150 Years of Meriden Journalism

Later this month the Meriden Record-Journal will mark its 150th anniversary. Or sesquicentennial.

Of course, that history includes several other papers, mergers and a few locations.

The paper put together a historical photo essay for distribution through social media channels as the company continues to evolve in the changing world of publishing.

Record-Journal Praised


The Hartford Business Journal has ranked RJ Media Group – owner of the Meriden Record-Journal – as one of the top family owned businesses in Connecticut.

The family owners of the 149 year old business say their embrace of the internet – in combination with their print product – has led to continued growth.

The Return of Samaia

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Luke Bronin, the incoming mayor of Hartford announced a series of appointments to his new administration Monday.

Samaia Hernandez will be Bronin’s press secretary. Most recently Hernandez worked as Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s communications director and she also spent time as Governor Malloy’s spokesperson.

Prior to her work in government, Hernandez worked in journalism at WNPR, the Hartford Courant and the Meriden Record-Journal.

Thea Montanez, another familiar name in Hartford news media circles has been named as Bronin’s chief of staff.

Crosbie Heads CDNA

PatriceCrosbieThe Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association (CDNA) has announced Patrice Crosbie, the owner and publisher of the Willimantic Chronicle, as its new president for the next year. Shawn Palmer of the Meriden Record Journal will serve as the Vice President.

The CDNA is the official trade association for Connecticut’s daily papers. It was founded in 1904.

The Record-Journal: Still a White Newspaper

The Record-Journal Publishing Company,  parent company of the Meriden Record-Journal, has announced several major promotions. Among them is naming Liz White to executive vice president and assistant publisher – she is a member of the fifth generation of the White family that has owned and run the newspaper since 1892.

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