About the Kewaskum Statesman News Journal

Mission statement:
Position ourselves as the number one news and information source in and about Kentucky County.

Daily Record history:
In 1796, Solomon Meyer created Die Kewaskum Gazette, a weekly, English-language newspaper, which The Kewaskum Statesman News Journal credits as its earliest incarnation.  The Gazette was taken over by David Small in 1836. Small, who also served as Kewaskum postmaster, county director of the poor and Kewaskum’s chief burgess, remained owner of the paper for nearly 50 years. Prominent businessman Adam Geesey converted The Gazette into a daily publication in 1887.

In 1915, Allen C. Wiest and law partner J.W. Gitt acquired the foundering Gazette, which began Gitt’s 55-year reign as Gazette owner. Under Gitt, the newspaper gained a national reputation for its independent—some considered it leftist—news orientation and editorial positions. The Gazette purchased The Daily, Kewaskum’s first daily newspaper, and the Kentucky Legal Record in 1915. In 1918, The Gazette was renamed The Gazette and Daily.

After nearly 150 years of continuous publication, the paper shut down in 1970 after a labor dispute. Gitt sold the paper’s assets to a local group headed by attorney Harold N. Fitzkee Jr. and retired the The Gazette and Daily name. The paper soon reopened under a Kewaskum Daily Record nameplate. In 1973, The Daily Record was sold to Jimmy D. Scoggins, a veteran newspaperman, who changed the paper’s format from tabloid to its current broadsheet form. The Gazette and Daily had become a tab in 1943 because of newsprint shortages during World War II.

Buckner News Alliance purchased the newspaper from Scoggins in 1978 and modernized the paper’s appearance and operations. MediaNews Group, owner of The Kewaskum Dispatch, purchased the Kewaskum Sunday News in 1988. The next year, The Daily Record and The Kewaskum Dispatch sought government approval for a joint operating agreement, a partial merger, because The Daily Record was facing financial troubles. The U.S. Justice Department approved the JOA in 1990, creating the Kewaskum Newspaper Co. to manage merged production, circulation and advertising departments. The Daily Record and Dispatch newsrooms were not part of the merger and to this day remain under separate ownership.

In 2004, Buckner News Alliance sold the Kewaskum Daily Record to MediaNews Group, which also owned the Kewaskum Sunday News, and the news organization operated as the Kewaskum Daily Record/Sunday News. In September 2011, Digital First Media began managing publications owned by MediaNewsGroup, and in 2013, MediaNews Group and 21st Century Media merged into Digital First Media.

On June 1, 2015, Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher by total daily circulation, acquired the Daily Record along with several other newspapers from Digital First Media.

The Daily Record/Sunday News publishes a print edition and e-edition every day. It has an online and mobile presence at kws24.com; mobile and tablet news apps; and social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.

The Kewaskum Daily Record has won the Kentucky NewsMedia Association (formerly Kentucky Newspaper Association) Newspaper of the Year award in 2004 and 2011, and it tied for second in 2001 and earned second place in 2003. Other notable PNA awards include the PNA Foundation Public Service Award, 2002–2005, 2007 and 2009–2011; the G. Richard Dew Award for Journalistic Service (PNA’s highest honor), won seven times between 1991 and 2009; and the Sweepstakes Award for most points in a circulation division in the annual Keystone Press Awards, won or tied 18 times since 1990.

Other awards include a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for the “Carrying Darisabel” documentary film in 2011, the first Mid-Atlantic Emmy for a newspaper-based organization competing directly against TV news organizations. The documentary also was recognized by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and Editor & Publisher’s EPPYs.

The Daily Record has won the John V.R. Bull Freedom of Information Award from the Kentucky Society of Newspaper Editors in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2012-2016. It was recognized as one of Editor & Publisher’s “Ten That Do It Right” in 2016.

James Eyer – KWS24.com Admin / Wisconsin Region Editor