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The August 22, 2008 front page of the
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The Orlando Sentinel is the primary newspaper of the Orlando, Florida, United States region. It was founded in 1876. The Sentinel is owned by Tribune Company and is overseen by the Chicago Tribune. As of 2005, the Sentinel's president and publisher was Kathleen Waltz; she announced her resignation in February 2008. Howard Greenberg, publisher of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, was named publisher of both the Sun-Sentinel and the Orlando Sentinel after Waltz left.
From the early 1930s to 1965, the newspaper was owned and operated by Martin Andersen. It was purchased that year by the Tribune Company.
Publishing History of the Orlando Sentinel and its predecessors:
- Orlando Reporter: 1892–1903? (merged with Evening Star to form Evening Reporter-Star)
- Evening Star: January–December 1903? (merged with Orlando Reporter to form Evening Reporter-Star)
- Evening Reporter-Star: 1904?–March 1947 (continues Orlando Reporter and Evening Star; continued by Orlando Evening Star)
- Orlando Evening Star: April 1947 – 1973 (continues Evening Reporter-Star; merged with Orlando Morning Sentinel to form the Orlando Sentinel-Star)
- Orlando Morning Sentinel: 1913–1973 (title varies: Daily Sentinel; Morning Sentinel; merged with Orlando Evening Star to form the Orlando Sentinel-Star)
- Orlando Sentinel-Star: 1974–April 25, 1982 (continues Orlando Morning Sentinel and Orlando Evening Star; continued by Orlando Sentinel)
- Orlando Sentinel: April 26, 1982–present (continues Orlando Sentinel-Star)
In 2008, the Orlando Sentinel's parent company, Tribune Company, called for a redesign of the Sentinel. The new layout, which debuted in June 2008, was formatted to appeal to busy readers. In order to compete with the immediacy of the Internet, the Sentinel added more graphics, quick-read top news stories and simpler layouts. The redesign also incorporated more local news coverage, consumer information and governmental surveillance stories. In addition to appealing to more non-readers, the redesign hoped to gain more advertising revenue.
- 1988: editorial writing, Jane Healy, "for her series of editorials protesting overdevelopment of Florida's Orange County."
- 1993: investigative reporting, Jeff Brazil and Steve Berry, "for exposing the unjust seizure of millions of dollars from motorists—most of them minorities—by a sheriff's drug squad."
- 2000: editorial writing, John C. Bersia, "for his passionate editorial campaign attacking predatory lending practices in the state, which prompted changes in local lending regulations."
- Michael A. Bianchi: sports columnist
- Greg Dawson: consumer rights columnist
- Scott Maxwell: local columnist
The Sentinel prices are: $1.25 daily; $2 Sunday/Thanksgiving Day.
- "2008 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation" (PDF). Burrelles Luce. 2008-10-27. http://www.burrellesluce.com/top100/2008_Top_100List.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- Christopher Boyd (February 15, 2008). "Orlando Sentinel's publisher resigns". Orlando Sentinel. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2008-02-15/news/waltz15_1_waltz-sentinel-tribune. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
- See Florida Newspapers—a list of Florida newspapers for which indexes or full-text are available at the University of Central Florida Library.
- "Tribune’s Redesign Kicks Off With Orlando Sentinel"
- "US: Orlando Sentinel redesign geared towards "busy readers""
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- Historical archives of The Orlando Sentinel and The Morning Sentinel freely and openly available as full searchable text and zoomable page images in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library
- ASNE - Editorial Code of Ethics: Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel