is owned by Hearst Newspapers since being sold in August 2017 by Civitas Media, a subsidiary of Versa Capital Management.


With a history dating back to 1830, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier is the "oldest continuously published newspaper in Illinois".[3]

In addition to Jacksonville and South Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier circulates in Cass, Greene, Macoupin, Morgan, Brown, Pike and Scott counties, in western Central Illinois.[1]

The Jacksonville Journal-Courier has been owned by Hearst Newspapers since 2017. Hearst also owns the Illinois newspapers The Telegraph, in nearby Alton, Illinois and the Intelligencer in Edwardsville. The Jacksonville and Alton newspapers, along with The Lima News in Ohio and The Sedalia Democrat in Sedalia, Missouri, constituted the Central Division of Freedom Communications before being sold to Ohio Community Media (later Civitas Media) in May 2012.[4] Freedom acquired the paper from Thomson in 1995.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Advertising Rate Card No. 01-2011" (PDF). MyJournalCourier.com. January 1, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 7, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "FAS-FAX Report: Circulation Averages for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2012". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "About Us". MyJournalCourier.com. Archived from the original on June 19, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Wursthorn, Michael (May 17, 2012). "News Release: Versa Buys Four Papers From Freedom Communications". Dow Jones LBO Wire. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  5. ^ Freedom Communications, Thomson Swap Newspapers