Today's Sunbeam

Today's Sunbeam was a daily newspaper in Salem, New Jersey, United States. Founded in 1819, it ceased publication in 2012 when it merged with its sister papers the Gloucester County Times and The News of Cumberland County to form the South Jersey Times.[2]

Today's Sunbeam
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Advance Publications
Founded1819 (originally the Salem Messenger)
Ceased publication2012 (merged into the South Jersey Times)
HeadquartersSalem, New Jersey
Circulation9,606 (Mon-Fri)
8,484 (Sat)
9,279 (Sun)[1]


The paper was founded in 1819 as the Salem Messenger, serving only the town of Salem, New Jersey. The name was later changed to the Salem Sunbeam. In 1972 the Salem Sunbeam merged with four other local papers, Woodstown Monitor-Register, Penns Grove Sun, Pennsville Progress, and Salem Standard and Jerseyman, to form a new paper covering Salem County. The new paper was called the Sunbeam, later Today's Sunbeam.[2] The paper's chief competitors were The Philadelphia Inquirer across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, and the Courier-Post and Burlington County Times in South Jersey.[3] MediaNews Group acquired Today's Sunbeam in 1990. Advance Publications bought MediaNews' New Jersey and Pennsylvania newspapers in 2000.[4] In 2012, the Sunbeam was merged with two other Advance Publications papers, Gloucester County Times and The News of Cumberland County, to form the South Jersey Times.[2]


  1. ACCESS ABC: eCirc for Newspapers. Accessed February 1, 2008.
  2. Cook, Jr., Jim (November 3, 2012). "South Jersey Times first edition launches today". South Jersey Times. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  3. New Jersey Insider: Newspapers A-D. Accessed February 1, 2008.
  4. "MediaNews Sells Papers to Advance". The New York Times. July 6, 2000. Retrieved August 19, 2012.

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