How does a newspaper stay relevant after almost two hundred years of printing? The answer to that question can be found by asking the publishers of The Guardian. This daily newspaper hasn’t missed a day in nearly two centuries of printing, and throughout that time it has continued to stay relevant and well regarded.
Investing in Journalism
One way that The Guardian has managed to stay relevant is that it does not offer its profits to shareholders. Rather, it invests profits back into the journalists who make the paper what it is. This is unique in the world of papers, and its meant that The Guardian is not beholden to the bottom line.
Over the centuries of its publication, The Guardian has been at the forefront of dozens of major stories. Recent major news breaks for the paper include Edward Snowden’s leaks of classified information and the secret meetings between Paul Manafort and Julian Assange.
Investigative journalism was always a backbone of The Guardian. As it expanded its reach beyond the UK, high levels of journalistic excellence continued to set it apart as a source of news.
Attention to detail, however, has not always been a strong suit of The Guardian.
To the Left Please
The Guardian has always leaned to the center-left politically. It’s an important distinction that has driven both readership and journalistic focus in the last two hundred years. Though the paper adamantly does not endorse one side or the other, it does stake dedicated liberal positions on major issues through its editorial and opinion sections.
This stance has led to many accusations being levied against the paper over the years about liberal bias in its work. The most notable of these came in 2003 when the paper was cited for serious bias against the state of Israel. Though The Guardian took a stand in its own editorial section decrying anti-Semitism, the thread of accusation that it was biased continued to haunt it through the years following.
The left leaning nature of The Guardian goes back to its early years, prior to modern political wrangling. However the left lean did become more pronounced following World War II, as prior to that it had maintained a more centrist role. The Guardian was always meant to be a newspaper for the middle class.
The Guardian Media Group has had ownership of the paper since 1907, taking over from the original corporation The Manchester Guardian. This multimedia group is one of the largest producers of multimedia content in the world. Its portfolio includes ownership of websites, radio stations, regional newspapers, national newspapers, magazines, and business to business media all over the world. The company is totally owned by the Scott Trust, going all the way back to its founding.
GMG has revenue of over two hundred and fifty million euro each year. The value of the company is estimated at over a billion dollars. It is one of the top news media organizations in the world
With a daily circulation of one hundred and thirty thousand for the print edition, The Guardian UK remains a highly sought after newspaper. That’s not even including the millions of readers of the online versions of the newspaper, which has been a major source of expansion for the paper in the last twenty years. The Guardian is a profitable and relevant news source that millions of people rely on for their news all over the world.