The mission of the independent, prize-winning Richmond Free Press is to empower its readers by contributing to the balance of news reporting and commentary in the Richmond area; and, simultaneously, to educate its readers about important issues touching their lives and to motivate them to be fully heard on these issues.
The newspaper seeks a brighter future for the city by finding common ground for all our citizens to work together to revitalize Richmond and improve the quality of life for its people.
The Free Press places a high value on quality and is guided by a commitment to the eternal principles of truth, integrity, robust debate and justice.
The inaugural edition of the Richmond Free Press hit the streets of Richmond on January 16, 1992. Raymond H. Boone, a veteran newspaper reporter, editor and executive and a former associate professor at Howard University, was the founder of the prize-winning, independent weekly newspaper. He continued to serve as editor/publisher of the newspaper until his death on June 3, 2014.
Under his bold leadership, the black-owned Free Press changed the media landscape of Richmond, the former Capital of the Confederacy. In the best tradition of journalism, the Free Press honors and defends the First Amendment. It has successfully championed causes that promote equality with justice and opportunity for all people.
The board of directors of Paradigm Communications, Inc., the corporate entity that publishes the Free Press, named Mr. Boone's widow, Jean Patterson Boone as publisher in late June 2014. For 22 years, Mrs. Boone worked alongside her husband, having the primary responsibility for generating advertising revenue.
The newspaper has always enjoyed a downtown presence. Its first site of operation was at 201 W. Broad St. On April 19, 1992, it moved to 101 W Broad St. On December 10, 2001, the Free Press, in response to growth demands and its commitment to downtown revitalization, relocated to its current classic, federal-style building at Fifth and Franklin streets. The stately, three-story, historic building is a prominent landmark in downtown, adorned with highly visible Richmond Free Press signage on the three public sides of the building. In 2002, the Free Press won a major award for “Best in Commercial Renovation” in recognition of its leadership in a revitalization project that cost nearly $2 million. The Free Press building initially housed the American headquarters of the Imperial Tobacco Company of London.
The primary mission of the Free Press is to provide solid, fair-minded news stories and informed opinion to empower its readers and to motivate them to take enlightened action on important issues that touch their lives.
This mission has served to produce a long string of positive results. They include news stories and editorials that, among many other accomplishments, have caused: A Richmond judge who used racist comments on the internet to immediately resign; the rewriting of the city code that expunged unfair gender references; the abandonment of plans to relocate the city’s Main Post Office to the suburbs; the exposure that contributed significantly to the granting of a gubernatorial pardon to a wrongly convicted Richmond man on a murder charge; and the inauguration of a prize-winning “Love Lights” program that gives Richmond a bright, impressive skyline to keep aglow holiday lights through Valentine’s Day.
In recognition of its outstanding performance, the Free Press has won awards for journalistic excellence from the Virginia Press Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Newspaper Publishers Association, in addition to numerous other organizations that include the NAACP and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
While maintaining its editorial integrity, the Free Press consistently has won top statewide and national awards in the advertising category through the leadership of Jean Patterson Boone, advertising director and wife of the founding editor/publisher.
At a time when most newspapers — dailies and weeklies — are experiencing a steady decline in readership, the Free Press circulation continues to grow, illustrating the newspaper’s relevance, credibility and value to people in the Richmond area. The Free Press has a readership of more than 135,000 with an audited Verified circulation of more than 35,000.
Community service is a cornerstone of the Free Press. Raymond H. Boone emphasized that commitment, saying, “If a newspaper is only looking at its bottom line, it is looking too low.”
- Company Name:Richmond Free Press
Headquarters:422 EAST FRANKLIN STREET SECOND FLOOR RICHMOND, VA 23219
Desktop Display, Mobile Display
- Headline:Richmond Free Press | Serving the African American Community in Richmond, VA
- Self / Managed Service:Managed Service
- IndustriesConsumer Packaged Goods, Energy and Utilities, Entertainment, Financial Services, Government & Politics, Health & Beauty, Healthcare, Non-Profit, Sports, Technology, Telecommunications, Travel & Leisure, eCommerce
- Key DifferentiatorAdvertising Deadline All insertion orders must be received by Friday at 5 p.m., five days prior to publication. Camera-ready art must be received no later than Tuesday at noon, two days before publication. Contracts Contracts are available in accordance with frequency and price schedules on this rate card. Commissions A 15% commission will be credited to recognized agencies. Credit/Payment Policy All advertising credit accounts must be approved. Payment is due within 10 days of invoice date unless otherwise specified. Entertainment and political advertising must be paid in advance. A finance charge may be assessed on balances over 30 days. It will be computed on a periodic rate of 2% per month, which is an annual rate of 24%. The advertiser is liable for all legal costs if account is placed for collection. Cancelation and Changes After Deadlines No cancellations may be made after 5 p.m. on Friday prior to the Thursday publication. Copy changes may be made up to noon on Tuesday, two days before publication. A 15% change fee will be assessed on copy changes that are necessary on Wednesday and not the result of newspaper error. No copy changes whatsoever can be made after noon on Wednesday.
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- 2815916 Global Rank
- 732329 United States
- 12.2k Estimated Visits
- 6.2k display total monthly uniques
- 14.1k display total monthly impressions
- 6.8k mobile total monthly uniques
- 12k mobile monthly overall impressions
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