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The Florida Times-Union
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The 5 March 2007 front page of
The Florida Times-Union
TypeDaily newspaper
OwnerMorris Communications
PublisherMark Nusbaum
EditorFrank Denton
Founded1864 (as the Florida Union)
Headquarters1 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
 United States
Circulation98,580 Daily
157,559 Sunday[1]

The Florida Times-Union is a major daily newspaper in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Widely known as the oldest newspaper in the state, it began publication as the Florida Union in 1864. Its current incarnation started in 1883, when the Florida Union merged with another Jacksonville paper, the Florida Daily Times and the Florida Union.[2] A Southeast Georgia edition, called The Georgia Times-Union, serves the Brunswick area.

For much of its history, the Times-Union was owned by the Atlantic Coast Line railroad. Under this ownership, the paper was accused of relegating news of any railroad mishap to its back pages while giving front page coverage to trucking accidents.[citation needed] In fact, an oft repeated joke around Jacksonville was that "In North Florida, trains don't hit cars. Cars hit trains."[citation needed] In 1959, Florida Publishing Company (its parent company) purchased the evening newspaper the Jacksonville Journal. The two newspapers remained sister publications until October 28, 1988, when the Journal ceased publication.

During the 1960s, The Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville Journal played different roles in two major events in city history. Civil rights activists criticized both newspapers for their failure to cover the race riots at downtown',’s Hemming Park in 1960.[citation needed] Segregation was so ingrained in the city that the Times-Union also published a ‘Star’ edition for the local black community.[citation needed] The newspapers adopted a more crusading role in the latter part of the decade when they exposed corruption on various levels of city and county government.[citation needed] In addition to attention from WJXT-TV, the two newspapers’ stories helped lead to the consolidation of Jacksonville and Duval County.

In 1983, Morris Communications of Augusta, Georgia, purchased Florida Publishing Company. The Times-Union became the largest newspaper of this chain, which owns a number of newspapers around the country. As of 2013, its editor is Frank Denton and the editorial page editor is Michael P. Clark.

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