The New Bedford Standard-Times covers the communities of Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester, Wareham and Westport, Massachusetts. The newspaper is one of two daily publications that covers Massachusetts' South Coast region, as of 2015.
The Standard-Times covers local news, business, sports and community events and includes feature articles, op-ed pieces and obituaries. It also offers display and classified advertising. As of 2014, the Standard-Times' average daily circulation was about 20,000, a 3 percent decrease from the prior year. The newspaper's online counterpart is SouthCoastToday.com. The Standard-Times participates in the Newspapers in Education program in which sponsors pay for subscriptions to the publication's e-edition for local school students to read and incorporate into their daily curriculum.
Founded in 1850, the newspaper has published continuously ever since under various owners. In 2013, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp sold the New Bedford Standard-Times, the Cape Cod Times and several affiliated weekly newspapers to Fortress Investment Group LLC, a private-equity firm. News Corp did not disclose the sale's financial details. Gatehouse Media, one of the nation's largest publishers of print and online media with more than 400 print publications and 350 related websites, including several dailies and weeklies in Eastern Massachusetts, manages the Standard-Times.