MERIDEN — The Record-Journal has been named one of the top family-owned businesses in Connecticut by the Hartford Business Journal.
In its Oct. 24 edition, the Hartford Business Journal announced its annual Family Business Awards, honoring local family businesses and their achievements. The Record-Journal was named the top family-owned business of its size: between 76 and 199 full-time employees.
Eliot White is the fourth-generation president and publisher of the Record-Journal. His daughter, Liz White Notarangelo, is executive vice president and assistant publisher.
Against the backdrop of failing newspapers across the country, “the family-owned Record-Journal in Meriden isn’t just hanging on,” states the Hartford Business Journal article about the company. “It’s thriving — so much so that Editor & Publisher, the national journalism trade magazine, named it one of its ‘10 Newspapers That Do it Right’ last March.”
White Notarangelo told the Hartford Business Journal that the Record-Journal has found success in a shift in focus toward multimedia news, and a new location.
“Change has to excite you or this isn’t the right industry to be in,” she said, adding that the newspaper industry isn’t dying, but has changed in an exciting way that presents new opportunities.
“If you combine our print and our digital products together, we have more reach than we’ve ever had by far,” she said.
The Record-Journal, which celebrates 150 years in business next year, was founded in 1867 as The Weekly Visitor. E.E. Smith, White Notarangelo’s great-great-grandfather, purchased the company with Thomas Warnock in 1892. In 1977, The Morning Record and the Meriden Journal merged and became the Record-Journal.
In October 2015, the company moved from 11 Crown St., its downtown Meriden home for 110 years, to a new office at 500 S. Broad St. in Meriden. As part of the move, the Record-Journal Publishing Co. rebranded as RJ Media Group. The company has 85 full-time employees working at its Meriden office.
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