The News & Advance is the daily newspaper of record in Lynchburg, Virginia. Its circulation is approximately 35,600 on weekdays, 35,000 on Saturdays and 41,200 on Sundays. Its primary circulation area consists of the city of Lynchburg and the surrounding counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell. The News & Advance is owned by Media General. Terry Jamerson is the publisher. Joe Stinnett is the managing editor. The newspaper uses articles from news services such as the Associated Press as well as Media General-owned news organizations. The News & Advance is now adding a new printing press, manufactured by KBA Its last press was built in 1974, when the newspaper moved to its current building. Prior to 1974, the newspaper's headquarters were in downtown Lynchburg.
The News was founded in 1866, while The Daily Advance was founded in 1880. In 1888, Carter Glass bought The News. In 1893, he bought The Daily Advance and merged its operations with The News. The Glass family continued to publish both papers until 1979, when the papers were purchased by Worrell Newspapers, Inc., which merged the morning and afternoon papers into one morning paper, The News & Advance. In 1995, Worrell sold The News & Advance to Media General, the current owner.
The News & Advance covers local news of interest to Lynchburg and its surrounding counties, a combined metropolitan area of approximately 225,000 people. Topics commonly covered include development in and around the city; higher education, including Liberty University, founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, and Randolph College, which until recently was a school for women only; nuclear technology, as the city is home to AREVA and BWX Technologies; as well as subjects covered by most American newspapers, such as local crime and politics.
The News & Advance covers Virginia Tech, University of Virginia and Liberty University sports as well as those of more than 20 area high schools. It also covers the Lynchburg Hillcats, a minor-league baseball team that serves as a farm team for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The opinion section occasionally features commentary from local community leaders. Examples include Virginia Delegate Shannon Valentine and Ken Garren, president of Lynchburg College. Columnists regularly carried include liberal investigative columnist Alexander Cockburn and left-of-center political commentator E.J. Dionne. They are complemented on the right by Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative writer Charles Krauthammer and Rich Lowry of National Review. Conservative commentator Cal Thomas has been featured in the section for almost a quarter of a century; he began his career in Lynchburg as a top adviser to Falwell Sr. and the Moral Majority.
Besides news stories and other items that appear in the newspaper, the newspaper's Web site features audiovisual slideshows, videos and reader feedback.
The News & Advance publishes The Burg, a weekly arts and entertainment journal, and Central Virginia Business, a weekly business journal. Both are free publications distributed separately from the paper, but Central Virginia Business is also bundled in with The News & Advance's Monday edition.