In October, 1975, The Toledo Journal newspaper became a reality and published its first issue. As an African-American owned and operated, weekly, The Toledo Journal was established based upon two concepts: A need to inform our black community with exclusive news for and about them that no other news sources provided. Our slogan became “Everybody Is Somebody In The Toledo Journal”. The second concept was the historical statement said by America’s first black newspaper publishers, John B. Russwurm and Samuel E. Cornish, ‘We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.” The Journal writes the spoken word of Toledo’s African American community every week.
Every Wednesday, The Toledo Journal, an audited circulation newspaper, publishes news and advertising on a local, regional, and national level to our avid readers. Our news coverage and features, pertaining to blacks, include subjects on money management, business development, lifestyle interests, education, child development, health care, editorial opinions, faith and religion, family values, entertainment, advice columns, sports and auto care.
The Toledo Journal is circulated throughout metropolitan Toledo, Ohio, in 16 separate zip codes. We have a diverse readership, although we target pre-dominantly African American readers distributing to churches, senior citizen centers, housing complexes, government offices, schools, hospitals, grocery stores, carry-outs, pharmacies, restaurants, and via mail subscriptions.