Local news for Laurel, Ellisville & Jones County


Frequently Asked Questions


1) What is the circulation of your publications?

Our publications reach in excess of 250,000 readers per month. Our news publications are mailed to subscribers through the U.S. Postal Service and arrive at homes on Wednesdays and Saturdays with the regular mail. Both The Chronicle Magazine and Real Estate Spotlight are distributed through free distribution racks in the Greater Laurel/Ellisville Area throughout Jones County and parts of Jasper, Smith and Wayne counties.

2) How often do you publish?

Voted as one of Mississippi's most outstanding newspapers by the Mississippi Press Association, The Chronicle is published twice per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Chronicle Magazine and Real Estate Spotlight  are each published once a month. The magazines are printed on glossy coated paper. The newspaper is printed on standard newsprint in the Berliner format.

3) What is the circulation area of your publications?

Our target area is the greater Laurel area of Jones, Jasper, Smith and Wayne counties. As of the 2010 census, our coverage area includes a population of more than 100,000 people. We are the community newspaper located in "The Free State of Jones."

4) How do I submit news to your publications?

We love submitted news. We are a community newspaper. You can mail us or visit us in person at 212 N. 16th Ave., Laurel, Miss. 39440. You can fax us at (601) 651-2020 or e-mail us at news@thechronicle.ms. We actively seek your weddings, engagement party photos, letters to the editor, births, club reports, etc. First and foremost we are a community newspaper and what we do is local, community news. We have staff writers who actively seek story ideas from readers. Remember, priority is given to photos published exclusively in our publications so if that's the case, please be sure to tell us.

5) How do I place an ad in your publications?

Just call one of our oustanding full-time advertising sales representatives. Tell us what you want and our talented production staff will design the ad for you in no time. There is never a charge for our expert ad design and composition. For more information, call us at (601) 651-2000.

6) What's the cost of advertising in your publications?

The page sizes of our newspapers are 10.25 inches wide and 16 inches deep. Our rates vary greatly based on contract rates and various frequency discounts. Magazine dimensions vary by product as do advertising costs. We're happy to provide you with a media kit. For one time in our newspaper, you're looking at around $1,200 for a full page, but that price could decrease with frequency. In our magazine, a one time full page  ad in full color would be about $1,000. A half page for either publication is about $575. We have packages and options for any budget, however. Just call 601-651-2000 for no pressure information.

7) How do I subscribe?

Just call Melvin at (601) 651-2000 or email himat mscruggs@thechronicle.ms. If you live in our core distribution area, an annual subscriptions to The Chronicle is just $52 and it includes free access to our eEditions and other online content. Outside the county, subscriptions are $72 a year. Be sure to ask about discounts for senior citizens.

8) Do your publications include classified ads?

Yes we do and our rates are very reasonable - and under certain circumstances can even be free. Call us at our main number (601) 651-2000 to place an ad.

9) What are you business hours?

We are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

10) Where are your publications printed?

The pages are designed and composed at our offices in Laurel. They are then sent electronically to our printing plant at our sister newspaper, The Enterprise-Journal in McComb. The McComb press is a combination of color Web Press Quad Stacks and black and white News Kings. We use state-of-the-art computer-to-plate technology using a Basys platesetter and FM screening. Our magazines are printed at a number of first class printing facilities located in various locations throughout the southeast.

12) What are the politics of your publications?

We are neither liberal nor conservative. We believe in the open exchange of as many ideas as possible. We believe in the marketplace of ideas. We love to get fresh opinions from all sides of the political spectrum - including yours. Email your letters to the editor or guest columns to Publisher Jason Niblett at jniblett@thechronicle.ms