The place that I am doing my summer internship is the Burlington Times-News, located in Burlington, North Carolina.  The Times-News is a newspaper that is circulated daily, mainly throughout Alamance County.  It has an average circulation of around 27,000 people and continues to grow today thanks to new subscription methods and the development of the on-line site. 

The Times-News was founded in 1931 after the merger between the Burlington Daily Times and the Burlington News.  The Burlington News was originally formed in 1923  while the Burlington Daily Times dates back to 1887.  In 1978, the Burlington Times-News joined Freedom Communications Inc.  It is still owned by Freedom Communications today.  The paper has had a long history of journalistic development and has been accepting interns for a number of years.  It partners with many nearby universities such as Elon University and  Guilford College and works with the schools and their departments to improve journalism in the area.   The paper also features a popular “Here & Now” section that is written by high school students from the area.  The online site has also begun to incorporate weather segments involving students from local Elementary schools. 

 The paper focuses mainly on local news coverage around Alamance County.  It obtains most of its funding from subscription and advertising fees although declining readership has forced the paper to take new approaches from a business standpoint.  The paper has won numerous awards including several from Freedom Communications Inc. and from the state of North Carolina.  The Times-News has won several awards in the NNA’s Better Newspaper Contest for general excellence, best sports section, photography and writing.

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