In addition to its earlier announcement that it is expanding into Greenville, South Carolina, The Post and Courier in Charleston has announced plans to launch a modern news operation in Myrtle Beach, later this summer. At a time when newspapers across the country are scaling back, The Post and Courier will hire reporters and editors to provide the kind of quality news and information the Myrtle Beach community deserves.
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“Our history has proven that the communities we serve are better because of the information we bring forward,” said P.J. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier. “Myrtle Beach has over 11 million visitors every year, so from a state economic impact, it’s huge. In addition to Coastal Carolina University there’s a thriving community ranging from local businesses to tourism and daily life. We are excited to share our excellent reporting in the Myrtle Beach market.”
Pierre Manigault, chairman of the board of directors for Evening Post Industries, the parent company of The Post and Courier, said, “This is not about money; this is about going out and serving the whole state with good journalism.”
Evening Post Industries CEO John Barnwell said, “Moving to other parts of South Carolina is a natural progression for us, moving across the entire state makes perfect sense. We have an excellent brand and having the ability to create content that is locally sourced in each of the areas we serve is going to be well received, particularly as we feel like we have a better product than anyone else.”
The Post and Courier is a family owned newspaper founded in 1803, the oldest in South Carolina and the second oldest in the U.S. With 82 journalists and photojournalists on staff, the paper remains the largest news organization in the state. In 2015, it was awarded its second Pulitzer Prize. The paper has been a Pulitzer finalist five times.
“Our newspaper’s mission has always been to build and become part of the fabric of the communities we serve,” said Browning. “Our expansion will provide relevant, award-winning content that is engaging and impactful with a fresh, eager approach to Myrtle Beach.”
The Post and Courier is owned and operated by Evening Post Industries, Inc. (EPI), a family-owned corporation headquartered in Charleston, S.C. They operate in a variety of industries, including media, real estate, hospice care and pharmaceutical sales.