About Meridian Press
The Meridian Press is a local weekly newspaper serving Meridian Idaho. It was founded on Friday, January 25, 2013 and will publish regularly on Fridays.
It is an edition of the Idaho Press-Tribune. It is also available online at mymeridianpress.com. Free home delivery is available to certain designated areas of Meridian, but we also offer a bundled home delivery with the Idaho Press-Tribune for Friday-Sunday for those people living outside of the designated subdivisions, or those who want more news and advertising information.
Founded: January 2013.
From the launch announcement:
A new weekly newspaper will be published in Meridian, starting next Friday, the Idaho Press-Tribune announced Tuesday at the Meridian Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon.
The Meridian Press will be a publication of the Idaho Press-Tribune, Publisher and President Matt Davison said, and will be distributed Fridays to more than 10,000 targeted homes and at several locations in Meridian.
The weekly newspaper will have a full online component, apps and a full suite of social media components as well.
“The positive feedback we’ve already received from the Meridian community has been overwhelming,” Davison said.
The Idaho Press-Tribune conducted a research study a year ago and results underscored the need for better media coverage of Meridian, Davison said.
Some of the key findings include the following:
- 71 percent said they would read a new publication covering just the Meridian area,
- 68 percent said they want to know more about what’s happening in Meridian,
- 53 percent said they felt that current media does not do a very good job covering Meridian news and information.
The full-size weekly will include news on Meridian government, schools in Joint School District No. 2, businesses, sports and community.
Homes in several subdivisions, including Paramount, Bridge Tower and Saguaro Canyon, have been targeted for delivery. Meridian residents outside the initial distribution area will have the option to subscribe to receive home delivery or they can pick up a free copy at several locations throughout the city, Davison explained.
“People I’ve met with are really excited. This has been one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever been a part of. Starting a newspaper from scratch isn’t an easy task, but I’m confident we have the team and strategy in place to be successful with the Meridian Press.”
Holly Beech, who has been the business reporter for the Idaho Press-Tribune for nearly two years, will be the primary reporter. Sales and Marketing Executive Christi Atkinson will handle the sale of advertising.
“At a time when many feel newspapers are on their last breath we are expanding,” Davison said. “The Idaho Press-Tribune, the Emmett Messenger-Index and now the Meridian Press will be a part of the communities we serve for a very long time.”
The Idaho Press-Tribune is a part of the Seattle-based Pioneer News Group.