The Gwinnett Daily Post is a daily newspaper published in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and serves as the county's legal organ.[4] The newspaper is owned by Southern Community Newspapers Inc.[5][6] and prints from Wednesday through Sunday.[7]

History

In 1970 advertising director Bruce Still left his job at the Gwinnett Daily News to start a weekly publication, the Lawrenceville, the Lawrenceville Home Weekly.[8][9] In 1973 it was renamed The Home Weekly[10] and was published until 1987, when it was renamed The Gwinnett Home Weekly to reflect its expanded readership and circulation.[11] These were weekly publications that served Lawrenceville and surrounding Gwinnett County. In 1992 the Gwinnett Home Weekly changed its name to the Gwinnett Post-Tribune and began publishing twice a week.[2][12] The newspaper was owned by Still Advertising and Promotions[11][12] until 1995, when Gray Communications purchased it for $3.7 Million[14] and reorganised it as a daily publication, the Gwinnett Daily Post, which published Tuesday through Saturday.[2] In 2005 Gray's newspaper holdings were spun off into a separate company which was named Triple Crown Media.[15] Triple Crown Media changed its name to Southern Community Newspapers Incorporated in 2010.[16]

A Sunday edition of the paper was added in 1997 due to its expanding circulation, and the Tuesday publication was dropped in 2012.[9]

Circulation

By 1996 the newly owned and renamed Gwinnett Daily Post had a circulation of 13,055, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations's September 1996 report. Gwinnett County officials designated the Gwinnett Daily Post as the county's official legal organ that same year.[17] In January 1997 the Gwinnett Daily Post partnered with Northeast Gwinnett Cable Vision to provide its customers with free Gwinnett Daily Post subscriptions, which were purchased at a discounted rate by Northeast Gwinnett Cable Vision.[18] The agreement added subscriptions for over 38,000 cable customers, which more than tripled the Post's circulation.[17][20]

In response to the subscription partnership, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution filed a lawsuit in 1997 against Gwinnett County to prevent them from using the Gwinnett Daily Post as the county's legal organ. They argued that cable customers weren't considered paid subscriptions, citing a Georgia statute that required 85 percent of a newspaper's circulation be paid subscribers in order to be designated as a county's legal organ.[21] The lawsuit was dismissed by a Gwinnett Superior Court[22] which was appealed and taken to the Georgia Supreme Court. That court ruled in favour of the Gwinnett Daily Post and dismissed the lawsuit.[23]