Lawrence Journal-World
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet, online
Owner(s)Ogden Newspapers
FoundedMarch 2, 1892 (with heritage dating to 1858)[a]
Headquarters1035 N 3rd Street,
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
United States Edit this at Wikidata

The Lawrence Journal-World is a daily newspaper published in Lawrence, Kansas, United States, by Ogden Newspapers.[1]


The former offices of the World Company, owner of the Lawrence Journal-World
The former offices of the World Company, owner of the Lawrence Journal-World

Though the Journal-World title came into existence in 1911, the paper dates itself to 1858, according to the volume number of the current masthead of the paper.

In 1891, Wilford Collins Simons moved to Lawrence and took over operations of the Lawrence Record under a three-month lease. The Lawrence World was first issued by Simons on March 2, 1892.[2]

In 1905, the World acquired the Lawrence Journal, and merged the Journal and World in 1911 after a fire destroyed the offices of the Journal.[2][3] The Lawrence Daily Journal title dates back to 1880, but was a continuation of the Republican Daily Journal which dates back to at least 1869. The Republican Daily Journal appears to have been the successor via sale and/or consolidation of earlier Lawrence newspapers.[4][5] One of those papers dated to 1858; for years, the Journal-World claimed an 1858 founding date.

Wilford Collins Simons served as editor from 1891 until his death in 1952.[6] He handed the paper to his son, Dolph Simons, Sr., who in turn passed it to Dolph Simons, Jr.

In 2005, developers at the paper created the now-popular Django web framework.[7]

In October 2010, the World Company, which owns the Lawrence Journal-World, sold some of its news media business to Internet and cable provider Knology for $165 million.[8] The sale included 6 News, the Lawrence area's local television news channel.[citation needed]

In 2014, the on-site printing of the newspaper ended, with printing moving to The Kansas City Star's production facility in Kansas City, Missouri. Production, editing, and administrative functions remained in Lawrence.[citation needed]

In June 2016, the Simons family announced the sale of the Journal-World after 125 years of ownership, to another long-running family-owned company, Ogden Newspapers of Wheeling, West Virginia. Also in 2016 the family's WorldWest, LLC, which owned newspapers in Arizona (the Payson Roundup) and Colorado (the Steamboat Pilot & Today, and the Craig Daily Press), announced their sale to other owners.[9]

In June 2018, the Journal-World's web site was migrated from Django to the blogging-centric content management system Wordpress.[citation needed]

On May 1, 2019, the Journal-World's offices moved from the historic post office building on 7th and New Hampshire Streets to an office in North Lawrence.[10][11] The building is now occupied by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas.[11]

On May 16, 2020, the front page of the Journal-World announced that the newspaper would cease publication of all Monday print editions as of May 25.[12]

On Sept. 28, 2020, the newsroom staff of the Journal-World publicly announced its plan to unionize as the Lawrence Journalism Workers Guild, or LJW Guild.[13] Journal-World management and Ogden declined to voluntarily recognize the union through a card check.[14] However, the journalists voted via a mail-in ballot election through the National Labor Relations Board, and after a count on Dec. 28, 2020, the guild voted to be represented by the United Media Guild, Local 34067 with The NewsGuild-CWA.[15]


See also


  1. ^ Newspaper gives 1858 founding however the Journal-World began publishing in 1911 after the Lawrence Journal (1880) and Lawrence World (1892) merged.


  1. ^ "About Us". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
  2. ^ a b (13 December 1991). A 100-Year Newspaper Tradition, Lawrence Journal-World
  3. ^ (20 Feb 1911). "Journal-World, The Combination"
  4. ^ "First Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture". 1878. pp. 107–108.
  5. ^ "Rowell's American Newspaper Directory". 1887. p. 255.
  6. ^ (16 May 1952). Wilford C. Simons, The New York Times (noting death of Simons on May 15, 1952)
  7. ^ Dillon, Karen (July 9, 2015). "Lawrence-born Django, which revolutionized website construction, celebrating its 10th anniversary". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  8. ^ Fagan, Mark. "Reporter". The Lawrence Journal-World.
  9. ^ "Kramer Publications Buying Payson Roundup". Arizona Newspapers Association. June 21, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Lawhorn, Chad (April 1, 2019). "Journal-World Offices to Move; Driver's License Office to Move, Expand Next Week". Lawrence Journal-World. Archived from the original on May 29, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Lawhorn, Chad (April 24, 2019). "Journal-World Phone Lines to Be Temporarily Impacted by Office Space Move". Lawrence Journal-World. Archived from the original on May 29, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  12. ^ "As Demand for Digital Subscriptions Grows, Journal-World Will Eliminate Monday Print Edition". Lawrence Journal-World. May 16, 2020. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  13. ^ "LJW Guild Union Announcement". @ljw_guild on Twitter. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "LJW Guild Update". @ljw_guild on Twitter. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  15. ^ "Lawrence Journal-World Votes to Join United Media Guild". The United Media Guild. Retrieved December 28, 2020.