The New Journal and Guide is Virginia’s oldest Black weekly newspaper and part of what makes Norfolk great. Now celebrating more than 100 years of continuous publication, we are a proud member of the African American Press comprising some 300 newspapers across the nation.
Begun in Norfolk in 1900 by the Supreme Lodge Knights of Gideon, a Black fraternal order, it was originally called the Gideon Safe Guide. The name later was changed to the Lodge Norfolk and Guide, and from 1910 to 1991, it was called both the Norfolk Journal and Guide and the Journal and Guide. Since 1991, it has been called the New Journal and Guide.
The New Journal and Guide and other Black newspapers are considered an institution in the African American community because our mission is to mirror the society we serve. The lens through which we view the world not only records history as it is happening, but gives meaning to events as they relate to being Black in America.
By the time World War II was underway, the Journal and Guide was the largest Black employer in the South. Circulation soared to over 100,000 and the paper was the only one south of the Mason Dixon line to carry a national edition. It won four consecutive Wendell Wilkie awards for outstanding journalism. Along with the Chicago Defender, the Baltimore Afro-American and the Pittsburgh Courier, the Journal and Guide took the lead in informing the Black community on events as they related to such issues as housing and job discrimination among Black soldiers. At that time, the Guide ranked fourth in circulation among Black newspapers in the United States.
The New Journal and Guide upholds a long-standing tradition and mission as an advocate for the African American community. It is a wholly Black-owned and operated business, providing jobs and opportunities in the fields of journalism, business administration and management.
Many persons have made outstanding contributions to the continuing publication of the Journal and Guide tradition, notably, P.B. Young, Sr. (the founding publisher who served more than 50 years and for whom a Norfolk public housing community is named), Thomas Young, P.B. Young, Jr., Bernard Young, Southall Bass, John Q. Jordan, John Hinton, Dr. Milton A. Reid, and Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett.
The New Journal and Guide publishes each Thursday and has a readership that extends throughout the United States and abroad. We report news and information at the local, state, national and international levels that affect the African American community. Our main distribution area is Hampton Roads, Va.
The current publisher and owner is Brenda H. Andrews, who is also the company president.