Schurz Communications is a regional media company with
publishing and broadcasting operations in about 15 states. Its
publishing unit is anchored by about a dozen daily newspapers that
serve mostly small communities. The company also publishes a number
of weekly papers and shoppers. On the air, Schurz Communications
owns about ten television stations and more than a dozen radio
stations mostly serving Indiana and South Dakota listeners. Other
operations include two cable companies, about 25 websites, a phone
directory, and a printing firm. The family-owned company traces its
roots to 1872 when Alfred B. Miller and Elmer Crockett started the
South Bend Tribune in Indiana.
Schurz consists of seven business segments: Broadcasting Radio,
Broadcasting TV, Cable TV, Newspaper Publishing, Shoppers,
Commercial Printing, and Digital Media.
The company's newspapers, websites, radio stations, and
television stations serve Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida,
Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri,
Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Virginia. Schurz publishes 11 daily
and eight weekly newspapers in medium and small markets with a
combined circulation of nearly 225,000.
Like the rest of the media world, the company is focusing its
efforts on its digital holdings as audiences increasingly turn away
from print. It is making the necessary technology upgrades through
the formation of a couple of key partnerships. Schurz wants to
continually update and improve its mobile content.