Atlanta Daily World
The Atlanta Daily World, the oldest African American newspaper in Atlanta, has provided coverage of and commentary on events and issues pertinent to the African American community since 1928. The Atlanta Daily World remained in the hands of one family, the Scotts, until its purchase in 2012 by Real Times Media.
Editorship of C. A. Scott
Scott resented the racial demagoguery of white southern Democrats, and during the 1940s the Atlanta Daily World spoke out against the white primary system in Georgia, which came to an end in 1946 through the actions of Primus E. King, who brought a lawsuit against the Muscogee County Democratic Party. The paper also advocated integration of the public schools and led voter registration drives,
Following World War II (1941-45) the paper and syndicate experienced economic difficulties. Circulation of the Atlanta Daily World declined during the early 1960s, and by 1969 the paper had dropped from a six-day to a four-day publication schedule. By the 1970s the syndicate supported only three papers, including the Atlanta Daily World.
During the 1980s the paper once again generated controversy by opposing sanctions against companies doing business in South Africa, which operated under a system of apartheid. Circulation continued to decline during this decade, following a national trend among black newspapers in the aftermath of the civil rights movement. By 2000 circulation stood at 10,000.
In March 2008 the Atlanta Daily World 's historic offices on Auburn Avenue were damaged in a tornado that swept through downtown Atlanta. The paper's staff subsequently moved operations to the
By 2009 the Atlanta Daily World was available as both a weekly print and an online publication. The paper used wire services for national and foreign news and a small reportorial staff for local dispatches. The online edition also solicited readers' opinions of current events and issues, and allowed readers to submit wedding and birth announcements.
In March 2012 Real Times Media, based in Detroit, Michigan, purchased the Atlanta Daily World. Alexis Scott retained the position of publisher.
Awards and Community Service
Throughout its history the Atlanta Daily World has been actively involved in the local community. For more than sixty years the paper administered the Christmas Cheer Fund, which raised money for families in need, and from 1968 to 2007, in conjunction with the Georgia Association of Educators, the paper sponsored the annual state spelling bee.
In 1980 the Atlanta Daily World was named a "historic site in journalism" by the Society of Professional Journalists, and that same year W. A. Scott II was inducted into the Black Press Archives' Gallery of Distinguished Newspaper Publishers at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 1996 he was inducted into the Georgia Newspaper Hall of Fame at the University of Georgia in Athens.
Other community awards include the Media of the Year Award from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (2001); the Media Award from the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta (2003); the President's Award from the Atlanta branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2004); and induction into the Atlanta Business League's Business Hall of Fame (2008).
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Alan Sverdlik, Cleveland
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