The Vineyard Gazette Media Group is a news and information company dedicated to the Island of Martha’s Vineyard and the people near and far who love it. Founded in 1846, we combine a respect for history with a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence in journalism across platforms.
Our flagship newspaper, the Vineyard Gazette, has subscribers in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Printed onsite each week in our historic home in Edgartown, the Gazette maintains its traditional and distinctive format – an oversized black-and-white broadsheet measuring 17.5 by 23 inches with seven columns of type.
Our award-winning news website, vineyardgazette.com, uses responsive design technology to deliver a customized experience, whether it is viewed on a mobile phone, an iPad or other tablet or a desktop or laptop computer. The website has earned first-place honors from the New England Better Newspapers competition for each of the past three years. The site has also received national recognition with honorable mentions in the Eppy awards sponsored by Editor and Publisher magazine and by the National Newspaper Association.
Our email newsletter, The Notebook, delivers a slice of Island life with headlines of note to 11,000 subscribers twice each week.
Since its first edition, the Vineyard Gazette has led a spirited community discussion about what makes Martha’s Vineyard an exceptional place.
Founding publisher Edgar Marchant set the tone early with his assessment that the whaling industry -- still in its heyday -- was neither broad enough nor vital enough to last. He wrote that with superb fishing to be found off its shoreline, with its open countryside and detached and quiet spirit, the Vineyard might sell itself as a “Watering-Place in the Summer Season.”
Decades later, legendary Gazette publisher and editor Henry Beetle Hough — perhaps seeing Mr. Marchant’s vision succeeding a little too well — launched a campaign against unbridled development that came to be the newspaper’s signature cause. Mr. Hough’s mission went beyond preserving open space and conserving wildlife to include protecting the character of Martha’s Vineyard in human terms.
To this day, the Gazette has continued to identify issues and provoke debate about how to sustain the Island’s economy without losing the qualities that make the Vineyard special.
The Vineyard Gazette has prospered with independent stewardship since its founding. Former New York Times columnist James (Scotty) Reston and Sally Fulton Reston bought the Gazette from Mr. Hough in 1968 and introduced the modern technologies of cold type and the first computer typesetting system. In 1988, Richard and Mary Jo Reston took the helm as publishers in the family-owned business, and introduced the Gazette to the digital age.
In 2010, Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg, longtime seasonal Island residents and quiet philanthropists, bought the company with the stated goal of preserving its high standards of community journalism into the future. They hired Jane Seagrave, previously an Associated Press executive, as its publisher in 2011. Julia Wells has been editor since 2004.
The Vineyard Gazette Media Group is dedicated to good, clear writing, excellent photography and a respect for the community it serves. Its coverage strives to inspire and inform discussion about important issues and to illuminate the Island’s unique qualities, including its natural habitat, its arts and culture and its people.
In so doing, the Gazette has earned many prestigious professional awards. In 2014 and again in 2015, the Gazette was named a Distinguished Newspaper and the Gazette's website has repeatedly been judged the best among weekly newspapers by the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Since 2012, the Gazette has won some 90 awards, including 40 first place prizes. The judges called the Gazette “an outstanding, fascinating weekly newspaper” with “superb newspaper writing.”
The Gazette believes a community newspaper should help promote intelligent and civil discourse. ”I want the Gazette to be a vibrant voice for the Vineyard community far into the future,” Mr. Kohlberg said in announcing his purchase of the company, “continuing the wonderful traditions from the past, offering excellent, in-depth journalism, reaching the Vineyard’s diverse communities, and adapting, as necessary, to the changing economic conditions which are affecting print media all across the nation.”
We welcome visitors to our home in the heart of historic Edgartown, where we create and print the newspaper every week. The building, now owned by the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust, was built in the 1760s by Benjamin Smith, a militia captain in the Revolutionary War. Home to the Vineyard Gazette since 1938, the building still retains eight original fireplace mantels and brick hearths, wide pine flooring and wainscotting. We are happy to accommodate individuals and groups who are interested in touring the building and watching the newspaper being printed on our Goss Community Press on Thursday afternoons all year-round.