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.
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.
Schurz consists of seven business segments: Broadcasting Radio, Broadcasting TV, Cable TV, Newspaper Publishing, Shoppers, Commercial Printing, and Digital Media.
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.
Another part of this digital strategy was the agreement the company signed with Tribune Interactive (TI), a part of Tribune Company, back in 2010. Through that deal, TI provides the digital platform for more than 60 newspaper, radio, and television station websites owned by Schurz. Included in TI's platform is the digital technology, syndicated content, and customer service that powers the company's sites.