1618 North Midland Blvd
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The Meridian Press published its first edition on January 25, 2013.
The Idaho Press-Tribune created the Meridian Press to serve the Meridian community that was often overlooked by major news outlets. Meridian is the third largest city in Idaho and home to the largest school district in the state. Blue Cross of Idaho is based in Meridian and the Idaho State Police is headquartered there. The city’s Parks and Rec department manages 17 public parks throughout the city. Because of Meridian’s significant growth over the last 20 years – an 81 percent increase in population since 2000, most of its residential neighborhoods are new. Medical research has a strong footing in Meridian, thanks in part to Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center and The CORE, a statewide health sciences, technology and business cluster. The city has attracted several out-of-state retailers to The Village at Meridian, a new $300 million shopping, dining and recreational center that’s created hundreds of jobs.
The Meridian Press is distributed weekly to 15,000 Meridian residents. Building a newspaper from scratch was a thrilling experience — there were no templates or traditions to hamper the design process. The team chose a model with big photos, colorful graphics and hyper-local news content.
Matt Davison is the Publisher of the Meridian Press. “The print edition is truly that kind of laid-back, relaxed, ‘catch up on your local community’ type of read, and that’s what we want it to be,” Davison said. “… (People) want to see who’s on the cover. They want to see what’s happening in their local city government. They want to see what’s happening in their schools.… That’s the niche that we’ll continue to serve.” Meridian Press’ distribution continues to grow, now reaching an estimated 26,000 people each week.