By: E&P Staff
In addition to community concerts and other events held to commemorate its 225 years of publication on Aug. 30, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle printed at 262-page Sunday edition the day before. Filled with historical photos, it was produced as a keepsake edition.
That edition, which Executive Editor Alan English called “probably the largest” for the Chronicle, included a 184-page anniversary section. The huge section was designed to capture the history of the community, the newspaper and its readers, including the impact of civil rights editorials and the paper’s First Amendment stances, and sharing stories that illustrated how intertwined the newspaper and the community are.
The paper called the special section’s volume of local advertising — in a ratio exceeding 60% — testimony to the power of print and local relationships.
The Morris Communications flagship, published by William S. Morris III, son of the man who bought the Chronicle about 60 years ago, used the anniversary to create a large multimedia project in four installments. Each covers the city’s and the newspaper’s history in words, pictures and video, with sections devoted to people, places, stories and series, as well as an Augusta slideshow timeline, historical page images from the archives, a column by English and an editorial.