With roots stretching back to 1871, the Longview News-Journal is the East Texas flagship of M. Roberts Media, the once Victoria-based media group that owns and operates the News-Journal, daily Marshall News Messenger and the twice-weekly Panola Watchman newspapers and websites in East Texas.
Today’s News-Journal is a successor of the Longview News and counts James Hogg, later a Texas governor, and Carl Estes, a Longview civic figure, among its earliest independent publishers. The newspaper today circulates its print edition in 11 East Texas counties to about 25,000 subscribers daily. It updates breaking news around the clock on web and mobile sites at news-journal.com.
In addition to producing the daily News-Journal, the Longview location is the centralized news, advertising, printing and circulation site for all Texas Community Media newspapers and websites in East Texas. Together, the daily and weekly newspapers, along with their online products, reach more than 300,000 consumers each week.
The News-Journal and the related newspapers and websites returned to family ownership when they were purchased in 2012 by Texas Community Media from ASP Westward, which had acquired the News-Journal in 2009 from Cox Newspapers.
News-Journal offices: 320 E. Methvin St., Longview, TX 75601
The heart and hub of East Texas, Longview has a rich history of entrepreneurship, and is consistently found on lists of top locations for starting a business, economic vitality and job growth. With a population of more than 80,000, Longview is the county seat of Gregg County, and extends into Harrison County to the east. The Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Gregg, Rusk and Upshur counties in Northeast Texas, has a population of nearly 272,000.
The Longview-area economy is powered by the East Texas oil field, but other major industries include health care, manufacturing and chemical production. The city is home to three institutions of higher learning (LeTourneau University, Kilgore College, University of Texas at Tyler Longview Center), and served by four public school districts.
In a prime location on Interstate 20 an hour’s drive from Shreveport, less than two hours from Dallas and three hours from Houston, Longview affords a small-town lifestyle with access to big cities. Longview also is served by Amtrak through a downtown terminal, and by American Airlines at Gregg County Regional Airport.
The Longview area is rich with annual festivals led by the Great Texas Balloon Race, a world-class competitive hot air ballooning event that draws the best pilots worldwide. The natural beauty of East Texas, with woods, lakes and reservoirs available for year-round recreation, is a big part of the region’s allure.