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In Their Own Words

February 24, 1883

First Atlanta Journal Editorial

In the inaugural issue of the Atlanta Journal, publisher Edward F. Hoge wrote of his plans for the city’s new afternoon newspaper:

“The Evening Journal, in presenting itself as a candidate for public favor, has few promises and no boasts to make. Our editorial department will be under the exclusive control of those who are ‘to the manner born,’ and therefore our patrons need not fear that any offense will be given through ignorance of Southern sentiment or lack of sympathy with it. The politics the Journal will be Democratic, though not so (loosely) buckled in the harness that it will unthinkingly yield to the party lash in the hands of those who may assume the right to rule. We commit ourselves unreservedly to the cardinal Democratic principles, but shall deal with party methods as occasions arise.

“As a news gatherer the Journal proposes to stand foremost in the front rank and covets a critical judgment of the public from day to day upon the measure of its success.

“At the same time, it promises that the matter and tone of the paper shall be as fit for the hearthstone as for the hustings… .”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of original 1954 volume), Vol. II, pp. 55-56.