The Edwardsville Intelligencer

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The first publication of the Intelligencer, then a four-page weekly called the Madison Intelligencer, came off the press November 13, 1862.

As Edwardsville’s oldest, continuously-operated business, the “I” has grown and prospered in a world where newspapers have evolved from hot-lead type to computer generated pages. And while a number of supposed “threats” would undoubtedly be the demise of the newspaper business, the Intelligencer has withstood radio, television and the Internet, joining the latter to provide the community with www.theintelligencer.com

As part of our recent changes, the Intelligencer launched the e-Edition early in 2009. e-Edition, a scanned page-by-page edition that readers can subscribe to and access via the Web site, www.theintelligencer.com, allows a new generation of newspaper readers to become familiar with the newspaper. This new product gives readers freedom to peruse the Intelligencer wherever they find a computer, and it avoids printing and delivery costs, thus lending itself to a cheaper rate than home delivery. However, the old-fashioned newspaper print is still a great favorite among many of their subscribers, both young and old.

The Intelligencer’s core product is the Edwardsville Intelligencer, which is published Monday through Saturday. The Intelligencer is also a proud provider of Newspapers in Education, a non-profit program that delivers newspapers and curriculum to teachers at no charge to them or the schools. Other Intelligencer products include a weekly entertainment magazine, On the Edge of the Weekend, Madison Country Homes magazine, Hot Local Cars magazine, www.theintelligencer.com, www.southernillinoisgolf.com (formerly a monthly printed magazine), www.hotlocalcars.com, and numerous extra publications to help serve the community.

The Intelligencer serves residents of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Troy, Worden, Alhambra, and Hamel. They also serve surrounding communities through numerous media sponsorships and by participating in a variety of community events and charitable efforts.

The Intelligencer joined the Chamber in 1954. “Access to the Chamber has been a very helpful and useful asset. They keep us informed on community events, new business openings and new residents to our community. All of this allows the Intelligencer to stay as up-to-date as possible. In addition, the networking connections for our advertising staff are extremely helpful in finding new business for the newspaper."

A quote by Thomas Jefferson from January 16, 1787 sums up the Intelligencer’s philosophy: “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

The Edwardsville Intelligencer, owned by the Hearst Corporation, is located at 117 North Second Street in Edwardsville and may be reached at 618.656.4700

To read local news provided by the Intelligencer, visit www.theintelligencer.com.