San Antonio Newspapers
Being the eighth largest U.S. city, San Antonio generates a lot of news from its population of million plus residents. The newspaper most commonly known in San Antonio is the Express News. However, San Antonio has several newspapers with readers interested in niche specific news topics.
San Antonio Express News
The San Antonio Express News has a weekday circulation of around 250,000 and 350,000 on Sunday. The Express circulation figures make it the third largest newspaper in Texas. The newspaper is owned by the Hearst Corporation and is the leading source of print news for the San Antonio region and all of south Texas. In the newspaper history of San Antonio there were two major newspapers, the San Antonio Express and the San Antonio Light. The San Antonio Light was considered to be more conservative of the two papers but closed down in 1992. The result of two competing newspapers in the same market was high quality content and publishing. The Express seems to have maintained its quality news content without a competing area paper which is evident through the many awards given to the San Antonio Express News.
The front page section generally consists of news stories from the associated press (AP) with several articles often written by Express-News reporters. The sections within the Express weekly delivery newspaper consist of the Front Page section, Metro Section, S.A. Life, Sports, and Business sections. The newspaper does a great job of reporting local news with reporters generally taking an unbiased stance on local news. However, the editorial staff can publish some very biased and inaccurate viewpoints from time to time. Overall the Express-News is a fairly decent newspaper when publishing local and regional articles. Additionally, several columnists in various sections have earned quite a reputation for their views and sometimes polarizing topics.
If you are looking for local business news and information, skip the Express News business section and look to the San Antonio Business Journal. The staff writers for the San Antonio Express do a fair job of reporting business news. But judging from their understanding of business and corporate reporting, they are obviously not businessmen and businesswomen. They are journalists and reporters. Several of the articles I have read concerning local companies are a bit biased when reporting and the headlines have been extremely misleading. The columnists (not Express staff) that write for the Express News business section do a pretty good job, but they are informed about the subject and have experience and knowledge abut the topic. The articles from the AP news wire are usually a decent read but the local staff writers and headline writers seem to be on a witch hunt for local CEO's and executives more often than not.
Prime Time Newspapers
Newspapers focusing on certain neighborhoods, communities, and geographic areas is best covered by Prime Time Newspapers. There are many newspapers published by Prime Time with distribution through the U.S. Mail. Area newspapers include the North San Antonio Times, Bulverde Community News, Shavano Park Times, Leon Springs Times, Leon Valley Recorder, and more. Prime Time Newspapers also publishes a specialty business newspaper named the Daily Commercial Recorder. Similar to the San Antonio Business Journal, the Daily Commercial Recorder publishes all business and real estate transactions as recorded in the Bexar county clerks office. Additionally, Prime Time publishes newspapers for the military bases in San Antonio.
San Antonio Lightning
A San Antonio online newspaper that acts as a local government watchdog. If they had a print edition, I would be a lifetime subscriber. The Lightning is a fantastic online San Antonio news source that exposes numerous problems such as government waste and misconduct of city officials and employees. The Lightning also brings a fresh viewpoint to many tax issues within Texas and America. The editor/publisher, RG Griffing recently declared his intent to run for Mayor of San Antonio. This San Antonio online newspaper is an activist watchdog keeping honesty at the forefront of local, regional and state politics. San Antonio Lightning motto - "We Cover Big News, Little News, And If There's NO News, We'll Bite A Dog!".
La Prensa Newspaper
In Spanish, La Prensa means "the press" which appropriately describes this newspaper. La Prensa is the only bilingual news publication in San Antonio. La Prensa newspaper is available throughout San ANtonio and is owned and managed by a local family familiar with the hispanic market.
San Antonio Current
This web designer has picked up the San Antonio Current on a couple of occasions in the past. Based on reading the articles in the Current, the content appears to be tailored more to readers interested in subjects such as arts and entertainment. The San Antonio Current is definitely not mainstream and does not fit into the conservative media category. Regardless of the article content, the Current has some exceptional restaurant reviews and recommendations. However, the personal classifieds are not for the kids to read.