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Published EVERY WEEK since 1873, the Queens Ledger is the flagship weekly community newspaper of the 8 we publish. Our entire group has a weekly readership of 150,000.
With a circulation of 26,000 every Thursday, the Queens Ledger is sold at more than 100 newsstands and newsboxes in the Queens communities of Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodside, Elmhurst and Ridgewood. It primarily serves zip codes 11378, 11379, 11373, 11385, 11377, and is mailed throughout all the Queens zip codes. It is the official “legal” newspaper of Queens. In combination with The Queens Examiner and our other four Queens weekly newspapers we carry more legal advertisements than any other weekly news group in the Borough. We have SIX weekly newspapers along with related web sites which give hyper local news, information and event coverage to distinct areas of Queens which now has 2.3 million residents. And in Brooklyn, The Greenpoint Star, first established in 1881 still lives. We have TWO weekly newspapers in Brooklyn, which boasts 2.5 million residents. We’re not just newspapers anymore. Our corporate motto is “We’re not just newspapers anymore.” Our philosophy is to create and feed multiple communities of hyper local news consumers throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Our desire to allow advertisers to target specific groups gives businesses the best use of their resources in bringing customers through their doors.
We currently publish eight weekly newspapers in Queens County and Brooklyn, with a combined total circulation of 150,000. Our circulation is paid / controlled (combination newsstand with some controlled free distribution and some mailed by subscription) and available at more than 700 newsstands. Our readership is made up of town residents who need weekly information which shapes their local lives.
From local environmental issues, to our school boards to local youth and adult sports reporting, the Queens Ledger / Greenpoint Star Community Newspaper Group is serious about informing our readers about;
1. what is happening on their block,
2. what is happening in their neighborhood, and
3. what is going on in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn which affects their lives.
Our readership is heavily made up of civic members, families with children in schools, people who attend religious services and people involved in community sports. In fact, The Diocese of Brooklyn has hired our media company as its vehicle to promote the 104 Catholic Elementary Schools in Queens and Brooklyn. We use all our media properties to promote their schools. It’s a wonderful partnership. We have subscription programs for numerous organizations in our communities, because those people are the ones who are active. They are the ones with the purchasing power who support our merchants.
Queens County is made up of a series of towns broken into THREE distinct areas. Established in 1873, the Newtown Register (from which we evolved) covered the local news for the Western Queens community. Today four of our newspapers cover this diverse area. They are the Queens Ledger, the Glendale Register, the Forest Hills/Rego Park TIMES and the Long Island City/Astoria/Jackson Heights JOURNAL
Established in 1909, the Observer weekly newspaper of Richmond Hill published weekly for that town in South Queens. In 1912, the Leader weekly newspaper of Woodhaven combined with the Observer newspaper and the LEADER/OBSERVER newspaper of South Queens was formed. Today this newspaper is the premier paid weekly community newspaper in South Queens covering Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Jamaica and Howard Beach.
In Eastern Queens we publish the Queens Examiner. Our motto; “we not only cover the news, but we are part of the communities we serve” sets us apart from any news agency which touches the area. Our rich history and passionate positive coverage allows us to be part of everything which happens in the towns we cover. We are the best advertising medium you could possibly choose.
In Brooklyn the Greenpoint STAR and Brooklyn Northside NEWS covers those great neighborhoods in Brooklyn which are vibrant and growing. The Brooklyn Downtown STAR covers central Brooklyn like a glove.
We publish a quarterly regional glossy 72 page magazine called It’s Queens The Magazine
We have eight “award winning” (web 2.1) news websites (one for each of our community newspapers) with stories, video, calendars of events, sports,
twitter feeds, blogs and a Brooklyn/Queens business directory with 35,000 listings. The site is updated all day long, seven days a week. The sites are highly intelligent, interactive sites which allow readers to post their own blogs, events, place free classified ads, comment on stories and interact with all the members/readers and business customers of our Queens Ledger/Greenpoint Star family. That makes much of the information ‘user generated.’ Business partners and customers become more involved with BQEMedia through our web sites. We offer search engine optimization and a business web site development plan which includes metatags, google map finding, video, classified ads, e commerce, mobile landing page coupons and more. We build websites for businesses and make them part of our family of our news websites which affords a healthy online business presence all searchable.
Our Daily News Feed is called Morning Buzz and is part of the Queens Daily Newsticker Family. At 8am weekdays we send out the 20 top stories of the day that people will be talking about all day. Through our email, it’s website . In Brooklyn at 8AM weekdays we feed 7,000 emails to subscribers. It is called Brooklyn Daily Newsticker.
Hyper local Community Blogs are a way we communicate to a whole new brand of news consumer. Our company motto. “We’re not just newspapers anymore” is realized through our more than two dozen community blogs. We cover many of the areas in Queens and Brooklyn with blog posts, event listings and local advertising in a much more cost efficient way for our advertising clients. This is a way we are able to service the hyper local stores and services which might have never been able to afford newspaper advertising. For as little as $10 a month, advertisers can now get an ad on a local blog, a business profile page on our Business News website and some love on our social media platforms and community calendar sections on our newspaper websites. We find we are able to engage our community members, small business owners and active families with this marketing platform.
We host dozens of Social Networking Blog Sites For Communities of Web Users.
Our Social Networking Strategy includes consistent local newsy twitter feeds to our followers, short text news alerts and a number of established blogs, which cover neighborhoods and interests throughout Queens and Brooklyn.
Numbers You Should Be Aware Of
397 That’s the number of letters to the editor we published last year. Letters signify that readers are involved with our newspapers. Some agree with us, some disagree, but they care enough to write.
2,588 That’s how many pictures we published throughout our 8 newspapers between December 2015 and November 2016. Local people, places and events are what our local papers are all about. We don’t subscribe to a national wire service because we know our readers pay for local news, local action and neighborhood activities.
11,432 That’s how many Real Estate listings we published in our newspapers and in our Daily Newsticker between December 2015 and December 2016. We see Real Estate as the fabric of a community Newspaper. We believe a real community newspaper has the ear of the Real Estate industry. We take the lead in the eyes of Real Estate agents. SIX pages of listings each week, listings of properties sold and informative Real Estate News.
5,396 That’s how many news stories we published in our newspapers, web sites, blog and social media posts in the last 12 months. Stories on issues from local news, investigative stories, sports coverage, profiles, live tweets,reviews and local events are what make our papers the most reader friendly source of news available.
104 That’s how many eyesores of the week we published in our newspapers last year. Eyesores of the week are pictures taken by our staff and our readers. They are pictures of places which have been neglected, contain graffiti or are dirtied. The pictures produce action.
2,893 That’s how many advertisements appeared in our newspapers and digital news platforms from February 2016 through January 2017. These advertisers put their faith in our paper and received response to their marketing efforts. From classified advertisements to our dining and entertainment guide, our ads work. Just ask our 8,000 advertisers. We are proud to be the 1 news and advertising source for all of Queens County and Brooklyn.
972,853 That’s how many hits our web properties received in November 2016. Now THAT’S EXCITING!
All publications carry a Thursday dateline. They arrive on the newsstands Wednesday morning and arrive in the mail Thursday. Newsbox circulation is done on Wednesday and Thursday with additional circulation and refills on Friday.